Zanzibar is world famous among travellers and tourists for its white sandy beaches and historic Stone Town, a UNE

SCO World Heritage Site. Zanzibar archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean, 15 miles off the cost of Tanzania in Eastern Africa. Known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is alive with incredible smells and sounds to enrich the senses. However, behind the tourism and the picture-perfect scenery lies a different story. Life can be very difficult and a large percentage of the population are surviving on less than 75p per day. Girlguiding LaSER’s July/August 2019 project for members aged 18-25 will show you the realities of life for many people on this beautiful island and give you an opportunity to make a positive impact on the local community.


Zanzibar’s government-run schools are severely underfunded and are struggling to cope with a growing population of young people. It is not unusual for classes to contain upwards of 100 children with just 2 teachers. Some schools have two sittings, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, literally cutting access to education in half. As a volunteer, you can help by lending teaching support and improving the school environment through renovation and building work. In addition at weekends you will have an opportunity to explore the wonders of the island and see why Zanzibar is so popular with tourists.

To be considered as a participant of this extraordinary July/August 2019 expedition for 2-3 weeks to Zanzibar in Tanzania, you should apply direct and complete the application form and get support from your local Conty International Adviser and County Commissioner. You should also be available to attend a selection day at Gilwell Park on Saturday 23rd June 2018.

This is a unique opportunity for you to work with other members aged 18-25 of Girlguiding London & South East England, help you gain confidence, make a positive impact, learn new skills, and make life long friends.  You can choose to fund-raise for the full amount and everyone will be able to pay in instalments. You can also apply for County Grants and a Region Grant of up to £450 is available towards the total cost of the expedition – which should be no more than £3,000.

Deadline for applications has been extended to Sunday 17th June 2018.

“It really was the most moving, inspiring, heartbreaking and worthwhile two weeks of my life … It’s very easy to ‘give money to a charity’, but to actually be in a developing country, and to experience the inequality of life brings it home so much more. ”


“It has been eye opening and very emotional at times but what an amazing experience and every volunteer on the trip has helped make this trip one I will never forget. I’ve had fun, learned a lot about myself and made friendships that will last a lifetime.”


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