Melanie from Germany tells about her volunteer work in our sea turtle conservation and recycling project in Zanzibar!
My time in Zanzibar was amazing. My volunteer project did not only allow me to work with the turtles, but also gave me an insight into life in Zanzibar. The sea turtle sanctuary in Zanzibar is located on a beautiful beach: Everyday I enjoyed gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, turquoise blue sea and white sand. However, it is important to remember that many local people live a very modest life and have to make do with very simple means. My advice to future volunteers is therefore to familiarize themselves in advance with the reality of life in Zanzibar.
My tasks in the turtle sanctuary included to change the water in the pools of the baby turtles everyday and to clean the shells of the big turtles. In addition, the sanctuary treats sick turtles until they are well enough to be released into the ocean.
In addition to working in the sea turtle sanctuary, volunteers have the opportunity to support a recycling project. With the help of volunteers, Lisa, the project coordinator, draws attention to the waste disposal problem on the island.
After volunteering, I traveled the island for another week.
I am very grateful for my stay and the time on site and can only recommend the experience!