Marine Conservation Supporter and Diving

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Scuba dive and survey on a protected marine reserve and experience one of Tanzania's most beautiful and exclusive locations. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 16+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen
50+

About the Programme

Tanzania's coast is home to some of the most spectacular diving in the world. The crystal clear waters host a wealth of marine habitats and wildlife, making this a perfect location to scuba dive and explore this pristine and magical underwater world.

The vivid, multi-hued coral reefs support a dazzling array of tropical reef fish and provide rich feeding grounds for turtles, rays and other marine creatures, whilst the deep blue offshore waters support sharks, dolphins and whale sharks, as well as vast shoals of cruising pelagics.

Dive and snorkel to explore this pristine seascape and you'll discover and possibly help to map extensive areas of undamaged coral, find healthy populations of multicoloured fish, see turtles and marine mammals, and learn to recognise a huge diversity of inter-tidal animals from tiny hermit crabs to pastel-hued anemones.

On shore apart from relaxing on the island's perfect, undeveloped beaches, you may have the chance to work in the lush mangrove forests, unique ecosystems which straddle water and land. You'll learn about the activities of the traditional fishermen, as well as discovering and reporting which marine organisms are being sustainably harvested and which are being dangerously depleted.

The work you carry out will be rewarding and exciting, and hugely beneficial to Marine Park's conservation efforts, as well as being amazing fun! At the end of the day you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have helped to save this precious marine wilderness, protecting it for future generations.

Migrating Humpback Whales & Whale Sharks

Mafia Island is about as close as you can get to the quintessential Indian Ocean tropical paradise. The tiny island of about 40,000 is a friendly, laid-back place that has long been praised as a diver and sea angler's paradise.

Mafia's luxuriant mangroves, luminous sea grass beds and dazzling coral reefs play host to a multitude of tropical reef fish, thorny and spotted seahorses and four species of graceful and gentle sea turtles. Offshore there are dolphins and rays, and the deeper waters are a regular stop-off for migrating humpback whales and giant whale sharks. You could experience all this when you join the Frontier camp on Mafia Island and learn to dive in the crystal clear, immaculate waters of Tanzania's exclusive Marine Park.

If you are joining this programme between November and January then you may have the opportunity to conduct surveys on the transient whale shark population. You may be recording details of sightings and monitoring returning whale sharks. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to conduct awareness raising activities with tourists visiting Mafia Island.

Dynamite Fishing Damaging Coral

Threats to the coastal environment on and around Mafia Island are on the up as unregulated tourism is on the increase and the level of the local population is rising. Increasing competition for food means that artisanal fishing techniques such as seine-netting become inadequate and inefficient, encouraging use of less discriminate catch practices such as dynamite fishing. Other threats include the over-harvesting of octopus and sea cucumbers and the over-collecting of shells and corals for the expanding marine curio trade.

Swim with Dolphins, Rays & Turtles

Your underwater exploration will involve you in mapping the incredible biodiversity of the coastal area and marine habitats. While diving you will locate and record spectacular coral reefs and survey dazzling reef fish and turtles. If you are there at the right time of year you may even observe marine mammals.

The marine research and conservation programme is run in association with the Mafia Island Marine Park. The programme provides the local communities and government bodies with the information they need to sustainably manage this priceless marine ecosystem preserving it for future generations. To gather the data needed you will dive, locate and map the extensive coral reefs and study the various communities existing on them.

Living and working in an internationally recognized marine protected area will give you access to a fantastic array of wildlife and ecosystems. You may have the opportunity to dive on habitats untouched by destructive fishing practices, and help monitor the success of a variety of conservation methods. The data collected on our commercial fish surveys aids the marine park in maintaining the most up to date and dynamic management plans for the future of the region, so we can be confident that Mafia Island will remain a stunning destination for many years.

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Sample Itinerary*

7:00 - Breakfast!

8:00 - Dive duty

9:00 - On the boat for survey diving or dive training

14:00 - Return to camp. Wash dive kit and hang up to dry

14:30 - Lunch

15:30 - Write up data

16:30 - Invertebrate identification lecture

18:00 - Dinner time

19:00 - Chill out time

*This itinerary should only be considered as an example of the kind of activities and timescales to expect.  Actual itineraries may vary depending on the season and the requirements of the programme.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

The Frontier-Tanzania camp is fun and in your spare time you'll have opportunities to swim and snorkel, play football against the unbeatable local side or try out beach volleyball. 

Alternatively you may enjoy a traditional Saturday night themed camp party, play poker, chess or backgammon or join in a camp quiz night. 

After a long hard day of diving you may prefer to relax with a drink and sway in the camp hammock, or sit and chat to your new friends, under a sky lit up by millions of stars.

Watersport
Zwemmen
Duiken/
Snorkelen
Safari/
Zoo
Wandelen

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je ten minste 16 jaar te zijn op de startdatum van het programma.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 08:00 - 14:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Frontier
Before you go
  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)
In-country
  • port pick up and reception on Mafia Island
  • Transfer to Frontier camp
  • Accommodation in marine camp
  • Food
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Dive training courses available to PADI Dive Master
  • Project & group diving equipment 
  • FREE use of Frontier project dive equipment, including tanks, BCDs, Regs, weights, compressor
  • 24-hour in-country & international HQ emergency support & back-up

Please note that participants will require PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) to take part in marine conservation surveys.  It is possible to gain these qualifications while on the project although there is an additional cost for training and certification.

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Mafia

From Mafia Island airport if arriving on the first monday of the month.  Other pickups can be arranged if required.

Accomodatie

Volunteers will be living at commmunal traditional beach bandas.

Slaapzaal
Eten & Drank

Typically rice, beans, vegetables and fruit.  Most alternative diets can be catered for.

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 Mafia (MFA) in Mafia. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Tanzania.
Reisverzekering
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 Tanzania biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Tanzania dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Tanzania.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Start dates are every Monday throughout the year.  You can take part from one week to ten weeks.  Longer placements can be offered on request.

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
1 - 10 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
1 week (min. verblijf)
$1.554
2 weken
$1.904
3 weken
$2.104
4 weken
$2.454
5 weken
$2.954
6 weken
$3.354
7 weken
$3.504
8 weken
$3.804
10 weken (max. verblijf)
$4.154
Gemiddelde kosten
$985 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Frontier 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 Frontier gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Frontier jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Frontier

Wat vertellen de mensen over Volunteer World?

Marine Conservation Supporter and Diving

Scuba dive and survey on a protected marine reserve and experience one of Tanzania's most beautiful and exclusive locations.

$985/week

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