Protecting Sea Turtles in Zanzibar
Protecting Sea Turtles in Zanzibar

Protecting Sea Turtles in Tanzania

Be a part of a fabulous breeding program to further animal conservation in the region.
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The sea turtles are facing extinction. The Sea Turtle conservation project is working against that and is helping sea turtles to grow up in a safe environment. Every year the sea turtles are released into the ocean. The project itself needs help because it is not profitable. Participants will work in groups alongside the 28 staff working at the project and can help with their work and with the money which is paid through their stay to help the project.

Daily Routine
The work is starting as team work every morning after breakfast. The tasks can differ but every day the water of the basins have to be exchanged and the sea weed has to be collected and the sea turtles have to be cleaned. Additional maintenance works, measurements and further cleaning tasks are done on different days. Every participant will be introduced to the work and a list of tasks during the welcoming meeting after arrival. Per year, more than 150 Sea Turtles are raised by the project. There are also around 30 bigger turtles in the lagoon

There are a lot of different activities the participants will do such as:

  • Water exchange for Basins and Sea Turtle Hospital
  • Water Quality check
  • General cleaning
  • Seaweed collection in Indian Ocean
  • Filling of Tube Feeders
  • Cleaning of adult turtles
  • Treatment of Hospital Turtles
  • Lagoon Cleaning (remove leaves and plastic)
  • Hatching measurements
  • Juvenile measurements
  • Beach cleaning
  • Inspection of nets
  • Maintenance of juvenile nets.

All participants will learn and undertake all different tasks.


  • Survey the endangered sea turtle population for initiative conservation efforts
  • Gain knowledge and awareness on the life cycle of sea turtles
  • Provide you with the opportunity to help return raised sea-turtles back into the ocean in a hands-on way


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Zanzibar (Nungwi), Tanzania

Turquoise blue, crystal clear sea, white sandy beaches, fascinating sights and lots of outdoor adventures - you can experience all this with your work in Zanzibar! Besides your project work you can explore the "Island of Spices", which has played an important role in the past. Because Zanzibar went down in history as an important hub of Arab and Asian trade relations. Besides gold, ivory, spices and wood, slaves were traded here until the 19th century.

The capital of the archipelago, Zanzibar Town, lies with its picturesque harbour directly on the water. Here the mixture of African, Arabian, Indian and European influences, characteristic for Zanzibar, becomes particularly clear. You will notice this especially in the old part of town Stone Town, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000. Colourful merchants' houses with balconies and mango trees line the small streets and a surprise awaits you around every corner: You'll discover shops where the scent of carnations streams out and where you can buy artfully embroidered bags, African fashion and handmade jewellery.

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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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Week 1: Monday - Friday

In the morning, you will begin your Sea Turtle project from 0:800-14:00 where you will work with a local coordinator and engage in a wide range of conservation efforts depending on your skill level.

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Free time to travel within Zanzibar / Tanzania and experience the beautiful landscape of this region in Africa.

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Free time to travel within Zanzibar / Tanzania and experience the beautiful landscape of this region in Africa.
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Week 2: Monday - Friday

Continue with your Sea Turtle project from 0:800-14:00 where you will work with a local coordinator and engage in a wide range of conservation efforts depending on your skill level.

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Saturday - Departure
Transfer to ZNZ airport
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  • Shared Accomodation
  • All meals included
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Free beverages
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Departure Transfer
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  • 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


  • minimum english levelBasic
  • CRB RequiredOn signup
  • passport copy requiredYes
  • resume copy requiredYes
Other Requirements
  • Casual clothing: men and women should dress appropriately when away from the beach, i.e always covering shoulders and legs below the knees. Beachwear (not too skimpy) on the beach is fine.


Local meals that are typical of Zanzibari culture will be provided at this accommodation. Once per week all participants create together the weekly food plan.


There is a big cottage for Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the accommodation site. On the compound are other huts for the work and toilets. The participants' houses are directly on the compound. There is an office and reception and other rooms on the project compound.

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 Protecting Sea Turtles

Price per person$980/week
Minimum Duration1 week

Contact us for availability and further information.