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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

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.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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