Zanzibar is a very exotic destination located off the coast of Tanzania. Thousands of people visit Zanzibar every year and it is easy to see why, this is one of the most spectacular islands in the world with beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters where you can see soft corals, schools of exotic fish plus thousands of other marine species.
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You can catch a ferry from mainland Tanzania or fly into Zanzibar International Airport (airport code ZNZ).
Known as the majectic spice island you will fall in love with Zanzibar especially when you meet local people and sample the fresh local food. Our meanginful holidays in Zanzibar are different to most, you will get to do a lot more than just sightseeing. There are departures all year round and you are guaranteed an authentic experience. You will get to discover an incredible paradise.
Explore islands, learn more about the people and relax and enjoy the surroundings. You can explore the old towns, relax on beaches or join longer trips through mainland Africa passing through nearby countries. Most of our placements will require you to be aged 18 and over, be in good health, have a positive / flexible attitude and be open to living in a destination which might not be like anywhere you have living or experienced before. Accommodation is usually shared with other international participants and you will you will usually need to pay a fee to participate depending on the program.
Zanzibar is generally a very safe destination to visit, most local people are extemely friendly and will be very happy when they learn you are there helping. There have been issolated incidents in recent years where some international visitors have had issues but as long as you follow local staff advice you should enjoy a relaxed experience. You will need to drink lots of water and wear sun cream, this destination is very hot and sunny all year round.
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