Dolphin Care Assistant Mozambique

Dolphin Encountours Research Center
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In-water encounters with the wild and friendly Dolphins of Ponta; enjoy time in their space while assisting on the dolphin boat.
Boat Based Whale Watching (July to October)
World class surfing
Scuba diving and shark diving courses available.
Beautiful and safe village lifestyle
Experience Mozambique. Volunteers can expect to have regular in-water encounters with wild dolphins while collecting and entering baseline data. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

Our project

Our mornings start early in Ponta! If we are launching one can expect to be up at sunrise in preparation for the days dolphin sessions at sea. After a quick cuppa and snack you will head down to our dolphin center where you will assist with guest preparations for their encounter with wild dolphins in the open ocean. This will include assisting with welcoming and registration, pre-briefings and gear allocation. 

This normally takes about an hour, after which you will head to sea with the Dolphin Team to look for dolphins and whales during season. Once located, time will be spent collecting data that includes photography, acoustics, environmental and behavioral. 

Time is dedicated to the capturing of ‘fin shots’ for the Dolphins of Ponta id project. A set of steady sea legs, a good eye and some photography skills might find you behind the lens. Private cameras can be brought along to help with the project and your images will be added to the extensive data base.

Depending on dolphins behavior, we will enter into the water for observations and further collection via underwater video & cameras. Volunteers will be asked to undertake certain tasks in the water which may include assisting participants, photography and dolphin counts. One can expect to be at sea for around two hours at a time depending on sea state.

Once back on land volunteers assist with de-briefing participants, rinsing & sorting gear. Time for a quick hour break with breakfast before heading to the office where specific post launch activities take place that include camera cleaning, capturing and sorting of days images and data. After a two hour lunch break, the afternoon is spent working on other tasks. 

An early dinner is served and the evening is yours. Turtle season may find you accompanying local monitors on their routine walks which are set to the tide (ever changing).

Project location

DERC is situated in Ponta do Ouro on the southern most tip of Moçambique, bordering South Africa. To the south, there is a long line of forest covered dunes, 100m in elevation. At Ponta point, the coast swings to the west, creating a leeward protected bay. The area of the town is 10 km2, & located 117 km south of Maputo. 

The area is characterised by a warm sub-tropical climate. The warm currents from the Agulhas determine the temperature, the composition of the sea water &, indirectly, the north-south orientation of the coastline. The rainy season broadly coincides with the hot months, between November & March, though most provinces have some rain for seven to nine months of the year. Winter is July to September, but in the coastal areas the average temperature generally does not fall below 12 degrees celsius in the evenings. The continental shelf extends about six NMs offshore with the easterly seaward boundary extending to 3NMs. The predominant Agulhas current flows strongly south while inshore countercurrents flowing northwards occur commonly. 

Volunteer Work

Generally work time is until 4pm daily except for Saturdays and Sundays where work will finish after post launch activities. Volunteers are allocated one off day per week to explore the area, surf, scuba dive, kite board, sup or simply just chill. As tourism is seasonal, there are times where you can experience much down time. During peak periods though, we are in full swing and you can expect to work long, hot hours with extensive visitor & dolphin interaction. Participants will share the daily routine, with each person designated a specific job per time period. Volunteers may be called upon to assist with animal strandings, turtle monitoring, & guest educational & snorkelling sessions. The program caters towards individuals wanting field experience, tourism experience, or simply a career break or sabbatical. 

The first week of the program will be spent working closely with team members in training & learning set protocols, in order to maintain the integrity of the project.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

The daily obligations of our volunteers include

  • Waking up early and being on time!
  • Boat based and in-water data & image capturing
  • Land based observations
  • Data entry & image cropping/cataloguing
  • Dolphins of Ponta fin id and adoption project
  • Preparation of educational, information boards
  • Educational orientation with tourists
  • Bone/skeleton preparation, cataloguing & reconstruction
  • Tourist / lodge surveys 


During ones free-time there are a number of other activities one can participate in.

Scuba Diving - One is able to dive or qualify as a scuba diver through one of the permitted operators in the area.

Swimming - is possible in the bay of Ponta do Ouro

Water sports - includes surfing, lessons and board hire available



Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (vloeiend)
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Fluent in English, Portuguese a bonus.
Computer literate (microsoft & applemac excel)
Comfortable on / in / around the ocean
Comfortable with public speaking/presentation
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 05:30 - 16:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Dolphin Encountours Research Center


Breakfast and dinner 

Training for specific tasks

DolphinCare contribution

Field trips ~ 3 per week weather dependent

Mentoring by the Dolphin Team

Dolphin Pack (t-shirts to be worn on duty, certificate of attendance, pictures & dolphin diaries from your stay; information on our dolphins, research & interesting reference papers

Snorkel tax

Gear use (mask, snorkel and fins)

Return Transfer Maputo International Airport

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Maputo International Airport

Volunteers are accommodated at our Volunteer House in Ponta do Ouro.

The house comprises of two bedrooms with a shared bathroom as well as an outside cottage that sleeps two people sharing with a shared bathroom. Rooms come with linen as well as bath towels (please bring beach towels).

Meal are served at the volunteer house and are prepared fresh by our local cook Tina who caters for both normal and vegetarian diets.

Gastfamilie Slaapkamer (Enkel) Slaapkamer (Dubbel)
Eten & Drank

Dinner and breakfast included. Options normal or vegetarian.
Drinks not provided.

Internet toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Maputo International Airport (MPM) in Maputo. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Mozambique.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Mozambique biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Mozambique dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Mozambique.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

The project operates year-round although there are some weeks we are closed. 
We will generally start each four week program on the first Monday of every month, each holding a maximum of 4 participants. 
Additional weeks can be arranged upon request. Bear in mind, when deciding on your period of volunteering, December to February is summer, hot & humid; & June to August is cooler (nights a brisk 10-12 degrees), but drier.
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
5 - 5 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
30 dagen (min. verblijf)
30 dagen (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$537 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Dolphin Encountours Research Center zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Dolphin Encountours Research Center gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

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Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
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Dolphin Care Assistant Mozambique

Experience Mozambique. Volunteers can expect to have regular in-water encounters with wild dolphins while collecting and entering baseline data.


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