Research and cetacean data collection

Project name:


Project purpose:

Research and cetacean data collection

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer reviewed science

  • publishes work


Rooms available to rent for $28 a night (organise with staff)

When does the project run?


How long can I stay?


No requirements needed. Just willing to contribute to cetacean research.

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

You spend a week on the boat with the professor Jessica Alessi. She is a wonderful person, very welcoming, willing to take us in her car and drop us somewhere if we needed. Take us to the port everyday. You stay all day on the boat, following fishing ships and waiting for dolphins (most of the time). I didn't see any whale when I was there in July. You take pictures of the dorsal fins and add them to the catalogue later on that day. Depending on the weather, you could be in the office end of afternoon and morning on the boat or the opposite. In the office, you analyse the fins and try to figure out who is who. Jessica gave us classes about how to ID ceteceans, how they communicate and how to use GIS. Everyday we do a GIS map of our boat trip with the gps of the boat.

Reviews & ratings



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



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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