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Dolphin, whale, shark and seal research

Project name:

Marine Dynamics Academy - Internship

Project purpose:

Dolphin, whale, shark and seal research; alongside community engagement.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • data collection/analysis

  • supporting ecotourism

  • teaching

  • scuba diving


South Africa


average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):


Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared cottages with other interns

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, electricity, cooking facilities, local shops, nearby medical facilities, hot shower, western toilets. Bedding is provided and our water is safe to drink. All facilities have a mini kitchen, but most prefer to gather in the central kitchen with adjacent dining room and sitting room. There is a lecture room and work space as well as a pool where diving courses take place. There is an activity hall with weights and table tennis. Also enjoy a pool table and foosball and there is a variety of board games, Wi-Fi and satellite TV are available. The lodge is close to our base and whilst we have two mini buses that move volunteers daily, it is also an easy walk or cycle away. Recycling is a priority at the lodge.

How long can I stay?


  • Undergranduate, Gradutate or fellow peer in the Marine Science, natual science field.

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

Our training covers a diverse range of skills based on academic and industry demand. You'll learn about and be responsible for great white shark identification and data logging, small shark tagging, cetacean surveys, Baited Remote Underwater Video deployment and more. In addition to these, you may also work with upcoming technologies such as 3D photogrammetry, helping us develop a unique archive of digital animal reconstructions.
As the Marine Dynamics Academy also hosts research projects by visiting scientists, you may have the opportunity to learn directly from individuals currently working in the field. Many of our Alumni return to host their own research projects, made possible by first completing our Scientific Internship:
Your training and responsibilities include*:

• Great white shark biology, identification and population monitoring
• Scientific authoring and professional development
• Marine diversity assessment
• Scientific photography
• Science in ecotourism and marine guiding
• Small shark tagging
• 3D Photogrammetry
• And more…

* Please note that your experience may differ from others, as training is always determined by current projects and environmental factors, such as weather and wildlife presence.

Our Internship is a 4 week program which starts the first monday of each month. The fee is ZAR25 000 per calendar month.

Reviews & ratings



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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