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Marine Conservation Project

Volunteering Program in South Africa

Unleash Your Inner Marine Biologist: Volunteer with Southern Africa’s Ocean Giants! No experience needed, just a passion for the ocean! Immerse yourself in a life-changing experience working alongside incredible marine life – great white sharks, whales, dolphins, penguins, and more. This program is your gateway to adventure, education, and making a real difference in ocean conservation.

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Project overview


Important information

  • Trip duration: 1 – 12 weeks
  • Minimum age requirement: 18
  • Arrival days: Mondays
  • Tour add-ons available: Yes

Price information

  • Starting from: 885€ | 765£ | $949
  • Included: Transfers, accommodation, some meals, all volunteer-related activities and uniform.
  • Excluded: Flights, insurance, and some meals

What you should know

Calling all ocean enthusiasts! This South African program offers an unforgettable experience where you’ll contribute to marine conservation, encounter incredible wildlife, and gain valuable skills.

Dive into Adventure:

  • Encounter the Marine Big 5: Witness sharks, whales, dolphins, penguins, and seals in their natural habitat.
  • Become a Shark Expert: Learn about shark behavior, biology, and the crucial role they play in healthy oceans.
  • Support Conservation Efforts: Volunteer your time to assist with vital research initiatives.
  • Engage with the Community: Participate in projects that benefit local South African communities.
  • Experience Cage Diving: Take the plunge and witness the awe-inspiring Great White Shark up close. 
  • Explore by Boat: Assist the crew on the eco-tour and whale watching boat, getting up close to a variety of marine life.
  • Learn from the Experts: Work alongside marine biologists, gaining valuable insights into shark research.

This program is perfect for anyone passionate about the ocean who wants to make a lasting impact. Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

Relax and recharge after a day exploring the ocean! The accommodation offers comfortable on-site accommodation for volunteers:

  • Private Cottages: Ideal for small groups or couples (availability may vary).
  • Shared Dormitory: Accommodates up to 40 people in a social setting.
  • Shared Amenities: Mini-kitchenettes in each unit, with a central kitchen, dining room, and living room for group meals and socializing.
  • Lecture Room and Workspace: Dedicated space for learning and collaborating on conservation projects.
  • Relaxation and Recreation: Unwind by the pool, challenge your fellow volunteers to a game of pool or foosball, or enjoy board games. Wi-Fi and satellite TV are also available.

Eco-Conscious Living: The Volunteer Centre prioritizes responsible practices, encouraging recycling throughout the facility.

Convenient Location: Situated just 1.4 km from the project’s base, with daily transportation provided. It’s also an easy walk or bike ride away, offering scenic views of the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary project located right across.

Meals: No need to worry about breakfast and lunch – basic ingredients are provided for you to prepare delicious meals yourself! Dinners are self-catered, giving you the flexibility to explore local cuisine or cook together with fellow volunteers.

How our booking process works:

Ready to start planning your adventure? We’re thrilled to have you on board as a travel partner! To get started with booking your trip, simply complete our free, no-obligation application form. You can exit the process at any point before signing our final agreement.

1. Complete application form and confirm booking details

  • You complete our free application form below.
  • One of our representatives will contact you within 24 hours and confirm the details of your desired booking
  • Once all details are confirmed, we process your application and provide provisional booking confirmation.

2. Provisional confirmation, invoice, and contract

  • Once your placement is provisionally confirmed, we send your invoice and contractual agreement.
  • A deposit payment is required and the completed contractual agreement needs to be sent back to us before we can confirm your booking.

3. Booking confirmation

  • Once we receive your booking deposit and completed contractual agremeent, we’ll provide an updated invoice (reflecting your deposit payment), confirmation letter confirming your trip details, and volunteering handbook.
  • We’ll also provide guidelines on how you should book your flights and, if required, any additional transport required during your stay.

4. Balance payment, flights, and insurance

  • The balance of your invoice is payable once month prior to your arrival.
  • You also send us a copy of your flight details and insurance before you start your trip.
  • You’ll also have access to Claim Victory’s support team WhatsApp number before you depart.

Need more information? Get in touch!

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Diver enjoying the water in Cape Town South Africa
Volunteers visiting the cave in South Africa
Volunteer enjoying whale watching in South Africa
shark jumping out of the water in South Africa
Shark cage diving
Marines cleaning up the beach in South Africa
Shark chasing the seal in South Africa
Volunteers having fun in Hermanus

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