DolphinCare Volunteer 30N

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

What one can expect.

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).

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. 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.

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Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Fluent in English, Portuguese a bonus.
Computer literate (microsoft & applemac excel)
Comfortable on / in / around the ocean
Comfortable with public speaking/presentation
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 05:00 - 17:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Dolphin Encountours Research Center are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

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.

Water Sports


What's included?
Accommodation sharing
Basic meals (2 per day)
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
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.

Volunteer and interns are accommodated in the volunteer room at Lar do Ouro which is a lodge owned by DolphinCare's biologist Diana Rocha. Accommodation comes equipped with bed, linen & basic mosquito net.
It is situated 10 minutes walk from the beach.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

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

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
30 days (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Ponta do Ouro/Mozambique between 4 weeks and 30 days. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Dolphin Encountours Research Center will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

Get ready to volunteer in Mozambique

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Mozambique. Please check the visa regulations for Mozambique.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Mozambique.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Maputo International (MPM) in Maputo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mozambique.
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 Mozambique provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Mozambique you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mozambique.
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