voluntourism

VOLUNTOURISM

Voluntourism, gives meaning to both yourself and the place you have visited.

We have hosted nearly 400 volunteers since the start of Assalam and our doors continue to be open for all.

BE A VOLUNTEER

What is Voluntourism?

Voluntourism is a new way of traveling that is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Voluntourism involves tourists going on vacation with the mission to provide a helping hand for a particular project.

Assalam Foundation has hosted more than 400 volunteers through its many projects. Volunteers have taken part in our current projects as well as coming with their own skills and suggestions for programs. Assalam Foundation acts as an intermediary for people to make their ideas a reality and to distribute their aid.

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Why do you want to be a voluntourist in Zanzibar?

Assalam Foundation involves volunteers in its projects and dreams. Most of the projects of Assalam Foundation are financed and furnished by volunteers. Volunteers can participate in the projects that Assalam Foundation approves and their role is in accordance with their abilities, interests and desires.

Workshops

There are volunteering activities apart from the routine actvities at the Assalam campus. We can list a few examples from former workshops:

  • Computer Programming
  • Coding & Robotic
  • Animation & Stop motion
  • Space and planets observation with telescope
  • Permaculture and plant identification
  • Photography
  • Story telling
  • Rhythm and music
  • Brain and mind games
  • Origami
  • Traditional Art Workshops
  • Tribal doll making
  • Fabric painting
  • Renewable energy
  • Rock and seashell painting & magnet making
  • Knitting
  • Lego

Why do you want to be a voluntourist in Zanzibar?

Assalam Foundation involves volunteers in its projects and dreams. Most of the projects of Assalam Foundation are financed and furnished by volunteers. Volunteers can participate in the projects that Assalam Foundation approves and their role is in accordance with their abilities, interests and desires.

Workshops

There are volunteering activities apart from the routine actvities at the Assalam campus. We can list a few examples from former workshops:

  • Computer Programming
  • Coding & Robotic
  • Animation & Stop motion
  • Space and planets observation with telescope
  • Permaculture and plant identification
  • Photography
  • Story telling
  • Rhythm and music
  • Brain and mind games
  • Origami
  • Traditional Art Workshops
  • Tribal doll making
  • Fabric painting
  • Renewable energy
  • Rock and seashell painting & magnet making
  • Knitting
  • Lego

What are the options for volunteering?

There are two volunteering options at the Assalam Community Foundation: short and long term.

  1. A payment for accommodation and other expenses is expected from our short term volunteers. These volunteers are expected to spend 4 hours a day on volunteering actuvities. You can apply throughout the year to be a short-term volunteer.
  2. Long period volunteering lasts three months or more. For long term volunteering you have to follow our announcements on our social media accounts. We announce when we need a volunteer for a definite job with its description and terms.

Some requests

The Foundation demands from you to obey these expectations:

  • Understand and comply with the Foundation’s policies and procedures
  • Participate in all orientation and training programs
  • Behave appropriately and courteously with all staff, students and any other party or parties the foundation has relations with
  • Only undertake duties you’re authorized and always operate under the direction and supervision of executive staff
  • Be open and honest in all your dealings with the foundation
  • Comply with local laws at all times
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What are the options for volunteering?

There are two volunteering options at the Assalam Community Foundation: short and long term.

  1. A payment for accommodation and other expenses is expected from our short term volunteers. These volunteers are expected to spend 4 hours a day on volunteering actuvities. You can apply throughout the year to be a short-term volunteer.
  2. Long period volunteering lasts three months or more. For long term volunteering you have to follow our announcements on our social media accounts. We announce when we need a volunteer for a definite job with its description and terms.

Some requests

The Foundation demands from you to obey these expectations:

  • Understand and comply with the Foundation’s policies and procedures
  • Participate in all orientation and training programs
  • Behave appropriately and courteously with all staff, students and any other party or parties the foundation has relations with
  • Only undertake duties you’re authorized and always operate under the direction and supervision of executive staff
  • Be open and honest in all your dealings with the foundation
  • Comply with local laws at all times
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FAQ

What should I bring with me?

List of needs recommended to everyone

  • Gifts to be distributed to children, candies & chocolates
  • Sun Cream, gun Glasses & slippers and thick bottom sea shoe (for protection from sea urchin)
  • Sunflower seeds which are a lot of fun to eat while spending a good time, Snacks can be used instead of lunch (vacuum pie, canned food, dried nuts and fruits, instant soup, ravioli, etc.)
  • Sneakers (in case of riding bike, running etc.)
  • Movies (on Flash Disk), books and music
  • Camera, chargers, portable charger
  • Converter (plugs are triple here)
  • Disinfectant, fly repellent
  • Medications you use, creams for burn and rash (Medications are expensive and difficult to find here.)
  • Waterproof tiny backpack for the boat and wind & raincoat, waterproof phone case
  • Hat
  • Snorkel equipment and pallet, If you do not want to use or rent someone else’s
  • Tooth paste
  • Shawls are always useful

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, because we are certain that everyone has a special ability inside, even if it is not discovered yet. Maybe Zanzibar helps you to discover this ability, maybe you paint a house, clean the beach with children, but eventually you find something to do in any case.

If you do not enter Zanzibar from an African country you do not need vaccination, it is asked people from African countries for yellow fever vaccination.

Turkish citizens can get a visa at the door for $ 50, although the green passport is exempt, you may have to insist a little bit on persuading the police.

Zanzibar is one of the safest countries in the world, come here without second thought.

Zanzibar is a country where conservative Muslims live and because they think that their culture is threatened by tourists, sometimes tourists who dressed openly can experience some difficulties. For this reason, especially female volunteers must be dressed in a way to take into account the sensitivities of the people of the island. Below-knee dress without decollate is enough in this context.

The best souvenirs can be bought from Zanzibar are spice-scented soaps and cotton fabrics called Kanga on which Swahili proverbs are written. In the culture of the island, women to wear different Kanga each day, according to that day’s psychology. They are all beautiful and colourful, they can be used as decorative material like tablecloth and in clothes sewing.

Our landlady is a very talented cook at the same time. We are confident that you will enjoy everything she cook. However, if you have allergic reactions we can suggest you bring your own personalized food. Because it’s hard to find anything special here. Since everything here is peculiar to Zanzibar.

Zanzibar’s climate is very soft, air conditioning is not needed at all in summer and winter especially in the region of Kizimkazi where we live.

You can bring in dollars, you can easily exchange it into Tanzanian shilling in the island.

Zanzibar has a very lively tourist population in all seasons except for the months of April and May. It rains a lot in these months, but the weather is still nice.

After you spend a week with us, you can go to Darussalam or Kilimanjaro while you are making the world’s most beautiful safari in Serengeti, you can witness the migration of hundreds of thousands of animals or you can climb the highest and the world’s largest single stand-alone mountain in the African continent.

SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • All transfers and guidance
  • Organizations of volunteer activities
  • 7 days accommodation
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Access to ruins and museums
  • Boat trips and swimming with dolphins

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Flight ticket and visa
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses
  • Free day activities
  • Swimming equipment

If you get yourself a mobile phone with Internet connection, mobile packages with 1-2 GB Internet costs around TRY 15. Other than that, you can set your own budget for souvenirs. However, we can foresee that all your extras will not exceed average $100.

There is no Wi-Fi where we stay, but you can buy yourself Internet package. A mobile line with a 1-2 GB Internet connection costs approximately TRY 15. However, we recommend you that to limit the need of communication only the moments you find Wi-Fi and enjoy the moment there. Giving all your attention to Zanzibar will increase both the taste and the consistency of your volunteerism as well as your holiday. Your relatives will be able to reach you in the event of emergencies when you give them our contact information and after a week you will return feeling more rested and calmer…

partnership

If you wish to be a partner…

You can partner or cooperate with us as an individual or organization if you wish. Our doors are open to everyone, as long as we are compatible. You may support us in different ways.

If you are an individual

  • Be a volunteer in Zanzibar or Istanbul
  • If you don’t have time for volunteering, then buy a ticket for a student and send her/him to Zanzibar instead of you
  • Visit CafeAfrica&Shops and drink a coffee
  • Purchase our KangaAfrica products
  • Attend our seminar programs or campaigns, both in Zanzibar and Istanbul
  • Think about different ways of supporting us, from marketing to web design
  • Share our posts on your social media accounts

If you are a company

  • Get involved in our projects. For instance, you can build a classroom for our school.

If you are an NGO

  • Share volunteers
  • Let’s organize projects together

If you have a shop

  • Sell our products
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