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Dolphin & Whale Volunteer Research Project, Italy

1 - 4 weeks from

16 + for individuals - families 10+
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 £970 GB pounds per week (depending on course date, ie dates between 8 July and 19 Aug are the most expensive, May/ June and September/October are the cheapest). This includes a £180 GB pounds application payment plus with a balance payment to be paid in Euros (670 to 910 Euros depending on course date and duration, or for students under 26 yrs old, 620 to 910 Euros). Please enquire to the Volunteer Coordinator: victoria.mcneil@workingabroad.com for any questions on dates/pricing.

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).

June 24th 2024 June 30th 2024
July 1st 2024 July 7th 2024
July 8th 2024 July 14th 2024
July 15th 2024 July 21st 2024 Fully Booked
July 22nd 2024 July 28th 2024 Fully Booked
July 29th 2024 August 4th 2024 Fully Booked
August 5th 2024 August 11th 2024 Fully Booked
August 12th 2024 August 18th 2024
August 19th 2024 August 25th 2024
August 26th 2024 September 1st 2024
September 2nd 2024 September 8th 2024
September 9th 2024 September 15th 2024
September 16th 2024 September 22nd 2024
September 23rd 2024 September 29th 2024
September 30th 2024 October 6th 2024
October 7th 2024 October 13th 2024 Fully Booked
October 14th 2024 October 20th 2024 Fully Booked
Dolphin & Whale Volunteer Research Project, Italy

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