Marine conservation project in Cape Town

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Program Description

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain first hand experience working an eco-tourism vessel. One of the primary objectives of this project is to study the Great White Shark. You will have the opportunity to shark cage dive but will be expected to assist guests during their trip and duties will be assigned to you while on board. You will ensure that every guest gains a once in a lifetime experience and be able to share your knowledge as a host.

You can expect lectures by our marine biologists and expert crew on:
Shark biology and behavior
Basic seamanship and Safety at sea
Shark tagging and tracking
Ocean conservation
Data collection
Dyer Island Conservation Trust projects

Our monthly marine evenings mean you will also get to hear other conservations and shark experts share their knowledge.

Those who show a good work ethic and those who are studying in a related field will have the opportunity to go on research expeditions and assist our marine biologists in data collection and shark tracking amongst other experiences such as environmental surveys.

You will also experience working with the community. We do regular beach clean ups with our local schools providing a great opportunity to work with children. We are involved in other projects such as: penguin nests which sometimes need placement at the colonies; shark egg collection; bird surveys; animal rescues.


We believe that volunteering can make a real difference in the lives of people, plants and animals. By helping improve one person’s life, you’re positively influencing everyone and everything that person ever comes into contact with. When you think of it in this way, you have the potential to make a gigantic difference.


Applicant must submit a police clearance certificate.

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What`s Included

Your stay with us includes:

– Airport pick up and drop off
– Orientation
– Support if needed (eg. medical support)
– Accommodation
– Daily transport to and from volunteering projects
– Weekend activities such as hikes, market, beach visits.
– Serviced bedrooms
– Certain transport within Hout Bay, MyCiti bus card
– Wifi and free cellphone SIM card
– Housekeeping
– Transport to included activities

NB Price does not include meals. Lifts to shops for grocery shopping included. There is a fully serviced kitchen at the accommodation. Healthy, nutritious meals can be delivered on request.

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Program Locations

Cape Town, South Africa

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Program Details

Volunteering Cape Town
  • South Africa: Cape Town
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 1-3 months, 2-4 weeks
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, Worldwide
1 Week – $ 580 2 Weeks – $ 1100 3 Weeks – $ 1560 4 Weeks – $ 1900 Additional week – $ 400
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