Shark Internship

Shark Research Mexico
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Coordinator | Dr. Darren
Coordinator | Dr. Darren
Prenota con l'opzione Flex! Scegliete nuove date di partenza o passate a un altro programma di volontariato senza costi aggiuntivi.

Punti Salienti

Learn what it takes to be a shark researcher
Support the conservation of sharks
Learn shark monitoring techniques
Come face to face with shark sin their natural habitat
Experience the local Mexican culture and food
Our shark internship program offers a unique experience and platform for volunteers to gain hands on field experience working with sharks. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Our shark internship program offers a unique experience and platform for students and volunteers to gain hands on field experience working with shark research in and around the Gulf of California, alongside our team of experienced field technicians and shark specialists.

All participants who join our program will have the opportunity to be involved in every research component of our shark monitoring programs, you will increase your understanding of shark research through scientific lectures and many hours of practical training in the field as well as gain experience in an office environment.

The internship program has a maximum of 3 internship placements available at any given time as a way to ensure a more valuable volunteer experience in the field with sharks and an increased opportunity for personal development during your internship with us. 

Our internship program is open to absolutely ANYONE. Whether you are a graduate of marine biology or someone who is looking to start their early career in marine biology or just passionate about sharks and want to help our program is perfect for you.

We have found that it is the diverse backgrounds and skills that our interns bring that make a huge impact on the conservation and community outreach with the local community. 

Typical day

Our days can change depending on the season and research objectives we are working with but a typical day may consist of 

  • Arriving at the office to prepare the equipment for the day of shark monitoring
  • Boarding our research vessel on route to one of our shark research sites in the Bay of La Paz or surrounding islands
  • Swimming and interacting with sharks in their natural habitat recording photo ID, behaviours, scarring pattern and tagging or sampling the water for containments, pollutants and plankton for our environmental studies
  • Heading back to the marina to clean equipment and boat 
  • Returning to the office to download data collected and prepare for analysis of images and recorded information

Free-time activities

On your free time volunteers have the access to many activities. Our research center has strong collaborations with SCUBA diving centers who can offer volunteers the chance to learn to dive, visit the local dive sites or take a tour to the islands. Their are natural hikes and adventure tours to join as well as enjoying the natural beauty of the beaches and coral reefs.

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)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We request that our volunteers can swim and have experience snorkeling.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì and venerdì from 08:30

Servizi inclusi

Services by Shark Research Mexico
All donation fees are used to directly support the running of our non-profit research and to support your accommodation, field trips and training with us.

Donation Breakdown:
  • 50% Shark Programs Scientific Running Costs
  • 30% Accommodation & Transfers for volunteers
  • 15% Boat maintenance, Captain fees & National Park Fees
  • 5% Office operational costs

Airport Pickup at Leon Airport
Yes we provide full airport transfer on arrival and departure of the program.
We provide all volunteers with a private studio apartment upon arrival into the internship program. The apartments are fully equipped with a full operational kitchen including fridge, freezer, stove, microwave, cooking utensils etc). The room has the comforts of a private bathroom and shower, A.C, Fiberoptic unlimited WIFI, and bed linins and towels. We provide all of the utility services for the volunteers such as Gas, Electricity and water throughout your entire stay so there is now hidden cost once you arrive into the program.

The private studios are located in a very safe and secure neighborhood in the city of La Paz and only a short bicycle ride along the ocean walkway from the office and the marina. 

Food & Beverages
Daily food is 

NOT provided in the program due to the fact that many participants may have food allergies or the variability in peoples diets some being vegan or vegetarian while others are not. 

But, we do offer food when we make excursions to the islands for camping of extended field trips so this is provided in your internship donation fees

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 Leon Airport (LAP) in La Paz. We assist you to find cheap flights to Messico.
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 Messico provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Messico you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Messico.

Date e Prezzi


Details on arrival

Our Program is open throughout the entre year so arrival and departure dates are flexible to the participant 

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2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$562 /week

Si prega di notare che le tariffe sopra indicate sono stimate. Shark Research Mexico vi informerà sul prezzo finale durante il processo di candidatura.
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 Shark Research Mexico during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Opzione Flex
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Vi rimborsiamo le spese se Shark Research Mexico annulla il vostro viaggio
Supporto & Mediazione
Ti copriamo le spalle, qualunque cosa accada
I nostri servizi sono gratuiti!
Tutti i costi del programma sono addebitati direttamente da Shark Research Mexico.

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