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Oldham Athletic Community Trust has partnered with volunteer travel company African Adventures to offer unique volunteering opportunities in teaching, coaching and building and renovation as part of a ten-night stay in Zanzibar next year.

African Adventures is a unique volunteer travel company, dedicated to improving the lives of those both in the UK and Africa through volunteering, which works with three schools in Stone Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the main city of Zanzibar – to improve the lives of thousands of pupils.

OACT is coordinating a ten-night stay in Stone Town for October 2024 and at this stage OACT is asking for expressions of interest from people who want to play a part in making a vital difference to the lives of those in Stone Town.

Stone Town has a population of 16,000, but a large percentage of those living in the city are surviving off less than 75p a day. OACT and African Adventures are working with schools in Stone Town to improve their facilities and provide additional teaching resources, which is where volunteers play a vital role.

Two volunteering roles are available, with those interested in the trip able to take up the position of teaching assistant, with a focus on sports coaching and delivering PE lessons, or building and renovation assistant.

With classrooms in the partner schools in Zanzibar often lacking resources and being overcrowded, teaching assistants will deliver lessons, work with teachers to set and mark homework, and support students with their work.

The educational work of OACT will see volunteers focusing on sports delivery, with coaching and teaching both in and outside of PE lessons.

Meanwhile, to improve and expand the facilities available to partner schools, volunteers in building and renovation will renovate and construct both new and existing classrooms and school facilities.

In addition to the volunteering days, there will be the chance to explore the island further, with trips such as the “Taste of Zanizbar Weekend” and “Jozani Forest Tour”, as seen below:

Taste of Zanzibar weekend: CLICK HERE

Jozani Forest trip: CLICK HERE

The total cost of the trip would be an estimated £2,300, not excluding additional costs such as VISAs, with exact dates TBC.

To register your interest, or to request further information, please email Please note that at this stage OACT are only seeking expressions of interest in order to gauge the demand for the initiative, there is no obligation once expressing your interest to sign-up.

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