Shark conservation

Project name:

Shark Life

Project purpose:

Shark conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • gain qualification and/or credit

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:


private room

When does the project run?


electricity, cooking facilities, accomoodation included, shower, local shops, wifi

How long can I stay?


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

Through the program you will gain field experience with sharks and their environments.The program consists of four main components which build your knowledge and skills through theory, practical exercises and time in the ocean.

  1. Theory Sessions - shark species fundamentals, shark conservation tactics, diving with sharks

  2. Lab Practical Sessions - anatomical features of sharks and rays, various tagging techniques, specimen sampling techniques

  3. Ocean Practical Sessions - freediving skill development (certification), boating and beach logistics, shark encounter experience, research data collection

  4. Assessment Sessions - species presentations, conservation project abstracts, final exams, shark ID drill


Additional activities are varied depending on current programs at the sharlife ocean centre:

  • Assist with educating local school groups

  • Develop displays for the shark museum

  • Maintain research equipment 

  • Catalog museum specimens

  • Collate and input research data

A few key benefits:

  • Get close to sharks

  • Get an accredited Free-diving certification

  • Gain worthwhile marine field experience

  • Develop seamanship skills

  • Examine real shark and ray specimens 

  • Encounter diverse marine mega fauna

  • Dive in warm clear ocean environments

  • Visit nearby Big 5 Game Reserves (optional extra)

  • Study in a World Heritage Site

  • Support a long standing non-profit shark conservation organisation

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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