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


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



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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