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Sea Search Whale & Dolphin Research Programme, South Africa

1 to 4 months from

minimum age

  • Research and record data on Killer & Humpback Whales in Cape Town
  • Work alongside PhD scientists to collect and analyse data on cetaceans
  • Internship and research opportunities for University students available
  • Other species researched include killer whales, dwarf sperm whales and humpback dolphins!

Staff and interns at a festival

Food, Lodging and Travel

Accommodation is available in a clean and fully fitted Air B&B accommodation in Muizenberg (at your own charge if you join the Volunteer Programme) and if the spaces are full, you can also stay in a nearby guest house/backpackers.   Food is the responsibility of each person and would be at your own cost.  Wifi is also available in the Air B&B Accommodation and if not, Internet access at the office is available for work purposes and emails.

Interns/volunteers often buy a SIM card for mobile phones, which are available at most supermarkets and you can easily buy pre-paid airtime. Muizenberg has ATMS, banks, food, and clothing shops, restaurants, pubs and a mall (Blue Route Mall).

Climate in Muizenberg

The weather in Muizenberg can be quite variable but typically the summers are warm, dry and windy (22 – 26 C/ 72 – 79 F) while the winter months (May to August) tend to be cold, windy and rainy (16 – 19 C/ 61 – 66 F) (http://www.saexplorer.co.za/south-africa/climate/muizenberg_climate.asp)

View of Cape Town taken by PietroTravel in Cape Town

There are a number of airlines that offer flights into Cape Town. Upon arrival various shuttle companies are available that could drop you off at our offices.

Visa information

Residents of some countries are exempt from visa fees, while those from certain countries do not require a visa. Please check with your local South Africa embassy for further information.

Insurance for Volunteers

Medical and travel insurance are both necessary for the duration of your internship/volunteer programme. If you are bringing valuables such as laptops and cell phones please also ensure that they are insured.

Volunteers on beach with whale carcassVolunteer/Internship Requirements

Volunteer/internship positions are open to current students (BSc or MSc) studying towards a Biology or Zoology related degree and recent graduates looking to gain research experience. Volunteers/interns are expected to approach their duties with a mature and responsible attitude.  If you have a Bsc or Msc degree in another field, but are still very interested, please still contact us to see what you can do.

Sea Search Whale & Dolphin Research Programme, South Africa

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