Marine Research, Teaching, Diving!

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Marine Research, Teaching, Diving!

from £800
Duration: from 2 weeks to 6 weeks
Countries: Mozambique
Work alongside our marine biologists and the local community, helping with conservation through research, education and diving, collecting data on mantas, whales, coral reefs and fisheries!.
Summary

Marine Research, Teaching, Diving!

Volunteers are crucial to Love The Oceans’ cause and by participating in the program volunteers help to collect the first ever  data in Guinjata Bay as well as building bridges with the local communities by teaching 10-13 year olds in the local schools about the importance of the marine environment. In your package you have your food, accomodation, dives, airport transfers, transfers for safari and Cultural Tour included as well as guidance from our very experienced marine biologists. 

Project Description:

As a Love The Oceans volunteer, you form an essential part of our team. After you have settled in, your program will start with an intense training week where we aim to ensure that everyone on the program has the same level of knowledge about LTO, the conservation work we do and your role and responsibilities as an LTO volunteer. After this training, you will be rotating around our principal activities:

Coral Reef Surveys

LTO collects coral reef data in order to lobby for a marine protected area which could enhance eco-tourism, bringing more money into the region and an alternate income to unsustainable fishing. We strongly believe we’re in a biodiversity hotspot and we need coral reef data to prove our area is worth protecting. To expand LTO’s coral reef logs, you will be diving and snorkelling to complete LTO surveys. You will identify different fish and coral species you see on each dive, and log the data into the scientific logs at the end of each day. These dives require confident divers with good buoyancy. PADI Open Water is a prerequisite for our programs.

Whale Surveys

Humpback whales typically migrate through Mozambique between June and September. LTO is collecting data on these magnificent creatures, looking at surface behaviour and pod formation, never before studied in our area.
As part of LTO’s team, you will be armed with a camera, binoculars and survey sheets in order to record sightings of humpback whales and any other megafauna that passes through (orcas, whale sharks, manta rays).
You’ll be going out on the dive boat with the divers but will remain on the boat while the other volunteers dive, in order for you to conduct the whale surveys.

Teaching and Painting

Educating the next generation of fishermen in schools about sustainable fishing and why the ocean is important helps the local community protect their biodiversity assets – assets because of ecotourism and fisheries.
As part of your volunteering, you will help at Guinjata and Paindane School Monday-Friday. You will be teaching 10-13 year olds about the marine environment, as well as painting classrooms which are in much need of some TLC. You will not be partaking in construction work as we prefer to employ local builders and put money back into the local economy.

Swimming Lessons

Surprisingly few local children are confident in the water. Part of our commitment to the local community is teaching the school children how to swim, helping to fuel their passion for the marine environment with a view to them one day being able to experience the underwater world for themselves.
We also teach sea safety in our lessons. This is very important as children drowning is not uncommon in this area due to a strong rip and lack of awareness. You can help teach the children (and some adults) how to swim on Saturday afternoons.

Fisheries Research

Collecting fisheries data will allow us to assess how sustainable the fisheries are. From these assessments, eventually we would like to determine minimum landing size for individual species, as well as changing certain fishing legislation. Every day on fisheries you be responsible for recording the data into the logs along with the corresponding images (check shark and ray IDs with a field specialist if unsure), cleaning the collected shark/ray vertebrae, and ensuring equipment is clean and stored. This work can be upsetting at times but you cannot get involved in releasing animals; we are there to photograph and collect data in order to achieve a long-term solution.

Weekend Activites

There are optional weekend excursions you can participate in. They are not compulsory but have proved great fun in the past. These activities need to be paid for separately in cash in Mozambique.
Yacht Trip – We sail the Inhambane estuary on a yacht, with the chance to snorkel a few islands.
Surf Trip – A day trip to Tofo (the tourist hub) for a fun surf lesson and shop around their market.
Diving Courses – PADI scuba diving courses are available at Guinjata Dive Centre, from open water to dive master.
Ocean Safaris – Local dive centres offer various Ocean Safari tours where you can search for whale sharks and whales from the boat in an afternoon.

Optional Safari

We offer an optional extra 5 night safari that you can enjoy at the end of your volunteer program. You will leave Guinjata bay to explore the Balule Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park Ecosystem, staying at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge. During your 5 days you will participate in game drives, bush walks, a scenic tour through the Drakensburg Mountains (to see God’s Window, the Three Sisters and Bourke’s Luck Potholes) and have an animal behaviour bush walk and lecture from experienced field guides. You will then be transported to Johannesburg Airport. All of your meals are included, but the beers are on you! This trip is highly recommended.


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About Love the Oceans

Love the Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique. Guinjata Bay, whilst home to a huge host of marine life, has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. Love The Oceans hopes to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales.

Our goal is to achieve a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, and achieve higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species. We work with the locals to help them achieve sustainable fishing. We record data on the local artisanal catches, focussing on sharks and rays as well as conducting research concerning minimum landing size and fishing methods.

We offer a cutting edge volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to work along side our leading marine biologists helping with conservation and research. Volunteers gain experience through our research, education and fish IDing programs over the space of 4 or 5 weeks.

A break down of our prices:
The cost for the 4 week trip (EXCLUDING KRUGER) is £1200. With the extra 5 nights spent in Kruger and transport to Kruger and the airport it will be £1750.

The cost for the 5 week trip (EXCLUDING KRUGER) is £1400. With the extra 5 nights spent in Kruger and transport to the Kruger and the airport it will be £1995 (that is the same price for both August and September programs)

The price we offer includes:

-Accommodation at Casa do Mar, Guinjata Dive Centre, Mozambique
-Breakfast, lunch and dinner
-Transport to and from the airport
-All snorkelling and diving that is part of the programme
-All dive kit hire
-Guidance and mentoring by the marine biologists, oceanographers, and leading scientists at Love The Oceans
-Full access to Casa De Mar’s amenities and facilities
-All research equipment
-A ‘cultural tour’ around the local area

For Kruger, the 5 nights includes:

-6 days in the Greater Kruger Natural Ecosystem, in the Balule Game Reserve
-Guidance from experienced field guides
-Pre-organised day time activities including 3 game drives, 2 bush walks
-Visit to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
-Panarama Graskop Scenic Route Tour
-All food, accommodation and transport

N.B The Kruger trip itinerary is subject to change. Volunteers involved will be notified.

The price does not include:

-Flights, visa expenses and insurance
-Any optional extra activities as mentioned on the itinerary page
-Extra food or treats from the local shop

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Manta Ray are resident in Guinjata all year round

Manta Ray are resident in Guinjata all year round

Whale Sharks!

Whale Sharks!

Regular diving outings

Regular diving outings

Data collection on elasmobranchs

Data collection on elasmobranchs

Data collection on local fisheries

Data collection on local fisheries

Data collection on local fisheries

Data collection on local fisheries

Optional week in Balule Privat Game Reserve open to Greater Kruger Ecosystem

Optional week in Balule Privat Game Reserve open to Greater Kruger Ecosystem

Before/After of 2015 school projects

Before/After of 2015 school projects

Before/After of 2015 school projects

Before/After of 2015 school projects

Before/After of 2015 school projects

Before/After of 2015 school projects

Before/After of 2015 school projects

Before/After of 2015 school projects

Sunrise from our dive centre and beach

Sunrise from our dive centre and beach

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