Coastal Conservation & Education

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Coastal Conservation & Education

from £2,700
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: South Africa
Create a coastal conservation model which ensures the sustained utilisation of marine and coastal resources through community involvement, management and research.

Coastal Conservation & Education

Study dolphins, whales and seals off South Africa's south coast and be involved in community education

The Coastal Conservation and Education Project is very involved in educating the local community about marine life and conservation. 

What will I do

- The project combines education with hands-on conservation tasks and research. You will be very involved in a local pre-school, where you will interact with a bunch of liveky kids, teaching them in a playful manner about the sea, marine life and looking after nature. The project also often involves the local community in hands-on conservation activities such as beach clean-ups or tree planting days. 

- You will learn a lot about marine life yourself: On frequent boat trips you will learn to record and identify sightings of dolphins and whales to add to the ongoing research database. The project also studies the seal population along the Robberg Peninsula on regulr hikes. 

- Support local conservation initiatives such as bird ringing or habitat control in wildlife reserves

- Aquarium maintenance

- Lend a hand with turtle and penguin rescue and rehabilitation

Working hours

Working times are flexible and depend on current activities and volunteer interest, but are usually from 08:00hrs to 17:00hrs. No work takes place on SA public holidays.


Volunteers stay in a comfortable volunteer house situated in Plettenberg Bay and minutes from the beach. The accommodation has shared bedroom and bathroom facilities and is within close proximity to a nearby shopping centre which has various shops, cinemas, restaurants and bars.

All meals are provided for you at the house. Packed lunch may be required for some activities but you will be informed of that ahead of time. 

What support will I get

From the moment you first send us an inquiry, we are always just a phone call or email away. You can contact our office team with any question you have. We’ll be happy to help you as much as we can while you prepare for your conservation experience. Once you are in Africa, we have a dedicated team of coordinators who will look after you - whether you need help with your conservation responsibilities, are feeling poorly or need to get to a bank to get out some money.

If your family need to get hold of you in an emergency, we have a 24 hour emergency phone line, and we can always facilitate contact to you in Africa.

What's the next step

If you are ready to submit your application. You can do this online or by post. And don’t worry - you application does not commit you to anything. It is just an expression of interest on your side and it helps us prepare the best advice for you.

We will contact you after accepting your application and chat to you about the best project choice, costs and dates. Once you are happy with your choices, we will set up your very own conservation experience for you and send you all the extra information you need - from the “small print” terms and conditions to insurance information. If you definitely want to go for it, all you have to do is send us a signed confirmation and a deposit of 295 GBP - or the equivalent in US$, CA$, AU$ or Euro.

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Further Details

More information about this gap year opportunity...

Price details:

from £2,700 to £6,760

Duration Details:

From 2 - 12 weeks


Includes return international flights from London, in-country flight transfers, meals, accommodation, all project-related costs and in-country and logistical support.



This placement would suit:

Those with an interest in marine biology and coastal conservation.

Do you accept non UK citizens?


User Comments:

“Studying the behaviour and identifying individuals by their dorsal fin notches and scars, we recorded bottlenose and humpback dolphins and a rare sighting of the common dolphin. This adventure has changed my life in so many ways; I am now living in South Africa at the centre and everyday I can pass on the most exciting experiences that I had to other volunteers.”

~ by Charlotte Kimber

About African Conservation Experience

Have you ever dreamed of tracking wild leopard and cheetah through the bush, or assisting a marine biologist in whale and dolphin research? 

Open your eyes to a whole new world and way of looking at the natural environment.  We support vital conservation projects in our heritage region of southern Africa and with over 10 years experience we are able to offer every volunteer the benefits of our personal knowledge.  

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Local preschool

Local preschool

Volunteers teach kids at a local preschool about conservation and marine life
Turtle rehabilitation

Turtle rehabilitation

Volunteers look after turtles until they reach a minimum size for re-release
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Vols on beach.orca

Volunteers on the beach, collecting elasmobranch cases
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