1 to 3 Months

Dolphin Research Project, Namibia

Join a team of dedicated scientists on our Dolphin Research Project in Namibia and enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to marine research in a beautiful and remote environment.  

By joining the team as an intern you will get the opportunity to gain in depth practical training in marine research techniques to study whales, dolphins and turtles. Working closely with principle investigators, interns will gain experience in:

  • Taking photo-ID pictures
  • Collecting behavioural data
  • Data input
  • Making acoustic recordings
  • Shore based tracking of animals
  • Attendance at whale and dolphin strandings
  • Working with archived skeletal material
  • Small boat skippering 

Interns will also have the opportunity to join the community outreach programme, visiting local schools to increase marine awareness and education. 

Founded in 2008 the project conducts research on coastal dolphins and whales with the ultimate aim of providing high quality data for science and management. Working closely with the Namibian government, NGO's and the tourism industry ensures that the projects results reach all the right people. Adding to this, the project has now begun engaging with the local community through the Community Outreach Programme.

Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to volunteer with dolphin research and be involved in most of the daily research activities including boat work, photograph grading, data collection/input and attending strandings. While with us in Walvis Bay you will be helping to collect and process data on bottlenose and Heaviside’s dolphins from our photo-identification and behavioural surveys. You may also have the opportunity to be involved with our bottlenose dolphin acoustic project, recording dolphin sounds. If you are with us at the right time of year you may also be lucky enough to help collect data on marine turtles and on humpback whales for inclusion in the humpback whale photo identification catalogue.

More information is available here 

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2584
  • duration:
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Walvis Bay
    United States
    22° 57' 43.8732" S, 14° 31' 3.8856" E
    US
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Walvis Bay (WVB)
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Watamu Turtles, Keyna

Join this programme and take part in sea turtle conservation volunteer work involving research and monitoring of nesting turtles, education and outreach as well as turtle rehabilitation all throughout the year in Watamu, Kenya.

The project was featured in the last episode of a 6 part BBC documentary series, Africa, featuring Sir David Attenborough.

You can join for 4 weeks up to 8 weeks all year round. We have places available all throughout the year.

Individuals, groups and students doing research all welcome.

Cost includes quality accommodation, airport transfer, lunchtime meals, training & supervision; starts at £580.

This project offers the opportunity to volunteer with sea turtles in Kenya and take part in a variety of different sea turtle conservation related projects, as listed below. We are happy to discuss each area of work with you and are also open to your suggestions and welcome students with research ideas.

 

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2576
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Watamu
    Kenya
    KE
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Volunteer in Argentina

Diverse opportunities for volunteers to join projects that aim to tackle the social issues faced by many communities in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires.  They include volunteering with orphaned children, volunteering as a teaching assistant and volunteering in soup kitchens & kindergartens.

You can join for 2 weeks up to 12 weeks all year round and we have places all throughout the year.

Individuals, groups and couples all welcome.

Cost for airport pick up, accommodation at a shared volunteer house, programme materials and training start from £695
There are currently 5 projects in Buenos Aires available on this programme:

    Orphanage volunteering
    Volunteering to teach English as a foreign language
    Volunteering in a Community Soup Kitchen
    Volunteering in the Organic Garden of a Psychiatric Hospital
    Childcare volunteering in a nursery

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2575
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    AR
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Buenos Aires (EZE)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Teach Overseas
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Pacific Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

Volunteer with sea turtles in Costa Rica as one of our marine conservation volunteers, and join this Olive Ridley turtle programme in the spectacular Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica on Drake Bay, home to over 25 dolphin and whale species and the Olive Ridley Turtle. Marine conservation volunteers will take part in night surveys, monitoring eggs and baby turtles, releasing baby turtles into the ocean and helping with local conservation education projects.

You can join for 1 week up to 12 weeks from July to December every year. We have places all throughout the year.

Individuals, groups and students doing research all welcome.

Cost includes lodging in main camp/homestay, 3 meals a day, training & supervision, snacks for patrols, materials; starts at £370.

In the study area there are four species of sea turtles. We have identified protect the nests of the Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) although the presence of Pacific Green (Chelonia mydas), Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) and Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricate) turtles has been recorded too. Between 150 and 250 Olive Ridley turtles arrive every season at the 3.6 km Drake Beach. The scientific mission of the project is to generate the data necessary to support the conservation of this nesting population. Marine conservation volunteers will gain experience in numerous aspects of the investigation and conservation of sea turtles.

 

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2572
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    El Progreso
    Costa Rica
    CR
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    San Jose (SJO)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Dolphin & Whale Research, South Africa

Become a marine conservation volunteer and work on dolphin and whale research projects, helping to understand more about these magnificent species. Marine conservation volunteers will also have the opportunity to assist with community education projects on the South African coastline and aid with maintaining the high coastline quality. Opportunities also exist to volunteer with sea turtle and penguin rescue and monitor river health.  Long term marine research internship placements also available.

You can volunteer in South Africa for between 1 week and 10 months, and we have places available throughout the year.

Individuals, groups and students are all welcome.

Cost for food, accommodation, equipment, programme materials and training starts from £480.

Run by ORCA, otherwise known as the Ocean Research Conservation Africa (ORCA) Marine Foundation, this project allows marine conservation volunteers and research interns to work on dolphin and whale research projects, in addition to working alongside the community in education programmes.

Plettenberg Bay (lovingly referred to as “Plett” by locals), on the world famous Garden Route, is home to some of the world’s most fascinating marine species, including Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, Bryde's Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, CommonDolphins, Orca or Killer Whales, and Great White Sharks, to name but a few.

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2571
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Plettenberg Bay
    South Africa
    ZA
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    George, South Africa (GRJ)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Kariega Community Volunteer Programme, South Africa

Become a community development Volunteer in Kenton on Sea in South Africa. Projects include teaching English, pre-school volunteering, assisting the elderly, youth guidance, working in soup kitchens, IT coaching and beach conservation.  You will work with underprivileged communities across a broad spectrum of age categories; from the children at pre-school programmes through to the elderly on the “Age in Action” project.

Volunteers can join year round from 2 to 12 weeks in duration. We have places throughout 2016 available.

Individuals, groups and students all welcome.

Cost including comfortable accommodation in a volunteer house, food, training & supervision, transportation when at the project, laundry; starts at £695.

This Community Volunteer Programme is the heart of an ecosystem of social change where initiatives are both mutually beneficial and dependent. The approach of this project is termed ‘Adaptive Development’.  We listen and learn about what the community needs and we provide tools that can be used in inspiring and unintended positive ways. Our start point is our ethos: even the poorest of communities are resources rich.

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2570
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Kenton On Sea
    United States
    US
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Port Elizabeth, South Africa (PLZ)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
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Conservation Volunteers Australia & New Zealand

Become a conservation volunteer in locations across Australia and New Zealand.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to carry out tree planting, trail construction, wildlife surveying, invasive species control and a range of other environmental volunteer projects. Volunteer as part of a team and meet new people from across Australia and the world.

You can volunteer in Australia or New Zealand for between 1 week and 12 weeks in duration, and we have places available throughout the year.

Individuals, groups and students are all welcome.

Cost for accommodation, food, equipment, in-country travel and training starts from £380

Volunteer on a range of conservation projects and help to protect, preserve and restore Australian and New Zealand environments.

Volunteers can choose to start from a range of different locations (16 locations around Australia and 3 in New Zealand) and normally travel to a different project location every week.

Volunteers work in teams of up to 10 on projects in urban, regional and remote locations. Team Leaders provide training on-site. Typical Activities include:

• Tree planting
• Walking trail construction
• Wildlife surveys
• Seed collection
• Weed control
• Conservation fencing
• Heritage restoration

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2563
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Adelaide
    Australia
    AU
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Various locations available
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Blue Lagoon and Coral Reef Monitoring Volunteer & Internship Programme, Mauritius

Become a marine conservation volunteer on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoringvolunteer programme.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to carry out lagoon monitoring (coral reef and fish), beach cleaning, mangrove planting and monitoring and also working in local community projects on various environmental volunteer projects.  Long term internship management positions available for 6 month durations.

You can volunteer and intern in Mauritius for between 1 week and 6 months in duration, and we have places available throughout the year.

Individuals, groups and students are all welcome.

Marine conservation volunteers and long term interns will work alongside a Mauritian Non Governmental Organisation whose objectives are to preserve the natural resources from the threat of pollution and destruction due to inconsiderate development and lack of awareness on the island of Mauritius.  The Blue Lagoon and Coral Reef Monitoring programme focuses on the protection, preservation and restoration of the marine and coastal environment for the region of Blue Bay and Pointe d’Esny, Mauritius.

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2560
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Mahebourg
    Mauritius
    MU
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Mauritius (MRU)
  • Costs From:
    Less than $500
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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Empowering Women in Peru

Our program partner in Peru urgently needs volunteers for it programs in Cusco, and surrounding regions. Working closely with our local partner, we offer the chance to interact (conversationally), work with children in orphanages and undertake medical placements, as well as a number of other programs. Your efforts as a volunteer will drastically improve the lives of people in the local communities.

As a volunteer in Peru, you can be sure that your skills and expertise are sorely needed. And the satisfaction and fulfilment that this can give a volunteer is not something that one often gets from a job or internship. Plus as a volunteer traveler, you will get a chance to interact with others on this project, and with the local community that your are immersed in on a day-to-day basis. You will be meeting people whose experiences of life may challenge your assumptions and values. You will meet people who are curious about you, and you will be learning all the time about this wonderful country, its people and its language.

Through volunteering in Peru you can gain insight into this fascinating South American country. And the flexibility of duration that our volunteer programs offer means that you can sign yourself up for as little as a two-week stay, or upwards of a six-month commitment.

Placements in Peru can commence on any day of the year and volunteers in can participate from as little as two weeks. There is no cap on the length of time one can stay. Costs vary by time in-destination, and cover registration fees, accommodation, food, orientation, transport, and in-country support staff throughout the duration of your volunteer placement. A small amount is also set aside for future program development. When you consider the costs you might incur at a hotel or eating at restaurants, the costs are minimal.Local partners are grassroot organisations, and in most cases are solely funded by volunteer fees. For them to be able to continue the amazing work they do, volunteer fees and donations are essential.

NOTE: Volunteers in Peru must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placements (unless accompanied by an adult). All placements require a modest/intermediate level of conversational Spanish. However, if volunteers don't know Spanish they can spend the first 2 weeks taking Spanish lessons before they begin their volunteer placement. We recommend a very affordable Spanish course offered by the same local project partner, which can be arranged simultaneously with your placement team. The Women's Empowerment program has a minimum duration of 4 weeks.
 

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2557
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Cusco
    Peru
    13° 31' 9.3432" S, 71° 56' 17.196" W
    PE
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Cusco (CUZ)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Women's & Youth Programs
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A Primate Saving Photo Initiative

Photographers are needed to help document all the monkeys at this monkey sanctuary just outside Plettenburg Bay in South Africa. The sanctuary is open to the public and the monkeys in the sanctuary roam freely as they would in the wild. The aim of the project is that visitors leave with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing.

One of the main goals is to educate the public about the adverse effects of keeping primates and birds as pets, in terms of both physical and psychological health. Also important is to teach visitors about the rapid decline of natural habitats due to logging, mining, agriculture and human settlements.

Visitors are also encouraged to buy goods wisely, ranging from second-hand or antique wood-products, to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics that were not tested on animals.

Around 450 apes, monkeys and lemurs live at the sanctuary, including gibbons, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, miniature monkeys, vervets, saki monkeys, howler monkeys, two species of langurs and three species of lemur.

Expect costs in/around $1600 for a 12 week commitment ($20/day). Will fluctuate with currency exchange rates.

Costs cover single or shared room (depending on availability) in a volunteer house on-site, airport transfers from George Airport, pre-departure information pack and onsite orientation provided, 24-hour emergency support, and fundraising tips & tools.
 

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What to Expect?

  • Program ID: # 2547
  • duration:
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Plettenburg Bay
    South Africa
    33° 59' 51.9432" S, 23° 20' 43.764" E
    ZA
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    George, South Africa (GRJ)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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