Culture Week in Zanzibar
Culture Week in Zanzibar

Culture Week in Zanzibar

Get to know Zanzibar! Explore the rich culture and the complex history
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Overview

Get lost in the mesmerizing maze-like layout of Stone Town, glimpse the turtles of Prison Island and learn the history and culture of Zanzibar. This is an opportunity for exploration that will give you both insight and appreciation for Zanzibar, an island location known and loved for its spices and unique atmosphere.

This is where worlds and cultures combine to create a beautiful mosaic that encompasses, African, Arabic, Asian, and European influences. While perusing Stone Town, you may find that the door itself is even more interesting than what may be behind it. Enjoy the chance to be transported through time and lulled into a peace as you relax on the beach. Then when the sun goes down, get into the rhythm of the Zanzibar nightlife.

There is so much to take in that your senses of smell, taste, sight and touch are all stimulated by the exotic nature of this truly remarkable place.

Objectives

  • Help you learn helpful phrases in the local language
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
  • Enjoy local sights and activities
  • Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay

Impact

Volunteer experiences have a direct and positive impact on local communities by injecting money into the local economy through the purchase of food, transportation, and tourism activities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the comunity and make a difference in the world. Depending on the type of volunteer experience you are interested in, your time can be spent improving educational resources and opportunities, providing medical services to underserved communities, or promoting environmental conservation and sustainable farming techniques.

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Location

Zanzibar (Stone Town), Tanzania

Zanzibar is an amazing enigma that tempts you to explore it from end to end. It is a semi-autonomous region within the United Republic of Tanzania and it is comprised of two main islands, Unguja and Pemba, and a number of sparsely populated islets. After the 1964 revolution, Zanzibar joined with the then Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanzania. Zanzibar maintains its own government and is directly responsible for all non-union affairs, including health services.

Unguja Island covers an area of about 1,464 square kilometers and Pemba Island covers an area of about 864 square kilometers. The local people are a mixture of ethnic backgrounds. Islam is the dominant religion and practiced by most of Zanzibaris, although there are also followers of Christianity and other ethnic beliefs. Swahili is a local language used by people and is spoken extensively in Zanzibar. English is also spoken by many people.

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Itinerary

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Sunday - Arrival
  • Arrival to Zanzibar and transfer to accommodation site for your full orientation program
  • Explanation of your local surroundings such as ATM, convenience stores as well as the overview of your program and rules to be followed.
  • Visit the historical old part of Zanzibar, Stone Town.
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Monday
  • Breakfast
  • Orientation
  • Swahili Language Lesson
  • Lunch
  • Walking tour visiting local shops near the accommodation
  • Dinner
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Tuesday
  • Breakfast
  • Guided Stone Town City Tour with History
  • Lunch
  • Visit local market
  • Swahili food cooking lesson
  • Dinner
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Wednesday
  • Breakfast
  • Swahili Language lesson
  • Lunch
  • Spice Farm experience
  • Swahili house visit
  • Changuu island experience
  • Dinner
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Thursday
  • Breakfast
  • Village Cycling Tour
  • Learn about the traditions and practices of local healers or “Witch Doctors”
  • Lunch
  • Khanga Demonstration
  • Coconut ropes making
  • Coconut roof making
  • Dinner
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Friday
  • Breakfast
  • Full Beach Day
  • Bag lunch provided
  • Souvenir/Spice shopping
  • Dinner
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Saturday - Departure
Transfer to ZNZ airport
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Inclusions

  • Shared Accomodation
  • All meals included
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Free beverages
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Departure Transfer
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Options

  • Extra night accomodation (before experience)$60
  • Extra night accomodation (after experience)$60
  • Pick-ups outside of the regular pickup window$60
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More Information

Requirements

  • minimum english levelBasic
  • CRB RequiredOn signup
  • passport copy requiredNo
  • resume copy requiredNo
Other Requirements
  • There are no further requirements for this program.

Food

Local meals that are typical of Zanzibari culture will be provided at this accommodation.

Accommodation

You will be staying in a traditional and comfortable guesthouse with multiple bedrooms, communal bathrooms, a kitchen and one sitting room -- suitable for enjoying the company of your fellow participants. Please note that all rooms are single gender. All meals will be provided at this accommodation.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be amended and cancelled 30 days before the program start date without any costs. Bookings that are cancelled less than 30 days before the program start date will be charged the first week of the booking.

Zanzibar Culture Week

CategoryLearning
Stylebackpacker
AvailabilityOpen
Price per person$595/week
Minimum Duration1 week

Contact us for availability and further information.

$undefined/week