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Zanzibar - Childcare Assistant

About Your Location

Zanzibar is an amazing destination that tempts you to explore it from end to end. It is a semi-autonomous region within the United Republic of Tanzania and it is comprised of two main islands, Unguja and Pemba, and a number of sparsely populated islets. After the 1964 revolution, Zanzibar joined with the then Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanzania. Zanzibar maintains its own government and is directly responsible for all non-union affairs, including health services.

Unguja Island covers an area of about 1,464 square kilometers and Pemba Island covers an area of about 864 square kilometers. The local people are a mixture of ethnic backgrounds. Islam is the dominant religion and practiced by most of Zanzibaris, although there are also followers of Christianity and other ethnic beliefs. Swahili is a local language used by people and is spoken extensively in Zanzibar. English is also spoken by many people.

Aims & Objectives

- Improve the English skills of the local children
- Provide extra hands to assist the kindergarten and primary school’s staff
- To give you an invaluable experience in Childcare on Zanzibar

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule
- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
- Stonetown City Orientation
- Spoken Orientation
- Lunch
- Swahili Language lesson

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Monday to Friday
You will be assisting at the program placement for 4-5 hours each day with a break in between. In the afternoon, you will have time to prepare for the next day’s activities and lessons before dinner time. The day could look like:

- Breakfast at the accommodation
- Engage children in creative learning activities and assist local teaching staff
- Morning break at the program
- Engage children in creative learning activities and assist local teaching staff
- Help local staff with serving lunch to the children
- Lunch at the accommodation
- Prepare lesson plan for the next day
- Free time
- Dinner at the accommodation

Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Evening Teaching Program

An evening teaching session will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at a local Community Center close to the accommodation in Fuoni. This program runs from 19:00 to 21:00, where you will be teaching students of different ages (from 4 - 20 years old). You will be divided into groups where you will teach lessons prepared by you along with the local team. You are welcom to join this program.

Activities & Events

Evening Activities
The following extra activities will be conducted every Wednesday of the month. The group will decide if they want to go in to Stone Town for the evening or stay at the volunteer house for one of the activities.

First Wednesday - Movie night! We will show a great movie on our big screen at the accommodation.
Second Wednesday - Game Night! The local team will organize exciting and fun games for you to get involved with.
Third Wednesday - BBQ with a great movie! Enjoy the last evening of the week with a delicious BBQ while watching one of your favorite movies on the big screen at the accommodation.
Fourth Wednesday - Karaoke night / Music night with staff and participants. Jam in a simple get-together by singing a song with them, eating with them, and many more

***These activities can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions, and unforeseen circumstances.***

*** No alcohol is allowed during these activities.***

Evening Outing

A shuttle will be provided from the Fuoni Accommodation to Stone Town 2 evenings a week on Wednesday and Friday.
- Leaving from the Accommodation: 16:30
- Leaving Stone Town: 22:00

Please meet the return transfer at 22:00 sharp at the designated meeting point.

Optional Culture Week

This program can also include a Culture Week which is highly recommended but not mandatory - just inform your travel advisor if you wish to include it. Get to know Zanzibar! Explore the rich culture, the complex history, and meet amazing people who call this fantastic place home.

This once independent island nation has actually put the “Zan” in what we now call Tanzania. As you learn more about this unique location you will enjoy the warmth of the weather and the local community. You will visit local sites and enjoy breathtaking views during this week long introduction.

Aims & Objectives of the Culture Week
Help you learn helpful phrases in the local language
Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
Enjoy local sights and activities
Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay

School & Public Holidays

Please note that ALL programs are closed during public holidays except Constructions and Renovation Program and Medical Placement. Therefore, these two programs are still running or on-going during those dates/holidays mentioned below. However, during the Eid al - Fitr on 10th March to 29th April 2024, only the Constructions and Renovations program is still running. During school holidays volunteers will be placed in the holiday program. Please note the dates for the school holidays are subject to change due to local conditions.

School Holidays 2024
01 April to 12 April - Special classes organized by the local team
17 June to 28 June - Special classes organized by the local team
23 September - 27 September - Special classes organized by local team
12 December to 31 December - Education Camp will replace Teaching and Childcare programs

Public Holidays 2024
01 January - New Year's Day
12 January - Zanzibar Revolution Day
29 March - Good Friday
01 April - Easter Monday
07 April - Karume Day
Likely evening of 10 March - 29 April - Eid al-Fitr
26 April - Union Day
01 May - Worker's Day
Likely evening of 17 June - Eid'l Adha
07 July - Saba Saba Day
08 August - Nane Nane (Farmer's) Day
Likely evening of 15-16 September - Prophet's birthday
14 October - Nyerere Day
09 December - Tanzania Independence Day
25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - Boxing Day

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up
Passport copy required on arrival
Travel & medical insurance (Older participants are required to have a medical clearance)
Have completed the following vaccines: Typhoid, Tetanus, Rabies, Malaria, Hepatitis A, and Diphtheria
Visitor visa

Visitor Visa

Apply Online Before Arrival in Tanzania
The visitor visa costs 50 USD and can be applied for online via https://visa.immigration.go.tz/

COVID-19

You don’t need any proof of a COVID test to join the project. However, it is recommended to take a self-test kit with you in case you get COVID-like symptoms, whilst at the volunteer project.
However, please still check please with your airlines and the country's health guidelines on this matter.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
Summary

What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination
None

Activities

Weekends are free to relax and to explore the local area. Zanzibar is known for its sandy white beaches and unique culture. While here, don’t miss Stone Town, a place that is known for its mazes and spices (take a spice tour for sure!). Another must is a visit to Prison Island, where you can spot dolphins and marine life. Travel north or east of the island for some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best!

Accommodation

You will be staying in a traditional and comfortable volunteer house in the village of Fuoni. The house has multiple bedrooms, communal bathrooms, a kitchen and one sitting room - suitable for enjoying the company of your fellow participants. Please note that all rooms (2-8 volunteers per room) are single gender, and that there are no hot showers, fans/air-conditioning, laundry service, or Wifi. You can purchase a local SIM-card locally.

You will easily find a few small local stores nearby that sell snacks, drinks and any basic supplies you might need during your stay. There are also ATM's, banks, shops, a local pharmacy, etc.

Local transport

Arrival Information
ZNZ (Abeid Amani Karume International Airport)
Our transfer coordinator will meet you outside the Airport’s main arrival hall holding a sign with either your name or “The Green Lion”, either upon your arrival or if not possible, at the following times.

Pickup Window
Arrive on Saturday* or Sunday between 06:00 - 21:00.

*Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.

Please note that in some cases we may need to wait for several participants to arrive before the group leaves the airport.

***If you arrive well ahead of time, make sure you return to your meeting point at the appointed time as we may not be able to wait on any late arrivals.***

What to do, if...
...you are waiting at the airport but can’t find your transfer coordinator?
Make sure that you have passed customs and are at the meeting point as described above. If you are there already, it is essential that you stay where you are and wait to avoid further confusion.

It is most likely your driver has just got stuck in traffic. But if after waiting at least 20 minutes you still can’t find your driver, try calling our transfer Coordinator (phone number below).

If they do not answer on the first try, please keep trying.

...you can’t reach the transfer coordinator on the phone.
Please send them a text message and wait at the meeting point. They might be busy and will get back to you shortly. If for any reason they don’t get back to you, please try again. If 30 minutes passes, you can try your country manager’s phone number (also below).

...you don’t get an answer on your messages
Stay at the meeting point. We will meet you there in any case.

Revo is the transfer coordinator +255776218023
Emergencies - Harry +94 77 711 9372

***DO NOT LEAVE THE MEETING POINT, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL TO OUR CENTER ON YOUR OWN***

Meals

Local meals that are typical of Zanzibari culture will be provided at this accommodation such as wali (rice), ugali (maize porridge), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), samaki (fish), pilau (rice mixed with a variety of spices), biriyani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Once per week all participants create together the weekly food plan. Clean drinking water is provided free of charge, but all other drinks are not included.

Additional info

Dress Code
Fully covering the knees and shoulders is required while on the project site and while interacting within the community. No sheer (see-through), low cut or midriff revealing tops, miniskirts or offensive/questionable writing on garments are allowed while shorts, trousers, and t-shirts for men is highly advised.

What to Bring
Towels, Toiletries and mosquito protection are NOT provided so you will have to bring these along with you or buy them locally.

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