Great White Shark and Marine Conservation

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founded in 1972
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Coordinator | Roxanne
Coordinator | Roxanne

High­lights

Volunteer as part of the conservation team
Gain an in-depth knowledge of Great White Sharks
Experience Cape Town's coastal beauty
Make unforgettable memories with similar-minded people
Visit Cape Town city and all it's many tourist attractions and activities
Learn and develop an understanding about the Great White Shark species, as well as other marine life, with a focus on Conservation This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Our volunteer program offers a unique opportunity to get involved with meaningful research studying Great White Sharks and other shark species in the Great White Shark capital of the world, as well as contribute towards white shark and marine conservation in South Africa.

 

Since the Great White Shark population in South Africa is at potential risk of extinction with numbers believed to be around 300-500, our White Shark research focuses primarily on monitoring the numbers of these apex predators in our waters, with the aim of obtaining another population estimate within the next two to three years. We are using dorsal fin identification to identify and closely monitor the different individuals we are observing each day, and building a comprehensive database of fins photographed.

 

With other shark species also threatened or vulnerable due to over exploitation, we are also conducting studies to learn about these species in particular the endemic shark species we have in South Africa. We currently know little about these species; hence the aims of our research are to obtain baseline data on sharks in our area, including their diversity, abundance, movement patterns, habitat use and growth rates. Secondly, in the long-term we will be assessing the health of their populations and determining whether local fishermen play a role in shark population decline.

 

Participants in the program will assist with data collection and data management for the projects outlined above. Volunteers will gain a considerable amount of sea experience and valuable research skills, both on our cage diving boat and dedicated research vessel.

Typical day

Daily activities include cage-diving trips, shark tagging trips (from our research boat and from the shoreline), snorkeling for sharks in the kelp forests, beach clean ups, equipment maintenance, video analysis, data entry and dorsal fin ID analysis. Volunteers will get to interact daily with our scientists and learn all about Great White Sharks and other marine wildlife in our area. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with the local community by supporting our shark conservation, education and outreach projects.

Free-time activities

We generally judge the time off by the weather. When the weather is bad, you will have time off and the opportunity to do other activities and explore. Should you be lucky enough to have good weather for the whole time you are here, we will give you days off each week and we are very happy for you to take a day or two off if there is something specific you want to do or go to see.

Excursions

Please note excursions are for your free time and not sea days, and whilst transport will be provided, the excursions are the volunteers choice and any entry fees, extra accommodation, equipment rented etc. will be at the volunteers own expense. Furthermore, any trips up the garden route or further afield will be at the volunteers own cost, but please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can assist you with planning and arrangements.

 

A trip to Cape Agulhas – the southernmost point of Africa.

A visit to Betty’s Bay to see the Stony Point penguin colony

A visit to the local heritage site Klipgat Cave

Hikes in the local area

Horse riding trips in the local area

Shopping excursions and wine tasting in Hermanus or Cape Town

River boat cruises along Stanford River

Surfing or SCUBA diving

Visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Waterfront in Cape Town

Offshore dive past Cape Point to see blue and mako sharks can be arranged

Dive to see sevengill sharks in Cape Town can also be arranged

A trip up the East Coast to do the highest bungee jump in the world

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV and Motivation Letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
A passion for marine life and a willingness to work hard towards its conservation
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

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What's Included:


One night’s accommodation in CT on arrival

Transfers from and to Cape Town international airport

Transfers to and from Gansbaai (the project site)

Transport provided for all program related activities

Accommodation in our volunteer house

All food basics

Lectures

Welcome pack (including hoodie, t-shirt, cap, buff and shark USB with Great White Shark footage)

Waterproof deck boots to use for the duration of your stay

Trips on our White Shark cage diving tourist boat

Tagging trips on our research boat

Opportunities to cage dive with white sharks

Practical training in all running projects

Training in fin identification and analysis

Training in ethical handling, angling and tagging techniques

Training in boat handling skills

Outreach activities e.g. beach clean ups and school talks

Some excursions organised on bad weather days

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

An airport pick-up is included in your program fee.


Volunteers should fly into Cape Town International Airport - you will be transferred to our overnight accommodation in the city center, and early the next morning you'll be transported to Gansbaai, to commence your volunteer program. 

Accommodation

Volunteers will be housed in our volunteer house, located just a 10 minute walk or a two minute drive from the harbor we launch from. The house can accommodate 16 volunteers at a time, with between two to four volunteers per room. It is spacious, comfortable and a home away from home. All linen will be provided along with Satellite TV, WiFi, laundry facilities and a cleaning service.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

All food basics are provided in the house for you to make your own breakfast and lunch, including milk, tea, coffee, sugar, cereals, fruit, bread, eggs, cheese etc. We also provide some ingredients to assist with your dinner meals and will provide dinner for you two to three times a week. Any luxury items and additional items you want to add to your meals will need to be purchased by yourself. We encourage a social environment in the house and suggest volunteers take turns to cook.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Open to arrival on any date... Fly into Cape Town International Airport - we will collect you and transfer you to our city accommodation for the night. You will then be transported to Gansbaai (approx. 2hrs drive from Cape Town), where you will be introduced to the volunteer coordinator and team! 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 1,500
2 weeks
$ 2,500
3 weeks
$ 3,050
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,400
Average fees
$ 1,175 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Stay Africa Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Stay Africa Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Great White Shark and Marine Conservation

Learn and develop an understanding about the Great White Shark species, as well as other marine life, with a focus on Conservation

$1175/week

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