Sazani Associates work with local and national governments, NGOs and the private sector in the UK, EU and overseas. We have registered offices in Wales (UK), Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Belize. We work with a range of prestigious academic institutions worldwide and provide consultancy services to transnational companies as well as delivering donor programmes.
Our main volunteer programmes are currently in our Welsh office or in Africa, on the island of Zanzibar – a semi- autonomous region of Tanzania, 25 miles off the mainland.
These tropical islands, with their palm lined white beaches and rich culture, are a popular tourist destination, attracting over 500,000 visitors annually. Yet, many locals still live in extreme poverty.
Sazani is committed to responsible, sustainable ecotourism practices, and ensures that our volunteer opportunities:
The Zanzibar archipelago in the Indian Ocean consists of a number of small islands and two larger ones. The larger of the two is Unguja, the archipelago is governed from Unguja Island. This island is often informally referred to as Zanzibar. The smaller of the two is Pemba Island.
Zanzibar is a tropical island steeped in history with the mixture of Arab and African origins, which are reflected in the island’s architecture, food and people. The richness of culture and diversity can be very humbling and at the same time bewildering to Zanzibar’s visitors. The heat and humidity of the tropics gives a decadent feel while the crumbling urban chic of old Stonetown, echoing European influences, contrast with the vibrant, African suburbs throbbing with private enterprise.
This magical island is endowed with abundant flora and fauna.: Large mango trees give shade to smaller fruit trees and banana plants which in turn give shade to cassava and other edible plants. Ever present, in Zanzibar is the smell of coral soil and burning wood as well as the intense scent of various spices – mainly cloves – drying on local market stalls.
From an economic point of view, Zanzibar is considered as one of the poorest regions in the world. Fishing and agriculture are the main sources of income for the local population. However more recently the islands’ economic growth has started to heavily depend on tourism. In the rural coastal areas, tourism draws on the assets of the poor – cultural knowledge, natural resources, rural space – and often disrupts and impacts negatively upon their livelihoods.