Join an exciting underwater research project at the magnificent Lake Malawi! Live and work on the golden shores of this great lake, and help to protect its legacy.
Underwater Research Internship - Lake Malawi Kande Beach, Lake Malawi
Our research programmes are diverse in focus but each one aims to increase our knowledge of Lake Malawi, the people who live near it, and the interactions between the two.
As an Intern on this Underwater Research Project, we will train you to become a useful member of our lake research team. If you are not already qualified, you will become a PADI Open Water scuba diver in order to assist us in conducting underwater population and biodiversity surveys of Lake Malawi. The most biologically diverse lake on the planet, Lake Malawi, is home to nearly 1000 endemic species of fish. You will also be trained in water quality monitoring techniques and have opportunities to work with local Malawians to collect data on the Lake's fishing industry.
Over your Internship Placement, you will gain experience in the following areas:
•Methodology and Data collecting techniques
•Weather and Water Quality Monitoring
•Introduction to the biology and ecology Cichlid fish family native to lake Malawi
•Introduction to the history and current status of fisheries management on Lake Malawi and the Community-based Fisheries Management Programme
•Introduction to underwater surveying methodology and techniques
You will be working 6 days a week but will still have ample opportunity to explore the surrounding areas. Additional time off can be given if required.
Upon arrival you will receive a comprehensive orientation that will include:
•Health and Safety procedures review
•Kande village orientation
•Daily schedule review
•Review of volunteer and intern duties and expectations and conditions of service
•A “welcome” barbeque on the beach
Throughout your placement you will have the support and guidance of our experienced research centre staff who will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance.
PLEASE NOTE THIS PROJECT ACCEPTS PAYMENT IN US DOLLARS ONLY, PRICING IN OTHER CURRENCIES IS DISPLAYED AS A GUIDELINE ONLY
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Kande Beach, Lake Malawi
What will I be doing?
Live and work on the golden shores of Lake Malawi and take part in vital conservation and research to help protect its legacy
- Learn to Scuba dive or enhance your dive qualification!
- Dive in the most biologically diverse lake in the world
- Enhance your CV with an international internship
- Work closely with Malawians on monitoring projects, and learn all about the culture and language of these spirited local people
- Live and work on the Golden sandy shores of stunning Lake Malawi
- Make friends for life with other international interns and volunteers on the programme
- Gain useful and practical research experience with wide applicability for people with career interests in conservation, aquatic biology or development studies
Internship Cost Includes:
- Project Fee: This facilitates funding for the continued running and expansion of the projects
- All airport transfers from Lilongwe International Airport upon your arrival and departure
- Comprehensive orientation and training programme
- Internet access for research purposes.
- All daily transfers to and from your projects and the nearby village during your stay
- Accommodation and Breakfast and Dinner daily
- 24 hour emergency support and guidance from Internship Coordinators
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing (work and other).
- Return flights to Lilongwe International Airport
- Lunch Daily (Please note you will need to self cater lunch daily)
- All visas for border crossings
- Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary
- Personal travel insurance cover for the duration of your placement - to include cover for repatriation and air evacuation
Interns should be undertaking or have already completed a relevant university degree, applicants without the relevant requirements may be interested in the volunteer project on offer.
Minimum 18 years, maximum dependent on the participants health.