Food, Lodging and Travel
Marine conservation volunteers will stay at the volunteer house for the duration of their stay; the house is situated roughly 3km away from the head office in Plettenberg Bay. The accommodation is self-catering, with shared bedroom and bathroom facilities, and can house from between 1 to 12 people at one time – the number of volunteers staying in the house varies depending on the season, though no more than 4 people are allowed per room (there is one room that can accommodate 4 volunteers). Laundry facilities are also available for volunteers to use, though it is recommended that volunteers avoid doing their own, small runs of laundry washing and instead wait until the communal laundry days (3 days per week), so to save water and electricity.
The house is within close proximity to a shopping centre, which has various shops, restaurants, take-aways and a cinema. Basic food for meals is provided for you at the house. You may be required to pack a lunch for some activities, but you will be informed of this ahead of time when such situations arise. Evening meals are prepared for you 6 nights per week, but volunteers are also welcome to eat out. We do cater for a variety of diets (within reason) and prepare vegetarian meals quite easily.
There is WIFI access at the volunteer house, so you can bring your own laptop if you like.
Previous knowledge and experience is not a necessity for this project. Instead, you must have a passion for marine conservation and wildlife education, and be willing to work in a diverse, challenging environment. If you are looking to complete University research courses as a long term marine conservation intern whilst on the programme, then arrangements can be made to accommodate this.
This project is also open to families with children who are over 12/13 years old with a mature, hands-on approach.
How to get there
Overseas volunteers will typically fly in to Cape Town or Johannesburg airport, and then take a domestic flight to George. From there, the project staff can arrange pick up to take volunteers to the volunteer house. The cost for this pick up is around £45 one way, though the price varies on the company organised to collect the volunteer, and the journey time is usually around 90 minutes.
A bus transfer can also be arranged from either Cape Town or Port Elizabeth. The price will range from between R1,000.00 and R3,000.00 (£55 and £160) and the tickets can be purchased through www.computicket.co.za.
Passport and visa
A valid passport with at least 2 blank pages in it, is necessary to enter South Africa. Since visa requirements vary from country to country, please check with your local embassy as to whether a visa is required to enter South Africa.
There is a great range of activities that can be done outside of the project during your off time. These include skydiving, scuba diving, game drives, horseback riding, bungee jumping and canopy tours. Volunteers receive a discount on most of these activities. Activities can be organised by the house and volunteer coordinators. Transport to events will however be paid by the volunteer(s).