Volunteer to research dolphins and other marine megafauna in Namibia.

Working Abroad

Dolphin Research Volunteer Internship


Who: Working Abroad

Where: Namibia, Africa

Focus: Gathering data on Namibia’s marine mammals and turtles

When: July – April

Duration: Min. 4 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s

NGO Internship:  Long term volunteer/ student placements available all year round (except June-August). Great for graduates wanting experience in field work and research. Min. 2 month stay (set start dates). Independent research possible.

Cost: Available here

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Join as a research intern, or as a long-term volunteer, and help discover information on Namibia’s marine megafauna, including whales, dolphins and turtles
  • Gain in-depth practical training in marine research techniques.
  • Help gather baseline level data of marine mammals and turtles, including abundance, behavior and distribution, in order to assess their conservation status.
  • Learn how to photos ID different marine animals.
  • Collect behavioural data and add findings into database.
  • Learn how to make underwater acoustic recordings.
  • Track the marine life from shore.
  • Attend whale and dolphin strandings.
  • Gain experience in skippering a small boat.
  • Join the community outreach programme and visit local schools to increase marine awareness and education.

The base

Accommodation: Volunteers stay on the Flamingo Cottages Estate in Wavis Bay. The nearby Walvis Bay Lagoon is home to dolphins and a variety of birds. The house has

Sleeping: 3 bedrooms all of which are shared.

Food: 3 meals a day. Volunteers take it in turns to cook and complete other household chores on a rotational basis.

Working week: Volunteers work 5 or 6 days a week. Researchers are given 3 full weekends off during their stay.

 Transport: Airport pick up and drop off included.

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