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The Zanzibar Explorer Adventure (Z204)
The International Volunteer Travel Zanzibar Explorer Program combines the one week Language and Culture Experience with the Zanzibar Adventure Program. International Volunteers begin with the language and cultural experience including the Swahili lessons, tours of stone town and Jambiani beach village. Participants then volunteer or intern for a few days with children in the area before proceeding to the 4-day tour of the Islands of Pemba and Ungunja.
A sample schedule of our International Volunteer Travel Zanzibar Explorer Adventure program is provided below:
Day 1: Arrival and pick up from
the Zanzibar International Airport (code
name ZNZ); transfer to host household
home or hotel for overnight. |
Day 2: Registration and Orientation. Registration to the program followed by bout 2-hour discussion covering topics including orientation to the program, Zanzibar culture, history, customs, politics, do?s and don?ts.
Afternoon ? Guided tour of the city of Zanzibar Stone Town. The tour is covered mainly on foot, and as will as time allows feature strolling through the narrow winding labyrinth alleys; view houses with carved Arab doors and balconies; the House of Wonders; the Palace Museum; Dr Livingstones House; The Old Anglican cathedral; and Zanzibars bustling market. Stone Town has excellent gifts shops with plenty of souvenirs handicrafts and splendid artifacts to choose from.
Day 3: Morning: 2-3 hours Swahili lessons. Afternoon: Take a local bus to the beach village of Jambiani in the East coast of Zanzibar where you will spend the remainder of the week.
Day 4: Sunday: Free to relax, soak in the sun, walk on the most beautiful yet un-crowded beach; feel like Robinson Crusoe in your remote and extremely peaceful paradise Island.
Day 5: Morning: 2-3 hours Swahili lessons. Afternoon: join the villagers to do see weed farming. Seaweed farming is a small local industry that gives work to hundreds of islanders. The weed was introduced in Zanzibar from the Philippines in 1988. The product is shipped to Europe, where it is used in medicines, cosmetics and in the preservation of foods and beers. Later on as time allows climb on coconut palms to harvest coconuts together with the locals.
Day 6: Morning: Swahili classes, 2-3 hours. Afternoon: Join local women in rope making and visit with a local herbal ?doctor? to learn the art and science of herbal medicine.
Day 7: Morning: Program Evaluation, 30 minutes. Thereafter, join the local fishermen for a fishing expedition or jump on a dhow and sail in the calm waters of the Jambiani lagoon. Alternatively take a 2 hour hike to attraction, a large cave containing a fresh water spring thought to have once been used as a holding house for slaves. The cave is also a traditional shrine and some local people come here to pray and make offerings. Afternoon: Trip back to Zanzibar city.
Day 8-9: Introduction to the orphaned children and local volunteer projects staff. International volunteers work with local children or other projects of their choice. Voluntary service in Zanzibar includes teaching English as a second language and playing games with the children, helping the children with homework, and games and sports.
Day 10 - 12: Zanzibar, Pemba Adventures
Day 10: Jozani Forest : Overseas volunteers and international interns will take a half day tour of this famous wetland forest, the only wetland remaining on Zanzibar island. The wetland is about 45 minutes drive from the city center. It is home to the only surviving members of the red Columbus monkey, an almost extinct species.
The local guide will show the international volunteers to colonies of the primates and guide them through the delightful swamp in the middle of the wetland and small streams flowing into the ocean and lots of birds of the mangrove wetland ecosystem.
Day 11: Dolphin Adventures, Swimming, Snorkeling: International volunteers and interns abroad will have a full day tour on locally constructed sailing dhows, fitted with outboard motors, marine VHF radios, life jackets and other security requirements. The trip explores Menai bay a conservation area inhabited by humpback and bottlenose dolphins. Overseas interns and volunteers abroad can take the opportunity to do snorkeling - gear is provided. Lunch is served on a sand bank or on one of the many uninhabited island in the region. A traditional dish of barbecued fish, rice, lentils and fish curry is served.
After lunch overseas interns and volunteers abroad in the African city of Zanzibar can sail on an outrigger canoe carved out of a single mango tree, snorkel, swim or just relax. Interns and volunteers return to Fumba by sail, wind permitting, or by boat, then to the main island.
Day 12: Misali, Pemba Tour: Misali is the famous islet in the South west of Pemba, Tanzania. Misali is best known for calm and quiet snorkeling waters, expansive white sandy beaches excellent for sunbathing, fishing and Dolphin Recreation. International volunteers and overseas interns in Pemba will have time to participate in any of these activities. Zanzibar Adventure volunteers and interns will also take a tour of and marvel at the historical Pemba ruins and visit the biggest tomb and Mosque in the area.
Day 13: Zanzibar program evaluation
in the morning, Afternoon is Free - End of the
Zanzibar international adventure program.