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Tanzania Adventurer

Combine teaching and living in a Tanzanian community with adventure travel on this magical tour of all the best that Tanzania has to offer.

Prices from US$295

Combine conservation, teaching and living in a Tanzanian community with adventure travel on this magical tour of all the best that Tanzania has to offer! You'll live and work in a small rural community on exotic Mafia Island south of Zanzibar on a diverse project – a life changing experience with exciting challenges and tremendous rewards. Afterwards you'll explore the spice island of Zanzibar, trawl through markets for exotic trinkets and snorkel or scuba dive (extra cost) at some of the world's best dive sites! Only Frontier can offer such an amazing and diverse Tanzanian adventure at such unbeatable value!

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Combine living in a Tanzanian community with adventure travel
  • Go on an amazing & diverse Tanzanian adventure
  • Make lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

 

Location Mafia Island, Tanzania
Activities Record levels of habitat disturbance
Wildlife surveys
Teach English
Snorkel in the Indian Ocean
Explore historic towns
Transport

Optional airport pickup from Dar es Salaam can be arranged at extra cost and first night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam can be arranged at extra cost (£40/$60) 

Airport pick up available from Mafia Island Airport 
Transfer to camp from Mafia Island Airport

Accommodation Communal camp near to the beach

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)
In-country

Airport pick up in Dar es Salaam and transfer to hostel (extra cost US$22/$20)

First night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam (extra cost US$22/$20)

Transfer to airport for connecting flight to the island (extra cost US$22/$20)

Airport pickup from Mafia Island Airport and transfer to camp (extra cost US$7/$6) 
Camp accommodation near the beach
3 meals per day provided on project sites, 6 days per week. 2 meals provided on Sunday
Transfer by ferry to Zanzibar
Local orientation
Project training
24-hour international HQ back-up
In-country emergency support
Free park & reserve entrance fees (usually $20 per person per day) & research permits if applicable

 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Sample Itinerary

Day 1-2: Arrival & Orientation

Arrive in the bustling port city of Dar es Salaam where you will be met at the airport and escorted to your Dar accommodation (optional, extra cost applies). Spend a day independently getting orientated, pick up some basic Swahili and explore the city's museums, markets and nightspots independently before heading to the Frontier project site on Mafia Island!

Day 2-12: Wildlife Conservation (TZF)

Travel by internal flight down to Mafia Island (about 40 minutes from Dar es Salaam). Enjoy the stunning short flight to the most beautiful of Tanzania's Spice Islands, where tranquil white sand beaches, friendly villagers and world class coral reefs combine to make this a true tropical paradise. On arrival you will be met at Mafia Island airport by Frontier field staff who will escort you to the Frontier conservation camp. You will live in Utende village within the Mafia Island Marine Park on the Frontier conservation camp.

You will be assisting on the wildlife research that is taking place and exploring the natural beauty and plethora of biodiversity that inhabits the area. As part of your training on this valuable and exciting project you will have the opportunity to encounter a number of interesting amphibians, birds and small mammals. You might also be interviewing local villagers or teaching at local education days about the conservation value of the species found on Mafia Island.

Day 13-35: Teaching project (TZT)

You will be introduced to the local school children and staff and begin to immerse yourself in Tanzanian village life. At the school you may be able to help and even lead classes in English and other subjects as well as organising extra activities with the children and, if the timing's right, you may get to help conduct one of the Marine Park's famous environmental education days. If you are joining the project during the school holidays an alternative programme of teaching within the community, with Frontier's local staff, Masaai staff or one on one language coaching will be in operation.

Day 35-39: Beach Conservation and Snorkelling (TBC)

After your challenging and rewarding teaching assignment chill out on one of Mafia's spectacular coconut palm fringed beaches or snorkel over the pristine coral reefs spotting rays, turtles and vivid hued tropical fish. Watch the Tanzanian fishing dhows as they return at dusk or join the Frontier divers and marine biologists as they voyage each day by sailing dhow to the world class coral reefs.

You may be able to squeeze in a dive course with Frontier for an additional US$680 (subject to season, availability and weather) and explore the emerald depths of this magical world as you work towards your PADI Open Water scuba diving qualification.

After your time on Mafia you will be escorted to the airport before journeying on to Zanzibar via Dar.

Day 40-41: Culture & Recreation on Zanzibar

Spend two days independently exploring the historic Stonetown and other Zanzibar attractions. You'll take in festivals, visit markets and party the night away in this unique exotic island paradise.

Day 42: Travel

Return to Dar es Salaam before you fly home.

This is a specimen itinerary and the order of the projects is subject to change. Please note that this project requires considerable in country travel in order to experience this variety of stunning environments. Volunteers should be prepared to travel between project sites and in Zanzibar independently and cover minimal in transit costs.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

We can arrange an airport pick up for you at Dar es Salaam Airport and a local private driver will escort you to a local hostel where you can spend your first night relaxing and recovering from your journey. These costs are extra and you can pay US$68/$60 directly. The following day our rep will return you to the airport in time for your internal flight on the eight seater light aircraft to Mafia Island. Please ensure you book your flight well in advance. Once on Mafia Island you will be met by Frontier staff at the airport on Mafia and transferred by bus or tuk tuk to the marine conservation project camp site at Utende. We can provide you with detailed instructions on how to reach the Mafia Island camp if travelling independently.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the wildlife, teaching and marine phases you will be staying on a communal camp at the edge of Utende village on the east coast of Mafia Island. You will be staying in communal bandas; huts made from makuti (woven palm leaves) and sleeping on beds constructed from wooden poles, you will have long-drop style toilets, your "shower" will be a jug or a bucket of water and you cook over an open campfire, so prepare for the basic, unencumbered lifestyle!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Camp food is simple and nutritious and consists largely of rice, beans, and vegetables all of which are purchased locally in order to help support the local economy. Daily variations include pumpkin, cabbage, spinach, sweet potato and even the occasional pasta dish! Luxuries such as chocolate, biscuits, peanut butter and drinking chocolate can be bought in nearby Kilindoni so make sure you stock up before heading to camp! Part of your role on camp will be to help with the cooking, so get your cookbooks out now and start practising!

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

Discovering Tanzania  | 2 Mar 2017
My time on the project was a wonderful time where I learnt much about the basic living on camp in...

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Great trip  | 12 Feb 2017
The adventure was a great trip. It gave me a good taste of all of Frontiers projects in Tanzania....

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I WOULD DEFINITELY LIKE TO VOLUNTEER AGIAN  | 3 Feb 2017
To get to Mafia you have to fly in a tiny plane which offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean a...

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The Joys of Teaching  | 1 Feb 2017
Arriving here in Africa for the first time has been an absolute joy.  On this most beautiful...

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GREAT ATMOSPHERE  | 10 Aug 2015
I went to Tanzania when for the first half of my summer holiday and i could not have chosen a bet...

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EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE  | 2 Mar 2015
An excellent experience I would recommend to anyone. Good value for money, welcoming staff and vo...

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AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED  | 10 Feb 2015
I have been on Mafia Island as part of the Frontier team for three weeks now and I have to say, i...

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DELVING INTO THE UNKNOWN  | 10 Apr 2013
As I arrived on Mafia Island I had no idea what to expect. The Island was an unknown entity so I ...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The camps are great fun and in your spare time, depending on your location, you'll have opportunities to play football and beach volleyball, socialise or sit around the campfire. You will enjoy plenty of evenings spent relaxing under a sky lit up by millions of stars and filled with the calls of exotic tropical animals. If you are interested in snorkelling around other areas or taking a boat or fishing trip and travelling a little further out into the ocean there are many local operators who can provide this.

Dive courses run monthly commencing on the first Monday of the month

  • Single Day Dive US$42
  • Double Dive US$85
  • 4-dive package US$170
  • 10-dive package US$340

courses*

  • Discover Scuba Diving US$68
  • Open Water Dive Course US$680
  • Advanced Open Water US$561
  • Emergency First Responder US$221
  • Rescue Diver US$595
  • Dive Master US$1,275

*Medical certificate is mandatory for participation in dive courses

rental equipment (prices per day) subject to availability

  • Jacket/BCD US$8
  • Regs US$8
  • Wetsuit US$8
  • Mask/Snorkel US$5
  • Fins US$5

Modern conveniences

Mafia Island

  • Boat rental
  • Fishing
  • Hostels / hotels
  • Internet available at local bars
  • Post office
  • Souvenir shops
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants

Kilindoni - 20-30 minute Tuk Tuk ride away at own cost

  • Grocery Stores
  • Medical clinic
  • Phone shops
  • Traditional markets

Dar es Salaam - 45 minute flight at own cost

  • 24 hour supermarkets
  • Banks / ATMs; National Microfinance Bank, Standard Chartered, Barclays, National Bank of Commerce, Stanbic
  • Bars / clubs
  • Bureau de Change
  • Cinema
  • Dentist/li>
  • Department store
  • Hairdresser
  • Hospital
  • Hostels / hotels
  • International Embassies and Consulates
  • Internet cafes
  • Local style restaurants
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Pay phones
  • Pharmacy
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

COSTS

3 weeks US$1,695

4 weeks US$1,895

5 weeks US$2,195

6 weeks US$2,545

7 weeks US$2,895

8 weeks US$3,195

10 weeks US$3,695

11 weeks US$3,945

12 weeks US$4,195

20 weeks US$6,195

Extra week US$295

Christmas Week US$295

DEPARTURE DATES

First and third Monday of month. 

Alternative dates available on request.

School Holidays 2018

During school holidays a modified programme will run with one to one coaching, educational workshops and extracurricular activities.

Please be aware that these dates may be subject to change at short notice.

Please note there will also be a number of public holidays and unannounced holidays throughout the year.

DURATION

3 weeks +

CHRISTMAS OFFER

This project is available for the special price of US$255 per week over the Christmas period.  Placements starting on the 24th or 31st of December 2018 are eligible for this price, subject to availability.  Please apply using the orange button below and then tell your volunteer advisor that you wish to take part over Christmas.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)

In-country

  • Airport pick up in Dar es Salaam and transfer to hostel (extra cost US$22/$20)
  • First night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam (extra cost US$22/$20)
  • Transfer to airport for connecting flight to the island (extra cost US$22/$20)
  • Airport pickup from Mafia Island Airport and transfer to camp (extra cost US$7/$6)
  • Camp accommodation near the beach
  • 3 meals per day provided on project sites, 6 days per week. 2 meals provided on Sunday 
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Transfer by ferry to Zanzibar
  • 24-hour in-country & international HQ emergency support & backup
  • Lodge style upgrades available on Mafia Island
  • Free park & reserve entrance fees (usually $20 per person per day) & research permits if applicable

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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