School Trips - Challenging and worthwhile volunteering trips in Zanzibar
African Adventures is an award-winning social enterprise that has been delivering meaningful volunteer experiences for students for over 10 years. We specialise in life-changing trips for schools and colleges, and ensure each group can leave a lasting legacy. Our trips provide enhanced educational opportunities for children in our host communities, and increased global awareness and personal development opportunities for our volunteers.
We work with three community projects near Stone Town in Zanzibar. With the help of volunteers, we focus on improving school facilities, providing teaching support and delivering multi-sports coaching sessions.
Volunteers are exposed to a variety of challenges that they are unlikely to have faced at home, and will develop the resilience needed to overcome them. Students return from our trips as more motivated, better informed global citizens.
We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive support to our groups from the moment they book to the moment they return. In fact, 92% of our school and college groups travel again or recommend us to other schools.
Why should you consider African Adventures for School Trips and Educational Visits?
The idyllic islands of Zanzibar are world-famous for their pristine beaches and rich history. However, life can be very difficult for a large proportion of the population, many of whom survive on less than 75p per day.
Our trips focus on supporting government-run schools near Stone Town, all of which are severely underfunded and drastically overcrowded. In total, 15,000 children attend the three schools that we support. To manage this overcrowding, the school day is split in two, with students attending either in the morning or in the afternoon. Volunteers can make a tangible difference whilst developing a range of skills, before returning home as more rounded individuals.
The schools we work with are passionate about providing opportunities to young people through the provision of a quality education. As a member of the UN Global Compact, your students will help us drive the UN Sustainable Development Goals, leaving a lasting legacy at your partner project.
Away from volunteering, your students will have the opportunity to explore the varied history and breathtaking scenery of this island paradise. They can visit a local market, swim in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, or explore the cobbled streets of Stone Town.
You can also add something extra special to your trip with one of our adventure activities. From snorkelling alongside tropical fish, to visiting a local spice farm, learning about the history of Prison Island, and discovering the famous sites of Stone Town, there's something for everyone.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Our partner projects are based near Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arabian and European influences can still be seen in Stone Town's architecture, as a testament to the islands' varied and colourful past. During your trip, you and your students can visit Stone Town and learn about its rich heritage on a guided tour, as you explore such historical sites as the House of Wonders and the Old Slave Market.
As a member of the UN Global Compact, we help drive the UN Sustainable Development Goals and your students will be working towards long-term sustainable plans agreed with your partner project.
Zanzibar is located off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. During our trips, your students will have the opportunity to spot a diverse range of wildlife such as tropical birds, vibrant sea life, giant tortoises, and rare red colobus monkeys - endemic to the islands, and now listed as an endangered species.
Through volunteering at our partner schools, students gain a greater understanding of the world around them, including the similarities and differences between their lives and those of the young people we support in Zanzibar. This enriching experience promotes equality and diversity, meaning students return home as more responsible, active global citizens.
DAY 1 - Arrival
You will be met at the airport in Dar es Salaam by African Adventures’ friendly in-country team, before heading to the ferry terminal to make your way to Zanzibar.
DAY 2 - Project Welcome Day
You will head to your partner project for your first day of volunteering. Be prepared to receive a warm welcome from the teachers and children!
You will have a lunch break during the day, and will have the opportunity to play with the children. At 3:30pm you will be picked up by our in-country staff and taken back to your accommodation.
Before and after dinner, you can relax at your accommodation, or enjoy an afternoon activity as arranged with your Trip Host.
DAYS 3-5 Project Days
Continue volunteering at your partner project.
DAY 6 - Final Project Day
After spending the morning wrapping up your volunteering work, there will be a farewell celebration at your partner school. Be prepared for some emotional goodbyes!
DAY 7 - Taste of Zanzibar Weekend
Your walking tour will begin in the heart of Stone Town. Slalom through the narrow streets, passing an array of famous attractions, before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will head north to a spice farm where you can learn about how local herbs and spices are grown.
In the evening, you will travel to a local beach resort, where you can swim in the ocean before enjoying dinner and an overnight stay.
DAY 8 - Taste of Zanzibar Weekend
Spend the morning relaxing at the resort, swimming in the sea, and enjoying a breakfast and lunch of locally sourced produce.
In the afternoon, you'll head back to your accommodation in Stone Town.
DAY 9 - Departure
Unfortunately, it is time to head home! You will travel to the ferry terminal with your Trip Host for your journey back to Dar es Salaam, from where you will fly home. In Zanzibar, we don’t say ‘goodbye’, we say ‘see you soon’!
What size groups do you cater for?
Minimum 10, maximum 150.
Is there first aid on site?
The well-being of our volunteers is our top priority and our Safety Management System ensures the highest possible standards of safety in-country. Our trips are delivered to British Standard 8848 and our risk assessments are independently audited by the School Travel Forum, certified by our Learning Outside the Classroom Quality badge.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Students with disabilities and/or restricted access needs are welcome to apply for a place on our trips. We will request full details of the individual's needs and subsequently carry out a risk assessment, factoring in the environment, facilities and objectives of the trip, to ensure that he/she can participate fully in the programme.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Students with special educational needs are welcome to apply for a place on our trips. We will request full details of an individual's needs and discuss their participation with the trip's group leaders to ensure that he/she can participate in the programme.
At African Adventures, we run all our trips from start to finish, meaning our friendly staff take care of every element of your trip whilst you're in-country. Once you book, you'll be looked after by a dedicated member of our UK groups team, who will build the itinerary you want and help answer any questions you may have before you travel.
You can manage your trip through our dedicated online portal, My African Adventure (My AA), which contains everything you need to know about your trip, and includes helpful tools and resources for you and your students to use prior to travel.
Many of our volunteers fundraise towards the cost of their trip, which means an African Adventure can start long before you step on the plane. In fact, in 2019, 41% of our youth volunteers fundraised 50% or more of their trip costs. This element of the trip can be as valuable as the trip itself and we've got lots of ideas to get you started. You'll also find plenty of support on My AA.
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