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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

Volunteer house in Namibia

Food, Lodging and Travel

Accommodation for the project is located in Walvis Bay on the Flamingo Cottages Estate. The nearby Walvis Bay Lagoon is home to dolphins and a variety of birds. The house has 3 bedrooms all of which are shared.

All meals will be provided (not for long term volunteer positions) and any additional luxury items such as crisps and chocolate are at your own cost. Interns are expected to get involved with the cooking and help to keep the house clean and tidy.

Internet access is limited and often pricey but there are several internet cafes in town. Internet access at the office is available for work purposes and emails, but if you wish to use it at the house, then you can buy a Sim card for mobile phones, which are available at most supermarkets and you can easily buy pre-paid airtime. Walvis Bay has ATMS, banks, food and clothing shops, restaurants and pubs.

Pelican flying in with seal colony in background


Both South African Airlines and Namibian Airlines fly to Walvis Bay but direct flights may not always be possible. Another option is to fly slightly inland to Windhoek, the Capital of Namibia, and then travel by shuttle to Walvis Bay. The shuttle takes an entire day and Carlo’s Shuttle are most recommended for door to door drop off.   South African Airlines: www.flyexpress.aero, Namibian Airlines: www.airnamibia.com, www.namibiashuttle.com and www.carloshuttlenamibia.com.na

Whale in Namibia

Visa Information

Visas are necessary for intern placements in Namibia and need to be arranged in advance. We recommend GK Consultancy in Namibia to help with visa arrangements.


Both travel and medical insurance are essential for the entire duration of your time as a dolphin research intern.


Internship and volunteer opportunities are open to current students (BSc or MSc) studying towards a biology or zoology related degree and recent graduates looking to gain experience in field work and research. Interns are expected to approach their duties with a mature and responsible attitude.

Dolphin Research Project, Namibia

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