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International Marine Volunteers

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Environment
  • International


5 Geelbek StreetVan Dyks BayGansbaai, Western Cape 7220South Africa South Africa

Organization Information

Mission Statement

At International Marine Volunteers our mission is to inspire our volunteers to make a difference in the world around them by providing them with life-changing opportunities and experiences, and creating awareness that ecotourism, conservation, community, research and education can all dovetail into a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship. The International Marine Volunteers programme offers individuals from across the world the opportunity to experience unique marine related projects in the biodiversity rich environment of the Greater Dyer Island Area, in Gansbaai, South Africa.


Volunteering aboard the vessels of our sister companies, Marine Dynamics Shark Tours and Dyer Island Cruises Whale and Eco Tours, the opportunity to gain exposure to various marine species makes for an unforgettable experience. Every trip sports a dedicated marine biologist as guide, who educates volunteers and clients, increasing their knowledge of the target species and ecology of the area.

Our conservation partner, The Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) is a leader in marine conservation and the environmental pillar of our organisation. Volunteers are afforded an opportunity to partake in data capturing for studies conducted by our marine biologists on board Slashfin, the shark cage diving vessel and Dream Catcher, the whale watching vessel. In addition to this, the DICT research vessel, Lwazi, affords long-term volunteers the opportunity to be more involved in research excursions. The Conservation projects that we are involved in are:

Great White Shark Research
African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary
Marine Pollution and Strandings
Various community projects

International Marine Volunteers is the only marine volunteer programme in South Africa that is Fair Trade Certified. Our highly experienced team, five star service and environmentally responsible practice result is many returning volunteers.


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