Zanzibar is a precious paradise with amazing natural wonders such as coral reefs, white sandy beaches, blue ocean, coral rag and mangrove forests, and an abundance of wildlife including marine turtles, dolphins, whale sharks, tropical fish, coconut crabs, the indigenous red colobus monkeys and others.
However, Zanzibar’s increasing population size puts the islands‘ pristine nature under pressure. Problems include pollution with solid and liquid waste, unsustainable fishing methods such as dynamite fishing and overfishing due to an increasing demand for food (also caused by the increasing amount of seafood and high quality fish by hotels and tourist restaurants), and a lack of awareness about the importance of conservation of protected species such as Hawksbill and other marine turtles.
World Unite! has been arranging volunteer and internship placements related to environmental conservation in Zanzibar for 10 years now, since April 2006, cooperating successfully with the islands‘ leading environmental NGOs and institutions including the Institute of Marine Sciences of the University Daressalam, the Nungwi Natural Aquarium, MOTO/DADA, Misali Island Conservation, ZALA Park, Sustainable East Africa and others.
For the 10th anniversary of our environmental efforts in Zanzibar, we think that we should come up with something new and even better now, to make our programs even more effective for the benefit of Zanzibar’s nature, and more enticing, exciting and satisfying for our participants!
Everyone who is already booked into our existing environmental projects in Zanzibar from middle of June can now join all of the following activities. Those who have not yet booked will surely like what we will present in continuation and will decide to join us in Zanzibar!!
* From middle of June 2016 we will have our own environmental program manager in Zanzibar, Celeste from South Africa. Celeste has been working as a marine conservation project manager with international volunteers in South Africa and Zanzibar since 2013, ensuring the daily running of conservation projects, and keeping volunteers, project partners and local communities engaged and enthusiastic. She is a very lively and captivating character whose motto is to „Be the change you want to see in the world“ (Mahatma Ghandi). Celeste will direct our own environmental volunteering/internship programs and will cooperate with other NGOs whose activities can be joined by our volunteers/interns to make best use of the combined manpower, to better link the various activities going on in Zanzibar, and to offer thrilling and all-encompassing volunteer/internship experiences related to many aspects of environmental conservation in Zanzibar. For instance you as an environmental volunteer/intern in Zanzibar can spend a few hours per day doing marine turtle conservation, some hours doing permaculture building and gardening, and some hours providing environmental education – all in small groups, because it’s more fun to share the experience with other like-minded people, and under the knowledgeable direction of Celeste.
* Another new World Unite! team member from June will be biologist Monique from Germany. Monique has developed „Rucksack School Tours“ for environmental education in the middle of nature that she has already carried out for local school classes in Bagamoyo/Tanzania. In Zanzibar, the „Rucksack School Tours“ will not only be provided to local school children, but also offered to tourists as a sustainable income-generating eco-tourism activity for coastal populations.
* So from middle/end of June, you as a volunteer/intern in Nungwi/Zanzibar can join and combine:
-> The Nungwi Natural Aquarium Marine Turtle conservation project
-> Recycling of plastic waste such as bottles and plastic bags (collected from beaches), turning them into something new and useful, following the techniques of www.preciousplastic.com. First, we will build the machines that are needed, making use of local materials
-> Building our own „Environmental Education Centre“ in Nungwi, making use of Permaculture techniques for construction and for the gardening of the land, and developing the exhibition.
-> Training local guides and implementing „Rucksack School Tours“ in Zanzibar
-> Eco-tourism programs in cooperation with various partners
-> Environmental education programs in cooperation with various partners
* As our environmental base in Zanzibar where all of our environmental efforts come together, we will have our own „Environmental Education Centre“ in Nungwi, just 2 minutes to walk from the beach. We will also start to build this centre in June 2016, making use of Permaculture building techniques, and you can join! The centre will include an exhibition about environmental topics relevant to Zanzibar, open to any local and tourist visiting Zanzibar.
Are you excited about these new programs in Zanzibar? For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.