We are able to take applicants who are aged 18+, and although we do not set any upper limit on age, it is important to check if you're eligible for a visa with the relevant immigration authorities.
Sea Turtle Volunteering in Tanzania
Volunteer with sea turtles on Zanzibar in Tanzania and help protect this endangered species
In our sea turtle conservation centre in Zanzibar, Tanzania, you can actively contribute to ensuring these incredible sea creatures do not die out. The turtles grow up in a safe environment, which is managed carefully by our in-country to ensure they are nurtured correctly, to be later released to the ocean. You care for these young animals through a variety of different tasks, help keep the pristine beach clean and much more.
The Plight of Sea Turtles
All sea turtles are officially protected under law, and thankfully, the trade in turtle products has been banned for several decades.
Nevertheless, sea turtles are still threatened with extinction. The animals are still being hunted by poachers for their shells, eggs and even their flesh. Modern fishing methods also cause the sea turtles to land by accident in crab or fish nets. In addition, the increasing pollution of the oceans and nesting beaches is a major problem for the turtles. Many suffocate, for example, with the rise in plastic pollution, with the likes of plastic bags being the main culprit.
Yet, there are also some projects around the world that stand up for the protection of these endangered sea turtles. In our "Sea Turtle Conservation Project", the endangered Sea Turtles are monitored and effectively protected with suitable measures, through our expert, in country-team.
The project, which employs around 28 people and is run by a local non-governmental organization, is actively involved in the protection of sea turtles and is also providing awareness-raising information on turtle protection among the general population. Around 180 turtles grow in a safe environment at the site: 150 sea turtles live directly on the project site and 30 larger animals in the nearby lagoon. Each year in February, the animals are released to the ocean to continue their own natural journey, fully prepared and given the best possible chance. Since the project does not re
- A passion for marine life
- Awareness of current environmental issues
- Animal lover
- Energetic and active
- Eye for detail
- Good working as part of a team
Types of Tasks
- Measurements of hatched/young turtles
- Cleaning of adult turtles
- Cleaning of lagoon and sea turtle pools
- Beach/Indian Ocean cleanups
- General repair work on hospital/lagoon
- Assessing water quality/making changes
A good level of physical fitness and a passion for the protection of marine life are musts! Although previous experience in working with animals is not required, it is beneficial.
The sea turtle conservation project is located on the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Your shared volunteer house is also just a short walk away, so everything is located close to each other.
Volunteer placements are available from 4 weeks up to 48 weeks. If you require longer than the 10 weeks available on the registration and booking form, please speak to our team and we'll happily discuss the duration with you and get it sorted for you.
Understandably, there are a few 'down' times, where there may be public holidays or religious dates, where no work will happen. This will affect arrival dates, but if you're in the country on project already, it will simply mean that it will result in some down time until the project starts back up.
Your accommodation will be at a Shared Volunteer House, which is specifically for RGV volunteers. Here, you can meet your fellow Sea Turtle volunteers and get to know them in your time off. The house is quiet and has a living area / living room, kitchen and a walled outdoor area for you to spend your chill time at. It is only a few minutes walk to the project, so there’s no need for transport between.
An airport transfer is included, where you’ll be picked up and transferred to your first nights accommodation on the mainland. Our team will take you to the ferry the next day, but you will have to buy the cost of the 2 hour ferry yourself, which is about £30. You’ll then be picked up by our Zanzibar team at the port.
A range of suitable clothing is important, as you’ll be working in warm temperatures. It’s likely to get wet and dirty, so bear this in mind when packing.
There are certain pieces of documentation that RGV require during the application process, to ensure you're a suitable applicant to work at one of our projects. They are:
- *Copy of Passport - * A pretty standard request for all volunteer companies!
- *Letter of Motivation - * This is a one page letter stating why you want to do the programme. The people that use these projects need it's support, so it's super important we send committed and determined volunteers, who really want to make an impact.
- *CV - * This just gives us a bit of a better understanding of your background and your past work roles, as again, this is a work placement and not a vacation!
- *Criminal Background Check - * With nearly all of our projects, you'll interact with either children or wildlife, so an up-to-date (within 3 months of departure) clean, criminal background check is required. We suggest ICPC, as it is internationally recognised.
- *Travel Insurance - * Travel insurance tends to be mandatory for most visas, and we also require it to ensure that you are completely covered in case of emergencies.
- *Flight Itinerary - * We need to know when you arrive! By having this, we can keep up to date with where you're at. If you need help with flights, we will happily point you in the right direction.
Pre Departure Prep & In-Country Orientation
On arrival in Zanzibar, one of our team members will guide you through the thorough orientation planned for you at the shared Volunteer House. We show you your new surroundings and explain the rules to be followed at both the house and project. You’ll also be shown around Zanzibar Old Town and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town.
On this orientation, you’ll learn everything you need, from where the ATM’s are, through to where to grab snacks or where to go for drinks with other volunteers. We will also go through important safety, health and hygiene information in this meeting.
Accommodation and Meals
You are accommodated in our family RGV Shared Volunteer House, which is about 10 minutes away from the beach and which can accommodate 12 volunteers. Only RGV volunteers live in the property, along with one or more of the in-country team members. The house is quiet and has a living area / living room, kitchen and a walled outdoor area for you to spend your chill time at. It is only a few minutes walk to the project, so there’s no need for transport between.
Meet the RGV Tanzania Team
In Tanzania we have a big team led by Lukas and Flora, who are also your direct contact in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Lukas comes from Tübingen, Germany and has studied renewable energy, whereas Flora comes from the north of Tanzania and has studied teaching. They have lived for a long time on site, so they’re looking forward to supporting you in your everyday life in Tanzania and sharing their insider knowledge!
Our RGV team in Zanzibar will be happy to help you get introduced to the Tanzanian culture and warmly welcomes you with a friendly "Karibu Sana!"
Total Cost: £999 (2 Weeks)
Additional Weeks Cost: £210 (up to 12 weeks)
Initial payment consists of a £200 deposit, with the remaining balance due no later than 8 weeks before departure. There is also an option to pay the full amount up front at time of booking.
If you require more than the 10 weeks available through the booking form, please speak to a member of our team so we can get it sorted for you.
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- Airport Pickup
- Volunteer Placement
- RGV Tanzania Orientation
- Personal Contact Person in RGV
- 24Hr Emergency Number
- Assistance with Travel Preparation
- RGV Family Family T Shirt
- Participation Certificate
- Extensive RGV Travel Documentation
- Flights (request a quote to include flights)
- Visas & Vaccinations
- Public Transport/Extra Transfers
- Ferry to Zanzibar
- Travel Insurance
- Private Expenses
- Criminal Background Check