a tropical learning environment

12 – 27 October 2019 – Kick Off First Edition!


Plantation School is a cross cultural learning environment.

We encourage to stimulate the creative process to connect our participants with the local way of life on Zanzibar, like:
Handcraft, fishing, music, spirituality, nature and sealife.

Plantation School makes you aware of your cultural similarities in both your personal and the local identity but celebrate its differences.

Through experimentation and reflection Plantation School raises questions which have to be explored during a two week course. 15 students can be accepted. Plantation School will continue with a minimum of 10 participants.

Who Can participate?

Everyone who is acting in the cultural field or in the field of Art and Design, who is preparing for graduation, who just graduated, who just got a grant… or not! And of course for all people who like to get a new experience.

Plantation School participants are surprised makers, engaged thinkers, contageous storytellers, vulnerable creators and touching explorers.They don’t go with the flow but observe, they raise questions and generate ideas, open up new perspectives.

Do you seek for this adventurous environment?
Do you need fresh input to create new work?
Do you like to exchange knowledge?


Register for Plantation School now!


Plantation School is located on the beautiful Western side of the island of Zanzibar, close to the village of Muyuni and Pete Inlet Bay that watches over Uzi Island. The plantation is partly in use and offers many different kinds of fruit and vegetables like: cassava, papaya, banana, coconut, mango, oranges and lemons and belongs to Pandu Nyonje. He’s Gambiani’s head of the village and Plantation School’s chief manager. He will be our host for two weeks.


Our Location


Each participant stays in a large tipi tent which guarantees full privacy to be able to sleep in stylish comfort. For the ultimate “Hemingway” experience the accommodation is equipped with a comfortable Zanzibarian handmade bed including mosquito net, a cosy washbasin and bedside table with oil lamp to be able to read a good book. The six-person tipi has a spacious internal feel with a large door for easy access to the ample living space. Flexible ventilation can be simply opened and closed from inside to control airflow.


Soon all facilities are going to be realized after our crowdfunding campaign from January on. All tent places are constructed with traditional coral concrete platforms. On the site there will be a functional kitchen building including a diner place and will be equipped according to the traditional standard of the Kiswahili art of cooking. Within this building there will be safe locker system to store valuable belongings and can be locked safely. Beside these buildings there will be two bathroom and toilet spaces with watertanks. The arena is situated under a big lovely overshadowed mango tree, where all participants come together to work, discuss and present their ideas. To end a hard working day and watch the sun setting, we are going to build a sundowner place consisting out of traditional woodstick construction to overthink all impressions and prepare for the mystical night.



Plantation School offers a tropical establishment where manufacturing or handicrafts are carried on according to traditional lifestyle and crafts of Zanzibar.

The workshops are especially focusing on daily life according to time.

Time that doesn’t match with our perception of the clock in the context of a 24 hour economy. Plantation School focuses on the experience of time according to ebb and flood tides on the island.

It will change the dynamics of our daily rhythm we are used to.

The situation at Plantation School doesn’t supply luxury, au contraire, it’s going to be an experience to trigger the magical and natural characteristics of this beautiful culture with an adventurous touch.

In this context all participants are going to focus on their plan in the workshops of their choice.

A selection of our workshops


Traditional (Dhow) ship building

Photography/ drawing/ painting

Jewellery making/ Metal casting

Fashion/ Textile painting

Woodcarving/ Rope skipping/ Leaf plating

Foraging/ Cooking/ Spice tour/ Seaweed cultivation/ Stick fishing

Tropical gardening and irrigation

Furniture making/ Wood carpenting


Cultural activities


Traditional shaman/ witchcraft rituals

Traditional activities e.g. music, wedding


More details to be announced soon.

Time Schedule

Time schedule – 12 – 27 October 2019  – “Kick Off First Edition”


Saturday 12. October Arrivals and sundowner

Sunday 13. October

12.00h – 13.00h Start welcoming all participants

13.00h – 14.00h Introduction whole team

14.00h – 15.00h Tour on the campsite. What is where?

15.00h – 17.00h Information/ explanation workshops

17.00h – 18.00h Q+A

18.00h – 19.00h Register workshops


Monday 14. October

10.00h – 18.00h Start workshops

18.00h – 20.00h Evaluations


Tuesday 15. October

10.00h – 18.00h Start workshops

18.00h – 20.00h Evaluations


Wednesday 16. October

10.00h – 18.00h Start workshops

18.00h – 20.00h Evaluations


Thursday 17. October

10.00h – 18.00h Start workshops

18.00h – 20.00h Evaluations


Friday 18. October

10.00h – 18.00h Start workshops

18.00h – 20.00h Evaluations


Saturday & Sunday 19. & 20. October

Private weekend Program


Monday 21. October

10.00h – 18.00h Start workshops

18.00h – 20.00h Evaluations


Tuesday 22. October

10.00h – 18.00h Start workshops

18.00h – 20.00h Evaluations


Wednesday 23. October

10.00h – 18.00h Start workshops

18.00h – 20.00h Evaluations


Thursday 24. October

10.00h – 18.00h Start workshops

18.00h – 20.00h Evaluations


Friday 25. October

10.00h – 18.00h Start workshops

18.00h – 20.00h Evaluations


Saturday 26 . October

12.00h – 17.00h Packing goods

21.00h – ? Party


Sunday 27. October

13.00h – Group hug and goodbye. Departure back home


More details to be announced soon.


Our professional and multifunctional team is explicitly composed to make your Plantation School activities and accommodation
an unforgettable experience.

Marcel van Kan

Founder – Tutor

My individual practice has formed and grew from diverse experiences as independent artist as well as working with artists and designers as educator, coach and consultant. Currently my research is focused on the development of Oasis & Lagoon. The initiative is founded in 2014 by artist/project developer Cathelijne Engelkes and artist/educator Marcel van Kan. Our practice aims to research and debate the contemporary meaning of well-being through site-specific workshops, study trips and collaborative projects.


Danny Netto

Founder – Tutor

Since 1985 I have been concentrating as an artist on painting and drawing. I am also a passionate photographer.
I  try to focus on the originality of people, objects and surroundings. In doing so, I regularly integrate symbolic meanings in my work. Since 1998 I am traveling to Zanzibar, Tanzania on regular basis. I consider the South of the island as my second home.
Many of my paintings and drawings are created on Zanzibar. The Kishuahili culture always fascinates me in my creative proces.


Pandu Nyonje

Chief Manager Plantation School

Pandu is born and raised on Zanzibar. He is a personal friend and humorous care father for his immediate environment. He holds the status and position of “chief” and has an enormous know how influence on the cultural, political, economic and logistical infrastructure and development of Mfumbwi and Jambiani. He is Plantation School’s landlord.

Hassan Nyonje

Assistant Manager

Hassan, studied business information technology at Zanzibar university. He has professional ideas based on tourism and social cultures. He is well known with the economic structures and possibilities of his country to create commercial trading networks for both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.
His ambition is to draw attention for tourism in promoting traditions and Kiswahili cultures in all aspect and to blend them with the tourist development on Zanzibar.

Fatima Nyonje

Chief Cook

Mr. Joshi


Mr. Kudura

Plantation Cook and Gardener

Hamid Mzale

Campsite Host

Mr. Bukela

Head of Security

Mr. Thomas

Head of Security

Aysha Nyonje

Cleaning Services


Cleaning Services

Ibrahim & Maulid

Allround Campsite Assisitants

Mr. Ibrahim Nyonje

Administration Officer

admission fee and registration

Admission fee

Admission fee under construction

Please note that admission fee doesn’t include flight ticket.

(The admission fee includes accommodation, meals, transport from/ to airport, from/to location Plantation School and shipping all produced work at Plantation School).

How to register?

Please send the following information to

Applications are registered in the order in which they come in. 

  • Short motivation
  • 5 images of your work
  • 1 passport photo
  • short updated CV

Payment terms

under construction

    Contact, registration and bank account details

    Marcel van Kan
    Kanaalstraat 149-1,
    1054 XD Amsterdam
    Telephone: +31(0)6 45546205
    Tel.: +31(0)6 45546205

    IBAN: NL67INGB0001842784
    BIC/Swiftcode: INGBNL2A
    VAT: 156764970B01
    Chamber of Commerce: 34374778


    Registration form
    Max total upload size: 10Mb
    Photo of yourself


    Important information you need to know

    Travel Documents

    Passport, at least 1 year validity is required. Medical passport is optional (not obligatory)


    All participants must be sufficiently insured for civil liability with regard to third parties and damage to buildings, as well have a travel, theft, health – and accident insurance.


    The regulations of relevant participants’ liability insurance associations should be observed. accepts no liability for damage, theft, loss, injury, health or accidents caused to a tenant or his or her properties, irrespective of the cause.

    Hospital and health care

    In case of emergency related to health, there’s a hospital in Stonetown called: Tasakhtaa hospital.

    Please check all info’s:
    Telephonenumber: +255 242 232341


    January and February are months with most active sun hours with an average of 10 hours a day. Sufficient sun protection is required.

    Malaria prevention and other vaccination

    Preventive Malaria medication is required. All other vaccination please consult your local doctor or hospital.

    For preventive care:

    • Malaria mosquitoes are only active after sunset. Take care of clothes with long sleeves and legs.
    • Try to avoid pools of water. Those are a breeding ground for malaria mosquitoes. 

    For more info, check the World Health Organization: or
    Centers for disease Control and Prevention:


    Plantation School provides you with drinking water from bottles. There’s a professional water well we use for other purposes.


    Be informed about your own risks in terms of food allergies, intolerances. Don’t forget to tell us well in time if there are vegetarians or people with food allergies.

    Currency and Payments

    Zanzibar currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), which was being exchanged at a rate of around €1 = TZS2492 or USD1 = TZS2232 in May 2017.

    At the beach resorts, US dollars or euros are accepted but at a bad exchange rate. Best is to exchange some euro or dollars in Stone Town (best rates are given for 50 and 100 notes). US dollar notes printed before 2004 will not be accepted!

    Exchange bureaus will often have better exchange rates than banks. Compare!

    One ATM is outside the arrivals hall on Zanzibar airport, however, it is mostly out of service. Other ATMs are only in Stone Town. Please note: There are NO ATMs outside Stone Town, not even at tourist centers like Nungwi! The ATMs usually have a maximum withdrawal of Tzs 400,000. If you need more, use your credit card on different ATMs. Credit cards are only accepted by the larger hotels and a few stores in Stone Town – usually with a surcharge of 5%. Travelers cheques are not accepted in Zanzibar.


    The campsite will be guarded by security. All valuable goods will be kept in a guarded vault.



    Zanzibar Airport Authority:

    The international airport located is large and has daily flights connecting it to the mainland by Kenya Air, Auric Air, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Fly Dubai and Costal Aviation.


    Ferries operate from Dar es Salaam several times per day and service the main port in the Stone Town section of Zanzibar City. Transit to Zanzibar happens by plane or boat, most likely departing from Dar Es Salaam. The plane takes half an hour. The ferry is cheaper and can be a far more pleasant experience. The high-speed boats run four times a day each way, take about two hours, and a ticket will run you less than half of what it costs to fly.


    The easiest way to get around the island is via a taxi cab. They can be found at the airport and all major hotels. If you are staying in a guest house, most provide a list of telephone numbers. Taxis are not metered and the price is agreed to before the journey. Renting a driver for a full day runs about $100 USD.

    Bike & Scooters

    If you are looking for an easy way to maneuver the roads around the island, try renting a bicycle or a scooter.  The roads are flat and follow the coastline so it’s an easy ride via bike. It also is much easier to navigate the busy streets and you don’t have to have a special license to ride one.  For vespa, scooter, or motorcycle rentals, you must have an endorsement if you don’t have an international driver’s license.

    Public Transport

    There is no official public transportation in Zanzibar but there are many ways to get around easily and cheaply.  Locals use a Dala Dala, an openair truck with seats that’s very crowded but cheap. Mini-buses are available; you can get timetables at the hotels or if you are a larger group book one for a private tour. Dhows are small fishing boats that can be hired to take people to deserted beaches, however they’re not regulated for safety.

    Car Rental

    Renting a car is fairly easy and they deliver, for a price, to your location. You must have an international driver’s license or get an endorsement before driving. Police have checkpoints around the island so make sure everyone driving has documentation. If you only want a day tour, consider renting a taxi or minibus to drive you around.

    Swahili time

    Time-keeping is initially confusing, but actually makes a lot of sense. In Swahili culture, people start counting time at sunrise rather than at midnight, which means that 7 a.m. Western time is one o’clock in the morning Swahili time, and 7 p.m. is one o’clock at night. (This works because sunset and sunrise times are relatively constant year-round, since Zanzibar is so close to the equator.) A trick to decipher this code is to imagine drawing a line directly across a clock face: three becomes nine, four becomes ten. When arranging meeting times, it’s best to specify the time of day you’d like to meet—morning, afternoon, evening, night—that way, even if your numbers are off, chances are you’ll still connect.

    Meet and greet

    Swahili is an easy language to pick up, and the initial learning curve is quick. Learning just the basics will take you pretty far. Don’t assume the constant streetside attention from people is an attempt to sell you something, or trap you into taking some sort of tour—that does happen, but saying hello is also an important part of the local culture. The “Mambos” and “Jambos” are often just that, so it’s a good idea to say hello back. It might be initially overwhelming, but it’s nice to realize that so many strangers will take the time to acknowledge your presence and ask you about your day. (A “Shikamoo”, usually reserved for those you don’t know, your elders or superiors, is a respectful greeting that locals will appreciate.) Start learning basic Swahili now!

    Go to course:


    All (non-food) goods/ products/ art pieces produced within the workshop period not taken home by individual participants are going to be shipped by the organization of Plantation School after the workshop period is over (in consultation). We make use of carrier services like UPS, DHL, FedEx or other carrier service available on the island. All goods shipped from Zanzibar, take an average of three months before they arrive at destination. To secure and minimize breaking risk, all participants need to pack their own goods prepared for shipping. Plantation School will not hold liability for any risk based on wrong packaging. Insurance for damage is always available at own choice.

    partners & funders

    special thanks to ...

    Lianne Engelkes, Jules van den Langenberg, NavNak Design (Roy van Kan), Oasis & Lagoon (Cathelijne Engelkes), Klaudia Schmeing, Gerd Telsemeyer,  Susanne Waltermann, Markus Werner, team Zanzibar, team, Dinie Besems, Sander Wassink, MAISON the FAUX, Jelle Mastenbroek, Ted Noten,  Ju Walter, Benedikt Fischer, Staring Back At Me (Edith van Kan), Sjoukje Bierma,   buro BELÉN, Frederike Top, Floor Nijdeken, Maaike Gottschal, Roos Meerman, Current Obsession, Aliki van der Kruijs, Crafts Council NL, all supporters from crowdfunding on

    Danny Netto

    Goltsteinstrasse 24
    50968 Cologne (Germany)
    +49 176 786 357 10

    Marcel van kan

    Kanaalstraat 149 – 1
    1054 XD Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
    +31 (0)6 45 54 62 05

    Bank account

    IBAN: NL67INGB0001842784
    BIC/Swiftcode: INGBNL2A
    VAT: 156764970B01
    Chamber of Commerce: 34374778