Volunteer in South Africa – Marine Conservation

Pod Volunteer

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  • Gap Year
  • Volunteer
  • Animal
  • Gap Year
  • Marine
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  • Nationwide

Join Pod Volunteer to contribute to turtle, shark and potato bass research at world famous dive sites in Sodwana Bay.

Volunteering overseas is a great way to enhance your CV since it shows potential employees that you are not afraid of working hard, taking on new challenges and working in new environments. You do not need to have specific qualifications or experience to join our placements as relevant training will be offered whilst at the project.


How can I help?

You do not You will be joining a local team and participating in research dives which aim to provide regular data input to monitor the marine life of Sodwana Bay. This research is used to protect and preserve the local ecosystem as well as contributing to global studies on migratory patterns of megafauna (large marine life).

You will achieve this by assisting with several research projects while diving – these may include participating in reef surveys, monitoring of turtle, shark, potato bass and whales, uploading photographs of individual sightings and contributing to Citizen Science ID databases


When can I join?

The 1st of each month, throughout the year.


Where will I be living? 

You will be living in basic cabins, either on your own or shared with another volunteer, within an enclosed camp in Sodwana Bay. The main house has an indoor lounge area with a TV and an outdoor relaxation area where volunteers can socialise. There are large gardens and a swimming pool on site for volunteers to relax in during their free time.

In your free time, you can spend time at the beach or accommodation relaxing, socialising with volunteers, having a BBQ, swimming in the pool or reading a book or enjoy the local cafes and restaurants located in the small village of Sodwana Town.


Placement fee

Volunteer placements start from £1,295 for 2 weeks. This includes accommodation, all main meals and airport pick up and transfer to the project + planning your trip support from the Pod team.


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