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Marine Conservation in MOZAMBIQUE

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Love The Oceans

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We offer a cutting edge marine conservation program that gives individuals the chance to work alongside our marine biologists and the local community, helping with conservation, through research, education and diving, over a 2 - 6 week period.

We are currently offering positions for a select number of participants in 2022 on the following program dates:

Dates
5 Week Program

29th May - 3rd July (Ending 10th July inc. safari)
3rd July - 7th August
(Ending 14th August inc. safari)
7th August - 11th September (Ending 18th September inc. safari)
11th September - 16th October (Ending 23rd October inc. safari)

3 Week Program

July 3rd - July 24th (finishing July 31st inc. safari)
July 24th - August 14th
(finishing August 21st inc. safari)

As a Love The Oceans volunteer you form an essential part of our team. After you have settled in, your program will start with a training week. We aim to ensure that everyone on the program has the same level of knowledge about LTO, the conservation work we do and your role and responsibilities as an LTO volunteer.

After this training, you will be rotating around our principal activities:

Coral Reef Surveys

LTO collects coral reef data in order to lobby for a marine protected area which could enhance eco-tourism, bringing more money into the region and an alternate income to unsustainable fishing. We strongly believe we're in a biodiversity hotspot and we need coral reef data to prove our area is worth protecting.

To expand LTO's coral reef logs, you will be diving and snorkelling to complete LTO surveys. You will identify different fish and coral species you see on each dive, and be responsible for logging the data into the scientific logs at the end of each day.

Whale Surveys

Humpback whales typically migrate through Mozambique between June and September. LTO is collecting data on these magnificent creatures, looking at surface behaviour and pod formation, never before studied in our area.

As part of LTO's team, you will be armed with a camera, binoculars and survey sheets in order to record sightings of humpback whales and any other megafauna that passes through (orcas, whale sharks, manta rays). You'll be going out on the dive boat with the divers but will remain on the boat while the other volunteers dive, in order for you to conduct the whale surveys.

Teaching and Painting

Educating the next generation of fishermen in schools about sustainable fishing and why the ocean is important helps the local community protect their biodiversity assets - assets because of ecotourism and fisheries.

As part of your volunteering, you will help at Guinjata and Paindane School Monday-Friday. You will be teaching 10-13 year olds about the marine environment, as well as painting classrooms which are in much need of some TLC. You will not be partaking in construction work as we prefer to employ local builders and put money back into the local economy.

Swimming Lessons

Surprisingly few local children are confident in the water. Part of our commitment to the local community is teaching the school children how to swim, helping to fuel their passion for the marine environment with a view to them one day being able to experience the underwater world for themselves.

We also teach sea safety in our lessons. This is very important as children drowning is not uncommon in this area due to a strong rip and lack of awareness. You can help teach the children (and some adults) how to swim on Saturday afternoons.

Fisheries Research

Collecting fisheries data will allow us to assess how sustainable the fisheries are. From these assessments, eventually we would like to determine minimum landing size for individual species, as well as changing certain fishing legislation.

Every day on fisheries you be responsible for recording the data into the logs along with the corresponding images (check shark and ray IDs with a field specialist if unsure), cleaning the collected shark/ray vertebrae, and ensuring equipment is clean and stored. This work can be upsetting at times but you cannot get involved in releasing animals; we are there to photograph and collect data in order to achieve a long-term solution.

Weekend Activities

There are optional weekend excursions you can participate in. They are not compulsory but have proved great fun in the past. These activities need to be paid for separately in cash in Mozambique.

Yacht Trip - We sail the Inhambane estuary on a yacht, with the chance to snorkel a few islands.
Surf Trip - A day trip to Tofo (the tourist hub) for a fun surf lesson and shop around their market.
Diving Courses - PADI scuba diving courses are available at Guinjata Dive Centre, from open water to dive master.
Ocean Safaris - Local dive centres offer various Ocean Safari tours where you can search for whale sharks and whales from the boat in an afternoon.

Optional Safari

We offer an optional extra 7 night safari that you can enjoy at the end of your volunteer program. During your 7 days you will participate in game drives, bush walks, a scenic tour through the Drakensburg Mountains (to see God's Window, the Three Sisters and Bourke's Luck Potholes) and have an animal behaviour bush walk and lecture from experienced field guides. You will then be transported to Johannesburg Airport. All of your meals are included, but the beers are on you! This trip is highly recommended.

Places fill up fast so we recommend applying as soon as possible!

If you'd like to find out more, please visit our website or email us on. You can also find us on Facebook.

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About Love The Oceans

Location:

Warren Farm, Aston Hill, Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire OX49 5SD, GB

Mission Statement

Our goal is to achieve a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, and achieve higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species. We work with the locals to help them achieve sustainable fishing. We record data on the local artisanal catches, focussing on sharks and rays as well as conducting research on humpback whales, whale sharks and coral reefs. We're also building bridges with the local community by teaching and renovating local schools.

Description

Love the Oceans is a charitable non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique. We drive action towards a more sustainable future through research, education and diving. Guinjata Bay, whilst home to a huge host of marine life, has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. Love The Oceans hopes to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales.

We offer a cutting edge volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to work along side our leading marine biologists and the community helping with conservation through research, education and diving. Volunteers gain experience through our research, education and fish IDing programs over the space of 2 - 6 weeks.

Animals
Children & Youth
Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Jangamo BayJangamoInhambane, Inhambane Mozambique

(-23.86621,35.38268)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Resource Development / Management
  • Fundraising
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Policy
  • Teaching / Instruction

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Week days 2 - 6 weeks

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