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Discover Zanzibar Program (Z210)
The Islands of Zanzibar, Africas hidden Paradise have fascinated explorers since AD 60 with famous legendary explorers such as Portuguese Vasco da Gama and British James Lancaster. You can join and probably beat these great explorers by discovering some hidden treasures of these Paradise Islands.
The International Volunteer Travel Discover Zanzibar is an amazing two-week program incorporating 7 days of touring fascinating places in at least three Islands of Zanzibar, Tanzania. Your discovery expedition will take you from stone town to a survey of Ungunja, the main Island, to Pemba and the historical Prison Island.
A sample schedule of our International Volunteer Travel Discover Zanzibar 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 3-6: Africa volunteer and internship placement work. Weekends are free to relax, soak in the sun, join the host family in their activities.
Day 7 - 12: Zanzibar, Pemba Adventure Tours
Day 7: Guided tour of Prison Island. Take a boat ride back in time by visiting the prison Island, an islet situated to the west of Zanzibar. Slave owners formerly used Changuu island as a private detention for disobedient slaves and later bought by General Matthews who constructed a jail on the Island, hence the name, Prison Island. But the prison was never put to use and still stands, abandoned. The island is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, relaxing or walking around to view the giant tortoises and beautiful peacocks.
Day 8: Tour the ruins of the Kidichi Persian baths. Then proceed to with a guided trip to the lush green spice farms and gardens of Zanzibar, Tanzania. View innumerable species of spices and tropical fruit trees, many of which have medicinal properties ? they are still used by the local populace to cure certain maladies. Taste a variety of fruits ranging from the rose apple to the guava, savor different spices in their aromatic state, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, black pepper, you name it! You get to see rare plants used for their value in preparing cosmetics such as henna, lipstick tree, perfume tree and more.
Day 9: 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 10: 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 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 11: Pemba Spice tour. Pemba is a spicy Island. This trip takes you to the clove plantations of Pemba Island, Zanzibar. International Volunteers and overseas interns in Zanzibar, Tanzania, will experience how the famous spice crop (cloves) is farmed. Zanzibar volunteers and interns abroad will then proceed to the oil distillery factory to examine how oil is extracted from the various plants to make spices and cosmetics.
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.