Life as a Volunteer?

A typical start for any TPP volunteer will be a relaxed weekend of getting to know other volunteers and the local area. Relax on the Island’s beautiful beaches, or take a swim in the Indian Ocean. Take a walk through the local village and sample some Swahili cooking and just take it easy.

After the weekends festivities it’s time to get to the real work. You will be provided with the National Curriculum so you can begin planning your first lesson. You will be taken to the community hall where the lessons will take place and be introduced to the children you will be working with and other members of the village.

Students attend school either in the morning or the afternoon leaving the other session free for TPP volunteers to support them with the extra classes. You will teach either the morning or afternoon session for 4 days a week. You will be responsible for planning and executing each lesson. The children aged 10-16 know very little English so please be prepared for a very challenging project. It is very important you are able to work to your own initiative as the success of the project will be relying on you. There will not be a translator present in the classes; however there may be people from the community available at hand to help out if needed. TPP will provide you with the curriculum and the teaching materials that you will need.

While on duty The Panje Project is a no phone and non-smoking zone. You will be provided with a TPP T-Shirt which should be worn at all times whilst volunteering in the village.

The rest of the week will be yours to spend as you wish. There’s loads to do to suit all budgets. Explore the island, go diving or snorkeling or just enjoy the beautiful beaches.

In exchange for your hard work on the project, Volunteers will be exposed to a rich cultural experience, where interaction will be encouraged on both sides. Volunteers will have the opportunity to discover the local cuisine and accustom themselves to the local culture and fascinating customs. Get involved with Dhow building, or spend the night at sea with the local fishermen. Learn how to cook the local food, weave the traditional way and to play Bao.

You will stay at Nungwi Guest house with other volunteers in a shared en-suite room (max 3 people in a room) Bed, Linen, Pillows, Mosquito nets will be provided. Breakfast will be provided at the guest house. The facilities are basic. Be prepared for cold water, power cuts, we are in Africa after all!! The guest house is located in the village 2 min walk away from the beach.

This project is open to those with the ability to teach and inspire the youth to want to learn. We ask volunteers to commit a minimum of a month to this cause to try and create some continuity for the students.

Volunteers are advised and encouraged to respect the local customs of Zanzibar, especially in Nungwi village, in order to ensure mutual understand and eliminate any cultural offense.

We advise all volunteers to abide by the following whilst in the village: • Please dress modestly due to the society being predominantly Muslim, covering from shoulders to knees will be acceptable and considered respectful towards the local culture.
• Tight and revealing clothes can cause misinterpretation and a negative atmosphere
• “Untraditional” facial piercing and jewellery especially for men would be considered non-cultural.
• Religion and political discussions are to be refrained in class to eliminate any uncomfortable discussions.



The Panje Project, Nungwi Guest House, Nungwi, Zanzibar
Registered Charity