Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

Shark and Marine Ecology

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Volunteers work with a non-governmental organisation committed to promoting the conservation and sustainable utilisation of marine resources through research, education.

This organisation has become recognised for its inclusive and holistic approach to conservation and ecosystem based research and focuses on a variety of initiatives, including an understanding the biology & ecology of sharks, skates & rays for management purposes, cetacean research focusing on southern right whales and the spatio-temporal behaviour of whales & dolphins in the local area, research techniques include photo identification, behavioural coding and environmental monitoring,  the collection of baseline diversity & abundance data from the Bay, a marine debris study and the investigation of the ecological role of mesopredators (medium sized predators including rays, snakes and sharks) in kelp forest ecosystems.

Your Contribution

Volunteers, Interns or Field Study students that work on this project are in a unique position to contribute to conservation, education and research initiatives in a location unlike any in the world. 

Although scientific research is the pillar of the management and conservation of resources, the effective dissemination of information research is a necessity for the various species-specific and ecology-based research projects that take place at this organisation. Depending on the time of year you join the project, you will participate in the following components of the program:

1. Cetacean Monitoring; 
2. Elasmobranch surveys; 
3. Estuary Monitoring; 
4. Estuarine macro-invertebrate surveys

Please Note

The first instalment of your project fees is due within 1 week after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees“.



Typical day

Volunteers undertake a variety of activities which are dependent upon the season. Activities may include: 

collecting behaviour data, logging geographic location of cetaceans in the bay and recording photographic identification (where applicable) of cetaceans aboard an eco-tourism whale watching vessel

entering data and compiling basic reports for the cetacean monitoring project

shore based research collecting biological data, tagging and genetic sample collection

deploying the baited remote underwater video (BRUV), collecting data, uploading videos to the lab computer and identify all species captured by the BRUV during deployment, enter data into the BRUV database

macro-invertebrate collection techniques, environmental data collection and invertebrate identification using microscopes and species keys

strategically monitor estuarine environmental parameters of the two local river estuaries

laboratory testing

Interns and field study student’s own research projects

husbandry & facility maintenance including collecting organisms for the facility touch tank, catching small demersal sharks using snorkel gear, elasmobranch husbandry, tank system maintenance and general duties

deliver interesting and educational information about the organisation, shark biology & ecology, threats to sharks and marine ecosystems, etc, to visitors, school and community groups to the facility.

Details on Arrival

The program starts every Monday, every week, all year.

To get there,  fly to Cape Town, South Africa. You will be collected from and returned to the airport before and after your placement.

Free-time activities

The Cape Whale Coast offers some fabulous opportunities for travel and sightseeing. It is made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys, each bursting with its own special magic. Explore whale watching, sharks, wine routes, SCUBA diving, fynbos, birding, golf courses, the Stony Point Penguin colony, kayaking, surfing, mountain biking, hiking trails and adventure activities in this beautiful region, all popular activities during time off.

A stay in Cape Town is a must. It offers a huge range of activities from the cable car and hiking trips up Table Mountain (voted one of the world’s new seven wonders), SCUBA diving, superb wine farms and the exciting nightlife in the renowned and vibrant Long Street. Take a boat trip out to Robben Island Museum to visit the prison cell of Nelson Mandela, catch lunch and a tune or two at the Hout Bay markets or dine at one of the fantastic restaurants overlooking the water at Camps Bay after a walk along the beach.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling
Shopping/Souvenirs
Hiking

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)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
Proof of travel Insurance docs and proof of vaccinations.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers must be fluent in English, be willing to work and must be able to take direction from staff.

Interns should be one of the following: (a) students currently enrolled at an academic institution and studying towards a science major; (b) graduated scientists with a minimum of a B.Sc. with a science major; (c) naturalists with proven experience in research, management and/or conservation; (d) educators with experience in environmental education.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 - 14:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

What's included in this project?

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Pack
  • Transfers from Cape Town Airport to the project
  • Daily transfers from the accommodation to the project
  • On the job training
  • Accommodation
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
What's not included in this project?

  • Flights
  • Meals
  • Snacks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Spending
  • Visas


Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport
Fly to Cape Town Airport, South Africa. You will be collected from and returned to the airport before and after your placement.
Accommodation
A five bedroom house situated a 15-minute drive to the project. Bedrooms are shared (maximum 6 per room) and may be unisex. Transport to and from the facility and work-related activities is provided.
Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are required to purchase their own food and prepare their own meals.

For lunch, volunteers either take their own lunch to the project or can purchase supplies in town.
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)
$1,090.00
3 weeks
$1,624.00
4 weeks (max. stay)
$2,005.00
Average fees
$523.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Hermanus/South Africa between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers 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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
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