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Finding Destiny 

Dive into your destiny and volunteer for our Marine Conservation project, monitoring the incredible Whale Sharks off the coastline of Tofo in Mozambique.

Along with other volunteers, you will help carry out the exciting marine research and monitoring activities for the project under the guidance of co-ordinating project scientists. You’ll be collecting data via scuba dives, ocean safaris, beach walks and more!


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At a glance:

Volunteering:  Help marine researchers collect underwater data 

Accommodation: Chalets and dorm style accommodation

Meals: Three meals are provided for you via self-service

Dates:  Starts first Monday of each month except December

Minimum stay: 4 weeks

 

About the Marine Project

On this volunteer project, you can expect excellent diving, snorkelling and beach time while gaining first hand marine research skills as well as contributing to a worthwhile project.

What will I be doing at The Marine Finding Destiny Project?

There’s so many things you’ll get involved in as a volunteer. 

These include:

  • Diving with the whale sharks and monitoring of whale shark numbers, behaviour and ecology and taking underwater identification photographs of them
  • Monitoring the condition of coral reefs and indicator species of reef fish by scuba diving. 
  • You will also be trained to take ID photos of manta rays, turtles, leopard sharks and other threatened marine species to help aid population assessment and monitoring. 
  • At certain times of the year you may help survey humpback whale numbers and turtle nesting activity as well as other indicators of the health of marine biodiversity. 
  • You may help survey turtle survival and you may be lucky enough from November to February to monitor nesting of turtles on beaches in the areas around Tofo.
  • Collecting data on dolphins which allows dolphin numbers and behaviours to be recorded and uploaded onto databases to share with other Marine Partners. Of particular interest in this study is dolphin behaviour in relation to tourism
  •  Monitoring the seahorse population
  • You may also assist with beach clean-ups and other general environmental activities, and will help upload and analyse the field data.
  • Helping on ocean safaris to spot marine life

Accommodation

  • Accommodation is in chalets with a traditional thatched roof, and dorm style accommodation. 
  • The chalets have electricity and running, drinkable water, and feature open living areas and ample room to relax outside. 
  • The chalets sleep 4 and 12 people respectively, with each bedroom fitted with bunk beds. 
  • Beds, mattresses, mosquito nets, sheets and pillows are provided. There are shared toilet and shower facilities, and communal living spaces in each chalet, and a swimming pool and relaxation area.

Meals

  • Three meals a day will be provided, some on a self-serve basis and others cooked for you.

What's Included?

  • An internationally recognised dive qualification (only included for 3+ week volunteers)
  • Research dives and ocean safari’s to collect data
  • Comprehensive 24 hour, 7 day a week support from our local and trusted partners
  • Guarantee that you will be able to make an active contribution during your stay
  • Support of volunteer project coordinators who are experts in their fields which ensures the volunteer experience is valuable
  • Comprehensive orientation soon after arrival
  • All food and accommodation throughout your stay

What you need to apply:

As a volunteer at the Marine Conservation project, you’ll be conducting lots of different types of research with varying species. Some of the activities are conducted at certain times of the year while others are conducted all year round. The coordinating project scientists will teach you how to assist with data collection throughout your stay.

Diving requirements

You will need to be able or willing to learn to scuba dive. An open or advanced internationally recognised diving course is provided in the cost of the program to facilitate this (it’s not included in the 2 week option). Volunteers who sign up for a 2-week project must have either their open or advanced water dive certification already.

You will also need to be a capable swimmer (able to swim 100m unassisted) and snorkeler and being able to hold your breath to dive down would be an advantage, but is not required.

Important things to know about this volunteer program:

As part of the project activities, you will complete an Internationally Recognised Dive Qualification during a normal 4-week program, along with 11 or 12 ocean activities (ocean safaris or research dives) depending on the dive course chosen. Numbers of ocean safaris and research dives are calculated accordingly for shorter/longer programs.

  • In order to carry out the activities required of you in the Finding Destiny you will need to be a capable swimmer (able to swim 100m unassisted) and snorkeler; being able to hold your breath to dive down would be an advantage.
  • Volunteers who have pre-existing medical conditions or are over 45 years of age must also bring a medical clearance letter permitting them to dive
  • Any volunteers taking Lariam/Mefloquine/Mephliam/Tropicure (or any other derivatives) as antimalarial treatment (prophylaxis) will not be permitted to dive, as it causes increased risks when diving. Please advise your doctor that you are going on a dive holiday, and request another suitable anti-malarial treatment
  • Accredited divers must bring their dive cards (listing their last logged dive) with them to the project site as proof
  • Dive accredited volunteers not requiring/wanting a dive course but who have not logged a dive within 6 months of their project will need to complete a Scuba Review before they can participate in their research dives.
  • The cost of a Scuba Review is not included in the project cost, and a small fee will be paid locally for this directly to the Dive Centre we partner with
  • The open water certificate qualifies volunteers to dive up to 18 meters, and some of our dive sites are between 20-30 meters deep. It is not essential to dive at these deeper sites, but should you wish to participate in deep diving (up to 30 meters) you will either need to complete a Deep Dive course at a small additional local cost, or there is also the option to complete an Advanced Water Course at an additional cost.
Ask for our fish-list if you would like a head start on coming to grips with all the different species that you will be seeing on your dives!

 

​​Optional Extras

You can also add one of the following to your adventure of a lifetime prior to or upon arrival:

  • Kruger National Park 3-5 night camping safaris to experience a true African safari and see the Big 5!
  • Surfing or yoga lessons on the beach
  • Any other Namibia or South Africa project that we offer

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