Volunteer for a marine eco-tour company which is dedicated to marine conservation. Learn all about the marine environment and conservation!
The Baywatch Project enlists the help of volunteers to educate the local community about the need to conserve the marine environment and its inhabitants. We are a non-profit Marine Conservation Volunteer Project located in Port Elizabeth. As far as we know, the Baywatch Project is the only marine volunteering project in the world where volunteers have the opportunity of seeing the big 7 animals (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, Great White Shark, Southern Right Whale) in one day. We are the only organisation in Algoa Bay with a whale and dolphin watching license, which allows us close encounters with these wonderful animals.
Volunteers get to learn about the marine environment and the importance of marine conservation while working hands-on in the marine touring industry. Volunteers will get to see whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, penguins etc. in the wild and assist on the boat as well as assisting with research and other conservation initiatives at the time. During your stay with the Baywatch Project you will also learn about various aspects of the marine environment, which you can pass onto others. You can help to educate them about the importance of conserving both our coasts and oceans. The content of our many whale lectures is not only gleaned from other people's research but also from our own extensive observations made during the cruises. The Baywatch Project has a fairly flexible program and can accommodate any requests, all we ask is that the volunteers have a love for nature and marine life and be open to what we have to offer them in terms of a great experience! What we do provide is a really invaluable experience that can be referred to for future jobs! Whether you are interested in becoming a tour guide, a researcher, a skipper, a conservationist, an animal carer, or even interested in improving managerial and office related skills, including marketing and computer skills.
The Baywatch Project is available from January to December. Volunteers are welcome to join us all year!
In the Eastern Cape there is much to do and to see. Port Elizabeth is a great city for water sport activities, hiking, wildlife viewing (as there are numerous game reserves), and much more!
Besides all of the activities that are included in the volunteer program, there are a lot of things to do around Port Elizabeth in your free time:
Scuba Diving- Various courses are available on request, at a price. We do have scuba gear available for those who are already certified.
Volunteers will be picked up from the airport and taken to accommodation and taken back to the airport at the end of their stay!
Accommodation with the owner of Raggy Charters and The Baywatch Project in the coastal village of Seaview. Some rooms are singles and some are for multiple people, seaviews from every bedroom. Beach is across the road! Lounge areas, kitchen facilities, braai areas and an incredible garden filled with thousands of indigenous trees and bushes! The house also comprises two entertainment areas, which are also used as lecture facilities.There is also a spacious deck that overlooks the sea. The garden is totally indigenous, with over 100 species of trees. This is a wider variety of trees than found in the whole of Europe.
Breakfast and Dinner will be prepared. Lunch is not included. Volunteers can buy their own confectionary and alcoholic beverages