Life as a Volunteer?
A typical start for any TPP volunteer will be a relaxed weekend of getting to know other volunteers and the local area. Relax on the Island’s beautiful beaches, or take a swim in the Indian Ocean. Take a walk through the local village and sample some Swahili cooking and just take it easy.
After the weekends festivities it’s time to get to the real work. You will be provided with the National Curriculum so you can begin planning your first lesson. You will be taken to the community hall where the lessons will take place and be introduced to the children you will be working with and other members of the village.
Students attend school either in the morning or the afternoon leaving the other session free for TPP volunteers to support them with the extra classes. You will teach either the morning or afternoon session for 4 days a week. You will be responsible for planning and executing each lesson. The children aged 10-16 know very little English so please be prepared for a very challenging project. It is very important you are able to work to your own initiative as the success of the project will be relying on you. There will not be a translator present in the classes; however, there may be people from the community available at hand to help out if needed. TPP will provide you with the curriculum and the teaching materials that you will need.
While on duty The Panje Project is a no phone and non-smoking zone. You will be provided with a TPP T-Shirt which should be worn at all times whilst volunteering in the village.
The rest of the week will be yours to spend as you wish. There’s loads to do to suit all budgets. Explore the island, go diving or snorkelling or just enjoy the beautiful beaches.
In exchange for your hard work on the project, Volunteers will be exposed to a rich cultural experience, where interaction will be encouraged on both sides. Volunteers will have the opportunity to discover the local cuisine and accustom themselves to the local culture and fascinating customs. Get involved with Dhow building, or spend the night at sea with the local fishermen. Learn how to cook the local food, weave the traditional way and to play Bao.
You will stay at Nungwi Guest house with other volunteers in a shared en-suite room (max 3 people in a room) Bed, Linen, Pillows, Mosquito nets will be provided. Breakfast will be provided at the guest house. The facilities are basic. Be prepared for cold water, power cuts, we are in Africa after all!! The guest house is located in the village 2 min walk away from the beach.
This project is open to those with the ability to teach and inspire the youth to want to learn. We ask volunteers to commit a minimum of a month to this cause to try and create some continuity for the students.
Volunteers are advised and encouraged to respect the local customs of Zanzibar, especially in Nungwi village, in order to ensure mutual, understand and eliminate any cultural offense.
We advise all volunteers to abide by the following whilst in the village: • Please dress modestly due to the society being predominantly Muslim, covering from shoulders to knees will be acceptable and considered respectful towards the local culture.
-Tight and revealing clothes can cause misinterpretation and a negative atmosphere
- Untraditional facial piercing and jewellery especially for men would be considered non-cultural.
- Religion and political discussions are to be refrained in class to eliminate any uncomfortable discussions.
We ask each of our volunteers to pay a USD $50 deposit. This will confirm your place on the project and will also include pick up from Zanzibar airport or the ferry port in Zanzibar.
There is an admin fee charged which pays for the day to day running and administration of the project.
We ask volunteers to pay USD $105 per week for every week they are here to cover living costs (min 4 weeks).
- Confirmation of your place on the project.
- Pick up from Zanzibar airport or Zanzibar ferry port
- Admin Costs
- TPP T-Shirt
- Project Coordinator Wages
- Teaching Materials
- Accommodation for your entire stay in Zanzibar. (Bed in a shared room with bathroom and shower)
- Mosquito net/Pillows/Bed Sheets
- Tanzania Tourist Visa ($50) and Travel insurance
- Lunch and Dinner
- Activities such as snorkelling, diving, swimming with dolphins etc.
- Spending money
How to get involved?
Are you ready to take on a new adventure and learn about life in a different way? Do you have good command of the English language? Do you think you will be able to teach and inspire those who may not understand a word you are saying?
Enthusiasm and Dedication
Fluent in English (Both reading and writing)
Available for at least a month.
18 years or older
Teaching English Language Qualification (desirable but not required)
If you’re up for this rewarding challenge and fit the requirements above we would love to hear from you.
If you would like to help us by volunteering your time, Please fill the volunteer application form or send us an email to email@example.com for inquiries.