What is the Dolphin and Marine Conservation project in Zanzibar all about?
Volunteer in Tanzania on a fabulous Dolphin and Marine Conservation project based on the island of Zanzibar and help to preserve the habitats of amazing species by monitoring tourist and human interaction. Located in Menai Bay, home to numerous sea creatures, including bottlenose and humpback dolphins and whales, the area is popular with tourists from all over the world. However, tourists go out in fishing boats to see these dolphins and often jump into the water to swim with them and although 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 aim of the project involves working with the local community to promote marine conservation and the protection of the dolphins and their habitat. Dolphin tourism in the area is booming as it brings a good source of income to the local inhabitants. However, there are no tourism regulations and therefore, it is essential to ensure that the sea life in the area is not put at risk. The project scope includes working with the local community, run ethical dolphin tour workshops educating boat drivers on dolphins and monitor human-dolphin interaction and how it may affect their behaviours. The project also runs a resource centre which aims to educate locals and tourists about marine life. The data collected is fed into research studies which will help the government to determine how to regulate dolphin and tourist interaction in the long term, ultimately protecting this amazing species.
Why choose this Marine Conservation project?
- Provide more manpower and ensure the future protection of dolphins by getting involved with this local Tanzanian community and research experts.
- Learn about marine conservation and threats to wildlife including the impact of tourism and human interactions on the underwater world.
- Add the experience to your CV/Resume if you are studying or are already a marine conservation/tourism student
Role of the Conservation volunteer
As a volunteer you may be involved in the following activities:
- Monitoring dolphin behaviour: feeding, daily habits, reaction to humans, taking photos etc.
- Monitoring tourist numbers and tourist-dolphin interaction.
- Researching and monitoring fish and other species including whales (June to September).
- Researching coastal activities such as bivalve collection, coconut husk burying, rope making and seaweed farming.
- Assisting research students with their research.
- Helping a marine conservation club for youths.
- Helping develop and maintain the local resource centre
- Advocating for responsible dolphin interaction with local businesses and boat operators.
The project needs vary from time to time and volunteers’ tasks and activities will change accordingly, giving you the opportunity to gain insight into several aspects of marine conservation.
What skills do I need to be a Marine Conservation volunteer in Zanzibar?
All volunteers are welcome on this project as long as they can swim as this is an important factor for the research element of this project. You do not need any specific technical skills to participate in the project, although an interest in marine wildlife would be useful. You must love the outdoors. Cultural sensitivity is essential both at your placement and in your spare time. If you are a student and have specific course requirements, please speak to a Kaya Placement Advisor.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To protect dolphins and their habitats
To learn about marine conservation
To explore a diverse and picturesque marine ecosystem
Where will I work in Zanzibar?
About the location
The island of Zanzibar, just off the Tanzanian coast, is where this project is based. This archipelago is famous for amazing powder white beaches with crystal clear waters and a lush tropical island. At the heart of Zanzibar Town is the old Stone Town, with its labyrinthine alleyways and fascinating architecture. This project is located about 30 minutes away from Jambiani. You will find a laid back community set amongst the beautiful scenery.
You will be staying in a volunteer house directly on the beach. There is no better place to wake up and watch the sun rising over the Indian Ocean! You will have en-suite shared accommodation with other volunteers and will be able to meet like-minded participants.
What to do in your spare time?
You will be able to soak up the local life and enjoy your free time on the beach or venturing further afield, whether it is through exploring Zanzibar or travelling to mainland Tanzania to participate in one of the amazing safari on offer.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 – 12 weeks
- Cost: £1444 / $1596 for 1 week
£299 / $467 per week for additional weeks
- Requirements: age 17+
- Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Project activities: beach conservation, collecting data, monitoring dolphin behaviour, monitoring tourist numbers, advocacy activities
- Working hours:, Monday – Friday, 6:00 – 16:00, with a 2 hour lunch break
- Project Availability: project starts every second Monday of each month. Project closes over Christmas and activities may stop during Ramadan
- Arrival day: Monday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared same sex rooms in a beach bungalow
- Meals: 3 per day except for weekends lunches and dinners (only breakfast is provided on weekends)
- Airport/ferry pick up and drop off
- Training: pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation & project induction
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator
- Activities: Staff help organise weekend activities (activity price may be extra).
What is not included
- Flights / transfers to Zanzibar Island
- Visas – please note that a volunteer visa for Tanzania costs approximately $300 on top of the entry visa ($50 to $100 depending on your nationality)
- Wifi (additional fee apply)
- Police/Government Background Check: US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Weekend lunches and dinners
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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