Great White Shark Conservation

Come face to face with one of the world’s most infamous predators whilst aiding great white shark conservation.

The Project

This project is an operation dedicated in preserving this fantastic predator and its environment and helping in vital great white shark conservation. It also serves to educate people on why it is essential to conserve this species. The project works with students, eco-tourists, conservation organizations and marine resource users to gather data on the sharks, helping to correct negative misconceptions about them and stop the needless slaughter of over 100 million sharks annually.

South Africa has long been known for its abundance of Great White Sharks, making it a prime area to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The Great White Shark Project is a commercial operation, dedicated to educating and preserving the world’s greatest predator and its environment. The project works with eco-tourists, conservation organizations and marine resource users (subsistence fishermen, sport divers and dive operators) to gather data on Great White Sharks and help correct negative misconceptions about this species.

For cage-dives, a specially-designed, secure, five-man steel cage is used, which floats on the water's surface, with divers no more than 1m below the surface. Volunteers are taught how to get in and out of the cage and how to remain secure and safe in the cage. Cage-divers are responsible for recording observations on the Great Whites, including sex, size, markings and behaviour. Diving takes place on a rotational basis.

First Days

After your flight arrives into South Africa via Cape Town International Airport, you will be transferred to The Atlantic Point Hostel where you will be spending your first night. In the morning of the next day, you will be met by a project representative and transferred to project site in Kleinbaai. On arrival in Kleinbaai you will be taken out on the boat to spot some sharks and really get your project off to a good start. After your trip you will return to the project site where you will receive an induction and get a chance to meet all of the other volunteers!

Normal Days

The volunteer program is primarily focused on the project's Great white shark cage diving eco-tourism and you will enjoy regular trips to sea to view and cage dive with the great whites. One of the activities is educating clients who come to shark dive about great white sharks and the need for their conservation.

Last Day

This is your final day and you will leave the project site to go back to Cape Town to transfer to the airport for an evening return flight, or commence independent travel plans.

Prior to Arrival

Holders of UK, most other EU counties, Australian, Canadian and USA passports do not require a Visa for South Africa. Upon entry you will be issued with a 3- month permit (at no cost). Make sure the correct date and length of stay in the country is entered onto your visa when at immigration. If you are travelling from Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Algeria, Angola, Comoros, China, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mexico, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Paraguay, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia or Vietnam, you will require a Visa and should consult your South African embassy.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

The volunteer program is primarily focused on the project's cage-diving eco-tours and volunteers enjoy regular trips to sea, to view and cage-dive with the Great Whites. The project strives to involve volunteers in all aspects of work, including preparing baits, packing the boat, washing the equipment, working with the eco-tourists, and recording data, providing volunteers with hands-on, practical experience.

White Shark Field Research Data Collection: Volunteers are taught how to collect data in the field on free-swimming white sharks. At sea, volunteers observe shark behaviour and the interactions around the boat. The programme also includes lectures on shark biology, attack, current and past research techniques and conservation efforts.

Basic Seamanship: Volunteers are also taught basic seaman skills, including boat-handling in a practical environment. This includes general boat maintenance, packing and cleaning, anchor positioning (deployment and retrieval), cage deployment (attachment and retrieval), knots, general safety and good safe crewing practices.


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Other Skills
No specific skills are required - all we ask is that you come with a strong work ethic and have a love and passion for sharks and the ocean. You will be taught the rest!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Free-time activities

On days where you can’t go out to sea (as this shark conservation project is completely dependent on weather and sea conditions), you will be taken on various excursions. These include wine tasting in Stellenbosch, a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach or a trip to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa.

Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Safari/Zoo
Sports

Services

What's included?
Accommodation - Project activities - Airport transfers - Project uniform - Meals and Beverages as indicated
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

You will need to arrive into Cape Town Airport on the start date of your project where you will be met and taken to a backpacker's hostel for the 1st night. The next morning you will be transferred to the project location in Kleinbaai; about a two hour drive away. Transfers to and from Cape Town are included in the project cost, however if you are not travelling back to Cape Town after your project you will need to arrange and pay for your own transfer.

Accommodation

Whilst on the project you will stay in a delightful brick house situated two minutes from the harbour, which bustles with action and boats as people head out to sea. The house is very comfortable with dorm rooms, a nice kitchen, a dining area, a lounge with television and video/board games, and an outside entertainment area for the evenings. There is a small supermarket nearby (volunteers usually buy provisions and prepare meals together) and the house is located is a very safe and beautiful area where you can freely walk around during the day.

Couples, friends or families volunteering together who wish private accommodation may reserve a double room at an additional cost. Private rooms cost R100 (~ £6.50) per night.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

We supply breakfast at the volunteer house, this includes coffee, tea, milk, bread, cereals, juice and yogurt. Food and refreshments are supplied on the boat. This includes various sandwiches, chips / crisps, fruits, soft drinks, water and juice.
We will also take you shopping twice a week and everything you will need you can find there as you will be providing your own dinner. Once you are here, we can also discuss exactly what your dietary requirements are, but we have had vegan/vegetarian volunteers in the past without any problem.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
1 week (min. stay)
$729
2 weeks
$1041
3 weeks
$1354
4 weeks
$1666
7 weeks
$2603
9 weeks
$3227
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4164

You can volunteer at the project site in Kleinbaai/South Africa between 1 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Great Projects will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$538/week
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 Great Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Van Dyks Bay, 7220, Kleinbaai, South Africa