Dolphin, whale, shark and seal research

Project name:

Marine Dynamics Academy - Internship

Project purpose:

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

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • data collection/analysis

  • supporting ecotourism

  • teaching

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):


Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared cottages with other interns

When does the project run?


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?


  • Undergranduate, Gradutate or fellow peer in the Marine Science, natual science field.

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

Our training covers a diverse range of skills based on academic and industry demand. You'll learn about and be responsible for great white shark identification and data logging, small shark tagging, cetacean surveys, Baited Remote Underwater Video deployment and more. In addition to these, you may also work with upcoming technologies such as 3D photogrammetry, helping us develop a unique archive of digital animal reconstructions.
As the Marine Dynamics Academy also hosts research projects by visiting scientists, you may have the opportunity to learn directly from individuals currently working in the field. Many of our Alumni return to host their own research projects, made possible by first completing our Scientific Internship:
Your training and responsibilities include*:

• Great white shark biology, identification and population monitoring
• Scientific authoring and professional development
• Marine diversity assessment
• Scientific photography
• Science in ecotourism and marine guiding
• Small shark tagging
• 3D Photogrammetry
• And more…

* Please note that your experience may differ from others, as training is always determined by current projects and environmental factors, such as weather and wildlife presence.

Our Internship is a 4 week program which starts the first monday of each month. The fee is ZAR25 000 per calendar month.

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

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


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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