Zanzibar Culture Week

Get to know Zanzibar! Explore the rich culture and complex history, and meet amazing people who call this fantastic place home.

This once-independent island nation has actually put the “Zan” in what we now call Tanzania. As you learn more about this unique location, you will enjoy the warmth of the weather and the local community. You will visit local sites and enjoy breathtaking views during this week-long introduction.


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Program Description

Get lost in the fascinating maze-like layout of Stone Town, see the turtles of Prison Island, and learn about Zanzibar’s history and culture. This is an exploration opportunity that will provide you with both insight and appreciation for Zanzibar, an island known and loved for its spices and unique atmosphere.

This is where worlds and cultures collide to form a stunning mosaic of African, Arabic, Asian, and European influences. While exploring Stone Town, you may discover that the door itself is more interesting than what lies behind it. Enjoy the opportunity to be transported through time and lulled into peace as you relax on the beach. When the sun goes down, immerse yourself in Zanzibar’s nightlife.

There is so much to take in that the exotic nature of this truly remarkable place stimulates your senses of smell, taste, sight, and touch.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help you learn helpful phrases in the local language
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
  • Enjoy local sights and activities
  • Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay



  • Breakfast
  • Orientation
  • Lunch
  • Language lesson
  • City tour
  • Welcome dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Local market visit
  • Cooking lesson and lunch at the local house (Swahili house visit)
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Prison Island (snorkeling / G. Tortoise  visit / prison visit and history / Explore the island )  
  • Lunch
  • Language lesson
  • Spice plantation visit
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Local transport for Makunduchi (2 hours of transport)
  • Village cycling tour / Khanga demonstration / Special lunch with fruit and snack , Coconut ropes making / Coconut roof making /  Witch doctor
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Full day beach visit with packed lunch
  • Dinner

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions, and unforeseen circumstances***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria and Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                65

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

  • Older participants are required to have a medical clearance, while participants under 18 might need signed parental consent.
  • At least 18 years old. If you have the permission of a legal guardian or are accompanied by your parents or someone older than you, you may be exempt.
  • Have completed the following vaccines: typhoid, tetanus, Rabies, Malaria, Hepatitis A, and Diphtheria.
  • Tanzania is a country of mixed beliefs, including Christianity and Islam, as well as a number of other conservative traditions and faiths. Therefore, modesty is the ideal, thus, wearing clothes that cover the knee and shoulders for women and shorts, trousers, and t-shirts for men is highly advised.

Additional Equipment

No additional equipment is required.