of the Month The Kenya
Best of Kenya program provides overseas volunteers and interns
abroad with wildlife
& nature viewing safaris in Kenya, Africa. Apply
splendor of Zanzibar, Africa - visit her great parks and sunbath on her
in Zanzibar, Africa.
your Gap Year
on the Island of Zanzibar in Tanzania with jubileeventures.org,
go abroad on
African tours, visit famous
historical places, play with
dolphins, study turtles,
dive, swim or
snorkel in crystal
waters, soak in the sun on
extensive Zanzibar sandy beaches, support local communities. All this
and more exciting international opportunities at an affordable
designed Zanzibar, Tanzania
language and cultural training offers
glimpses of local languages,
cultures, religions, and ways of local
life before beginning
voluntary service. The program covers Swahili language
training, cultural visits, language practice, and orientation to the
local culture. Swahili or Kiswahili is the main language spoken in
Tanzania and most of East Africa.
The program will
also entail day tours to Zanzibar’s stone town and the
coastal village of Jambiani where cultural activities, relaxation and
Swahili classes take place. Besides having some of the friendliest
people, Jambiani is known for its expansive and un-crowded white sandy
beaches, crystal clear blue waters, seaweed farming, rope making, the
caves, and fishing. Staying with a host family will ensure you eat some
of the best Zanzibar cuisines, which Jambiani is famous for.
schedule of the Language and Culture
Program is as follows:
Day 1: Arrival
and pick up
from the Zanzibar International Airport (code name ZNZ); transfer to
host household home or hotel for overnight.
2: Registration and Orientation. Registration
to the program followed by bout 2-hour discussion covering topics
including orientation to the program, Zanzibar culture, history,
customs, politics, do’s and don’ts. Afternoon
– Guided tour of the city of Zanzibar Stone Town. The tour is
covered mainly on foot, and as will as time allows feature strolling
through the narrow winding labyrinth alleys; view houses with carved
Arab doors and balconies; the House of Wonders; the Palace Museum; Dr
Livingstone's House; The Old Anglican cathedral; and Zanzibar's
bustling market. Stone Town has excellent gifts shops with plenty of
souvenirs handicrafts and splendid artifacts to choose from.
3: Morning: 2-3 hours
Swahili lessons. Afternoon: Take a local bus to the beach village of
Jambiani in the East coast of Zanzibar where you will spend the
remainder of the week.
4: Sunday: Free to relax,
soak in the sun, walk on the most beautiful yet un-crowded beach; feel
like Robinson Crusoe in your remote and extremely peaceful paradise
5: Morning: 2-3 hours
Swahili lessons. Afternoon:
villagers to do see weed farming.Seaweed farming is a small local
industry that gives work to hundreds of islanders. The weed was
introduced in Zanzibar from the Philippines in 1988. The product is
shipped to Europe, where it is used in medicines, cosmetics and in the
preservation of foods and beers. Later on as time allows climb on
coconut palms to harvest coconuts together with the locals.
6: Morning: Swahili classes,
2-3 hours. Afternoon:
women in rope making and visit with a local herbal
“doctor” to learn the art and science of herbal
7: Morning: Program
Evaluation, 30 minutes. Thereafter, join the local fishermen for a
fishing expedition or jump on a dhow and sail in the calm waters of the
Jambiani lagoon. Alternatively take a 2 hour hike to attraction, a
large cave containing a fresh water spring thought to have once been
used as a holding house for slaves. The cave is also a traditional
shrine and some local people come here to pray and make offerings.
Afternoon: Trip back to Zanzibar city.
8: Introduction to project
staff and beginning of project work.
note that the Language and Culture program
is not provided on
its own. It is only provided in combination with one other programs,
that is, either Basic (as Explorer), Adventure or Best of
covered by specially selected
local host families.
meals provided with prior request.