3 Week Conservation Adventure Program
Learn more about this experience and apply to participate below!
We offer a cutting edge volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to work alongside our marine biologists and the local community, helping with conservation, through research, education and diving, over a 3-4 week period. We collect data on humpback whales, manta rays, whale sharks, coral reefs, ocean trash & fisheries.
You will have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:
PADI scuba diving qualification
You do not have to be a diver before you come out to Mozambique, you can train with us here! Included in your program fee is scuba diving training. During the first 2 weeks of the program you can attain one of the following:
– PADI Open Water Certification. For first time divers, which consists of lectures, pool sessions and 4 open water dives
– PADI Advanced Open Water Certification, designed to advance your diving. The course helps build confidence and expand your skills through 5 open water adventure dives.
– PADI Emergency First Aid Response. This is a prerequisite to your PADI Rescue Diver Training, if you already have your first aid certificate you can go stright into your Rescue diver
– PADI Rescue Diver. This is designed to help you learn how to offer help and aid people in the water and is the last step before you PADI Divemaster, the first professional diving qualification.
Conservation Science Training
Conservation science is very complex so at Love The Oceans we aim to provide you with the basic knowledge and skills to allow you to go on to develop your own projects and continue with Conservation Science.
You will participate in a series of educational lectures with our qualified marine biologists based around our specific areas of work within Conservation Science. If you’d like to focus on a specific interest area let us know – we have a variety of experts in our Research team.
Ocean Safaris and Megafauna Research
You’ll have a theory session on how to photograph megafauna for a successful ID shot. You’ll be learning about humpback whales and whale sharks, with some manta ray IDs too.
Your skills will then be put to the test on ocean safaris where you can practise taking ID shots. You will also be taught why the conservation of these species is so important and learn about our work in this area.
Participating in Coral Reef Research
We believe we’re in a biodiversity hotspot and we need coral reef data to prove our area is worth protecting. You will be introduced to LTO’s coral reef methodology and once qualified, may have the chance to help with LTO surveys on your dives.
LTO collects this data to develop a robust dataset which will provide the evidence base required to effectively lobby for changes to certain fishing legislation and a Marine Protected Area (MPA) to be established. We believe that securing an MPA will create opportunities for eco-tourism, bringing much needed income into the region, and provide a viable alternative to unsustainable fishing.
Participate in fisheries research
LTO collects fisheries data in order to assess how sustainable the fisheries are in their current form. Our research is collected at two beautiful beach fisheries locations – our Guinjata Bay research base, and our Paindane Bay research site.
You will be supporting LTOs fisheries research and during this time you will learn to collect beach monitoring data, how to log it and why this is so important. You will record fish, shark and ray measurement data into the logs along with their corresponding images.
In building this dataset for monitoring and analysis it is our aim to work with the local community to determine a minimum landing size for individual species and help re-build a sustainable artisanal industry.
Help improve school facilities
The Government does not have enough money to provide the standard of learning facilities the children need. Every year we fundraise for money specifically to improve the school facilities in consultation with the local community.
We strongly believe in supporting the organic growth and development of the local community, as such we employ local builders to complete construction/improvement work. Our volunteers then enhance this by painting educational murals on the school walls.
We ask you to get creative and design a mural (anything ranging from the human body to the solar system or an underwater scene) and then spend the day bringing your art to life for the children. You are also welcome to bring some designs out with you
Participate in cultural tour
Mozambique is a developing nation with limited food resources, electricity and running water. The region we operate in is remote and many people live below the poverty line.
You will have the opportunity to visit a local family’s home and learn how they live in rural Mozambique, and how they prepare meals. Volunteers have found this experience to be rather humbling, but also a lot of fun with the many children many Mozambican families have!
Support swimming lessons
Surprisingly few local children are confident in the water. Part of our commitment to the local community is teaching local school children to swim on Saturday afternoons.
We do this to improve water safety skills in the community, and with the aim of igniting a passion for the marine environment in the younger generations. We hope for a future where the local community both want, and are able to, experience the underwater world for themselves.
The community speak Portuguese and the local dialect, Bitonga. You will participate in language lessons while you’re with us. These have proven great fun in the past and allows you to learn a little of both Portuguese and Bitonga.
Learn to source & cook locally grown food
Mozambique is a developing nation with limited food resources. In the region we operate is remote, and the coastal soil and climate conditions are not favorable to varied agriculture. You will witness a lot of household subsistence farming. The local food is very filling and consists of a few different vegetables cooked in various different ways.
You will join in one evening for some local cooking. You will have the opportunity to to see what a normal family lives off in rural Mozambique, and how they prepare meals.
There are a variety of adventures available around the local area. which have proved great fun in the past. You will participate in at least two of the below adventure trips depending on the time of year, weather and availability:
Surf Trip – Day trip to Tofo (a surf hub) for a fun surf lesson, shop around the local market and the chance to enjoy some delicious cakes
Boat Trip – Sail the Inhambane estuary, and snorkel a few islands
City Walking Tour – discover more of the history of the City of Inhambane in a 3 hour walking tour.
Help Ocean Trash Research and Management
Unfortunately plastic pollution is a human-induced problem the world over. Mozambique is no different. We’re on the edge of the Indian Ocean Garbage Patch which spans approximately 5 million kilometres squared and is made up of a huge range of trash, from sludge, to plastics, to glass. One of the most efficient and easiest way to remove trash from the ocean is through beach cleans.
We’ve committed to doing at least 2 beach cleans a week and weighing and logging what we collect to work out if it is international or local trash and what we can do to reduce this pollution. Last year our staff and volunteers collected over 350kg of trash. We’re hoping to smash that target this year!
After we have collected the trash off the beaches, we process it – wash, cut & dry it – and then we pack it into what we call eco-bricks. Our eco-bricks are 2L drinks bottles thrown out by resorts here, which we pack tightly with beach clean trash. these eco-bricks are then used in construction at the local schools as part of our projects.
Option: African Safari
After 3 weeks in Jangamo, you have the option to go on safari in South Africa and explore the stunning Balule Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Ecosystem with our amazing ethical partners Campfire Academy. We LOVE it here. All accommodation, meals (B/L/D) and overland transport to the safari lodge and onto Johannesburg airport is included, but the drinks are on you!
This is one of the best spots for spotting the Big 5 our team have ever come across, with one of the most ethical operators in Southern Africa. You will be taken on game drives, bush walks, and participate in ecology, conservation management and sustainable tourism lectures and walks – all with a very experienced field guide. You’ll learn how to track animals and pick up trails. You’ll have a sleep-out under the stars in the bush. You’ll learn what it’s like to be a ranger from experienced professionals. You’ll also be helping out with the Hoedspruit Animal Outreach project.
There will be a scenic tour through the Drakensburg Mountains, by car or boat, to see the iconic God’s Window, the Three Sisters and the spectacular Bourke’s Luck Potholes. When it’s time to say good-bye, you will be transported to Johannesburg Airport to arrive Sunday evening.
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