Tenerife Whale & Dolphin Conservation
Where: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Focus: Monitoring of whales and dolphins by boat.
When: All year round | Project starts on a Sunday (alternative dates on request).
Duration: 1-20 weeks | A stay of min. 4 weeks is recommended to experience everything the project has to offer).
Suitability: Over 18s
Cost: The price gets cheaper the longer you stay – available here.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Make a valuable and significant contribution to the conservation of vulnerable whales and dolphins in one of the top observation destinations in the world.
- Take part in coastal expeditions in search of whales and dolphins whilst monitoring boat traffic. There are over 80 whale watching boats in the Canary Islands, and more than 500,000 whale watching tourists every year.
- Take photographs and perform visual surveys to support the maintenance of the cetacean identification catalogue.
- Identify resident pilot whales and dolphins.
- Monitor a total of 24 other species migrating through Canarian waters at different times of the year from blue whales to orcas.
- Help raise public awareness of conservation issues via the Community Outreach project. Volunteers speak to and inform tourists on ethical whale-watching boats, and by handing out leaflets and conducting questionnaires.
Accommodation: Volunteers stay at the field base located close to the three major harbours from where the whale watching boats launch. It has a large living room and balcony. Volunteers share the house-keeping duties, including cooking, on a rotational basis.
Sleeping: Shared rooms with bunk beds.
Food: 2 meals a day on weekdays (breakfast and dinner).
Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.
Transport: Airport pick up available for an additional fee.
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