Dolphin & Marine Conservaton
This project is open to anyone with a love of the ocean. Spend your days swimming with wild dolphins, monitoring local fishing practices and driving sustainable marine conservation. Living on the stunning tropical island of Zanzibar, right at the beach, you will have a lifechanging experience as well as making a real difference for future generations.
• Spend your days on the tropical island of Zanzibar
• Daily boat trips out to the crystal clear waters to monitor dolphins
• Enjoy regularly getting in the water with wild dolphins (snorkeling)
• Help monitor tourist boats
• Promote ethical tourism through education and legislation
• Monitor the fish caught by local fishermen
• Live right by a tropical beach
• Discover Swahili culture from the local Masai people
This project is perfect for those who have always wanted to spend a lot of time in the water with dolphins, and people interested in marine biology, wild-life research, conservation and animal welfare.
Situated just off the Tanzanian coast in East Africa, Zanzibar is a fascinating archipelago with a deeply embedded history, an intriguing blend of cultures and stunningly beautiful beaches and sea life. Renowned for its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, the island offers you the chance to swim with dolphins in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
The quaint town of Jambiani is where you live and carry out some of your volunteer duties.
Just half an hour’s drive from Jambiani, you can discover the peaceful village of Kizimkazi. This diverse area is home to sea and terrestrial birds, over 200 species of fish, crustaceans and mammals, including dolphins (bottlenose and humpback) and humpback whales during the months of June to October
KEY VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
The dolphins, particularly the friendly bottlenose dolphins which are present throughout the year, have become a major tourist attraction. Tourists view these dolphins from fishing boats, and often jump into the water to swim with them. Though friendly, the dolphins can sometimes be surrounded by up to 20 boats chasing after them, and this can cause them stress, particularly when they are feeding or nursing.
The main focus of this project is to monitor the dolphins and human-dolphin interaction.
Activities will include:
• Monitoring the dolphins for various research purposes (i.e. behaviour, feeding, mating)
• Monitoring tourist numbers (to get daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal figures)
• Observation of whales during whale season (June to October)
• Providing research data for the Institute of Marine Science in Stone Town
• Assisting with a ‘Marine Conservation Club’ with children from the local high school
• Helping raise awareness about dolphins, whales, sharks and marine conservation
• Fishing Activity Monitoring where- record the daily catch from the main fishing boats coming in
• Creating awareness through pamphlets and guide-lines for tourists, hotels and operators
The information collected will feed into research, surveys and studies conducted by the academic and research institutions in Zanzibar. Our main project partner Dr. Narriman who works with the Zanzibar Institute of Marine Science, heads our project. We also work closely with the Kizimkazi Dolphin Tourism Association (KIDOTOA).
You will be staying at our volunteer house in Jambiani village. It is a great place to soak up the sun, have a swim, read a book, or enjoy some beach games. Sunrises across the Indian Ocean are amazing! Volunteers will sleep in shared same-gender en-suite rooms with up to 3 other people.
Our two Project Coordinators live on the premises and the office is also onsite. There is a resource room to keep items needed for project work, a great space for lesson preparation.
You will be provided with three meals a day, prepared daily by our team of chefs.
Please Note: There is NO HOT WATER for showering - most places in Zanzibar do not have hot water. Water is a precious commodity and should be used sparingly.
Situated just off the Tanzanian coast in East Africa, Zanzibar is a fascinating archipelago with a deeply embedded history. In Stone Town you will find great brass studded doorways scattered through narrow alleyways, leading to houses with Moroccan style décor.
It is a safe and popular place to travel, with the famous ‘Stone Town’ being the leaping platform to the crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches around the coast. The quaint town of Jambiani is where you live, and carry out some of your volunteer duties. Just half an hour’s drive from Jambiani, you can discover the peaceful village of Kizimkazi where the rest of your work will occur. This diverse area is home to sea and terrestrial birds, over 200 species of fish, crustaceans and mammals, including dolphins (bottlenose and humpback) and humpback whales during the months of June to October.
Want to know what’s included? Great news, it is pretty much everything! Including your:
Pick up and drop off to the airport
Accommodation at the beach
3 meals a day
24 hour support at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:
Medical and travel insurance
Flights to your destination
2 weeks £ 2,266
3 weeks £ 2,666
4 weeks £ 2,932
5 weeks £ 3,331
6 weeks £ 3,730
7 weeks £ 4,129
8 weeks £ 4,529
longer stays up to 3 months: please inquire on an individual basis
2020 START DATES
Volunteers fly in to Zanzibar airport, arriving on the following start dates:
6,13 & 27 January | 10 & 24 February | 9 & 23 March | 6 & 20 April | 4 & 18 May | 1, 15 & 29 June | 6, 13, 20 & 27 July | 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August | 7 & 21 September | 5 & 19 October | 2, 16 & 30 November - 2 week placement only for 30th November
If the idea of spending time on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, snorkeling with dolphins and protecting marine life excites you, we want you to join our team.
Send us an email, use the 'book now' button or the 'contact us' page to talk to our destination specialist. Remember to also check out the project brochure at the top of the page to find out more.