Research the unrivalled marine
megafauna in
Mozambique

Whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles

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  • Duration
    2-8 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    13+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    Every Monday
  • From
    £1720
  • Duration
    2-8 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    13+
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    Every Monday
  • From
    £1720

Mozambique marine conservation

Make your acquaintance with whale sharks and manta rays and get hands on with the Mozambique marine conservation project. Assist in research and conservation of whale sharks, manta rays and marine turtles while meeting these gentle giants of the sea.

Mozambique is host to 20% of the world’s population of whale sharks and one of the largest population of manta rays. Thanks to perfect ocean conditions that attract unrivalled marine megafauna, you will also get to see and work along side sharks, sea turtles and other marine animals.

"It's hard to find the words to describe just how wonderful my time in Mozambique was! I spent all of my time on the most beautiful beach ever & diving in the sea where I saw so much marine life - it was unbelievable."

Many of these species are under threat and as long-lived animals with low reproductive rates, knowledge on population structure, size and migratory patterns is essential to their survival, but lacking. Further to this, the beautiful and important coral reefs are at risk of exploitation and other changes associated with tourism and human interaction. Research on species and reef degradation is vital in working with governments and other stakeholders to improve legislative protection and the creation of protected areas.

Designed and created by leading scientists, no two days will be the same. This comprehensive programme combines conservation, education and research alongside some work within the local community.

You will spend your days volunteering with an experienced team and have the chance to be involved in world-class field research. Our team is made up of leading experts in marine biology, ecology, oceanography and wildlife conservation. With such an in-depth list of activities this amazing programme does, everyday will provide something different. As with most things, the fact that this is a working foundation is a major factor and may influence the duties you get involved in and activities can change with major events that occur. Generally, the programme runs from 7.00am to 4:00pm between Monday and Friday.

This working marine conservation foundation invites everyone with a passion for the cause to come and help. It is important to note that you must have an open water certificate to participate in this programme. To become fully qualified with a PADI diving course costs £115 and your new skills can be put to test around the world! If you are needing to become qualified, simple select the course when applying.

There are always other activities that you may get the chance to be involved in too, such as helping to create and present educational classes on marine biology, ecology and conservation, beach clean-ups and other arts and crafts.

You should be aware that although the outdoor fieldwork is very enjoyable and research dives are undertaken daily and are a big part of the programme, data entry will also be part of this research process and will require time at a desk when collating scientific data.

Picturesque and with breathtaking views, Mozambique is one of Africa’s hidden gems. Off the beaten track, you will live right on the beach on the Southern coast of Mozambique and ‘braai’ under the stars. Spend your down time learning to surf, teaching children to swim or even riding horses on the beach.

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