The Mighty Roar

Great White Shark Caretaker

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Come face to face with one of the worlds most infamous predators – the great white shark. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

You will be volunteering for a world leading organisation working alongside qualified and experienced marine biologists. Their primary aim is to educate as many people about the misconceptions of sharks and to gather research data that can be used for preservation tactics.

Due to masses of negative media publicity over the years, sharks have become one of the most misunderstood and hated species in the world. Owing to this, sharks have been hunted and indiscriminately slaughtered, so much so that many species are now endangered. Other common contributions to the demise of sharks are unsustainable fishing practices, poaching and a relatively slow breeding cycle.

You will be located just outside of Gansbaai in a beautiful seaside village that is well known for its abundance of sharks. Trips primarily take place off Dyer and Geyser Islands that are prime locations and the best place to observe these magnificent predators in their natural habitat. Shark Alley (as it is known) is a magnet for sharks due to many prey breeding grounds in the area and while cage diving you will get to see some amazing reefs and huge kelp beds.

Divers will get to experience great whites up close and personal from the safety of cages, while non-divers have a great opportunity to view the sharks from the boat, where great photos and video footage can be captured.

Typical day

Your days will be primarily focused on the projects cage diving eco-tourism boat where you will enjoy regular trips out to sea. You will be hands-on where you will be involved with all of the day to day running of the project and will gain practical experience in working with great white sharks. You should expect to be up nice and early and be ready to spend long days out at sea but then also relaxing with the crew and other volunteers at night. Some aspects of the trip may include the following.

Cage Diving – Once anchored down, you will get to dive using a specially designed and secure six man steel cage which floats on the surface. You will learn how to get in and out of the cage as well as how to remain safe and secure. During your dive, you will be responsible for recording observations, including sex, size, markings and behaviour.

Field Research and Data Collection – You will be taught how to collect data in the field and on free-roaming great white sharks. You will be focused on working with the sharks from above and below the water, observing their behaviour and the interactions of sharks around the boat. You will learn all about the behaviour of sharks, their history, their biology and also why there is an urgent need for more research.

Seamanship and Boat Skills – You will be taught the basic seaman skills, such as how to crew and assist on the boat while out at sea. You will also be involved in tasks such as chumming, wet-suit and cage diving preparation, assisting clients where needed and how to setup the cage and anchor.

Excursions – Due to the weather and sea conditions, there may be days where you cannot go out to sea. On such days, you will be taken on various excursions that can include; wine tasting in Stellenbosch, a visit to the penguins at Bettys Bay or a trip to Cape Agulhas.

Please note that cage diving locations are subject to change depending on weather conditions and the locations of the sharks.

Details on Arrival

1st and 15th of each month

You should arrive to Cape Town Airport (CPT) on the day before your selected start date, being the 14th or 30/31st of each month. You will be met by our local team member who will be holding a named sign and will take you to your accommodation for the night in Cape Town (included within the price).

Free-time activities

During your time on the programme you will be staying at accommodation located 2 minutes way from the harbour and project site that bustles with action and boats as people head out to sea. There are plenty of bars and restaurants a short drive away.
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling

Program Requirements

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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by The Mighty Roar

Fees include accommodation, some meals and the $180 registration fee

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

You should arrive to Cape Town Airport (CPT) on the day before your selected start date, being the 14th or 30/31st of each month. You will be met by our local team member who will be holding a named sign and will take you to your accommodation for the night in Cape Town (included within the price).

The next morning you will then be transported to the project site.

On the last day of your programme you will be taken back to Cape Town Airport. Please ensure your return flight departs later than 18:00 to ensure the fee is included within the programme cost.

Accommodation

You will be sleeping in shared single sex rooms with up to 4 people per room. All bedding is provided. There shared bathrooms that have western style toilets and hot showers.

The communal areas have comfortable sofas, a TV and plenty of board games. There is an entertainment area that is a great place to come together and socialise as well as a fully fitted kitchen.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and lunch are provided within the programme fee and are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week. Evening meals will need to be supplied by yourselves, but you will get to share cooking responsibilities with other volunteers.

There is a restaurant 50 metres down the road and twice weekly shopping trips are arranged allowing for volunteers with special dietary requirements to buy their own foods.

You can expect some of the following meals:

Breakfast – Cereals, eggs, toast, jam, yoghurts
Lunch – Sandwiches, chips, crisps, fresh fruit

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 Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
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 South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,000.00
5 weeks
$1,350.00
6 weeks
$1,800.00
7 weeks
$2,250.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,500.00
Average fees
$438.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Western Cape/South Africa between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Mighty Roar will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.
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 The Mighty Roar during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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