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Ocean Research Conservation Project, South Africa

1 week - 10 months from

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 £605, 2 weeks is £1015, 3 weeks is £1425, 4 weeks is £1835 and 6 weeks is £2345.  Please enquire for longer durations.  Internship prices start from 2 months at £2530 and 3 months at £3695.

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
October 26th 2020 November 16th 2020
January 18th 2021 February 1st 2021
February 1st 2021 February 15th 2021
February 15th 2021 March 1st 2021
March 1st 2021 March 15th 2021
March 15th 2021 March 29th 2021
March 29th 2021 April 12th 2021
April 12th 2021 April 26th 2021
April 26th 2021 May 10th 2021
May 10th 2021 May 24th 2021
May 24th 2021 June 7th 2021
June 7th 2021 June 21st 2021
June 21st 2021 July 5th 2021
July 5th 2021 July 19th 2021
July 19th 2021 August 2nd 2021
Ocean Research Conservation Project, South Africa

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