Tanzania Beach Conservation
Where: Utende, Mafia Island, Tanzania
Focus: Survey coral reefs, teach English and engage in community education.
When: All year round | Project starts first and third Monday of every month (alternative start dates on request).
Duration: 1-20 weeks | Min. 4 week stay recommended in order to get involved in all that the project has to offer.
Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.
Cost: The cost goes down the longer you stay:
- 1 week from GBP 595
- 2 weeks from GBP 750
- 6 weeks from GBP 1,315
- 20 weeks from GBP 2,965
As a volunteer, you will:
- Help to preserve Tanzania’s marine and coastal biodiversity.
- Gather vital information to enable the sustainable management of Mafia Island’s natural resources and the protection of marine life.
- Locate and map coral reefs and study the various corals.
- Learn to identify fish, and commercially important invertebrate species.
- Become an experienced and competent snorkeler by conducting marine life surveys.
- Learn to survey the health of coral reefs by snorkelling to record coral and algal cover, coral bleaching, fish populations, invertebrates and other intertidal marine life.
- Record observations on the feeding habits and behaviour patterns of different marine life.
- Conduct surveys on the transient whale shark population (November – January).
- Swim with dolphins, rays and turtles and possibly spot migrating humpback whales.
- Teach English to local people to improve their employment prospects in the Marine Park.
- Conduct awareness raising activities with tourists visiting Mafia Island.
- Take part in environmental education days in the local schools and community groups and help discover the effects of global warming on coral reefs.
- Learn about the activities of the traditional fishermen, as well as discovering and reporting which marine organisms are being sustainably harvested and which are being dangerously depleted
- Study also the impact of destructive fishing methods, and the expanding curio trade.
- Work alongside locals and gain an insight into the Swahili culture.
Dive Training: Volunteers have the option of learning to dive, or taking a dive course.
PADI Certifications: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR, Rescue, Divemaster.
Divemaster Internship: Available for a min. 3 month stay.
Accommodation: Volunteers stay at Frontier’s simple beach camp made up of communal bandas, huts made from makuti (woven palm leaves), poles and mud. Shower with a jug or a bucket of water. Occasionally, volunteers travel to a remote survey site and stay in a ‘satellite camp’, usually a mosquito net pitched on a beach.
Sleeping: Shared rooms. beds constructed from wooden poles.
Food: 3 healthy meals a day, cooked over a charcoal stove. Volunteers share the cooking duties on a rotational basis.
Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.
Transport: Airport pick up and first night hostel accommodation in Dar es Salaam can be arranged for an extra fee.
The next step: Visit Frontier for more information and to book.
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