Project: Marine adventure in South Africa


The project location is home of fascinating marine species, including: Bottlenose dolphins, Common dolphins, Orca’s, Southern Right whales, Humpback whales and Bryde’s whales.

The project

www.globalspirit.nlVolunteer work with marine species in South-Africa; The project’s values are to create in partnership with the local community. Together they stand for and work on conservation to sustain marine species, in particular whales and dolphins through improved management, research and education. This project gives volunteers a unique chance to work with marine species by combining education, conservation, community development, science, tourism.


Volunteers are welcome all year round (excluding 15 December - 15 January). You are free to choose your own arrival date but it is recommended to start on a Monday and an even week of the year. The duration of your stay must be 2 weeks or longer.


  • Minimum age for participation is 18 years;
  • To have a passion for conservation and to work in the outdoors;
  • There are no vaccinations required at this project but we recommend you to be vaccinated against DTP and hepatitis A. (for additional vaccines and/or information we advise you to visit your local clinic).

PeriodPrice per person
2 weeks € 900,00
3 weeks € 1.350,00
4 weeks € 1.800,00
every extra week € 410,00
prices are valid for the said periods in the year 2017.

Costs include:
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Activities that form part of the program
  • A donation to the project
  • Training and supervision
  • Administration costs


You will live in a house especially for volunteers. You will normally share the bedroom with other volunteers. Other facilities like kitchen and bathroom are shared by all occupants.

The work

The work with marine life is varied and your tasks may include

  • Assisting the team on boat trips to collect data, monitor the bay and take photos of dolphins, whales and other marine species;
  • Assisting in tourism activities, which include dolphin and whale watching eco-tours, sea kayaking, township tours, river excursions;
  • Monitoring and cleaning of beaches and coastal regions;
  • Involvement in local development programs (for example children’s nursery;
  • Educating schoolchildren, mainly on conservation;
  • Maintenance and cleaning of fish tanks and the aquarium;
  • Collecting of fish food and fish for the aquarium;
  • (Marine)Sampling, tagging, monitoring of fish species;

The project also co-operate closely with the ‘Dolphin Research Program’. This means that schedules of both will be combined so volunteers can be offered the best of dolphins/whales-research as well as protection of marine environment and education.

You will work 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) About 8 hours a day. Evenings and weekends are free time and there is a large variety of activities that can be organized for you.

Project location

www.globalspirit.nlThe project is situated along South Africa’s famous Garden route and is characterized by sweeping, unspoiled golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea.

There are a lot of things to do in your leisure time. For example: horse back riding, sailing, mountain biking, scuba-diving, surfing, golf playing, hiking and bird-watching, bungee jumping, canopy tours, visiting Monkey land, visiting elephant park, making a game drive, etc.

Travel information

You will be responsible for arranging your own transport to the project in South-Africa. Detailed travel information will be given after your booking.

The project staff

www.globalspirit.nlThe project consists of a permanent staff of 4 persons and works closely with the sister company that has a permanent staff of 12 people. The staff is enthusiastic, friendly and enjoys training and working with volunteers from different countries. The language spoken at this project is.

Extensive information

Extensive information Project Marine Adventure in South Africa. (PDF)


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