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Volunteering in Tanzania – Researching Dolphin



Volunteer in Tanzania – Dolphin and Marine Conservation

Kizimkazi, Tanzania

I have adored dolphins ever since I was a child, so volunteering in Tanzania at the Dolphin and Marine Conservation project was a great opportunity for me. The project focused on research to protect the dolphin population off the coast of Zanzibar.

High tide in Kizimkazi
High tide in Kizimkazi

The project goals are long term – building community and relationships takes time, and those are what are needed for a paradigm shift. I hope the data I helped collect contributes to policy change to make dolphin tourism more sustainable.

A GoEco volunteer busy counting boat activity as part of the research project.
Me busy counting boat activity as part of the research project.

I hope the adult English classes I taught contribute to the community building.  One of my favorite memories was on a Monday morning out on the research boat: we saw 20+ dolphins and 14 leaps. That was amazing. I liked everything about my experience in Zanzibar – the people, the food, the weather (except the minor physical discomforts of bug bites & humidity).

Left: Low tide in Kizimkazi Right:  Ngalawas (a traditional Zanzibar fishing boat) at low tide
Left: Low tide in Kizimkazi Right: Ngalawas (a traditional Zanzibar fishing boat) at low tide

Watching the tides was incredible – I’ve never seen anything like the high & low tide contrast. At low tide we’d walk nearly 1/3 of a mile to the dolphin research boat, and at high tide we’d be dropped off feet from the project headquarters. Amazing!

Get involved and begin the journey of your lifetime! Click here for more details about Dolphin and Marine Conservation!

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