- Snorkel coral reefs every day to conduct coral reef assessments.
- Swim with wild dolphins in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, as you study the impact of tourism on these friendly marine mammals.
- Undertake important marine research while learning about the functions and frailty of marine ecosystems.
- Interact with local people and learn about their culture and way of life, both on the island and on the seas.
- Live in a small, traditional fishing village in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
With your help, African Impact aims to provide consistency and continuity to research that is imperative in bringing about positive change. Research on the dolphin-tourism industry is conducted for the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam.
Monitoring human-dolphin interaction helps the government to formulate policies to regulate dolphin tourism, so that dolphins do not become stressed and/or driven to other parts of the ocean. Although they love human interaction, dolphins may be forced to seek quieter waters if they are faced with too much activity, especially during feeding or nursing, so your research will not only help the dolphins, but also the local communities who rely on dolphin tourism for income.
After your training, you will also assist in monitoring:
Whale identification during whale season (June to October)
The health of coral reefs
On this project, you will help develop and maintain a local resource centre in Kizimkazi with information on dolphins, whales, sharks and other types of fish, the local marine ecosystem and local marine conservation. This resource center is for tourists, locals and future volunteers. Educating local school children about how to sustainably utilize their local marine resources is the best way to guarantee a thriving marine ecosystem in this threatened area in the future.
Living on the beach in a small traditional fishing village gives you a wealth of development opportunities to choose from. You can teach English, clean beaches, conduct coral reef surveys, and support local youth initiatives, among other activities.