Volunteer to research dolphin tourism and carry out coral bleaching surveys in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

African Impact

Volunteer Dolphin Research and Marine Conservation Project


Who: African Impact

Where: Jambiani and Kizimkazi (southern coast), Zanzibar, Tanzania

Focus: Research dolphin tourism and monitor human-dolphin interaction.

When: All year round | Set start dates – closed over Christmas

Duration: 2-12 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s.

Cost: 2 weeks from GBP 1,297.

As a volunteer, you will: 

  • Contribute to the conservation of a fragile marine ecosystem.
  • Monitor dolphins in their natural habitat and study the impact of tourism on their behaviour.
  • Swim with dolphins and witness their behaviour away from tourists.
  • Snorkel in beautiful reefs whilst collecting vital coral bleaching data.
  • Get involved in community initiatives, from developing a school library to assisting in eco-friendly workshops with local dolphin tour boat drivers.
  • Plan and run exciting activities for the Marine Conservation Club students.
  • Help monitor local fishing activity whilst learning about life in a traditional fishing village.
  • Inspire locals to look after their environment through community education.
  • Interact with, and contribute to, the traditional communities of two small fishing villages.
  • Learn Swahil and live on the beach.
  • Possibly spot migrating humpback whales (July to November).

The Base

Accommodation: Shared en-suite volunteer house in the traditional fishing village of Jambiani. The house is right on the beach with a balcony, and daily housekeeping. There are several resorts, restaurants and cafés nearby.

Food: 3 meals a day cooked by in-house project chef.

Working week: Monday to Friday, with weekends off to explore

Support: 24-hour on-site volunteer support.

Transport: Airport pick up included from Zanzibar airport,


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