If you’re passionate about marine conservation and diving - or if you’ve always wanted to learn - this is the opportunity for you! Learn about Indian Ocean Reef Conservation, gain marine ecology training and scuba experience in one of the world’s prime marine habitats.
Sodwana Bay is South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, with world-renowned dive sites and coral reefs. It’s home to some of the world’s most diverse fish communities, including turtles, manta rays and sharks, and is a main highway on the seasonal migration routes of humpback whales. It’s also the base for this Marine Biology and Reef Conservation internship, where interns assist with a wide range of marine conservation and research tasks.
The exact nature of marine biology internships will change with different seasons. However, general activities include underwater scuba surveys, collecting data on the population of species such as turtles, manta rays and sharks, species photography, and data entry into global or regional databases.
Interns are based in a marine camp, where you’ll learn and utilize scuba diving skills to aid research into the health of the marine ecosystem and effectiveness of reef conservation methods in the area. Those without scuba training can get certifications, and advanced and specialty courses are also available. The internship endeavors to include 20 dives per month, or 10 dives every two weeks, however this is subject to weather conditions.
You’ll help to use underwater cameras, adding to photographic databases and helping species identification. Interns can learn a range of data collection methods, using various techniques to contribute to databases of fish, coral and invertebrates. Monitoring populations, densities, locations and behaviour of different species helps to provide feedback on the health of the marine environment and the effectiveness of conservation strategies.
Marine biology interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Scuba surveys
- Collecting population data for turtles, manta ray or sharks
- Underwater photography
- Research data entry
- Different data collection techniques for different marine species
- Providing feedback on different conservation techniques
Professional development opportunities:
- Learn to scuba dive or upskill your certification
- Gain experience and understanding about one of the world’s best and most diverse marine environments
- Learn and use practical research techniques
- Gain scuba diving abilities for research purposes
- Gain experience working with underwater cameras
- Internship activities are usually full time (up to 8 hours a day), though this is subject to weather and seasonal conditions. You’ll be expected to assist 5 days a week most weeks, but some weekend activities may sometimes be available. Your schedule will be arranged with your supervisor.
- Regular scuba diving in a world-renowned dive site
- Encounters with a wide range of marine life, which can include whale, turtle and manta ray sightings
- Get real understanding about conservation efforts in a rich marine environment
Types of host organizations:
- Marine research camp
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Please note that program fees for all South Africa Environmental internships include return transportation to the airport. This transportation service is scheduled on specific dates and times. To ensure the schedule works for you, check with your Internships Manager for details before booking your departure flights.
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- All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges. International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of US$75.
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What extra costs will I have?
- Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
- Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$50 per week to be sufficient.