Learn to scuba dive when you join our marine conservation project in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique! You will help to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales.
Previous knowledge or experience is not required to a volunteer with us in Mozambique. Our Ocean Conservation Adventure programme gives individuals without a Marine Biology Qualification the chance to work alongside our marine biologists, achieve dive qualifications at a variety of levels, learn new skills and help the local community.
Join our team as they use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future, helping to achieve the goal of establishing a formal Marine Protected Area. We strongly believe that this area is a biodiversity hotspot and we need various research data to prove this area is worth protecting. Humpback whales are abundant in Guinjata Bay, and with our research data we’re hoping to work out why the humpbacks make certain sounds, as well as prove that the frequency of sightings is enough to make this a viable ecotourism driver which could provide a significant amount of income from a renewable resource for the local community.
“If you don’t arrive in love with the oceans, you will be when you leave! ”
Whenever you volunteer or intern abroad, always check out the organization you’re going with and their ethical policies. We’re committed to ensuring your time is used both ethically and efficiently. Here are a few reasons why our Ocean Conservation Adventure Mozambique provides an ethical volunteering experience:
- No captive interaction
- We follow voluntary code of conduct when interacting with wild animals
- We have a clear, obtainable and focused goal
- Complete transparency with program fees
- Approve activities involving the community with the elders
- Don’t take jobs the local population can do
- We have committed to improving local learning facilities annually
- Only opportunistic sampling
- This project is BSI (British Standards Institution) certified so you know you’re safe
- Increase skill set of the local community
- Support local business
- Minimize negative impact
- Strong commitment to the community
- Fully qualified marine scientists running the programs
As a Worldwide Experience Volunteer in Mozambique, you will form a valuable part of our team. During your 3 weeks on the program, you will collect and contribute valuable data to our data set. You will also be learning about and supporting the local community as you participate in the following set activities:
- PADI dive training (get qualified!)*
- Free dive training
- Ocean safaris
- Megafauna research training
- Help improve the local school facilities
- Participate in coral reef surveys
- Support swimming lessons for local kids
- Participate in fisheries research
- Help with beach clean ups
- Learn to cook local food
- Learn some basic Portuguese and Bitonga, an original African tribal language
Our Ocean Conservation Adventure Mozambique project is run by Love The Oceans, a charitable non-profit marine conservation organization working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique. We use research, education and diving to drive action towards a sustainable future. Guinjata is home to a wide variety of marine life, in particular many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. To date, this marine area has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. This is what we do!
The aim is to protect this diverse marine life in a manner that is sustainable for our local community. Our ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique.
The accommodation for the duration of your stay will be by the beach in Guinjata Bay. The accommodation is backpacker style with a max of 4 people per room (genders will be separated). Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. All meals are fully catered for.
Country & Area: Guinjata Bay, Mozambique
Nearest Airport: Inhambane (INH)
Transfer Time: Approximately 50 minutes
- After you have settled into your program, we will start with orientation. We want to ensure that everyone has the same level of knowledge about the program, your role as a volunteer and the conservation work we do. Orientation will also include planning your dive training, key introductory lectures and a site tour.
- At the end of the program, you will be asked to do a presentation (in groups if you prefer) on a marine conservation topic of your choice. For the keen underwater film/ photographers wanting to create a video, we are here to support your creativity.
You do not have to be a diver before you come out to Mozambique, you can train with us here! Included in your program fee is scuba diving training. During the first 2 weeks of the program you can either attain:
ØPADI Open Water Certificate, for the first time divers, which consists of lectures, pool sessions and 4 open water dives, or
ØPADI Advanced Open Water Certification, designed to advance your diving, the course helps build confidence and expand your skills through 5 open water adventure dives.
Conservation Science Training
- Conservation science is very complex so our team aims to provide you with the basic knowledge and skills to allow you to go on to develop your own projects and continue with Conservation Science.
You will participate in a series of educational lectures with the Founder of our organization based around our specific areas of work within Conservation Science. If you’d like to focus on a specific interest area let us know – we have a variety of experts in our Research team.
- You’ll have a theory session on how to photograph megafauna for a successful ID shot. You’ll be learning about humpback whales and whale sharks, with some manta ray IDs too.
- Your skills will then be put to the test on ocean safaris where you can practice taking ID shots. You will also be taught why the conservation of these species is so important, which is crucial to know as a Divemaster so you can responsibly educate your customers.
Participate In Coral Reef Surveying
- We believe we’re in a biodiversity hotspot and we need coral reef data to prove our area is worth protecting. You will be introduced to our coral reef methodology and once qualified, may have the chance to help with our surveys on your dives.
- Our team collects this data to develop a robust dataset which will provide the evidence base required to effectively lobby for changes to certain fishing legislation and a Marine Protected Area (MPA) to be established. We believe that securing an MPA will create opportunities for eco-tourism, bringing much needed income into the region, and provide a viable alternative to unsustainable fishing.
- Our team collects fisheries data in order to assess how sustainable the fisheries are in their current form. Our research is collected at two beautiful beach fisheries locations – our Guinjata Bay research base, and our Paindane Bay research site.
- You will be supporting our fisheries research and during this time you will learn to collect beach monitoring data, how to log it and why this is so important. You will record fish, shark and ray measurement data into the logs along with their corresponding images.
- In building this dataset for monitoring and analysis it is our aim to work with the local community to determine a minimum landing size for individual species and help re-build a sustainable artisanal industry.
- The government does not have enough money to provide the standard of learning facilities the children need. Every year we fundraise more money specifically to improve the school facilities in consultation with the local community.
- We strongly believe in supporting the organic growth and development of the local community, as such we employ local builders to complete construction/improvement work. Our volunteers then enhance this by painting educational murals on the school walls.
- We ask you to get creative and design a mural and then spend your day bringing your art to life for the children. You are also welcome to bring some designs out with you.
There are a variety of adventures available around the local area which have proved great fun in the past. You will participate in at least two of the below adventure trips depending on the time of year, weather and availability:
- Surf Trip – Day trip to Tofo (a surf hub) for a fun surf lesson, shop around the local market and the chance to enjoy some delicious cakes.
- Free-Diving Basic Training – You’ll learn breath hold techniques, have static apnoea training and then go on an ocean safari to try out your new skills!
- Yacht Trip – Sail the Inhambane estuary, and snorkel a few islands
- City Walking Tour – discover more of the history of the City of Inhambane in a 3 hour walking tour
|3 Week programme dates||Price|
|8th – 29th July 2018||£2,450|
|29th – 19th August 2018||£2,450|
- Transport from Inhambane Airport to LTO
- Accommodation in Guinjata Bay (21 Nights)
- 3 Meals a day
- Padi Open Water or PADI Advanced Open Water qualification
- All snorkeling and diving required for the program
- Scientific dive training
- Diving kit hire
- Ocean safari with Megafauna training
- Training, guidance and mentoring by the marine biologists and scientists at LTO
- Local cultural tour and cooking lesson
- Language lessons
- Inhambane walking tour
- Yacht trip
- 1 surf lesson
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