It is believed that the world’s population recently passed more than 7 billion of people, an incredible number to measure. In Tanzania and Africa, as well as around the world, many people still hardly meet each other outside of small social circles such as family, friends and community, while even more never venture beyond the culture in which they were raised. The cultural exchange project is aiming to serve as an important means of introducing people around the world to realities they might not normally be exposed to. Many barriers have begun to fall between people around the world with the development of near-instantaneous communications, allowing people on opposite sides of the world to meaningfully interact. Cultural exchange program encourage people with different ways of life to appreciate and understand distinct cultures and play a key role in creating productive dialogue across the world.
Round table discussions:
Volunteers, community members and PDS team discuss together about cultural issues, or they exchange information about religion, economy, art, food, sports, community life…
Creative art activities:
Organize artistic workshop and activities for adults and/or children, such as wall painting in PDS School, objects painting, painting/drawing competition… Also, participate in traditional artistic practices with the community (henna, make-up…).
Dance and Music:
Give dance lessons to the community (adults) and/or participate in traditional dance and songs with the team “PDS Dancing Crew” for example.
Cooking lessons: Volunteers teach how to cook their home food to the community (adults), but they are required to bring or to buy the ingredients needed.
Teach a language (French, English and Arabic) to the community (adults/children).
Teach drama to the community (adults) or/and participate in drama classes.
Note: The drama performances have also an educational purpose. They give awareness to the community about different topics such as importance of education, prevention of some disease…
Teach the football team (young) and/or participate in the trainings.
Note: Volunteers are very encouraged to teach other sports to the community, especially to women.
Advantages Of The Program
Village Tour: Discover the community life and meet with the locals.
Zanzibar Food Tasting: Taste more than 15 types of Zanzibar food!
Visits: Discover the historical places of Zanzibar.
Swahili lessons: Learn Swahili language.
Visit of the local markets: Discover the life of the local markets by day and by night!
Cooking Lessons: Learn how to cook Zanzibar food.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring some information and objects (flag, balls, jazz/uniform, books, typical recipes…) from their home country.
Flexibility is required for extra activities related to the theme.