Marine Researcher

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Experience the sailing life in one of the worlds best spots for Watersports
Be part of an international crew on board
Gain experience in Marine Research in the field (Under water)
Get your hands on some of the fancy research gear such as ROV, Plankton nets and Hydrophones
Get close up to Dolphins and whales in the wild
You will join an international crew aboard a sailboat to work for the protection of our seas. And you will learn to collect data, organize and enjoy the sea at its best! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 18+
Seul voyageur

Join us aboard our research Sailboat in the Mediterranean. 

Do you want to be part of an international crew aboard and help with data collection underwater? We will teach you the necessary skillset for habitat mapping, species Identification and mapping of their distribution, and spotting for Marine Megafauna, such as dolphins, whales, and turtles. 
In recent years habitat loss has become one of the major concerns in the Mediterranean sea, as it is generally followed by a loss of various species that depend on it. With our work, we aim to identify key locations of healthy habitats and work towards their protection in order to counteract those developments.

As a volunteer aboard, you will be part of the actual research team, which means snorkeling, measuring seagrass meadows, looking for species, taking pictures and videos of all the different organisms you see, and learning to identify them! While we are sailing you will also be standing watches - spotting whales and dolphins and trying to take the best possible pictures of them for Photo Identification with our partner organizations. 
In other words, you will not be considered a passenger on board, but rather a part of the crew, where everyone chips in with daily tasks, watches, sailing time and we all get to enjoy our free time together as well.

You will be living aboard a 14m sailing boat, together with up to 5 more people, which gives everyone enough space to find a quiet corner when needed but also enough social areas to live and work together. During your stay, we generally move every other day for a 4-5 hour sail to the next location, which gives us enough time to map and check the underwater world in each location properly and of course to have a look onshore as well if wanted.

While no prior experience in sailing, diving, or marine research is required (we will happily teach you all the necessary skills on board) any background in related fields or previous experience will make it easier for you to find your routine - that being said so far everyone managed to pick up on all the new skills and tasks within a week. 
All the equipment needed for the scientific and outreach work is available on board, but we do recommend to bring your own snorkelling gear, as this ensures, that the mask fits properly and the fins don't hurt your feet after a short time.

Journée Typique

07:30 wakeup

08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast (self service)

09:00 - 10:00 Snorkelling session (Marine species counts, species ID, habitat mapping)

10:00 - 14:00: Sailing to new location (with marine megafauna watches)

12:00 - 13:00: Lunch underway (One person cooks for everyone, second person does the dishes)

14:00 - 15:00: Break time

15:00 - 16:00 Snorkelling session (Marine species counts, species ID, habitat mapping)

16:00 - 17:00 Data entry (computer - generally 1-2 persons)

17:00 dinner

18:00 - 07:30 Free time (Sunsets, music sessions, guitar lessons, presentations if wanted, .... room for games)

Activités de Loisir

On weekends we are aiming to be near small towns or other nice locations, but free time activities on board also include all kinds of watersports as well as music (Guitar and Ukulele on board), wildlife watching and social interaction, games and much more. Once tied up to land whatever the city has to offer is free to do!

Plongée /
plongée en apnée
Musée /
Safari /
Shopping /
Des sports
Sports Nautiques
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 moyen)
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
Sailing, diving, freediving skills are great but not a must. All necessary skills can be gained on board
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi et samedi de 09:30 - 16:00

Services inclus

Services de Project Manaia

The fees collected are covering all the associated costs on board, such as food, fuel, maintenance, marina fees, cruising permits, and much more. Everyone on board - including permanent crew chips in to this pot that keeps the boat running year-round.

Just as an example: 
- Food shopping for the boat runs at about makes up about 20%
- Fuel prices can add up to several hundred euros a week at bad times
- a night in a marina can be VERY expensive in the Mediterranean

all those costs, as well as repairs, boatyard times etc are covered by us


Accomodation is of course covered on board.

We have a double cabin in the bow of the boat as well as bunk beds In the saloon area.

Aliments & Boissons

All food and (non alcoholic) drinks on board are also included.

Diet on board is generally vegetarian, but we aim to make space for all dietary restrictions and needs

Accès à Internet
Accès limité 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. Le transfert de l'aéroport n'est pas inclus dans les frais non plus.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est Naples International Airport (NAP) à Naples. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Italie.
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 Italie te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Italie, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Italie.

Dates et Prix


Informations sur l'arrivée

Joining dates are every second Sunday, starting from mid April, as the minimum stay is two weeks, the stops are spread out around the Tyrrhenian sea and it will give you a chance to pick the perfect time window for you, but please choose a slot of 2 weeks minimum with a start on a Sunday!

janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
2 - 10 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
2 sem (durée min.)
$1 526
4 sem
$3 052
6 sem
$4 359
8 sem
$5 449
10 sem (durée max.)
$6 811
Coût moyen
$722 /sem

L'organisation facture ses frais en EUR. Le tableau des prix en USD est soumis à la fluctuation des devises. Project Manaia t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
L'acompte sert à réserver ta place avec l'organisation. Les paiements sont effectués par Paypal, notre partenaire de confiance pour les solutions de paiements internationales. Si tu n'as pas Paypal, tu peux également utiliser ta carte de crédit.
Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Project Manaia durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Assurance qualité
Normes éthiques élevées & impact social vérifiable
Option Flex
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Garantie de remboursement
Si l'organisation annule ton séjour, nous te remboursons les frais
Support & Médiation
Nous te soutenons quelles que soient les circonstances
Notre service est gratuit
Les frais de programme sont perçus directement par Project Manaia.

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Marine Researcher

You will join an international crew aboard a sailboat to work for the protection of our seas. And you will learn to collect data, organize and enjoy the sea at its best!


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