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Ocean Research Conservation Project, South Africa

1 week - 10 months from

£535
16+
minimum age

  • Take part in whale, dolphin and seal research projects
  • Experience living in the beautiful Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay
  • Long term marine conservation internship opportunities available
  • Take part in community based projects in the local township

Seal pup in South Africa heading out to sea

Project Costs

The cost to volunteer in South Africa for 1 week is £535, 2 weeks is £875, 3 weeks is £1,215, 4 weeks is £1,555, 5 weeks is £1,895, 6 weeks is £2,235 and 7 weeks is £2,575.   Please note, from 2020, the prices will be £605 for 1 week, £1015 for 2 weeks, £1425 for 3 weeks and £1835 for 4 weeks.  Please enquire for longer durations.  Internship prices start from 2 months at £2440 and 3 months at £3560.

** 10% discount special offer for all volunteers who book to join up to 20 November 2019 **

Included in this price is accommodation, 3 meals per day, transport within Plettenberg Bay, activities that form part of the volunteering programme, project t-shirt and cap, training manual, WorkingAbroad backup and support. What is not included is your flights and travel to and from the project, visa costs, personal expenses, and your own health and travel insurance.

Payment 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 14 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.

Dorsal fins of dolphins in South Africa

Project Dates

The dates below are just a guideline and we can be flexible if you want to start/leave on another date than those listed. You can join for a minimum of one week up to 12 weeks in duration. Please be aware that volunteers who join for more than 4 weeks will be trained to assist the researchers with data manipulation and fin profiling (volunteers coming for less than 4 weeks won’t receive the training as it takes some time). Any volunteer staying over 8 weeks joins as a Research Intern.  Please note that this project does not run from mid November to mid January.  For any questions, please email Victoria.McNeil@workingabroad.com

Start End Availability
September 23rd 2019 October 7th 2019
October 7th 2019 October 21st 2019
October 21st 2019 November 4th 2019
November 4th 2019 November 18th 2019
January 20th 2020 February 3rd 2020
February 3rd 2020 February 17th 2020
February 17th 2020 March 2nd 2020
March 2nd 2020 March 16th 2020
March 16th 2020 March 30th 2020
March 30th 2020 April 13th 2020
April 13th 2020 April 27th 2020
April 27th 2020 May 11th 2020
May 11th 2020 May 25th 2020
May 25th 2020 June 8th 2020
June 8th 2020 June 22nd 2020
June 22nd 2020 July 6th 2020
July 6th 2020 July 20th 2020
July 20th 2020 August 3rd 2020
August 3rd 2020 August 17th 2020
August 17th 2020 August 31st 2020
August 31st 2020 September 14th 2020
September 14th 2020 September 28th 2020
September 28th 2020 October 12th 2020
October 12th 2020 October 26th 2020
October 26th 2020 November 16th 2020
Ocean Research Conservation Project, South Africa

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