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Dolphin & Whale Volunteer Research Project, Italy

1 - 4 weeks from

minimum age

  • Research the spectacularly large fin and sperm whales in the Mediterranean
  • Live on a 70 ft sailing boat and spend your days out at sea researching cetaceans
  • Work alongside marine biologists who are passionate about whales and dolphins
  • Experience dolphins bow riding and playing with the waves as you cruise by

Striped dolphin splashing water in Italy

Project Costs

The total cost ranges from £750 to £940 GB pounds per week (depending on course date). This includes a £180 GB pounds application payment plus with a balance payment to be paid in Euros (660 to 900 Euros depending on course date and duration, or for students under 26 yrs old, 620 to 900 Euros). Please enquire to the Volunteer Coordinator: victoria.mcneil@workingabroad.com for any questions.

Price includes:

– Food and beverages (breakfast, lunch and dinner, except for alcoholic and soft drinks) for the duration of the cruise
– Accommodation on board
– Mooring expenses in Sanremo harbour
– Electricity, water heating and cooking costs
– Fuel for boat and dinghy
– Lectures and training by researchers
– Scientific supervision
– Certificate of involvement in the Cetacean Sanctuary Research
– Personal insurance for the duration of the course, issued by the Research Institute
– Research contribution

Price excludes:
– Travel expenses to and from Sanremo
– Mooring expenses outside of Portosole (approximately €80-100 per night, to be divided by all the crew with the exception of the skipper)
– Personal expenses (telephone, souvenirs, etc.)
– Meals other than those served onboard the boat
– Soft drinks, liquors and spirits (beer, wine, etc.)

Group of dolphins leapingPayment Terms

To secure a placement on this project, you will need to complete the online application form including your application payment of £180 (included in the total costs listed above). If for some reason, your application is not accepted, we would reimburse this payment fully. For those who are accepted, the balance payment has to be paid in Euros – 50% of the balance payment is due within 10 days of being accepted onto the project, and the remainder is due 1.5 months before arrival. Once your place is confirmed, you will receive a pre-departure package with detailed information on your project, travel info, suggested items to bring and so on.

Project Dates

Placements are available for one or more weeks. Volunteers typically work in groups of 15 (11 volunteers, 4 staff).

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Dolphin & Whale Volunteer Research Project, Italy

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