Conservation and Scientific Research on Cetaceans

Project name:

Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD)

Project purpose:

Marine Mammals Research Association is a dedicated NGO that aims to promote the conservation of marine mammal species and their habitats through integrating academic studies and public engagements and social awareness campaigns. Marine Mammals Research Association runs multiple year-round studies about cetacean abundance, distribution of the species, investigation of the behavioral effects of marine traffic and fishing practices in the located habitats that cover the unknown waters from Eastern Mediterranean Sea to the South Adriatic Sea. Furthermore, as a NGO we supervise the students from all over the world in order to generate a professional and methodological approach by focusing on marine biodiversity and ecological consciousness.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



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

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared house

When does the project run?

All year


accommodation included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, cold shower and hot showers, western toilers, wifi. Use of Equipments, A spacious office, bedding, trainings, transportation between the survey areas, boat and land surveys.

How long can I stay?

The recommended duration of time is minimum for eight weeks.


  • True interest for marine conservation

  • Ability to cohabit in a dynamic and multicultural environment

  • Respect for the organization’s rules

  • Proven experience of working effectively as a part of the team

  • Fluent English and good communication skills

  • High computer literacy and willingness to learn new softwares. 

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

The Montenegro Dolphin Research aims to address questions about marine mammal abundance, distribution and behavior that defines their critical habitats and investigate the impact of such major threats. Our wider attention focuses on the promotion and implementation of the awareness initiatives targeted by local community. Montenegrin coastal waters are extremely rich in marine life, but yet barely explored. There are at least five species of marine mammals that can be found in South Adriatic. The most common species are the bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba). 
This is an extremely valuable opportunity for graduates and undergraduates in order to gain experience in the marine mammal research field. There is also a chance to develop a scientific project for your Bachelors and Masters thesis. Dedicated and consistent researchers from all over the world are highly encouraged to apply for the residency that is available for all the year. We recommend minimum two months of attendance with possible exceptions for the shorter periods.


-Performing land-based and boat-based surveys, -Collecting dolphins sighting and behaviour data, -Operating theodolite and managing its software Pythagoras, -Data entry and analysis, -Cataloguing and matching individuals via Discovery software, -Raising stakeholder awareness. ​


You will be given the chance to learn the most popular methodologies used in marine mammals research such as: -Theodolite operation and Pythagoras software, -Photo-ID and Discovery software, -Data entry and analysis, -ArcGIS


For more information and applications visit the projects site (click link at the top of the page!)

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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