If you wish to gain experience in whale behaviour, research aspects and general marine conservation this programme is definitely worth considering! The waters off southern Mozambique represent the winter breeding ground of a large number of humpback whales. From June to October, thousands of humpback whales come to the coasts to mate, give birth and nurse their calfs. They basque in the warm waters until completing the largest migration in the animal kingdom, by returning to Antarctica.
The work done by this programme investigates whale behaviour, distribution, abundance, communication all in an effort to promote their conservation. The volunteer program is designed to help you protect these marine giants. One of the interesting aspects of this volunteer opportunity is that you will participate first hand in research efforts, heading out to sea to investigate and experience these giant whales. You will experience the research techniques that is used for research: from photo-identification, to acoustic recordings of their constantly evolving songs. After each trip, you come together to process the information and experience what it means. You will attend talks on the whales’ biology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, acoustics, research and conservation. You will be part of a team working alongside amazing species including whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, reef sharks, turtles and of course humpback whales!
By the end of the volunteer program, you will have gained insight into what it really means to do research with megafauna in the field, and what can be achieved with this research to reach conservation goals. You will have taken part in every aspect of our research and will have gained knowledge about how we transform this scientific data into real conservation efforts. You will be an integral part of our team and will witness the amazing breeding season of these giant, truly unique whales, whilst they are celebrating the end of the longest yearly migration in the world. This all takes place in the remote paradise of southern Mozambique.
Research trips at sea to collect data on humpback whales and dolphins
Daily talks on different aspects of whale biology and conservation
Data processing and analysis workshops
Workshops on research techniques
Excursions to do land-based surveys
The possibility to take diving lessons
Excursions to some local biodiversity hotspots
Both marine conservation students, as well as volunteers who are passionate about marine life attend this programme. As such no specific requirements/qualifications are necessary to attend.
The programme runs from June to October 2022.
2 weeks 2199 GBP
3 weeks 2699 GBP
4 weeks 2999 GBP
3 meals a day
Boat based research
Land based research
Scientific data analysis
Marine biology talks
Daily beach fieldwork