Marine Research and Community Volunteering...
Costs£945 / $1890 (US) / €1229
Group SizeUp to 12
South Africa
Dates10 Apr to 08 May 2011
17 Apr to 15 May 2011
24 Apr to 22 May 2011
01 May to 29 May 2011
08 May to 05 Jun 2011
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  • 15 May to 12 Jun 2011
  • 22 May to 19 Jun 2011
  • 29 May to 26 Jun 2011
  • 05 Jun to 03 Jul 2011
  • 12 Jun to 10 Jul 2011
  • 19 Jun to 17 Jul 2011
  • 26 Jun to 24 Jul 2011
  • 03 Jul to 31 Jul 2011
  • 10 Jul to 07 Aug 2011
  • 17 Jul to 14 Aug 2011
  • 24 Jul to 21 Aug 2011
  • 31 Jul to 28 Aug 2011
  • 07 Aug to 04 Sep 2011
  • 14 Aug to 11 Sep 2011
  • 21 Aug to 18 Sep 2011
  • 28 Aug to 25 Sep 2011
  • 04 Sep to 02 Oct 2011
  • 11 Sep to 09 Oct 2011
  • 18 Sep to 16 Oct 2011
  • 25 Sep to 23 Oct 2011
  • 02 Oct to 30 Oct 2011
  • 09 Oct to 06 Nov 2011
  • 16 Oct to 13 Nov 2011
  • 23 Oct to 20 Nov 2011
  • 30 Oct to 27 Nov 2011

Marine Research and Community Volunteering

"I really enjoyed the trip and if I could, I would have been very happy to stay for much longer. It was so great to be a part of the crew!"
Nathalie, Volunteer

Volunteer for either 2, 4, 8 or 12 weeks at a world renowned marine conservation research organisation in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Tag fish, collect data and take photos of dolphins and a variety of whales. Gain a Local Marine Guiding Programme qualification and participate in commercial eco-tourism activities. Volunteer at a community project for disadvantaged children, help to organise local marine awareness campaigns, monitor and help clean local beaches – do all this and much much more!

Marine Conservation in South Africa

This marine conservation volunteering project gives you the unique opportunity to live in the picturesque seaside of South Africa’s Plettenberg Bay whilst you research some of the world’s most fascinating marine species. By marine volunteering in this part of South Africa you can witness the power, grace and exuberance of a variety of whales, dolphins, sharks and seals, whilst being surrounded by a majestic setting of mountains, forests and coastal inlets. On this South African marine volunteering adventure you will learn how to manage a marine and coastal zone in a sustainable manner to actively and meaningfully participate in conserving the marine life, whilst experiencing the community, culture and environment of the area in a more intimate way than most visitors. Depending on the time of year and how lucky you are, the marine research you conduct will encounter a variety of marine life that includes Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, Bryde’s Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, rarely seen Orcas (Killer Whales) and even Great White Sharks!

As the first ever privately initiated and government supported conservation project of its kind in South Africa, this conservation volunteering project has a world-renowned research team who have been given awards by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This fantastic team will guide you through projects that involve marine research, educating and being involved in the community, and taking a ‘watch dog’ role in Plettenberg Bay. They will be there to help you settle in during your stay and give you the opportunity to take on any individual projects where your own best interests lie. This marine volunteering project offers you personal diversity in the programme and from assisting the dive research teams to helping with their community programme you will find your own way to contribute. As part of your stay you will also assist with our commercial whale and dolphin tours, as well as kayaking and river cruising.

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