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Go on an experience of a lifetime in South Africa as you volunteer for the conservation of great white sharks and other shark species! Gain hands-on experience working in marine conservation with this highly reputable organization.

Program Highlights: 
  • Work directly with marine biologists, learning about sharks, whales, dolphins and other marine species
  • Conduct research that supports conservation projects
  • Ethical wildlife volunteer tasks and interactions
  • Earn up to 15 academic credits per month (to be coordinated through professor/university)
  • Earn a PADI certification (for volunteers staying for four weeks or more)

Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum two-week commitment): 

Arrival Day: Arrive at George Airport (GRJ). The local team will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodations.

Days 1-7: Daily tasks will vary, but volunteers should expect to wake up between 7:00-8:00 AM, go to the field for either boat or land activities, and have a two-hour lunch break at 12:00 PM. Volunteers will continue their volunteer work from 2:00 -6:00 PM and have dinner at 6:30 PM.

Remaining Weeks: Volunteers will continue to work Monday-Friday and have weekends free. Two-week volunteers will depart on the 15th of the month, while four-week volunteers will depart on the first day of the following month.
It is important to remember that we are working with wildlife and nature, both of which are unpredictable. We cannot guarantee sightings of any specific species. For this reason and in case of bad weather days, when we can’t go to sea, we recommend a 2-4 week mimimum stay. If you join us for a one-week stay, you might be very disappointed if you miss several days on the sea due to the weather conditions.  

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Location of the Project:  Mossel Bay, South Africa
Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
Arrival Airport:  George Airport (GRJ)
Volunteer Work:  Marine conservation, research
Age:  18-80
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 24 international volunteers
Important Note:  Diving equipment jacket and boots are provided.

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared rooms in a volunteer house
Food:  Three meals per day are provided
Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are included on both arrival and departure days.
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses.
Mossel Bay is a popular destination in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is well-known for its shimmering beaches and various attractions and is one end of the stunning, elongated Garden Route.
As a volunteer on this project you will be completely involved in conservation work throughout your stay. While working alongside marine biologists, you will learn about  the behaviors of the marine species in the area.

Typical tasks may include:
  • Conducting population surveys of great white sharks
  • Fishing and photo ID-ing sharks
  • Conducting land-based surveys of dolphin and whale movement
  • Conducting sea-based surveys of  cetacean movement
  • Promoting marine conservation via discussions with the local community members
  • Conducting intertidal community assessments

 Please note that this project is weather-dependent and there will be days when the weather is too bad to go to the sea. 

Internet:  WiFi is available throughout the accommodations.
Laundry:  Laundry services are available with a local company for an additional fee.
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in shared, single-sex rooms in a local house. There will be between 4-8 volunteers per room.
Food:  Breakfast consists of a cold buffet. Lunches are dinners are prepared by the house chefs.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Basic level of English
  • Willingness to learn
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