Intern Abroad HQ offers internships on the beautiful Indian Ocean island and archipelago of Zanzibar! An increasingly popular destination for travelers from around the globe, Zanzibar is also an international internship destination which offers meaningful placements in Healthcare, Social Work, Education, Psychology, Cultural Arts, Tourism and Hospitality. Internships in Zanzibar are located near to prime safari circuits on the mainland of Tanzania, including Serengeti, as well as hiking excursions at Mount Kilimanjaro. Combine your experiential learning internship in Zanzibar with an affordable African safari for the professional development adventure of a lifetime!

At a glance...

    • Entry level programs from 2 weeks
    • Start dates every Monday
    • Intern fees from US$920
    • Accommodation included
    • Reflective learning course
    • 24/7 in-country support

Zanzibar Internships

Medical internships in Zanzibar

Interns with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy and physiotherapy are welcomed to intern at Zanzibar's main referral hospital, Mnazi Mmoja. The hospital hosts a variety of wards including Medical, Maternity, OBS & Gynaecology, Paediatric, Physiotherapy, Surgery and Mental Health care. Come prepared to shadow under the supervision of a licensed medical professional, support clinic staff, and rotate across various departments.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Students of medicine, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy and physiotherapy can do an elective placement or an internship at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital. Medical interns must submit their relevant academic record (transcript) and a letter of recommendation from their university.
Associated career paths: Physician, Nurse, Surgeon, General Practitioner, Orderly, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Dentist, Medical Scribe, Medical Administrator, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Radiologic Technologist, Phlebotomist, Optometrist, Cardiovascular Technologist, Anesthesiologist, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist, Obstetrician

Psychology internships in Zanzibar

The existence of traditional cultural beliefs in Zanzibar can challenge western approaches to health and wellbeing. However local health practitioners aim to take a balanced approach between the diverse philosophies. Psychology internship placements are available at both a public psychiatric hospital, as well as inpatient facilities for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Minimum of second to final year of higher education in a related field, such as bachelor of psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nutrition, nursing, health sciences.
Associated career paths: Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Mental Health Nurse, Mental Health Assistant, Counsellor, Occupational Therapist, Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, Social Worker (i.e. Medical/Public Health Social Worker, Mental Health Social Worker, Substance Abuse Social Workers), Community Health Worker

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Social Work & Education
Social Work & Education internships in Zanzibar

Social Work and Education internships in Zanzibar are multifaceted, combining education initiatives with tasks related to local enterprise, vocational training and empowerment. Interns should come prepared to actively engage with a variety of community-oriented groups and foundations.

Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Must have a genuine interest and/or relevant study and experience in a field such as education or health sciences.
Associated career paths: Social Worker, Social and Community Service Manager, Community Health Worker, Nutrition/Health Educator, International Aid/Development Worker, English as a Foreign Language Teacher, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Adult Educator, Counsellor

Cultural Arts internships in Zanzibar

Zanzibar has been used throughout history as a base for trader voyages. Influenced by an array of cultures, from Persians, Indians, Arabs, to British and Portuguese, a diverse legacy of art, music, architecture and craftwork endures today. Cultural Arts interns work alongside the Zanzibar Cultural Arts Center in Stone Town, to support and promote Zanzibari culture.

Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Must have a genuine interest and/or relevant study and experience in a field such as arts, marketing, media, business management, tourism and hospitality. Retail and financial skills are an asset.
Associated career paths: Community Arts Worker, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Adult Educator, Advertising/Promotions/Marketing Manager, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Product Development Manager, Media Coordinator

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Tourism & Hospitality
Tourism & Hospitality internships in Zanzibar

An increasingly trendy tourism destination, Zanzibar has developed over recent years into a laid-back hotspot for vacationers looking for idyllic white sand beaches, watersports, and culture. Tourism & Hospitality interns can be matched to placements with hotels, water sport centers, and tourism operators all around the main island of Zanzibar.

Minimum Duration: 8 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: At least undertaking the first year of further education (college/university) in a related field such as hospitality/tourism/ business management
Associated career paths: Concierge, Guest Services, Management, Sales and Marketing, Travel Agent, Tour Guide / Operator, PR Manager, Travel Writer / Photographer, Market Research Analyst, Sales & Brand Management, Marketing & Promotions Management, Public & Media Relations, Administrative Assistant

All Intern Abroad HQ programs include a guided reflection course, which combines personal development with professional competency building. Interns receive weekly reflection modules to complete during their program, which foster the acquisition of essential soft skills for employability and a resilient career. Each reflective journaling task introduces a new topic, presents learning objectives, and provides specific prompts that inspire and guide the learning process.

Intern Abroad HQ does not award grades for the completion of our internship programs, but interns can be supported to independently arrange academic credit through their home educational provider. Upon completion of the internship duration and reflection course, interns receive a portfolio as documentation of their experience. This includes a certificate of internship completion, alongside a summary of the internship goals, skill development, highlights, and a compilation of the reflection work.

Internships in Zanzibar begin every Monday and interns may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. Exceptions to start date availability may occur when start dates are closed due to public holiday / festival disruptions or if the program has already reached capacity.

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee, as well as return transportation to the airport in Zanzibar at the completion of the internship. Interns are required to arrive on the Sunday before their Monday start date. In order to receive this airport pick up, interns fly into the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar (airport code: ZNZ). Note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.

Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation, to settle in and rest. Accommodation is covered from the Sunday night of the internship start date. The last night of the accommodation is the Saturday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on the Sunday.

Orientation typically takes place on the Monday start date and covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. For participants who will be interning within Zanzibar Town / Stone Town, a walking tour is also covered. Tourism & Hospitality interns, who may be based within popular beach areas, such as Nungwi, Kendwa, Kiwengwa, Paje, Jambiani and Michamvi, will receive a local orientation that’s relevant to their area. If you are planning to spend time independently in Zanzibar prior to the commencement date of your internship, and will not require an airport pick up, then you’ll be required to come directly to the local team’s office in Zanzibar Town / Stone Town for meet and greet on your start date. From there, you will be guided to your home-stay accommodation.

Most interns in Zanzibar are hosted in various homestay accommodations, within Zanzibar Town / Stone Town. The exception to this is that Tourism & Hospitality interns can expect to be located in closer proximity to their internship. For example, locations usually include the popular beach destinations of Zanzibar, such as Nungwi, Kendwa, Kiwengwa, Paje, Jambiani and Michamvi. In this case, accommodation may be located on the grounds of the internship placement (e.g. on the grounds of the hotel), at external guest houses/lodges, or with a host family at the respective village.

For the comfort of our interns, the host families that we work with (within Zanzibar Town / Stone Town) provide a higher standard of living, compared to other typical family homes on the island. They often have access to domestic staff, such as a cook, drivers, nannies, gardeners, housekeepers, and security guards. Employees of the host family usually have their own separate accommodation, provided for them on the same property as the main family home. Typically, these host families have older children who are being educated abroad. Therefore, they are able to comfortably accommodate international interns in Zanzibar while their own children are studying internationally. The household may have younger children who have not yet reached a higher level of education. Interns can expect to have their own bedroom. The meals which are included are typically generous, having been prepared and served by a cook.

Note that accommodation is unlikely to provide WiFi. Unlimited internet plans are typically unavailable in Zanzibar and connection must be paid for by the gigabyte. However, all interns receive a local SIM card for use at their orientation, which initially includes 3 GB of data traffic. Top-up vouchers can be purchased as need be and they are relatively inexpensive.

Internships in Zanzibar include three meals per day, seven days per week, served at the accommodation. The culinary traditions of Zanzibar have been influenced by many nationalities, including Indian, British, Portuguese, Arab, Bantu, and even Chinese. Therefore, typical dishes may reflect a fusion of styles. Rice is a staple, which can be cooked with an array of spices (Zanzibar is the island of spice, after all!) Cinnamon, ginger, cumin, chilli, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves may be used to flavor rice, meat, fish and curry dishes. The famous spice rice of Zanzibar is called “Pilau”. In addition to cooked meals, fresh vegetables and fruits are available and you can also find a wide variety in the local markets. Host families are accustomed to accommodating interns who are vegetarians and can ensure meals are prepared appropriately. Some restaurants will also offer vegetarian dishes. Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance (i.e. allergies and intolerances), so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations to you accordingly.

Medical internships

Internship Period Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $1151
4 weeks $1747
6 weeks $2333
8 weeks $2919
10 weeks $3505
12 weeks $4091

Psychology internships

Internship Period Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $1069
4 weeks $1525
6 weeks $2118
8 weeks $2574
10 weeks $2980
12 weeks $3416

Social Work & Education and Cultural Arts internships

Internship Period Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $999
4 weeks $1335
6 weeks $1808
8 weeks $2144
10 weeks $2530
12 weeks $2866

Tourism & Hospitality internships

Internship Period Program Fee (USD)
8 weeks $1534
9 weeks $1682
10 weeks $1780
11 weeks $1878
12 weeks $1976

Medical Internship fees in Zanzibar include Ministry of Health contributions / placement donations, but do not include the exemption certificate which is payable in-country directly to the hospital.

  • To convert these prices to your local currency visit the XE currency converter.
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply

What extra costs will I have?

  • Visa and work permit to intern in Zanzibar
  • Flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$25 per week to be sufficient.

Registration fee

What it covers
  • Dedicated intern support
  • Comprehensive internship guide
  • Reflection learning course
  • Flight and travel insurance deals

Program fee

What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up and return
  • Program orientation
  • Internship placement
  • Learning support service
  • Accommodation & meals

Swahili Language Lessons

Swahili, also known as Kiswahili, is spoken throughout Zanzibar and it is the national language of Tanzania. (English is only the official language of the High Court). While fluency in Swahili is not a requirement to intern in Zanzibar, learning some of the local language can help enhance your cultural experience and immersion. Starting with a few lessons can help you learn some basics to demonstrate common courtesy. A maximum of ten hours per week are recommended. Lessons are typically conducted individually, but may be shared between 2-3 other participants of the same level (although, the number of participants per lesson does not affect the cost). For more information about language lessons, interns may speak directly to the local team in-country.

Weekends and travel

There are a wide range of tourism excursions to enjoy in and around Zanzibar archipelago. You can join half or full day trips to some of the infamous spice plantations, explore the Jozani Forest National Park and mangroves, sail through the Menai Bay Conservation Area, or even relax within some of the popular beach resorts. While there is a lot to see and do, we recommend chatting with our local team, based in the historical center of Stone Town, for advice. They’re in the best position to advise you regarding responsible tourism operators. Keep in mind that any trip to Africa is not complete with going on safari. We can help interns to arrange budget safari options, within the mainland of Tanzania. Although cost-effective, the trips are high-quality and provide the social opportunity to meet other like-minded travelers and international interns or volunteers. If you’re looking for a challenge and aiming to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, let us know as well - we can assist with arranging affordable accommodation in Moshi, as well as making other recommendations.

Capital Zanzibar City
Population 1.304 million
Languages Swahili, Arabic, English
Currency Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time zone UTC+03:00

Weather and climate: Being near the equator, the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago are warm year-round, and the temperature doesn’t vary too much throughout the year. The usual highs are between 85°F / 91°F (30°C / 33°C) and the usual lows range between 70°F and 76°F (21°C / 24°C). The hotter times of the year are typically from December through March. From July through October, the temperatures are more comfortable. The wetter season usually begins in late November, leading up to the wettest month of the year, which is April. After April, the dry season begins again around mid to late May.