Small Scale Businesses

Since 2018, PDS manages different Small Scale Businesses (SSB) programs. As PDS’ motto is “Jobs creation is our priority”, these programs aim at creating new jobs. Instead of just waiting for an employer to get a job, the idea is to create your own job by launching your own small business.

Volunteers help to the development of the SSB either for all the steps (from beginning to end) or for only 1 step, depending on the duration of their stay and their skills.

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Possible Activities

Teaching and Training: Train the SSB students and assist the local teachers in delivering the SSB classes.
Production Process: Join the local community in the production of a variety of items (clothes, homemade products…)
Marketing and Microfinance Lessons: Help the SSB students to promote, advertise and financially manage their new born businesses.
Computer lessons: Teach computer science to the SSB students.
Quality Control: Give trainings about quality control to help the community to have good quality products.
Partnership: Help us to find partners to develop and fund the SSB programs.
Visits of small businesses: Visit small businesses owners graduated from PDS and advise them on what they can improve. Note: Volunteers can even work with them and help them to develop their business.

Advantages Of Volunteering


Village Tour: Discover the community life and meet with the locals.
Zanzibar Food Tasting: Taste the real local Zanzibar food!
Visits: Discover the historical places of Zanzibar.
Swahili lessons: Learn Swahili language.
Visits of the local markets: Discover the life of the local markets by day and by night!
Cooking Lessons: Learn how to cook Zanzibar food.

PDS’ Recommendations

Volunteers are encouraged to suggest or teach new ideas of small sustainable businesses. For example, we want to initiate paper bag making, leather belt, small toys, shoes, bakeries and so on, but we don’t have the knowledge.

Flexibility is required for extra activities.

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Language Requirements

Official languages of the program are English and Swahili. You do not need to be fluent.

English : intermediate
Swahili : intermediate

Who can participate?

People from 18 years old to 70 years old. 

Note: Younger Participants can be accepted if they are accompanied by their parents or an authorized guardian(s).

Families, groups, seniors, couples and participants with disabilities are encouraged to join the program. 
However, they should contact us in advance in order to prepare an appropriate environment that fit their special needs.

Working Hours

Monday-Friday | 5 hours/day.

The program is organized in a way that provides an opportunity for participants to use their free time by enjoying what the region offers in terms of cultural and natural attractions. Participants will have the opportunity to explore Zanzibar historical, natural and cultural sites. It includes museums, local markets, beaches, forests and so on… PDS team provides different tours for the volunteers in collaboration with its partner Zanzibar Eco-Friendly Tours. 30% of the benefits supports PDS projects.


1 week minimum and 1 year maximum. 
Participants are expected to arrive on time and stay up to the end of their volunteering mission.


Jendele, Unguja Island, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
  • 30-45 minutes from Stonetown.
  • 5 minutes from the beach.
  • Closest Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ), Stonetown, Zanzibar


US$ 11/day

The volunteers are required to contribute for their stay by paying participation fees of US$ 11/day.
The fees include:

  • Airport/seaport pickup and drop-off
  • Food (3 meals per day)
  • Accommodation during the mission (with water and electricity)

Notes: The fees are non-refundable. The totality has to be paid before the arrival of the volunteers in Zanzibar by bank transfer or at their arrival.

 Included Services

PDS is a charitable organization which empowers local people living in the rural areas of Zanzibar by providing skills and additional education.