Shark conservation

Project name:

South African Shark Conservancy

Project purpose:

Shark conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain qualification and/or credits

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


shared house

When does the project run?


accommodation included, breakfast included, shark academy orientation and training, return transport to airport,

How long can I stay?


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

Volunteering (weekly rate - off season Sep-Mar: 550 USD/week)


Internship (weekly rate - off season Sep-Mar: 500 USD/week)


Post-Grad students (Tailored solution, additional fees apply)


As a small team, we work hard to ensure you get the most out of your experience at the Shark Academy. You will spend days at sea, assist with shark tagging and deploy baited remote underwater video (BRUV) systems. You will help with ecological surveys, run focal surveys on Great White Sharks, contribute to database management and data analysis, participate in lectures, workshops, and much more.

Have a look at the summary of different activities you may participate in during your time. These are embedded in a flexible weekly schedule, which is very much weather-dependent and changes often.

Get your hands dirty: training at the Shark Academy emphasises a combination of hands-on lab and field work. You will quickly become an integral member of our team, helping our researchers handle and tag sharks by the end of your first week at the Academy.

Training fundamentals

  • Ocean & Coast in SA

  • Shark Evolution & Ecology

  • Sharks & Fisheries

  • Shark population dynamics

  • Science Comms. workshop

  • Trophic Ecology & Sharks

Field activities

  • Shark diversity surveys

  • Underwater shark census

  • Shark tagging

  • Sharks after dark

  • BRUV Deployment

Lab activities

  • Shark handling

  • Shark husbandry

  • Data entry and management

  • Shark dissection

  • Shark sampling

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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