Participants will gain invaluable knowledge by working closely with the resident team of marine biologists. As part of the research crew, volunteers will go on daily expeditions to research the endangered Southern Right Whale, as well as other surrounding seal and bird-life populations. The fully dedicated research boat works to conduct studies into the biology and behaviors of marine species, conducting a number of ongoing research projects with a strong focus on eco-tourism, conservation efforts and education.
As as an integral part of the research crew, volunteers will become fully involved in the eco-tourism and conservation efforts. The fully dedicated research boat works to conduct studies into the biology and behaviors of marine species. Daily research expeditions, with a team of full-time marine biologist, are done in cooperation with universities and academic institutions worldwide. You will also have the opportunity to access research facilities and lectures on your own, as well as visiting speakers and local marine biology organizations. Majority of time on the program is spent at sea aboard either the ‘Whale Whisperer' or the newly commissioned research boat ‘Lwazi’. Volunteers do have the opportunity to work on ‘Slashfin’, the shark cage diving boat. The expeditions include daily interaction with adult whales and mothers with calves, controlled to the highest scientific standards. Participants in the program will also have an active involvement in education and community programs.
- Accommodations provided in fully equipped house with WIFI
- Airport transfers provided upon arrival and departure
- Work alongside top researchers and conservationists in the field
- Explore South Africa and all that it has to offer
- Meet locals and like-minded volunteers from all over the world with this experience of a lifetime!
- Minimum age 18
- Ability to swim
- Willing to get hands dirty
- Strong work ethic
- Ability to work with other and take directions from a skipper and crew
For more information and to apply visit our South Africa: Whale Tourism and Conservation page.