Volunteer Marine Research and Conservation
Who: African Impact
Where: Tofo Beach, Mozambique
Focus: Gather data that directly contributes towards conserving the country’s megafauna.
When: Project open all year round | Recommended time – April to October. Rainy season – January to February
Duration: 2-8 weeks
Suitability: Over 18s
Cost: 2 weeks from GBP 2,175 – price includes Open Water dive training. Certified divers will get a reduced fee.
Find out more: African Impact
As a volunteer, you will:
- Scuba dive and gain hands-on experience in world-class field research.
- Get up close with whale sharks, manta rays and more, while learning from world-leading experts in the fields of marine biology, ecology and wildlife conservation.
- Photo-ID manta rays, whale sharks all year round, and turtles from November to February.
- Monitor the behaviour of each species, including location, segregation, sex behaviour and specific identifying features, such as scars on mantas or whale sharks.
- Boat and beach-based monitoring of migrating humpback whales (June to September),
- Collect data, complete identification logs, and monitor the health of coral reefs at risk of exploitation.
- Assist in gathering information to inform governments and other stakeholders to improve legislative protection and the creation of protected areas.
- Take part in community education through educational workshops on marine biology, ecology and conservation.
Dive Training: Volunteers are trained up to PADI Advanced Open Water. One dive course is included in the price (either Open Water or Advanced).
Accommodation: Private volunteer research house with balcony overlooking the ocean.
Rooms: Shared, same-sex, dormitory-style bunk rooms.
Food: 3 meals a day.
Support: Airport pickup included, 24-hour support.
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