Volunteer In Mozambique
MAKE YOUR NEXT VOLUNTEER TRIP COUNT BY JOINING ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS AND BECOME PART OF A WORTHWHILE CAUSE IN MOZAMBIQUE TODAY!
LIFE IN MOZAMBIQUE
Mozambique is one of Africa's most up and coming places to travel to. It offers 2500 km of pristine coastline lined with stunning white sand beaches and palm trees. Excellent diving in a number of different areas, as well as magical offshore islands that have the ability to captivate and inspire just about anyone.
ISSUES FACING MOZAMBIQUE
For nearly two decades, many of the most remarkable attractions were inaccessible due to a longstanding guerrilla war. Because of a war, many lives were lost and families were left to fend for themselves. Times have been tough for locals and most children have been deprived of education and other basic needs during the struggle.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ?
Luckily, those dark times are over, and Mozambique is getting back on two feet. Like most of Africa, getting from one place to another can take some time, but for those that are willing to endure this hurdle, you will reap instant rewards and be presented with a long list of incredible places to go to that most people would consider paradise.
ESSENTIAL COUNTRY INFORMATION:
CAPITAL CITY: Maputo
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 34
TIME ZONE: UTC +02:00
LITERACY PERCENT: 48
POPULATION: 19.42 million
CURRENCY: Mozambican Meticais (MZN)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S): Portuguese, Indigenous dialects
RELIGION: Muslim, Christian, Indigenous beliefs
WEATHER AND CLIMATE: Mozambique Climate is warm and tropical with average temperatures of 28° C. The weather along the coast of Mozambique is sunny and warm even during the winter season where tempreatures tend to drop elsewhere. The summer season is through the months of October to April. During this season, it can often rain, high humidity, with very hot tempreatures. The winter season is through the months of April to September. During this season, tempreatures are cooler and drier and thus provide the most comfortable tenure for travel.
BOTTLE NOSED DOLPHIN MARINE CONSERVATION PROGRAM
OBSERVATION, MONITORING, FIN ID, BEACH CLEAN UPS, STRANDING & ADOPTION
Location: Southern Mozambique (Santa Maria Region)
We offer a unique volunteer, or internship placement, in Southern Mozambique in marine conservation with the main focus of research being on wild Bottle nosed Dolphins. Become involved in this once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the realm of the wild Bottle nosed Dolphins together with a group of dedicated individuals who have been studying and interacting with the resident bottle nosed dolphins since 1994. The Volunteer programs we offer are based on two to four week duration and are designed for those who would like to gain more knowledge and field experience in the marine environment with a focus on wild dolphins. The program is an extended stay with the dolphins, whales and turtles (depending on your chosen period) and incorporates ethical marine mammal tourism protocols as standard practice. Accommodation is provided, and you will be living in the same house as the crew. This program will only accept two volunteers, or interns, at any given time. The primary focus of the volunteer is working together with participants and the dolphins. Your time will be spent working on board Avalon, and ensuring all participants get the best possible experience. Volunteers help out with educational briefings, field questions, preparing and assisting participants in the water and working closely with our focal species. Avalon launches 1 - 5 times a day depending on season. During the launches, volunteers will have the opportunity to collect data, take fin identification pictures, enter data and work with the reconstruction of cetaceans that have been collected. Volunteers may also be called upon to assist interns on their specific field of research. As a volunteer on this program, you will be required to assist in the following:
BOAT AND LAND MONITORING: Dolphins // Whale Sharks // Sea Turtles
In-water monitoring is performed on all launches. As volunteers spend more time in the water and the dolphins become more comfortable with them, they will get some close encounters. When this begins, they may be asked to fulfill specific tasks while in the water with the dolphins ie) mother/calf counts. During each swim, information and data are collected for every cetacean and sighting. The information is in regards to abundance, location, behavior, identification, associations, weather and water conditions. Land-based observations are also conducted to gather information about the dolphins travel patterns (when we cannot view them at sea). Information collected includes direction of travel, area observed, behavior, group size, etc. Whenever possible, the Whale Shark is monitored for individual sex, scars or unusual markings, left/right side pigmentation patterns are photographed. Data and photographs are recorded and sent to an international database. Between November - March, Sea turtles inhabit the coastline and monitor nesting females and hatchling sites. Locals monitor and volunteers ensure the collection of data and tagging of nesting females. Working closely together with WWF Mozambique and the Turtle Working Group. Species monitored include Loggerhead and Leatherbacks Turtles.
PHOTOGRAPHIC FIN IDENTIFICATION
The wild dolphins that reside in this area have been photographed and documented since 1996, resulting in a catalogue of some 200 individuals spanning a 40 km area. The project allows researchers to determine abundance, movement, behaviors and social structures of this population. Photos are taken while at sea, then moving them into the image bank where they are clipped, saved, matched to the id catalogue and filed accordingly. This process is a long and laborious task, requiring time and patience. All data obtained in the field needs to be entered into a central database.
BEACH CLEAN UPS
Regular clean-ups are conducted. All debris is collected, recorded and counted. During 2009, the project collected an impressive 341 bags which added up to a total weight of 1,749 kg. It was estimated that 12509 individual items were collected. During this year, locals and volunteers spent approximately 17.5 hours conducting these beach cleanups.
One of tasks is to handle any stranded animals that come ashore. Once a report is received, the crew contacts the relevant authorities and surveys the site. At the site, the animal is measured and all the relevant data is collected. Depending on the size, the animal is then removed to a site for further specimen sampling and de-boning. The animal is then buried for a set period of time and later excavated for reconstruction. In the past, we have worked with striped dolphins, humpback whales, true beaked whales, whale sharks, pygmy sperm whales, spotted dolphins, melon headed whales, spotted dolphins and turtles.
After years of observing the dolphins and local marine life, a program was established to allow local people, volunteers or anyone internationally to adopt one the Dolphins. By joining the adoption program, updated records and images are sent to adoptees which gives individuals a unique opportunity to get closer connected to the dolphin they adopt as well as regular newsletters.
Bottlenosed Dolphin Conservation Program Fee
14 Day Eco Tourism Volunteer .................... $ 1105
30 Day Research Volunteer .................... $ 2275
90 Day Research & Eco Tourism Intern .... $ 3390
All Prices Quoted In Canadian Dollar (CAD)
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PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers are required to pay a Registration Fee of $225 CAD, which will be added to the program fee. This fee helps to cover the registration, enrollment, administration and processing costs. What's included in the program fees?
OUR PROGRAM FEES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Registration Fee - (refundable if you cancel your program), ongoing support from VWB staff, program marketing costs, digital information package, administration costs, travel costs to develop additional programs as well as ongoing costs to sustain programs.
Program Fee – accommodation provided with the dolphin crew, basic meals (assistance with food prep is encouraged), gift Pack (t-shirts to be worn on duty, certificate of attendance, DVD with pictures and dolphin diaries during your stay, DVD with information on our dolphins), research projects and reference papers, tour of the surrounding area, participation in a three-launch dolphin tour, training for specific tasks, field trips: three per week weather dependent, field experience working at sea (behavioral observations, data collection, photographic identification), research contribution, mentoring duties include but are not limited to: educational briefings and turtle walks, boat based data capture (photographic, behavioral, etc.), land based data (observations: three per week, data entry, fin identification, etc), preparation of educational/information boards, marine stranding, bone/skeleton prep, catalogue and reconstruction.
* ADDITIONAL COSTS TO THE VOLUNTEER - visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), immunizations / vaccinations, in-country trips or tours, transfer to other areas and spending money.
Our enrollment and registration process begins by applying online. Once you have filled out and submitted the online application form, you will receive a confirmation email. To continue on in our enrollment process, all volunteers will be required to pay a Registration Fee of $225 CAD, which will be added to the Program Fee. This fee helps to cover the administration and processing costs. Once we receive both the registration and program fee payment, we will send you a confirmation email with the program details and encourage you to book your flight at that time. Our team will be readily available to correspond with you and answer any questions you might have from the time you apply until you reach the project. If you have any further questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.