Volunteer to survey orcas and whales around Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.


South Africa Orca Conservation Project

: Frontier

Where: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Focus:  Monitoring of orcas by boat, and other marine conservation activities.

When: January to November

Duration: 2-12 weeks

Suitability: Over 18s

Cost: The cost gets cheaper the longer you stay – available here.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Make a valuable and significant contribution to the conservation of orcas.
  • Gain valuable experience in marine research, conservation and data collection.
  • Collect whale and dolphin data whilst helping research staff on boat trips.
  • View and record other marine species, including humpback whales, bryde’s whales, bottlenose dolphins and even great white sharks.
  • Earn a qualification in marine animal care.
  • Analyse river health, collect bait, and help tag and release fish.
  • Maintain the centre’s aquarium.
  • Join in with beach clean ups.
  • Support turtle and marine bird rehabilitation and data collection.
  • Take part in tree planting and alien tree removal.
  • Get involved with local school conservation education programmes.

Note: Activities on this project vary depending on the time of year and the needs of the research centre.

The Base

: Shared volunteer house with up to 11 other volunteers depending on the season. The house is situated close to a shopping centre, which includes shops, restaurants and a cinema and is in walking distance of the beach.

Sleeping: Bedrooms are shared, with no more than 4 people to a room.

Food: Most meals are provided, including evening meals 5 nights a week. Basic food is provided breakfasts and packed lunches if required.

Working week: Monday to Friday, 8.30 to 16.30.

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

Transport: Volunteers make their own way to the project site. Fly in to one of South Africa’s major cities of Cape Town or Johannesburg, then take a connecting internal flight to the city of George. From George, transit to the volunteer accommodation by bus. Alternatively, an airport transfer from George is available at a fee.

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