October 14 to 27, 2018


Please visit our trip page to see when we will be returning to Zanzibar.


Sunshine, tropical tides and a history and culture infused with spice. For centuries, Zanzibar was a destination for explorers and merchants seeking clove, nutmeg, vanilla, black pepper, and coriander. Today, the exotic locale offers outstanding beaches, Swahili culture, a culinary fusion of Indian, Arab, Chinese, Portuguese and African cooking traditions and the historic capital of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • Our trip begins in Stone Town where we will spend several days exploring the Arab-influenced history and culture.
  • Learn about the Spice Islands through custom tours that support our design project.
  • Visit sustainable initiatives on the island
  • Enjoy rooftop meals in Stone Town’s best restaurants.
  • Travel by ferry to Dar Es Salaam to visit one of East Africa’s largest markets.
  • Stay at the beautiful white-sand Matemwe beach, closer to Barefoot College, and experience coastal life.
  • Work collaboratively with Barefoot to identify needs, project parameters and create achievable goals for our stay. Concepts and prototypes will be developed through hands-on material exploration.
  • Days at Matemwe will be spent both working and relaxing.


We will collaborate with the skills training branch of Barefoot College Zanzibar to resolve a to-be-determined problem or opportunity. For over 40 years, Barefoot College has been the world’s only college for the rural poor. Operating in over 50 countries, their “one village at a time, one woman at a time” approach to development emphasizes self-sufficiency and sustainability. Barefoot College Zanzibar teaches practical skills, including solar energy, beekeeping and sewing.

Collectively, we will assess needs through direct observation and capture insights to inform design solutions. Kirsten and Connie will guide the process and along with our local partners, we will have some fun, while creating meaningful outcomes.

Read more about Barefoot College at the following link

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR/eligibility

This trip is for design professionals, but also those who may want a little more comfort. On this design adventure we will be staying in hotels with all amenities. Due to the nature of the location, and it’s tourist infrastructure we will also enjoy some nice meals and beach time.

Applications are now closed.


Dates: October 14th to October 27th, 2018 beginning and ending in Zanzibar. You must plan your travel to be in Zanzibar by the evening of October 14th.

Trip Cost: $3,500.00 CAD based on single occupancy

Accommodation: Hotels with all amenities.

Itinerary: 6 nights in Stonetown and 7 nights on Matemwe Beach. We are finalizing particulars. A detailed itinerary, including hotel information and daily activities will be provided to participants.

What’s Included: All accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, and transportation for 14 days. Fully-curated cultural and historical tours.

Additional Expenses: We’ve taken care of most of the details. Additional expenses include your flight ($1000-1500), airport transfer ($10-25), lunches($5/day), travel insurance (approx. $100), visa (US $50) and beverages.

It is recommended you visit a travel clinic before departure.



Special thanks to Barefoot College, our partner in India and Zanzibar. Barefoot provides the campus that we work on, translation services and a local facilitator.  Barefoot College also provides employment and support services to the community members throughout the year, thereby creating the opportunity not only to work with a dedicated group of  villagers but also the opportunity for the ideas that are generated from our short time together to be implemented  after we leave.




Because we travel with small groups, and the goal of each trip is to work with a community with a need that can tangibly be met though design, we do respectfully ask that you complete our application form. We try to balance the right skill set according to the project we work on. Don’t worry –you likely have the goods, as our methodology relies on using an interdisciplinary team. Just sometime, we might be looking for a particular skill. use.


Who can apply? Anyone with design experience! From architecture to graphic design. From Furniture making to ceramics. Does designer seem an apt description for you? Than you qualify.

What happens after I apply? We will send you confirmation of your application. Once a team is finalized we will give you a period to pay a deposit to confirm your spot as well as more information such as payment schedule, and a detailed itinerary.

When should I apply? As soon as you can! Once our trips fill up, we will close applications for that particular trip.

For FAQs or information on our payments schedule or cancelation policies, please see our resources. Or contact us if you have any questions.

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