Dolphin, whale, shark and seal research

Project name:

Marine Dynamics - International Marine Volunteers

Project purpose:

Dolphin, whale, shark and seal research; alongside community engagement.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Shared cottages with other interns

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, cooking facilities, local shops, nearby medical facilities, hot shower, western toilets. Bedding is provided and our water is safe to drink. All facilities have a mini kitchen, but most prefer to gather in the central kitchen with adjacent dining room and sitting room. There is a lecture room and work space as well as a pool where diving courses take place. There is an activity hall with weights and table tennis. Also enjoy a pool table and foosball and there is a variety of board games, Wi-Fi and satellite TV are available. The lodge is close to our base and whilst we have two mini buses that move volunteers daily, it is also an easy walk or cycle away. Recycling is a priority at the lodge.

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

  • For students who are interested in furthering their field experience and enrichening their skill set, we advise viewing our Scientific Internship which is specialised around marine sciences.

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

Every day is different and depending on both the environment and our current research studies, will bring you opportunities to develop skills in areas unavailable anywhere else in the country.
You will support our eco-tourism team doing shark cage diving and whale watching and enjoy many opportunities to get up close and personal with the great white shark and bronze whaler sharks (copper sharks). You will also participate in all our conservation projects, assist with data capture and learn from our marine biologists through a series of talks on marine species. 

Cost for 1 week : R9 700 per week = R 9 700 
Cost for 2 weeks : R8 825 per week = R17 650 
Cost for 3 weeks : R8 383 per week = R25 150 
Cost for 4 weeks : R7 525 per week = R30 100 
Additional week after 4 weeks = R6 450 per week

Programme costs excludes: Flights / Visas / Medical and Travel Insurance / Excursions - No sea days mean we get to explore local places, enjoying South African experiences.
Inclusions: Cape Town Transfers, Accommodation, Boat Time, Lectures, some branded clothing, Boots, Basic breakfast and lunch, A visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium, a donation to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

Cost for 1 week : R9 700 per week = ZAR 9 700 
Cost for 2 weeks : R8 825 per week = ZAR17 650 
Cost for 3 weeks : R8 383 per week = ZAR25 150 
Cost for 4 weeks : R7 525 per week = ZAR30 100 
Additional week after 4 weeks = ZAR6 450 per week

Programme costs excludes: Flights / Visas / Medical and Travel Insurance / Excursions - No sea days mean we get to explore local places, enjoying South African experiences.
Inclusions: Cape Town Transfers, Accommodation, Boat Time, Lectures, some branded clothing, Boots, Basic breakfast and lunch, A visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium, a donation to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

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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