Menai Bay, Zanzibar is home to bottlenose and humpback dolphins and whales, thus attracting tourists from all over the world. Dolphin tourism currently involves tourists going out in fishing boats to see dolphins and, often, jumping into the water to swim with them. Though friendly creatures, the quantity of boats (sometimes up to 20) boats chasing after this animal causes stress, particularly when they are feeding or nursing.
The aim of this project is to ensure that the sea life is not put at risk. Volunteers will monitor human – dolphin interactions with collected data being fed in research studies for the government to determine how to regulate dolphin and tourist interaction in the long term. The project also runs a resource centre to educate locals and tourists about marine life. Additional work includes working with the local community on beautification and conservation, such as tree planting and beach cleaning.
Why choose this project?
Ensure the future protection of dolphins by getting involved with this local Tanzanian community and research experts. The project wants to continue their research on a more consistent basis and volunteers allow that to happen. You will learn about marine conservation while also gaining an understanding of the impact of tourism on the underwater world. This project will give you practical insight into data collection and research- a great experience to add to your CV/Resume.
Role of the volunteer
The project needs vary, so volunteer tasks and activities can change. 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
- Research and monitoring of fish and other species including whales (June to September)
- Research on coastal activities such as bivalve collection, coconut husk burying, rope making and seaweed farming
- Assisting research students with data
- Helping with a marine conservation club for youths
- Helping develop and maintain a local resource centre
- Promoting advocacy for responsible dolphin interaction and fishing practices with local businesses, boat operators and the community
All volunteers must be able to swim. You do not need any specific technical skills, but an interest in marine wildlife and the outdoors is essential.
Appropriate dress should be worn at all times, and religious festivals and cultural norms respected. 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
You will be located on the island of Zanzibar, just off the Tanzanian coast. You will live and volunteer in a coastal village about an hour’s drive from the center of Zanzibar. You’ll love this laid back community set amongst white powder beaches with crystal clear waters and lush tropical forests. You’ll enjoy lots of beach time, tasting the island’s fresh seafood and fruits and soaking up the local life! Don’t miss traveling to other parts of Zanzibar or, even, hopping to mainland Tanzania to do a safari.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 – 8 weeks
- Cost: £1403 / $2455 for 2 weeks
Additional weekly costs can be found in the drop-down menu
- Requirements: age 18+
- 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
- Food: 3 meals per day except for weekends lunches and dinners (only breakfast is provided)
- Weekly laundry service
- 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). Trips include: Diving/snorkelling, Jozani Forest trip to see the red-colobus monkeys & safari on mainland Tanzania
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)
- 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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