Volunteer to research great white sharks in Gansbaai, South Africa.


South Africa Great White Shark Research

: Frontier

Where: Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa

Focus:  Monitor and research of great white sharks.

When: All year round

Duration: 2-12 weeks | Min. 4 week stay recommended to fully get involved in everything the project has to offer.

Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.

Cost: 2 weeks starts from GBP 1015.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Make a valuable and significant contribution to the conservation of great white sharks with ground-breaking marine research.
  • Gain hands on marine conservation and fieldwork experience by collecting and managing data.
  • Get the chance to come face-to-face with great white sharks whilst cage diving to contribute to observational research.
  • Investigate great white shark behaviour and demographics, elasmobranch diversity and abundance, and fish diversity and abundance.
  • Identify the sharks by their dorsal fins.
  • Get experience in controlled angling surveys, collection of behavioural, biological and morphometric data, tagging of sharks and fish, snorkelling, shore based transect methods, baited remote underwater video system (BRUVs) surveys and more.
  • Explore changes in the amount of marine debris found.
  • Contribute towards a greater understanding of the local ecosystem as a whole.
  • Take part in educational outreach programmes.

Note: Much of the work carried out on this project is weather dependent. Volunteers must be flexible to changes in the schedule.

The Base

Accommodation: The volunteer house is located in a small coastal town approximately 100m from the beach.

Sleeping: Shared, single-sex rooms with western-style toilets and showers.

Food: Breakfast and lunch are provided on working days. Breakfast basics will be available on days off. Volunteers cook their own dinners and any food on days off.

Working week: Volunteers work 5- 6 days a week.

Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.

Transport: Pick up is from Cape Town International airport and volunteers spend one night in a nearby hostel. The following morning, volunteers are taken to the project site, which is approximately a 2-hour drive away.


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