Dive, Teach & Wildlife Adventure

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Dive, Teach & Wildlife Adventure

from £795
Duration: from 1 week to 12 weeks
Countries: Tanzania
Enjoy a whirlwind adventure giving you real insight to the fusion that is modern and ancient cultural Africa.

Dive, Teach & Wildlife Adventure

You will have the chance to scuba dive in crystalline waters, and dive with your fellow volunteers in the heavenly waters of the Indian Ocean that fringes the coastline, spotting a dazzling array of spectacular and fascinating creatures including minute tropical reef fish, turtles and rays which glide silently through the sunlit waters.

As well as all this, help teachers in a small school in a local village on glorious Mafia Island. Here you will absorb the real Tanzania as you become a part of local life. This fulfilling phase of the project will see you become truly involved with the lives of those who live in small Tanzanian villages; you will find the people to be cheerful and welcoming despite the deprivation that blights their day to day lives. If you are joining during the school holidays you can help with community outreach education, giving language coaching to local community members or assisting in one to one coaching.

Complete this unforgettable experience by appreciating the majesty of raw nature as you learn to survey native wildlife such as birds, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans, insects and bats. You may even be lucky enough to spot a bushbaby or a blue monkey.  As you develop an eclectic range of surveying & monitoring techniques and how to work with local communities you will be helping to conserve the remaining habitat and the animals it supports and also to ensure that local communities are closely involved in conservation activities.


Sample Itinerary
This is a specimen itinerary for a 3 week project and the order and duration of the project components is subject to change. The 6, 9 and 12 week project option will mean more time on each project component.

The 2 week project option allows you to take part in your choice of 2 projects from those listed above, each for 1 week.

Day 1-2: Arrival & Orientation
Arrive in the bustling port city of Dar es Salaam, where you will be met by a local private driver (extra cost applies £40/$60). Spend a day getting oriented, try out some basic Swahili, and explore the city's museums, markets, and nightspots!

Travel by internal flight down to Mafia Island  (about 40 minutes from Dar es Salaam). Enjoy this breathtaking flight soaring above the stunning sight of the tropical atolls that thrive in the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean. Once you have arrived, you will be met at Mafia's small airport and escorted to the marine conservation camp.

Week 1: Diving at Marine Camp
You will have the chance to complete PADI dive qualifications (extra cost applies) at one of the world's most spectacular dive sites in Tanzania's first marine park. As you explore the emerald depths of the crystal waters here, you will see a host of marine wildlife, including amazing coral reefs, colourful reef fish, endangered turtles, rays, dolphins and possibly even the enigmatic whale sharks!  Read our past volunteers' accounts of their whale shark encounters in our volunteer diaries!

Week 2: Help teach in a local school 
Remaining on the marine camp, you will be introduced to your teaching project where you begin your programme helping the teachers in the under resourced local school. You will help teach English and organise a range of activities for the students, under the guidance of the staff there. The teaching is based on Mafia Island – the most beautiful of Tanzania's Spice Islands, where tranquil white-sand beaches, friendly villages, and world class scuba diving sites combine to make this a true tropical paradise. If you are joining during the school holidays you will be offered the alternative program of teaching in the community.

Week 3: Wildlife Conservation 
The final stage of your project, assisting on the programme of 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 20-21: Travel
Return to Dar es Salaam for any last minute souvenir shopping and sightseeing before you fly home.

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Helping to teach excited and lively local kids and community members
Assemble innovative & effective lesson plans
Explore the local forests and learn to survey small mammals, vegetation and amphibeans
PADI Scuba Diving training from the idyllic beach camp (extra cost applies)
Explore the mangrove forests, dense sea grass beds & productive intertidal areas
Swim and snorkel on the reefs of Mafia Island to study the various marine life living on coral reefs


Communal camp near to the beach with the possibility of a forest satellite camp

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free t-shirt


Airport pick up from Mafia Island airport
Transfer to camp on Mafia Island
Project orientation and training
Camp site accommodation
3 meals per day provided on project sites, 6 days per week. 2 meals provided on Sunday
Project equipment & camp diving equipment
24-hour international HQ back-up
In-country emergency support
Dive training courses available PADI Open Water £250/$390, PADI Advanced Open Water £230/$360
FREE use of project dive equipment, including tanks, BCDs, Regs and weights
Discounted advanced dive courses: PADI Emergency First Response (£100/$155), PADI Rescue Diver (£300/$465), & PADI Divemaster qualifications (£500/$780)

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