Sharklife Research Assistant

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High­lights

Get close to sharks
Get Freediving training
Examine real shark and ray specimens
Study in a World Heritage Site
Encounter diverse marine mega fauna and dive in warm clear ocean environments
Sharklife has been driving shark conservation initiatives since 2005 and has a wealth of experience to offer enthusiastic research assistants. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+
Alleinreisend
Pärchen
Gruppen

Established in 2005 as a non-profit organization, Sharklife works to address the alarming exploitation of both shark populations and ocean fisheries in South African waters. Our marine internship programs aim to nurture shark conservation ambassadors through knowledge developmenthands-on training, and many hours on the ocean encountering a multitude of marine wildlife. 

"The overall goal of the program is to imprint a deeper understanding of the shark species in the minds of participants" 

The Sharklife Research Assistant program provides a unique platform for students and volunteers to gain field experience working on shark research projects in South Africa's largest coastal Marine Protected Area. With direct involvement in all the research components, you will build your skill base through knowledge developmentpractical training, and many hours on the ocean. 

There is a maximum of 6 research assistants at any time allowing for more valuable experiences in the field and increased personal development. 

Sharklife has been driving shark conservation initiatives since 2005 and has a wealth of experience to offer enthusiastic research assistants. So whether you are an early career marine biologist, student, or passionate volunteer we need you to help drive our shark research projects!

Please note: All our data collection methods are non-invasive, not harmful to the animals we study, there is no catching, handling, or feeding of sharks on this program. In addition, we dive in small groups to limit the disturbance of marine wildlife. 

The core goal of this program is to develop your fieldwork experience and watermanship skills. During this month you will steadily practice freediving, clock-up scuba dives, and learn the routine boating tasks. A series of workshops focused on shark ID, behavior and biology are given during this month to enhance your understanding of the animals you are researching. You will also be introduced to the data collection, input, and analysis methods used in the projects we are conducting at the time.  

Scuba Diver Training: Optional extra, completed in the first week of your stay.

If you would like to complete one of the following courses whilst you are here, please specify it in the inquiry form.

  • PADI Open Water Course - $350
  • PADI Advanced Diver Course - $250

 These courses are delivered through our PADI 5 Star scuba training partner.

 Highlights:

  • 10 - 20 boat-based research trips
  • Shark encounters
  • 30 - 60hrs in the field 
  • Research freediver training (5 - 10m)
  • 5 -10 research scuba dives (if certified)
  • Shark workshops

 Duties:

  • Prepare the boat and dive gear
  • Prepare research equipment
  • Assist with crewing the boat
  • Perform in water data collection tasks
  • Maintain dive gear and boating equipment
  • Data collection, input, and analysis

 Deliverables:

  • 1 page (500 words) blog article on a relevant conservation topic
  • A 10-minute presentation on an elasmobranch species you encountered here
  • Short structured report on research findings for the month 

Sodwana Bay is a small rural town that borders the pristine world heritage site known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

The park includes South Africa's largest coastal Marine Protected Area, spanning 280 km of coastline, and is one of the top ten dive destinations in the world. The coral reefs contain over 1 200 species of fish as well as a variety of underwater seascapes and marine megafauna. The warm tropical waters (20-27C, 60-80F) year-round and good visibility make for awesome researching conditions! 

Sodwana Bay is also a short drive from a selection of Big 5 Game Reserves which you will visit on your days off.

“The wetland park must be the only place on the globe where the world’s oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest land mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale).” Nelson Mandela 2001.

Tagesablauf

Your days will be divided into land days and ocean days, depending on weather conditions.

Typical Day: 07:00 - 15:00 On returning we rinse, de-kit the boat and diving equipment, and break for lunch. 

After lunch, we meet in the research office where interns and volunteers are tasked with the daily data management functions or maintenance tasks. 

We end off with a debrief and planning session for the next day's research activities. 

If we are unable to go to sea due to inclement weather we conduct theory sessions in our auditorium using graphics, videos, and models to enhance your theoretical understanding of sharks. Interns and volunteers use this opportunity to ask questions and discuss prevalent conservation topics. 

We also use this time to conduct various examinations of the shark and ray specimens we have preserved, either frozen, dried, or in solution. These specimens enable participants to get a feel of the various anatomical features of each animal. 

The rest of the day may be allocated to extra activities happening in the center at the time such as; assisting with school groups, museum display development, boat maintenance, etc.

After preparing the boat and equipment for sea we head to the beach. Interns and volunteers are an integral part of the team and assist directly with all beach and boating logistics.  We launch through the surf and make our way along the coastline to the designated study area where we conduct in-water surveys, record sightings data, and change out equipment. Interns get the opportunity to develop seamanship and diving skills whilst encountering a wide variety of marine life. 


Freizeitaktivitäten

  1. The most popular free-time activity is a day trip to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. The park is home to Africa's big five: elephant, rhinoceros (black/hook-lipped and white/square-lipped), Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard.
  2. You can just relax on the pristine beaches of Sodwana Bay.
  3. For the more adventurous, you can embark on a microlight flight over the coastline
  4. There are also quad bike tours of the local lake systems and forests. 
  5. You can scuba dive on the world-renowned reefs of Sodwana Bay. 
Schwimmen
Sightseeing
Tauchen/
Schnorcheln
Safari/
Zoo

Voraus­setzungen

Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Sprachkenntnisse
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fortgeschritten)
Ausbildung
Marine Sciences, Biology & Conservation (not essential) auf High school Niveau
Staatszugehörigkeit
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
Being able to swim is a requirement.
Arbeitszeiten
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag von 07:00 - 16:00

Leist­ungen

Dienstleistungen von Sharklife Conservation Group
As the project is based in a remote rural area there are extra expenses involved in providing similar services to those found in developed countries. Nonetheless, we have tried our best to balance the costs to make your trip both affordable and comfortable. 

Costs Include:

The majority of your program cost goes towards the implementation of research projects.

  • Research expense contribution
  • Airport transfers 
  • Private room  
  • Lectures, materials, freediving certification
  • Dive gear
  • Wifi
  • 24hr support  

Excluded:

  • Scuba Courses: (PADI OW or PADI ADV, EFR, Rescue, DM, and any specialties) 
  • Game Park tours
  • Flights 
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals *
  • Vaccinations 
  • Weekend Activities: These can be scuba diving or field trips

* Meals - The research camp has a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your meals and there are daily trips to the local supermarket where you can purchase food.  Alternatively, there is a restaurant on site where you can order lunch and dinner from a large menu. 

Abholung vom Flughafen Richards Bay Airport

You will be met at the airport by a Sharklife staff member. 

If your program starts on the 1st of January you need to arrive at the airport on the 1st of January, not before. If your program's last day is the 2nd of December you need to book your flight for departure on the 2nd of December.

You need to fly into Richards Bay Airport (RCB) via Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport. Please try to arrive early as it's a 2hr drive back to Sodwana Bay.

We are aware however that due to the current Pandemic restrictions Richards Bay Airport may still be closed. If you cannot find any flights to Richards Bay please fly into King Shaka International - Durban (DUR). Please note that you need to arrive as early as possible in the morning or early afternoon as it's a 4hr drive back to Sodwana Bay.

Unterkunft

You will be situated within the intern camp located next to the Sharklife Ocean Center. 

We have a total of five rooms.

Five rooms which are small yet secure and private which share 2 toilet/shower rooms.

One room is en-suite.

The kitchen and communal areas are spacious and well equip. We do have a washing machine in the common area for you to do some laundry.

Restaurant on-site.

Einzelzimmer
Internetzugriff
Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten. Essen, Snacks und Getränke sind gegen Aufpreis erhältlich.
Flugtickets
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Richards Bay Airport (RCB) in Richards Bay. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Südafrika zu finden.
Reiseversicherung
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Südafrika bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Impfungen
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Südafrika antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Südafrika überprüfen.

Termine & Preise

KEINE KREDITKARTENGEBÜHREN

Informationen zur Anreise

Start Dates:
1-Month Shark research assistant dates: 
28th March - 25th April 2022
25th April - 23rd May 2022
23rd May - 20th June 2022
20th June - 18th July 2022
18th July - 15th Aug 2022
15th Aug - 12th Sep 2022
12th Sep - 10th Oct 2022
10th Oct - 7th Nov 2022

2-Month Shark research assistant dates:
28th March - 23rd May 2022
25th April - 20th June 2022
23rd May - 18th July 2022
20th June - 15th Aug 2022
18th July - 12th Sep 2022
15th Aug - 10th Oct 2022
12th Sep - 7th Nov 2022
10th Oct - 5th Dec 2022
7th Nov - 2nd Jan 2023
5th Dec - 30th Jan 2023
2nd Jan - 27th Feb 2023
30th Jan - 27th March 2023

3-Month Shark research assistant dates: 
28th March - 20th June 2022
25th April - 18th July 2022
23rd May - 15th Aug 2022
20th June - 12th Sep 2022
18th July - 10th Oct 2022
15th Aug - 7th Nov 2022
12th Sep - 5th Dec 2022
10th Oct - 2nd Jan 2023
7th Nov - 30th Jan 2023
5th Dec - 27th Feb 2023
2nd Jan - 27th March 2023
27th Feb - 22nd May 2023
27th March - 19th June 2023
 
If your program starts on the 1st of January you need to arrive at the airport on the 1st of January, not before. If your program's last day is the 2nd of December you need to book your flight for departure on the 2nd of December.

You need to fly into Richards Bay Airport (RCB) via Johannesburg O.R Tambo Airport. Please try to arrive early as it's a 2hr drive back to Sodwana Bay.

We are aware however that due to the current Pandemic restrictions Richards Bay Airport may still be closed. If you cannot find any flights to Richards Bay please fly into King Shaka International - Durban (DUR). Please note that you need to arrive as early as possible in the morning or early afternoon as it's a 4hr drive back to Sodwana Bay.

If you need assistance with travel arrangements we offer a travel consultant service for an additional $ 100. The service includes the following:

  • Booking flights and securing travel insurance
  • Advice on travel arrangements e.g. visas and passports
  • Up to date changes on flight details
  • Up to date COVID travel regulations
  • Complaints or refunds on flight tickets/travel insurance
  • Lost baggage claims and returns
  • 24hr support on-route to and from Sharklife

A Sharklife staff member will pick you up from the airport on your arrival day.

If you are unsure please do not hesitate to ask for help.

Verfügbarkeit
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
Dauer
4 - 12 Wochen

Programmgebühren

Kosten: Preise in USD
4 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
$1.995
8 Wochen
$2.995
12 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
$3.995
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$416 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. Sharklife Conservation Group wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit Sharklife Conservation Group während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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