Humpback whale, fisheries, coral reef, ocean trash and community outreach.

Project name:

Love The Oceans

Project purpose:

Humpback whale, fisheries, coral reefs, ocean trash & megafauna research, & community outreach.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

525

Marine

Mozambique

Africa

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • ​data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy​

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Backpackers accommodation at Palm Resort Mozambique and Jay's Pro Dive Centre

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, shower (hot), toilet (western), local shops, electricity , nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, mosquito nets

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

  • PADI Open Water Qualified

  • 18 and over

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

If your'e not PADI Open Water Qualified you can come a week early and complete it with us in Mozambique. 

Love the Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique since 2014. Guinjata Bay, whilst home to a huge host of marine life, has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. Love The Oceans hopes to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. We use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Our ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, achieving higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species. 

We have developed a cutting edge, ethical volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to get hands on conservation experience, working alongside our marine biologists doing research, community work and diving in Mozambique.

 

The below information is for the 5 week research program. Love the Oceans also offer:

  • 3 week conservation adventure program

  • 2 week research conservation program

  • Dive master internships/dive master internships for past volunteering

There are 2 costs for the project:

  • $2640 for the basic program fee

  • $3964 including a safari (6 week trip)

Our volunteers have Saturday mornings and Sundays to participate in optional extra activities such as surf lessons, boating trips or just relaxing on the beach. Saturday afternoons will be spent teaching the local school children how to swim.

After you have settled in, your program will start with an intense training week. We aim to ensure that everyone on the program has the same level of knowledge about LTO, the conservation work we do and your role and responsibilities as an LTO volunteer.

In this week you’ll learn about your next month in Mozambique. It is during the training week that we will get to know each other better, refresh diving skills and learn new skills as you come up to speed with the research requirements. We expect you to learn and work together, setting a positive tone for the coming weeks.

 

Toward the end of the week you will be placed into a team and will rotate around the following key activities

  • Fisheries

  • Teaching and painting

  • Coral reef surveys

  • Mega fauna surveys

We stay on the stunning Guinjata Bay beach on the side of the Indian Ocean. Our accommodation is rustic and rooms will hold a maximum of 4 people (genders will be separated). Running water, hot water and electricity is available at all times… with the exception of a few power cuts! Mosquito nets are provided.

Your program is fully catered, however you may want to bring money for internet, drinks and treats. Bring an network unlocked mobile phone with you in order to buy a local sim for internet as there is no wifi available. The local shop is a short walk away and holds a few western treasures.

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

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