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Dolphin Research Project, Namibia

1 to 3 months from

minimum age

  • Gain in-depth practical training in marine research techniques to study whales, dolphins and turtles
  • Get involved with our bottlenose dolphin acoustic project, recording dolphin sounds
  • Live near the Walvis Bay lagoon alongside flocks of flamingos and colonies of seals
  • Sea kayak with seals or discover the sand dunes in your free time

Dolphins surfing the waves in Namibia

Project Costs

The cost to join as a research intern is £1445 for a five-week placement (which includes lots of field work). The cost to join as a long-term volunteer is £895 for 1 month, £1595 for a 2-month placement, and £700 per month thereafter (fewer sea trips). Your payment covers food, accommodation, fieldwork and training during the project (please note, for the long term volunteer dates, food is not included).  In addition, it goes towards the project cost of running the research project, going out at sea on the boat, fuel, vehicle cost, pickup/drop off from Walvis Bay airport, as well as WorkingAbroad Projects backup and placement support.

The airfare to Namibia, travel/medical insurance and personal expenses are not included within this price.  It is mandatory for you to take out travel and medical insurance for the duration of the project.

Whale being researched from a boat in NamibiaPayment Terms

To secure your placement on the project, you will need to complete and submit the application form with your application payment of £195 (included in the total project costs listed above). If for some reason, your application is not accepted, we will reimburse this payment fully. However, for those who are accepted, you will need to pay 25% of the balance within 10 days of being accepted on the programme, with the remaining 75% of the balance to be paid one month before arrival. Once we have confirmed your place, you will receive a pre-departure package with all detailed information on the project, details on the work, suggested items to bring etc.

Project Dates

African penguin swimming in NamibiaLong-term Internship/Student Placement

A longer-term research position (minimum stay 2 months), which involves data work, cetacean stranding outreach, beach driving and 4 surveys a month lasting 2 to 3 months between September and May each year.

Please email victoria.mcneil@workingabroad.com if you are interested in this position and please attach your CV.

5 week – Research Internship

June to August – See dates below.

Start End Availability
July 17th 2021 August 21st 2021 Fully Booked
Dolphin Research Project, Namibia

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