Great White Shark and Marine Conservation

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Coordinateur | Kevin
Coordinateur | Kevin
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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:
Âge 18+
Seul voyageur

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.

Journée Typique

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.

Activités de Loisir

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.


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

Sports Nautiques
Plongée /
plongée en apnée
Shopping /
Safari /
Des sports
Yoga /


Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 18 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (niveau de base)
Documents Requis
CV et Motivation Letter
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
A passion for marine life and a willingness to work hard towards its conservation
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi

Services inclus

Services de Stay Africa Volunteers

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


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

Transfert de l'aéroport 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. 


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.

Aliments & Boissons

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.

Accès à Internet
Bon accès sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est Cape Town International Airport (CPT) à Cape Town. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Afrique du Sud.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Afrique du Sud te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Afrique du Sud, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Afrique du Sud.

Dates et Prix


Informations sur l'arrivée

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! 

janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
1 - 4 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
1 sem (durée min.)
$1 175
2 sem
$1 939
3 sem
$2 364
4 sem (durée max.)
$2 624
Coût moyen
$916 /sem

Merci de noter que les prix ci-dessus sont des prix estimés et qu'ils sont soumis aux fluctuations des taux de change. Stay Africa Volunteers t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
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Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Stay Africa Volunteers durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Great White Shark and Marine Conservation

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