Marine Conservation

Volunteering Program in South Africa

Program available for solo travellers

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The project combines environmental protection, sustainability, education, community development, and tourism.

The experienced team will help you settle in and learn all about environmental and animal welfare in the area. In many community projects, you have the opportunity to share your knowledge with others, thus contributing to the enlightenment and understanding of this important topic.

Important Information:
  • Duration: 2 – 12 Weeks
  • Region: Western Cape, South Africa
  • Price per person: From 1180€ – 5545€
  • Included: Transfers, Accommodation, Meals, and Volunteer Activities. 
  • Physical Work 90% 90%
  • Community Work 55% 55%
  • Marine Wildlife 51% 51%

Role of the volunteer

The Team:

 

Your main contact will be Jared, the manager of the project. He will assist you in all logistical matters. The research area is subordinate to Minke. She has a Master’s in Marine Biology and is an experienced diver. Michael is the house manager and responsible for the welfare of the volunteers. If you have questions, you can always contact him. Teliswa is responsible for the food, the cleanliness in the house, the laundry, etc. The whole project team is always there for the volunteers and is happy to share their experiences!

Projects you will help with include:

  • Sustainable development & education programs in elementary & preschools 
  • Educational workshops in elementary & preschools 
  • Teaching English in disadvantaged pre-schools (at least once a week) 
  • Assistance in a soup kitchen (at least once a week) 
  • Playful care of children with disabilities 
  • Beach clean-ups 
  • Rescuing birds & sea creatures on the beaches 
  • Mariner eco-tourism (whale and dolphin tours) 
  • Assistance in nearby sanctuaries

Example of the work week as a volunteer:

Schedule of marine conservation volunteer program

The Working Hours:

As a rule, you work from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. The weekends are free. Please note that the tasks may vary and depend on the current needs of the project. Bad weather can hamper the research. Other tasks will then be distributed.

The Seasons:

  • January to March are the warmest months with temparatures ranging from 10-30 degrees celsuis. During this time you can expect to see many dolphins and sometimes whales on the tours.
  • April to June is still warm, but the evenings are getting cooler. Temperatures range between 8-25 degrees celsuis. Also in these months you can see dolphins and humpback whales on their way to the north.
  • July to September are the winter months in South Africa. The day starts with cool temperatures, but during the day it can still get warm to 20 degrees celsuis. The nights are also quite cool with temparatures around 5 degrees celsuis. There is no central heating in South Africa, so you should bring warm clothes accordingly. The whale watching season begins in July and you can see whales in the bay every day.
  • October to December has similar temparatures to those from April to June. Humpback whales and dolphins are mainly observed. It gets warmer again and is a good time for diving and snorkeling.

Some important information regarding the project:

  • When was the project founded? It was founded in 2000
  • How many volunteers can help? Maximum of 12 volunteers at any given time
  • Are there any time limits to volunteer? The project closes during December. You can volunteer between 2 – 12 weeks.

    Accommodation & Meals

    Accommodation:

    • The volunteer house is located directly in the main town and is walking distance from the project
    • There are shared rooms (max 4 persons per room), bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen
    • The volunteer house can accommodate up to 12 people
    • There are laundry facilities for the volunteers
    • There is internet access in the house
    • Smoking and any kind of drugs are prohibited and will not be tolerated
    • The house has a large roof terrace where you can hold a traditional braai together with the other volunteers
    • Near the house, there is a shopping center, small shops, restaurants, and a cinema

    Meals:

    • Basic foods are provided
    • You can take a packed lunch with you
    • Dinner is cooked for participants 5 days a week
      Helping a washed out whale during the Marine conservation volunteering program in South Africa
      Dolphins at the Marine conservation volunteering project in south africa
      Volunteer meeting a seal at the marine conservation volunteering program in South Africa

      The Booking Process

      1. Complete our FREE application form

      Complete our free online application form indicating when you would like to start and how long you want to participate. We will respond to your request within 24 hours.

      2. We send you a invoice and contract

      Once we have confirmation of your placement, we will send a invoice and service agreement. You will have two weeks to accept the offer.

      3. Deposit payment to secure your booking

      Once you have paid the 250€ deposit, we will confirm your placement. The balance of your invoice is only payable two weeks prior to arrival. 

      Volunteer at the community project in South Africa

      Cancellation Policy

      At Claim Victory, we understand that booking a trip abroad may seem stressful due to the global pandemic. We offer our participants flexible conditions, to give you peace of mind when booking with us:

      • Full refund or Date Change if your trip is affected by COVID-19 related reasons (Illness, border closures, etc.)
      • Cancellation 4+ Weeks prior to arrival = 150€ cancellation fee
      • Cancellation 4 weeks or less prior to arrival = 200€ cancellation fee

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