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Protecting marine wildlife through research and education

Project name:

Marine Environment Research Association (AIMM)

Project purpose:

AIMM aims to be a reference for research, education and conservation of the environment in Portuguese waters, promoting understanding of marine related issues, identifying threats and mitigate their effects in marine wildlife.

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

   (Daily survey on board research vessel)
   (Data entry)

  • teaching

   (theory classes)

   (research technique with marine mammals)

  • Scuba diving (separate to main program)




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

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

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Accommodation will be shared by the whole team: participants, research assistants and researchers. The field station is a small farm in Albufeira, Algarve.

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, wifi, local town. The house is equipped with Wi-Fi, laundry room and everything needed for a working kitchen. Participants will share 3 rooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, office garden with a swimming pool.

How long can I stay?


  • Be 16 years-old or older; Stay for at least 1 week (7 days)

  • Speak enough English to be able to communicate with other participants

  • Be in good health, physically fit and able to walk and climb easily

  • Be able to swim and feel comfortable on a boat.

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

Everyone’s experience at AIMM is unique. The programme is tailored to your learning interests, allowing you to decide which aspect of marine fieldwork you want to explore, or even get assistance for your personal marine research projects.


The atmosphere is informal and familiar, and household chores will be shared and carried out by everyone. It is also important to keep in mind that the team includes most often members of different countries with different levels of English, so fellow participants need to be patient with each other.

Ongoing Projects

Surveillance and monitoring of marine megafauna in coastal waters off the Algarve, Portugal

The distribution and population dynamics of marine megafauna, namely cetaceans, sea turtles and sharks, inhabiting the South of Portugal are poorly known. As are top predators they play a crucial role in their ecosystems. However, they also attract attention, making them ambassadors of marine environment conservation efforts. AIMM focuses most of its research efforts in the first general study on the occurrence, distribution, and abundance of cetaceans in the Southern coast of Portugal. 

This study will allow us to know which species inhabit these waters, why and how they use their habitat while verifying their conservation status and the potential threats they face.

Characterisation and improvement of the whale-watching tourism activity along the South coast of Portugal

Social organization and behaviour among large brained mammals: Maternal Strategies as an evolution factor

Ecology of marine megafauna and potential effects of climate change

Studying Cetaceans through acoustics

Marine mammals rely on acoustics to communicate, navigate and explore their environment.  Acoustic studies with marine mammal allow us to understand how these animals use the sound but also permit to detect and track them in their habitat. Given these advantages and complementariry with visual methods traditionally used, AIMM recently started to use acoustics to strengthen the study of the distribution and abundance of these animals in the most Southern region of Portugal.

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


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