If you have a special interest in studying the Great White or marine life, this project will allow you to gain crucial knowledge and experience due to the lectures and practical experience you will be exposed to. The project is primarily focused on the project’s cage diving ecotourism and participants will enjoy regular trips to sea to view and cage dive with the Great Whites. You will be involved in all aspects of the project, including tasks such as preparing bait, packing the boat, washing the equipment, working with the eco-tourists, recording and entering data on the sharks.
Lectures are given by the Marine Biologists and other White Shark Projects crew and are based on basic White Shark biology, White Shark behaviours, shark bite incidents (shark attacks), research and conservation, whales, seals and data capturing. You will also visit SASC (South African Shark Conservancy), a non-profit organisation the project supports through monthly donations as well as contributing to any up-coming research projects they need support with. This visit includes a talk given by the founder, Meaghan McCord, and if available, a small species shark dissection or even some tagging. The SASC shark lab is based in Hermanus, a 40-minute drive from the temporary home in Kleinbaai.
There is also a bit of community work, volunteers are expected to assist at the Swop Shop on Tuesday's - a recycling project.
NB: Anyone who is passionate about wildlife conservation is welcome to join this program. We can, based on requirements of your University or yourself, tailor the program to meet those needs. Otherwise, you will enrol in the standard program and work with other participants *students and volunteers* alongside staff members.
This is a paid-for volunteer program, and the costs of the program cover accommodation, breakfast, lectures, regular trip to seas, all prescribed activities, return transport from Cape Town to the project,
2 weeks 15500 ZAR / currently 1070 USD
4 weeks 24500 ZAR / currently 1690 USD
2 weeks 16500 ZAR / currently 1125 USD
4 weeks 25500 ZAR / currently 1735 USD
Flights to South Africa
Lunch and dinner and beverages
The program starts every month on the 1st, and the 15th. You must arrive in Cape Town the day before as pick up times can be very early in the morning. Please bear in mind that the sooner you apply, the better your chances of securing your placement! You are required to sign an indemnity form acknowledging and accepting the consequences of working in close contact with wildlife. Applicants must be over 18 years old.
The program closes between 15 December to 15 January as this is the peak tourist season. Peak shark season is in winter time, May through August.