Summer Marine Conservation Experience

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Coordinator | Francesca
Coordinator | Francesca
Work with our leading marine biologists helping with conservation through research and education, see amazing animals and have once-in-a-lifetime experiences! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

After you have settled in your program will start with Orientation. We want to ensure that everyone has the same level of knowledge about LTO, the conservation work we do, and your role as a volunteer. Orientation will also include planning your dive training, key introductory lectures and a site tour.

At the end of the program you will be asked to do a presentation (in groups if you prefer) on a marine conservation topic of your choice. For the keen underwater film/ photographers wanting to create a video, awesome, we are here to support your creativity! 

Below you will find a little more detail about the activities you will be doing with us. You may not do these activities in this order as many of these are outdoor activities and depend on the weather. You will be doing a different activity every day though, on a rotation to keep you on your toes! The dive qualification will be one of the first things you do as you'll need that for the coral reef work.

PADI Dive Qualification

You do not have to be a diver before you come out to Mozambique, you can train with us here! Included in your program fee is scuba diving training. During the first 2 weeks of the program you can either attain:

- PADI Open Water Certification. For first time divers, which consists of lectures, pool sessions and 4 open water dives

- PADI Advanced Open Water Certification, designed to advance your diving. The course helps build confidence and expand your skills through 5 open water adventure dives.

Conservation Science Training

Conservation science is very complex so at Love The Oceans we aim to provide you with the basic knowledge and skills to allow you to go on to develop your own projects and continue with Conservation Science. 

You will participate in a series of educational lectures with the Founder of our organisation based around our specific areas of work within Conservation Science. if you'd like to focus on a specific interest area let us know - we have a variety of experts in our Research team.

Ocean safaris and Megafauna Research

You’ll have a theory session on how to photograph megafauna for a successful ID shot. You’ll be learning about humpback whales and whale sharks, with some manta ray IDs too. 

Your skills will then be put to the test on ocean safaris where you can practise taking ID shots. You will also be taught why the conservation of these species is so important. 

Participate in Coral Reef Surveying

We believe we’re in a biodiversity hotspot and we need coral reef data to prove our area is worth protecting. You will be introduced to LTO’s coral reef methodology and once qualified, may have the chance to help with LTO surveys on your dives.

LTO collects this data to develop a robust dataset which will provide the evidence base required to effectively lobby for changes to certain fishing legislation and a Marine Protected Area (MPA) to be established. We believe that securing an MPA will create opportunities for eco-tourism, bringing much needed income into the region, and provide a viable alternative to unsustainable fishing. 

Participate in Fisheries Research

LTO collects fisheries data in order to assess how sustainable the fisheries are in their current form. Our research is collected at two beautiful beach fisheries locations - our Guinjata Bay research base, and our Paindane Bay research site. 

You will be supporting LTOs fisheries research and during this time you will learn to collect beach monitoring data, how to log it and why this is so important. You will record fish, shark and ray measurement data into the logs along with their corresponding images.

In building this dataset for monitoring and analysis it is our aim to work with the local community to determine a minimum landing size for individual species and help re-build a sustainable artisanal industry. 

Help Improve local school facilities 

The Government does not have enough money to provide the standard of learning facilities the children need. Every year we fundraise for money specifically to improve the school facilities in consultation with the local community. 

We strongly believe in supporting the organic growth and development of the local community, as such we employ local builders to complete construction/improvement work. Our volunteers then enhance this by painting educational murals on the school walls. 

We ask you to get creative and design a mural (anything ranging from the human body to the solar system or an underwater scene) and then spend the day bringing your art to life for the children.  You are also welcome to bring some designs out with you

 Participate in a Cultural Tour

Mozambique is a developing nation with limited food resources, electricity and running water. The region we operate in is remote and many people live below the poverty line. 

You will have the opportunity to visit a local family’s home and learn how they live in rural Mozambique, and how they prepare meals. Volunteers have found this experience to be rather humbling, but also a lot of fun with the many children many Mozambican families have! 

Support swimming lessons for local kids

Surprisingly few local children are confident in the water. Part of our commitment to the local community is teaching local school children to swim on Saturday afternoons. 

We do this to improve water safety skills in the community, and with the aim of igniting a passion for the marine environment in the younger generations. We hope for a future where the local community both want, and are able to, experience the underwater world for themselves. 

Language Lessons

The community speak Portuguese and the local dialect, Bitonga. You will participate in language lessons while you’re with us. These have proven great fun in the past and allows you to learn a little of both Portuguese and Bitonga.

Learn to source and cook local food

Mozambique is a developing nation with limited food resources. In the region we operate is remote, and the coastal soil and climate conditions are not favorable to varied agriculture. You will witness a lot of household subsistence farming. The local food is very filling and consists of a few different vegetables cooked in various different ways. 

You will join in one evening for some local cooking. You will have the opportunity to to see what a normal family lives off in rural Mozambique, and how they prepare meals. Volunteers have found this experience to be rather humbling, but also a lot of fun with the many children many Mozambican families have!

Optional Safari Trip

After 3 weeks in Guinjata Bay, you have the option to be whisked away to South Africa to spend 5 days exploring the stunning Balule Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park Ecosystem. We LOVE it here.  All accommodation, meals (B/L/D) and overland transport is included, but the drinks are on you! 

Our partners in South Africa will be taking care of you. Here you will be taken on game drives, bush walks, and participate in an animal behaviour lecture and walk – all with experienced field guides. There will also be a scenic tour through the Drakensburg Mountains to see God’s Window, the Three Sisters and the spectacular Bourke’s Luck Potholes. When it’s time to say good-bye, you will be transported to Johannesburg Airport to arrive Friday evening.

Typical day

See above for details of activities. 

During your time with us you will rotate around the above activities which gives you a huge range of experience in a short amount of time. It also allows us a consistent data set and constant work at the local schools. 

Typically you will be getting up at around 6am. You'll participate in that day's activities (which will be one of the above described activities) and you'll finish your day for a group dinner at around 6pm. Evenings are your own time and we have a bar and restaurant on site. There'll also be optional movie nights and games nights. 

A typical diving day would usually consist of 2 morning dives which would finish around 12 noon, an hour break for lunch, then the afternoon spent logging the fish on the dives in our scientific logs and perhaps a beach clean if time permits. The afternoon could also include an ocean safari if megafauna training has finished and the weather is permitting. This is your chance to have some awesome whale sightings! 

Free-time activities

Adventure Trips

There are a variety of adventures available around the local area. which have proved great fun in the past. You will participate in at least two of the below adventure trips depending on the time of year, weather and availability:

  • Surf Trip –Day trip to Tofo (a surf hub) for a fun surf lesson, shop around the local market and the chance to enjoy some delicious cakes
  • Free-Diving Basic Training –You’ll learn breath hold techniques, have static apnea training and then go on an ocean safari to try out your new skills!
  • Yacht Trip – Sail the Inhambane estuary, and snorkel a few islands
  • City Walking Tour –discover more of the history of the City of Inhambane in a 3 hour walking tour.

Water Sports


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)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV (Resume) and our Application Form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Passionate about the marine environment. Able to swim 200m unaided.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Love The Oceans

3 week program (without safari) includes: 

  • Transport to & from Inhambane Airport to LTO base (40 min drive). 
  • Accommodation in Guinjata Bay (21 nights)
  • 3 meals a day (B/L/D) (can cater for special dietary requirements, please enquire to find out more)
  • PADi Open Water OR PADI Advanced Open Water qualification
  • All snorkelling and diving required for the program
  • Scientific dive training
  • Diving kit hire
  • Ocean Safari with megafauna training
  • Training, guidance and mentoring by the marine biologists and scientists at LTO
  • Local cultural tour & cooking lesson
  • Language lessons
  • Inhambane Walking Tour
  • Yacht Trip
  • 1 surf lesson
  • Love the Oceans Tshirt
  • 24 hour on-site & UK office support
  • Pre-departure and Visa support
4 week program including safari includes:

  • All of the above
  • Transport from LTO to Safari Lodge (14 hours by private transfer)
  • Accommodation in Safari Lodge (5 nights) including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Game drives
  • Animal behaviour lectures
  • Bush Walks
  • Drakensburg Mountain Tour
  • Transport from Safari Lodge to Johannesburg Airport (5 hours by pre-booked bus)

Airport Pickup at Inhambane Airport

You will be picked up and dropped off at the airport by a Love The Oceans staff member or one of our Partner's staff members. The airport is one room with one flight a day - you won't miss us! LTO base is approximately 40 minutes from the airport and you will be transferred to base by a private transfer.

Our accommodation is rustic and by the beach in Guinjata Bay, backpacker style with a max of 4 people per room (genders will be separated). Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Running water/power is available, with the exception of a few cuts! 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You'll receive 3 meals a day. Breakfast can be toast, cereal or porridge with fruit. Weekends will be cooked breakfast. Lunch will generally be packed lunches - sandwiches, fruit & a snack. Dinner will be a sit-down meal with the entire group and staff as it's also the time for briefing and discussing that days' activities and what will be happening the following day. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Please enquire for more details.

The cuisine will be a mix of dishes - some home comforts like pasta but also some traditional Mozambique dishes like matapa and some traditional South African dishes like bunny chow. 

Tap water is drinking water and will be available free of charge. Any soft drinks or alcoholic beverages must be purchased on your own account and can be purchased at our bar and restaurant. 

Internet Access
Limited 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 Inhambane Airport (INH) in Inhambane. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mozambique.
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 Mozambique provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Mozambique you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mozambique.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

You'll be collected at Inhambane Airport by a Love The Oceans staff member. Please aim to arrive on the start date of your program. This is a Sunday to allow one day of acclimatisation. 

July 8th – July 29th (finishing August 3rd inc. safari)
July 29th – August 19th (finishing August 24th inc. safari)

July 7th – July 28th (finishing August 2nd inc. safari)
July 28th – August 18th (finishing August 23rd inc. safari)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$ 3,350
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,410
Average fees
$ 1,110 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love The Oceans 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 Love The Oceans during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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