MOZAMBIQUE

May 30th - June 20th

Location
Mozambique

Duration
21 Days

Age Group
18 +

Gender
Co-Ed

App Deadline
Feb. 15, 2019

Status
Open

THE VOLUNTEER & CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

As a volunteer, you will be working on a variety of research projects. This includes the monitoring of whale shark numbers, their behavior and ecology, and taking underwater identification photos. In addition, you will receive training to take identification photos of manta rays and other threatened marine species to aid with population assessment and monitoring. You will also survey nesting turtle activity, assist in beach clean-ups and other general environmental activities.

Tofo beach is very beautiful and the weather is hot in February. Your marine volunteer work is influenced by weather so your exact day-by-day itinerary will be subject to change.

Must be PADI certified to participate in this program.

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks are the oceans biggest fish and although they are sharks, are harmless to people since they feed on plankton. Whale sharks are a threatened species and are relatively easy to monitor owing to their size (up to 20m long) and swimming next to them is an awe-inspiring experience!

The whale shark component of this project involves joining ocean safaris to snorkel with whale sharks in the open ocean. As a summary, you will be collecting the following information on whale sharks:

  • Date, GPS location, surface and underwater photos
  • Size, sex, scars/distinctive features, behavior of whale shark
  • Take ID photographs to help identify each whale shark

Dolphins

You will be collecting data on dolphin numbers and behaviors, which will be recorded and uploaded onto databases to share with our marine conservation partnering organizations.

Turtles

You will have the opportunity to assist with the surveying and monitoring of the leatherback, hawskbill and green turtles. From November to March you may be lucky enough to monitor nesting turtle sites on the beaches of Tofo.

Seahorses

You will travel by boat to the nearby Inhambane Estuary and snorkel in relatively shallow waters to evaluate, count, record and monitor the seahorse population. Collected data is then entered into a database to allow for analysis by our partnering marine conservation organizations.

General Environment

General environmental awareness and beach clean-up activities will be carried out during your volunteer experience while in Tofo.

WHAT’S COVERED:

  • Mozambique Tourist Visa
  • All hotels & remote accommodation
  • 3 meals per-day
  • In-country ground transportation
  • In-country volunteer staff & guides
  • In-country flight Maputo to Inhambane
  • In-country flight Inhambane to Vilanculos
  • In-country flight Vilanculos to Maputo
  • Boat transportation & private guide(s) in the Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Park fees for the Bazaruto Archipelago

WHAT’S NOT COVERED:

  • Round-trip flight US to Mozambique
  • Extra baggage fees ($250 per-bag weighing over 50 pounds)
  • Scuba diving / snorkeling excursions outside volunteer work
  • Laundry
  • International Travelers Insurance
  • Vaccinations