Volunteering in Israel

South Africa: Great White Shark Conservation

Join leaders in eco-tourism and marine research and conservation by interning with a team of full-time marine biologists studying the Great White shark and other marine species. Participants gain the maximum from their time by working closely with biologists from the research team, and will gain access to multiple marine species in a relatively small area of sea.

The two cornerstones of this project are marine conservation/research aboard a new research vessel and cage diving with sharks aboard a state-of-the-art boat that operates every day, weather permitting. There are also foundations in community development and education of the surrounding population.

Every intern becomes completely involved in conservation and research work throughout his or her stay. Participants will learn about the biology and behaviors of the marine species in the area, including the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Great White sharks.

The majority of time at sea will be spent aboard the dedicated research vessel conducting white shark research with some time also spent aboard the cage diving vessel collecting data and dorsal fin IDs on sharks sighted. Tracking of white sharks, which may involve sleeping at sea (tracking is a 24hr+ process), will be a part of the internship. The research vessel will launch when conditions allow and you will be scheduled for at least one of those trips. If there is space on the cage diving vessel then you may be scheduled on it for the time you are not on the research boat.

Interns will be expected to help in collecting and entering data on sharks sighted/tracked on both boats to ensure the research database is kept up to date. The internship is tailored to the participants research objectives and data collection and your mentor from the research team will help you ensure your research objectives are achieved.

Project Highlights

  • Accommodations during your stay are provided in shared rooms within a volunteer house
  • A light breakfast is provided daily
  • Work alongside top researchers in the field
  • Gain experience in marine biology and learn from your fellow volunteers and leaders
  • Meet locals and like-minded volunteers from all around the world on this experience of a lifetime!

Participant Requirements

  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Must be studying in a conservation, biology, marine, zoology, etc related field
  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of recommendation from a University professor
  • Willingness to work hard and get hands dirty
  • Ability to swim
  • Good physical fitness
  • Enthusiasm and flexibility

For more information and to apply visit our South Africa: Great White Shark Conservation page.

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