Volunteer to research humpback whales in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Outreach International

Become a Whale Watching Volunteer

: Outreach International

Where: Mazatlan, Mexico

Focus: Whale watching assistant

When: January to March

Duration: Min. 2 months

Suitability: Over 18s. Ideal for students studying marine biology and ecology, oceanography or zoology.

Cost: 8 weeks from GBP 2625.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Become a whale watching research volunteer, working as part of an ecotourism agency based in Mazatlan, Mexico
  • Help fulfil the agency’s mission of connecting people with wildlife through unique experiences in nature.
  • Go out on research boats to research breeding humpback whales in the Pacific ocean.
  • Develop experience in research data management and presentation
  • Assisting with data entry on logbooks and maintenance of cetacean photo-ID catalogues, reviewing and summarizing scientific data and the collection of sighting data and Photo-ID of whales.
  • Get the chance to see a diverse range of marine life, including sea turtles, sea lions, sharks, seabirds and many whale and dolphin species, including year round resident populations of bottlenose, spotted and spinner dolphins.
  • Take part in other tours and expeditions performed by the agency, including sea kayaking, snorkelling, and sea turtle hatchling release
  • Assist the team in other marine conservation tasks, like marine mammal strandings and whale disentanglements
  • Take part in educational outreach activities.
  • Receive 20 hours of 1-2-1 Spanish tuition.

The Base

Accommodation: Included. Contact Outreach International for more details.

 Food: 3 meals a day.

 Support: 24-hour in-country support.

 Transport: Airport pick up and drop off.


The next step: Visit Outreach International for more info and to apply.
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