Volunteer Coastal Conservation and Education Project
Who: African Conservation Experience
Where: Plettenburg Bay, South Africa
Focus: Promote the protection of marine and coastal wildlife by boat and from land, through community education and research.
When: February to mid-November
Duration: 2-12 weeks
Cost: 2 weeks from GBP 1970 (flight options available).
As a volunteer, you will:
- Cetacean dorsal fin identification of resident bottlenose and humpback dolphins using photo-identification techniques.
- Mapping individual cetaceans to assess population size, movement patterns, individual and group associations, home range and habitat preference.
- Carry out water testing in local river systems.
- Monitor migrating whale populations, such as the Southern Right Whale (June – November).
- Build up your research and data collection skills.
- Support local wildlife conservation initiatives and citizen science projects.
- Assist with rescue and rehabilitation of turtles, penguins and sea birds when needed.
- Be involved in community development and awareness programmes.
- Educate local children about marine wildlife and coastal conservation.
- Take part in land-based surveys involving hikes on the Robberg peninsula and rock pool studies. During these hikes volunteers take a bag to clear rubbish along the way.
- Plant indigenous trees and remove alien species to rehabilitate the land and minimise our carbon footprint.
Accommodation: Basic but comfortable.
Sleeping: Shared room.
Support: Airport pick up, on-project support.
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