To volunteer with this marine conservation organization in Africa will bring you to the most exciting volunteer adventure and an unforgettable lifetime experience. You will have a possibility to dive and take part in literally the ocean safari. If you are not a diver yet, you can become one right here! You will experience the wildlife in its natural habitat and will, as a precious marine volunteer, help in collecting a long-term data on megafauna sightings. The information collected by volunteers helps in providing the baseline data about local populations of top predators for their conservation management. You will also volunteer for the community outreach for these majestic marine top predators.
Why volunteer for oceans in Mozambique, Africa?
There are certainly more reasons.
First one is for you: this volunteer adventure program is ‘all you can have at once’. It is absolutely amazing. Literally DIVE IN for this best marine volunteer experience and conservation program in Mozambique and do something good for these key flag species.
The second one: who doesn’t admire the biggest and most majestic animals in our oceans, like sharks, whales, dolphins, rays, reef turtles? Top predators are bio-indicators and are, with their presence, telling us about the oceans’ health. As a marine conservation volunteer you will contribute to find out about the current state of the marine megafauna in the Indian Ocean. Your work will help to the scientific research and conservation whilst gaining hands on field experience.
MARINE LIFE you will get involved in as a Mozambique marine volunteer
- Humpback whales
- Coral reefs & protected areas
- Whale sharks
- Predatory sharks
- Reef turtles & Mantas, Rays
- Microplastics – you will deal with this problematic as well
Volunteering with the top predators you will get involved with data entry, data processing, video analysis and photo identification. Your contribution is important as it brings researchers towards latest knowledge about the megafauna status and calls for the sustainable management.
Lately the volunteer team is involved in the protection of coral reefs and mangrove forests, thus this marine conservation adventure will be conducting also monitoring activities on these two topics. Additionally you will be helping in the community outreach.
Get info to volunteer for this exciting megafauna research.
Close to the Maxixe, province of Inhambane, Mozambique
Constant enrolment from 1 – 12 weeks
Airport of Arrival:
Inhambane (INH), Mozambique; over Johannesburg (JNB), South Africa
Support in data collection of megafauna, community outreach
18 – 60
# of volunteers:
12 International volunteers (mostly from USA, UK…)
To be added.
What is included?
Included. You will be picked up at the Inhambane Airport.
It is in the research basis lodge for volunteers, only 100m from the ocean. The house has two barbeque areas overlooking the beach.
All inclusive, three cooked meals daily, from western food, seafood to local delicacies. For the volunteer convenience they are served in the research basis restaurant.
Volunteers must provide their own comprehensive travel health insurance and in case of diving – diving insurance.
To be added.
No dive qualiﬁcations are otherwise required.
Up to 4 dives per week are comprised to collect data of the marine megafauna with the researcher and a volunteer lead. In includes data collection of large marine vertebrates, fish on the reefs, pelagic fish, whale sharks and also cetaceans. If you are not a diver you can get your certification on the spot! At least 3 trips per month are covered to our estuary protected areas.
Community outreach in Mozambique
Local community villages trips will be organized for you to disseminate the research outcomes as a volunteer in a popular way and teach people about the marine and ocean’s importance. Even as a marine volunteer you will also be involved in teaching local children to swim. A new, exciting volunteer ‘adventure’, also for you
More info on marine megafauna volunteer adventure.
Optional excursions: You can opt to have a guided horseback trip, you can enjoy in different reptile species or you can spot the vervet monkeys. Mozambique is admirable with its coastline, swaying palms, fascinating cultural mix and tradition with all its vibe and adventure opportunities. Therefore before and after your marine volunteer adventure in Mozambique you might want to have additional highlight trips (see below).
Support: Local in-country team and 24h emergency support
Flights, visa (normally volunteers gain a tourist visa), personal expenses, travel, health and diving insurance. Malaria prophylaxis isn’t included: check out with your GP for the recommendations which one to choose best for you.
- minimum age: 18
- participant must be in good physical condition and be able to swim
- language: basic English
- interest: enthusiastic, team player, willing to help in marine conservation;
I had such a great volunteering experience with Vivamar Society in the NE Adriatic. It was my first volunteering and I absolutely loved every minute of it. The project leader is like a little guardian angel for Dolphins. Its so nice to see someone who has given up everything in order to serve something bigger than herself. We had so many great adventures to nearby towns and villages and also on the water adventures. Going out on the research boat is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, seeing dolphins in the wild is one of the best things you’ll ever see not to mention doing it on many occasions. You really get to know each dolphin by the end of your time as you spend many hours trying to spot the fin. I learn’t so much and there was never a dull moment. The food was also some of the best I’ve eaten. It was a great chance to meet people from all walks and who all share the same goals. Thank you project leads and Vivamar for all that you do and I hope that Vivamar can continue to be an Ambassador for Dolphins in the NE Adriatic.
I decided to volunteer at Costa Rica Caribbean sea turtle project because I was meeting a friend and travelling in Costa Rica for 2 weeks but wanted to spend more time in the country. It sounded like a great project that works towards helping endangered animals but also improved the local community by giving locals job opportunities. Contributing to wildlife conservation and experiencing Costa Rican outside of the popular tourist towns seemed to be a fun way to extend my stay in the country. After arriving at the project I quickly realized that it was an amazing and made a huge impact therefore I decided to return for the remainder of my summer. Deciding to volunteer ended up being the best decision I could have made, I enjoyed my time with the program more then I enjoyed my actual travel vacation that was the original reason for being in Costa Rica.
“Where to start? This is the best experience of my life; the people, the place, the nature of the work, the beautiful leatherback turtles! I added extra days as I didn’t want to leave! Considering the remoteness of the beach the facilities and food was fantastic and I liked that it was rustic. The work was hard in the humidity but rewarding and despite not seeing any hatchlings I was lucky to work with so many giant mummy turtles in the middle of the night and help dig nests to keep their babies safe from poachers. For the money I paid I think it’s definitely worth it and I’m already looking at returning! Thank you to everyone for having me at Costa Rica Caribbean sea turtle project and keep up the great work!”
Before I came to the Costa Rica Pacific side project I had never seen a sea turtle, been out of the country, or been away from my family for longer than a week. It was the scariest thing I had ever done but it was also the best decision I ever made. I learned more about myself in the three months that I spent in Costa Rica than any other time in my life.
Every day is filled with new adventures and experiences, whether we were working with turtles, in mangroves, or education. Working with the turtles was a remarkable experience that I will never forget. Coming from the desert, I have never been so close to marine life. Working with such a big beautiful animal that you pull right out of the ocean was incredible. I was so happy that I got the chance to be part of a mangrove reforestation project. Work in the mangroves is hard messy work but during your time here you get to see the seeds you planted at the beginning grow into little trees and it is all worth it. The days we got to work with the kids were always so much fun! They were always so excited to meet the “turtle people” and were always enthusiastic to learn.
I met many interesting people during my time in Costa Rica from different backgrounds. Not only people from Costa Rica but also people from all over the world. I became friends with many of the locals and became very close with the research assistants.
I very much enjoyed my time at the Costa Rica Pacific project and definitely plan on returning to Costa Rica!
The Costa Rica Pacific project caught my attention the moment I started looking for volunteer projects. Within days of starting my placement I knew the following months were going to be invaluable for my personal and professional development. Throughout the course of my placement I learned so much about sea turtles and was empowered to strengthen my ability in sharing that knowledge with others. Most importantly, I grew so much as an individual, made lifelong friendships, enjoyed many laughs, and was able to unplug and enjoy the natural beauty that the area has to offer. I’m so thankful for my experience Costa Rica Pacific project and the joy and enrichment those months brought to my life.
My experience at Costa Rica Caribbean sea turtle project was one of the best experiences I have had! Although it certainly was something out of my comfort zone, I don’t regret doing it. It opened my eyes to how prominent poaching is, and how important it is for there to be patrols to help. The people and the activities that I had to do made me feel so helpful and supportive to the community, certainly a trip that you come out from realising how much off the world you are normally secluded from. Would recommend it to everyone! Best food and everyone is so friendly and happy that you are there.
A great and memorable experience!
The time I spent with the project leader and the other volunteers was an experience I surely will never forget. You get a good insight into the life of the dolphins living in the adriatic sea and the threats that endanger them. This knowledge that we gained from this dedicated Dolphin conservation society Team we could apply directly on our trips on the research boat, while enjoying the sunset -and the dolphins of course- at the same time. On the days we didn’t visit the dolphins, a project leader showed us a part of the scienific work of dolphin research which was very interesting.
The atmosphere was relaxed the whole time, we all got along well. That’s why we also had a lot of fun during our free time which we spent snorkeling, laying at the beach and visiting some beautiful towns. I definitely recommend this volunteering project to anyone who is interested in helping the dolphins and keeping the sea healthy!
After a short search on volunteer opportunities I became quickly aware of the project for the bottlenose dolphins, which was, in my opinion, a total jackpot. From the first day on I got the feeling I was into something important. From the little tasks like washing the dishes to gardening I was always feeling the spirit. We did good work on research comparing dolphin fins on the pictures we took. In our free time we enjoyed the underwater world of the Adriatic Sea, snorkeling for hours! Of course, the most beautiful time I spent here was when we went out on our boat trip to get new pictures and data of our lovely dolphins.
I will always remember the first time when I saw a fin breaking through the surface of the sea and the joy I felt having a look into the eyes of an animal that is so intelligent and free!
I have always been into the sea and dolphins so I was really excited when I found out this project for dolphin conservation. I thought to volunteer for such a purpose would be a good thing. When I had to choose what to do for my matura, final work exam at school, I asked if I could do it about dolphins and from what they are endangered and the project leaders agreed with it.
By volunteering for dolphins I learned more about the research work. But not only this, I also had a good time during doing my work with the other volunteers.We went swimming in the sea, sunbathing at the beach or just drinking a beer and get to know each other better.
But what’s the best of all: you see dolphins in the wild. It’s so great to see them swimming in the wide ocean free and their movements. I can’t believe people are catching them and put them into an aquarium.
I would recommend this poject to everybody who wants to have a closer look at the researcher life and wants to do something good for the sea and its amazing inhabitants.
I have come to do the volonteering for dolphin conservation because I have been fascinated by the dolphins since my childhood. While volunteering we have learned so much about these wonderful creatures – and to see them LIVE in the nature was an absolute highlight!
Last but not least, especially our team was so unique because it team was the oldest ever J and we had one younger volunteer that we at once ‘adopted’ and called her »our baby«. So we have harmonized very well. We have worked together, cooked, cleaned, harvested even olives and did also the tours. Almost like in a family! We laughed until our bellies hurt! Everything fitted just perfectly! And then, of course, there is a team leader, who, by her cordial, open manner and her presence is a real personality! It is absolutely a joy, that you can, through the love to the dolphins meet even so dear people!
The project is located close to Maxixe, province of Inhambane, Mozambique in Africa.
As a volunteer at the marine megafauna conservation project you will be surrounded by the top best marine large vertebrates – actually a marine paradise! In your free time you can have a guided horseback trails, you can enjoy in a large variety of reptiles, and even spotting of the vervet monkeys. In the free afternoons you can go out to surf, swim, beach bonfire or relax.
The megafauna marine volunteer project in Mozambique
This sea marine conservation volunteer project is one of the best volunteer experience, be it for the shark volunteer vacation, volunteering on whale and dolphin data collection or ‘diving in’ for a coral reef volunteer opportunity. The dynamics of the local populations is not yet so well understood; therefore this volunteer programme makes your job even more important. You will be along the world leading researchers, diving with them and collecting the important data on megafauna, be it from predatory sharks, sea turtles and rays or volunteer in whale and dolphin watching! Along as a volunteer you will explore the mangroves or freshwater lakes, collect the relevant data for the research reports about their ecological status. You will have the opportunity to volunteer and teach the local children how to swim and to outreach activities to the local community.
Volunteers will receive all the needed information upon arriving to the project. During the meeting the volunteer lead will explain your work roles and explain the actual need for the marine volunteers. You will be finally equipped for your safe and most enjoyable volunteer experience!
You will join this highly exciting volunteer work that helps in collecting a valuable field data collection as part of the research and conservation project. It is essential that top predators like dolphins, turtles, seasonal humpback whales, manta rays, whale sharks and other megafauna are monitored closely to be able to report about overall ocean health.
As a marine megafauna volunteer you will participate in taking photo IDs, visit acoustic stations, help studying plankton, help in processing tissue samples, measure large ocean vertebrates and help in monitoring of these majestic megafauna critters.
Dive experience is recommended, but diving certification can be included in your volunteer further experience. All divers will receive a $120 discount. The volunteers are involved in four “ocean volunteer activities” per week, which are usually dives, but can be swopped for ocean safari’s upon the wish of a marine volunteer.
Volunteer for community outreach in Mozambique
Volunteers might visit a local community to execute the outreach program on the importance of preserving the marine megafauna. Also, they are included to experience a village life, teach local children swimming, collect data on artisanal fishermen catch, disseminate scientific and educational information about the marine megafauna, pass on conservation and research documents obtained with the help of volunteers to the interested Mozambique official or unofficial bodies.
You will volunteer about 8 hours per day, weekends are normally free.
Your volunteer work will start at 7:30h after breakfast. Diving in directly with the lead researcher. If you don’t dive you’ll have data collecting in the snorkeling area and do coral garden expeditions. As a non-diver you might do other activities in the research basis, like opportunistic dissections of found dead animals, prepare conservation material, help in shaping the outreach programme to the local community and similar. After coming back from the sea you will help in data and image processing. The prepared lunch follows. After gaining some energy you will be going to the whale watching activities and volunteer in data collection of these majestic marine mammals from the land. Volunteers might also go and explore the mangroves or freshwater lakes, visit a local community to execute the outreach program or teach the local children swimming.
Between 15h – 16h your volunteer work day will end and the time is about to start and enjoy the free time activities! You can relax, enjoy along the admirable long beaches or do some other activities outside the direct volunteer programme, like learn how to surf!
You will stay in the research basis lodge for volunteers, only 100m from the beach and the magical ocean. The volunteer house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, an outfitted kitchen and all is daily cleaned. The house has a balcony and the two barbeque areas overlook the beach. Bread, eggs, milk, tea and coﬀee are provided there.
Sheets and towels are provided as well for each volutneer.
There are shops within a 10 minute walk of the lodge. There is a larger town a 30 minutes drive away with most of the things that you may need additionally.
Three meals a day are included. Meals will be prepared and served for volunteers in a research basis restaurant and they can cater for every dietary requirement. You need to tell about any food allergies or specific dietary requirements as all food is cooked fresh daily. You may wish to bring supplements with you as well.
Alcoholic drinks are not permitted whilst participating in the project.
Free of charge, there is an internet in the restaurant lodge.
There is a laundry service provided for volunteers and is done on a daily basis.
Along with your prime mission to volunteer for marine conservation in Mozambique, this southeast African country offers long beaches, swaying palms, turquoise waters, colorful fish, well-preserved corals, remote archipelagos, pounding surf in the south and dreaming sailing boats. Mozambique is also admirable with its fascinating cultural mix and tradition with all its vibe and adventure opportunities. Some savvy and a sense of adventure is needed and it can bring you to the journey of a lifetime along with the best volunteer adventure which is your goal. Inhambane for example is an attractive city surrounded by palms and magnificent beaches. The architecture reflects an exciting past stretching back to the 11th century. Traders visited here, as did Vasco da Gama in the late 1500s. Later in history port of Inhambane became a major centre for ivory, slave trade and whaling.
For you as a marine volunteer – this can be exciting news – the area is now one of the few where the last remaining Dugong can be seen.
Precautions must be taken with your personal belongings.
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