Penguin, Dolphin and Whale Conservation in South Africa

Durations: 2 - 24 weeks
Fieldwork hours35 hrs of fieldwork per week
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The project
Join us in Gansbaai, South Africa, an area known for its diverse marine life. This coastal town is renowned for its Marine Big 5 – sharks, whales, seals, penguins and dolphins – all living within the Dyer Island ecosystem. Get involved in conservation activities with penguins, dolphins, whales and other marine species, contributing to eco-tourism, research and education efforts. It’s a unique opportunity to make a positive impact in this diverse marine ecosystem while enjoying this popular coastal destination.   The program Our pengu...
What’s Included

Project work

Work with penguins, dolphins, whales and other marine species to support eco-tourism, research and education.


Live in dorm-style accommodation with shared amenities, including kitchen, living room, dining room, activity room, pool, games and workspaces.


Enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch; dinner is not included. You can prepare your own, eat out or get takeout.

Airport transfer

Arrive on Sunday, spend the night at a hotel just 4 minutes from the airport. The following morning, you'll be picked up and taken to Gansbaai.

Basic pre-departure support

Includes an Essential Info Pack and answering any questions you might have.

Basic in-country support

Receive info packs with local resources, clinic details. In emergencies, consult packs; contact Program Manager if needed.

24/7 mental health support

Receive support services provided by licensed professionals.

Local transport

You’ll be transported to and from your project work by boat.

Project training

Receive training for the project to equip you for your assigned tasks.
What's not included

Flights and airport taxes, medical and travel insurance, visa costs, police or background check, additional drinks and gratuities, extra local excursions, personal items and toiletries, dinners, laundry, snacks, sweets and alcohol, local transport during free time, food and accommodation outside of the research station.

Your accommodation

You’ll stay in dorm-style accommodation comprising four cottages and a new building that can accommodate up to 40 individuals. Sleeping arrangements and bathrooms are shared, with bedding provided and weekly cleaning. Each unit has a kitchenette, but the main cooking takes place in the communal kitchen, along with a nearby dining room and sitting area. Other amenities include a lecture room, workspaces, a pool and an activity hall with weights, table tennis, pool, foosball and various board games. Stay connected with Wi-Fi and satellite TV, and there’s an inverter for power outages. It’s not just comfortable – it’s the perfect space for a fantastic experience!

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