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.
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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