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The Great African Sea-Forest Marine Volunteer Programme, South Africa

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
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Volunteers will be involved in citizen science initiatives where you will join biologists on snorkel trips observing and monitoring endemic fish and shark species along the Cape Peninsula, and collecting data and taking Photo IDs of the small shy shark species. You will be given presentations on the various work involved; including biological talks such as shark biology and ecology, and explore the benefits of using citizen science as a scientific monitoring effort.

Volunteers will be involved in community outreach in local schools and community events to spread their passion and newly developed knowledge of the area’s marine life. Beach cleans in and around the harbour and sea wall cleans are organised to raise awareness of the pollution issues and make a positive difference to the local area. You can also assist with the local marine conservation exhibition at the museum, whereby you can actively contribute and be involved in the design process. There will also be the chance to head out on sunset paddleboard trips to monitor beach users, seal movement and carry out kelp distribution mapping.

Activities volunteers will be involved with:
  • Endemic fish and shark survey’s (snorkel)
  • Kelp forest density and distribution fieldwork
  • Microplastic sampling fieldwork
  • Public outreach: Conservation education initiatives in local schools and at public events.
  • Public events: beach cleans, public lectures, sea plastic cleaning events, kayak/paddleboard marine safaris
  • Investigating intertidal rock pools
  • Fish, Mollusc, shark, cetacean biology and ecology presentations
  • Shark egg collection and recording
  • Assist with local marine conservation and education museum curation
  • Introduction to freediving (learn the basics of this skill to develop your snorkel surveys)
  • Drop camera fish diversity fieldwork + video analysis

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About WorkingAbroad Projects


The Coombe, Spring Barn Farm, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 3ND, GB

Mission Statement

Offering the ability to take action for nature and society


WorkingAbroad Projects is a not-for-profit company, established in March 2002, in order to provide small scale organisations with need-based support from volunteers. The main areas of focus are wildlife and habitat conservation, environmental education and management, permaculture and organic agriculture and cultural development. We run projects in various countries around the world.


Animals, Community, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


107 Runciman DriveCape Town, South Africa




  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • 2-12 weeks

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