Sharklife Internship

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Get close to sharks
Get an accredited Freediving certification
Examine real shark and ray specimens
Study in a World Heritage Site
Encounter diverse marine mega fauna and dive in warm clear ocean environments
This one-of-kind internship is suited to ocean enthusiasts and aspiring marine biologists looking for worthwhile field experience with a diverse range of shark species. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

Established in 2005 as a non-profit organization, Sharklife works to address the alarming exploitation of both shark populations and ocean fisheries in South African waters. Our marine internship programs aim to nurture shark conservation ambassadors through knowledge developmenthands-on training and many hours on the ocean encountering a multitude of marine wildlife. 

 "The overall goal of the program is to imprint a deeper understanding of the shark species in the minds of participants" 

Sodwana Bay is located in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa. The village borders the pristine world heritage site known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The park is South Africa's third-largest protected area, spanning 280 km of coastline and is one of the top ten dive destinations in the world. The coral reefs contain over 1 200 species of fish as well as a variety of underwater seascapes and marine flora and fauna making it a prime area to view sharks in their natural habitat. 

Key Benefits:

  • Research sharks
  • Gain field experience
  • Develop watermanship skills (freediving, boating)
  • Examine real specimens 
  • Encounter diverse marine mega fauna
  • Dive in warm clear ocean environments
  • Visit nearby Big 5 Game Reserves (optional extra +-$100)
  • Study in a World Heritage Site
  • Support a long-standing non-profit shark conservation organization

Field Course Components:

  1. Watermanship -  Develops your all-round ability to work in ocean environments 
  2. Shark and Ray Biology - Broadens your understanding of key areas of shark and ray biology
  3. Shark Identification and Behavior -  Enables you to identify sharks in the field and recognize different behaviors
  4. Shark Research Methodologies - Increases your understanding of shark research methods
  5. Shark Conservation and Advocacy -  Empowers you to promote shark conservation ideals objectively

Additional activities are varied depending on current programs at the Sharklife Ocean Center.

  • Assist with educating local school groups
  • Develop displays for the shark museum
  • Maintain research equipment 
  • Catalog museum specimens
  • Collate and input research data

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Your days will be divided into land days and ocean days, depending on weather conditions.

Typical Land Day:

Theory sessions are given in our auditorium using graphics, videos, and models to enhance your theoretical understanding of sharks. Interns use this opportunity to ask questions and discuss prevalent conservation topics. Interns are also tasked with collating research data and developing reports of findings.

We then move to the lab where we conduct various examinations of the specimens we have preserved, either frozen, dried or in solution. which enables interns to get a feel of the various anatomical features.

The rest of the day may be allocated to extra activities happening in the center at the time such as; museum display development and boat maintenance, etc. 

Typical Ocean Day:

After preparing the boat and equipment for the sea we head to the beach. Interns assist directly with all beach and boating logistics.  

We launch through the surf and make our way along the coastline to the designated study area.  We conduct various in-water surveys, record sightings data, location, and environmental conditions. 


  1. The most popular free-time activity is a day trip to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. The park is home to Africa's big five: elephant, rhinoceros (black/hook-lipped and white/square-lipped), Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard.
  2. You can just relax on the pristine beaches of Sodwana Bay.
  3. For the more adventurous, you can embark on a microlight flight over the coastline
  4. There are also quad bike tours of the local lake systems and forests. 
  5. You can scuba dive on the world renowned reefs of Sodwana Bay. 


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 (gemiddeld niveau)
Marine Sciences, Biology & Conservation (not essential) op High school niveau
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Being able to swim is a requirement.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 08:00 - 15:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Sharklife Conservation Group
As the project is based in a remote rural area there are extra expenses involved in providing similar services to those found in developed countries. Nonetheless, we have tried our best to balance the costs to make your trip both affordable and comfortable. 

Cost Areas:
  • Airport transfers 
  • Accommodation
  • Lectures, materials, certifications
  • Park entry fees
  • Boating expenses
  • Freediving training
  • Dive gear
  • Wifi
  • 24hr support

Food and Drinks:
There are daily trips to the local supermarket where all common food and beverages are available. 
There are two restaurants within walking distance should you wish to grab a bite to eat instead of cooking.
Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Richards Bay Airport

You will be met at the airport by a Sharklife staff member. We have a 2 hour (200km) drive back to Sodwana Bay where you will settle into your accommodation, so please try to arrive at Richards Bay airport as early as possible on the start date. 


You will be situated within the intern camp located next to the Sharklife Ocean Center. 

We have a total of five rooms.

Four rooms which are small yet secure and private which share 2 toilet/shower rooms.

One room is shared and is en-suite.

The kitchen and communal areas are spacious and well equip. We do have a washing machine in the common area for you to do some laundry.

There are shops and bars within walking distance of the camp. 

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Eten, tussendoortjes en drankjes zijn bijkomende kosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Richards Bay Airport (RCB) in Richards Bay. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Zuid-Afrika.
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 Zuid-Afrika biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Zuid-Afrika dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Zuid-Afrika.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Start Dates:

2-week internship:

1st - 14th July 2020 
1st - 14th August 2020
29th Aug - 11th September 2020
27th Sep - 10th October 2020
25th Oct - 7th November 2020
26th Nov - 9th December 2020
22nd Dec - 5th Jan 2021
18th Jan - 1st Feb 2021
14th Feb - 27th Feb 2021
13th March - 26th March 2021
9th April - 22nd April 2021 
6th May - 19th May 2021 
2nd June - 15th June 2021 
30th June - 13th July 2021 
27th July - 9th Aug 2021 
23rd Aug - 5th Sep 2021 
19th Sep - 2nd Oct 2021 
16th Oct - 29th Oct 2021 
12th Nov - 25th Nov 2021 
9th Dec - 22nd Dec 2021 
5th Jan 2022 - 18th Jan 2022

1-month internships:

1st Feb - 2nd March 2020
2nd Apr - 1st May 2020
1st May - 1st June 2020
1st Jun - 1st July 2020
1st Jul - 1st August 2020
1st Aug - 29th August 2020
29th Aug - 27th September 2020
27th Sep - 25th October 2020
25th Oct - 26th November 2020
26th Nov - 22nd December 2020
22nd Dec - 18th Jan 2021 
18th Jan - 14th Feb 2021 
14th Feb - 13th March 2021 
13th March - 9th April 2021 
9th April - 6th May 2021 
6th May - 2nd June 2021 
2nd June - 30th June 2021 
30th June - 27th July 2021 
27th July - 23rd Aug 2021 
23rd Aug - 19th Sep 2021 
19th Sep - 16th Oct 2021 
16th Oct - 12th Nov 2021 
12th Nov - 9th Dec 2021 
9th Dec - 5th Jan 2022 
5th Jan 2022 - 1st Feb 2022 
1st Feb 2022 - 28th Feb 2022

2-Month internships:

1st Jul - 29th Aug 2020
1st Aug - 27th Sep 2020
29th Aug - 25th Oct 2020 
27th Sep - 26th Nov 2020
25th Oct - 22nd Dec 2020
26th Nov - 18th Jan 2021
22nd Dec - 14th Feb 2021
18th Jan - 13th March 2021
14th Feb - 9th April 2021
13th March - 6th May 2021
9th April - 2nd June 2021
6th May - 27th July 2021
2nd June - 23rd Aug 30th June - 19th Sep 27th July - 16th Oct 23rd Aug - 12th Nov 19th Sep - 9th Dec 16th Oct - 5th Jan 2022 12th Nov - 1st Feb 2022 9th Dec - 28th Feb 2022 5th Jan 2022 - 2nd March 2022 1st Feb 2022 - 27th March 2022 28th Feb 2022 - 24th April 2022

3-Month internships:

1st Jul - 27th September 2020
29th Aug - 26th November 2020
27th Sep - 22nd December 2020
25th Oct - 18th Jan 2021
26th Nov - 14th Feb 2021
22nd Dec - 16th March 2021 
18th Jan - 9th April 2021 
14th Feb - 6th May 2021 
13th March - 2nd June 2021 
9th April - 30th June 2021 
6th May - 27th July 2021 
2nd June - 23rd Aug 2021 
30th June - 19th Sep 2021 
27th July - 16th Oct 2021
23rd Aug - 12th Nov 2021 
19th Sep - 9th Dec 2021 
16th Oct - 5th Jan 2022 
12th Nov - 1st Feb 2022
9th Dec 2021 - 28th Feb 2022 
5th Jan 2022 - 27th March 2022
1st Feb 2022 - 24th April 2022 28th Feb 2022 - 22nd May 2022

Please book flights to arrive as early as possible in Richards Bay, we have a 2-hour drive back to Sodwana Bay.

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
2 - 12 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
2 weken (min. verblijf)
4 weken
8 weken
12 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$529 /week

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

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Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
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Sharklife Internship

This one-of-kind internship is suited to ocean enthusiasts and aspiring marine biologists looking for worthwhile field experience with a diverse range of shark species.


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