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Scuba dive in Mozambique and get hands-on experience in world-class field research on a marine volunteer project designed and created by leading whale shark and manta ray scientists. With one of the highest populations of whale sharks in the world, year-round sightings of manta rays and home to other species such as whales, sharks and turtles, this project aims to conduct research to find out vital information about these threatened species and directly contribute towards the conservation efforts taking place in the area.

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  • This marine project sits in the heart of African paradise itself - the Southern coast of Mozambique
  • Have the opportunity to meet these gentle giants of the sea, while learning from world-leading experts in the fields of marine biology, ecology and wildlife conservation
  • Help protect coral reefs at risk of exploitation
  • Assist in gathering information to inform governments and other stakeholders to improve legislative protection and the creation of protected areas
  • Help create and present educational classes on marine biology, ecology and conservation
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 weeks
Impacts Dolphin & Marine Community & Conservation Wildlife Research & Conservation
Destination Destination
Mozambique
Priced From Priced From
£ 1545 | € 2450| US$ 2911| AU$ 3519|
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Priced From
£ 1545 | € 2450| US$ 2911| AU$ 3519|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 2911 GBP 1545 EUR 2450 AUD 3519
3 weeks USD 3459 GBP 1845 EUR 2915 AUD 4179
4 weeks USD 4100 GBP 2195 EUR 3457 AUD 4949
5 weeks USD 4969 GBP 2670 EUR 4194 AUD 5994
6 weeks USD 5838 GBP 3145 EUR 4930 AUD 7039
7 weeks USD 6708 GBP 3620 EUR 5666 AUD 8084
8 weeks USD 7577 GBP 4095 EUR 6402 AUD 9129

Project Start Dates

Start dates are weekly with durations of 2 - 12 weeks, with the possibility of longer-term volunteers. Please note that the SCUBA diving course is an additional GBP100 on any project duration.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Research dives

Research Dives

Volunteers play a crucial role in gathering data for long-term projects in Praia do Tofo and a large portion of your time will be spent on research scuba dives, where your priority is to gain quality data that contributes to successful conservation of the megafauna in the region (incl. whale sharks, manta rays and other large oceanic creatures). You will also contribute to the analysis of the data for scientific purposes.

Photo ids

Photo IDs

You will create photo identity kits for whale sharks and manta rays all year round and marine turtles from November to February, plus other marine megafauna, and record and upload these to the relevant databases and websites
. You will also be involved in monitoring the behavior of each species, including location, segregation, sex behavior and specific identifying features, such as scars on mantas or whale sharks.

Whale monitoring

Whale monitoring

Participate in beach and boat based monitoring of the number of humpback whales during migration season (June to September).

Coral reef monitoring

Coral Reef Monitoring

Collect data, complete identification logs and monitor the health of coral reefs and the estuary.

Community conservation education

Community Conservation Education

With more than 60% of Mozambique’s population living along the coast, this places significant pressure on the marine environment and its resources as many locals rely on the ocean on a daily basis to feed and provide for their families. With many locals unable to swim and fearing the ocean, our community program focuses on educating young Mozambicans on understanding and protecting the waters in order to conserve populations of threatened species and for the long-term benefits of their people.

Our community work vitally supports our research and you will be spending a portion of your time assisting in our education programme. We aim to create ‘Ocean Guardians’ - young Mozambicans who have learned to swim, provide sustainably for their families and have a compassionate understanding of their marine environment - by teaching them how to live with their ocean and how to protect it.

You can get involved in a variety of ways and really make an impact within the community.

What other activities can I get involved with?

WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES CAN I GET INVOLVED WITH?

Aside from the opportunity to join in our community outreach program, volunteers will also have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of other activities alongside community members, children and their fellow colleagues.

 

From October – June:

  • Teaching the local children and adults how to swim
  • Teaching the community about water safety
  • Learning and teaching others how to surf
  • Snorkelling
  • Ocean safaris

From July – September:

  • Beach clean-ups

  • Rock pool exploration
  • Whale watching

  • Arts and crafts

  • Watching documentaries

 

Depending on your interests and areas of expertise, you could also be involved in helping our instructors and students learn English, how to grow plants, increase their computer skills, carry out a conservation awareness project or help with school visits.

We are open to your suggestions and will do our best to ensure that together, we can achieve awesome things in your time with us.

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Things to do in your spare time

During your stay you will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the incredible attractions Praia do Tofo and the surrounding area have to offer. Here is a guideline of some of the most popular activities:

Activities

Activities!

Learn to surf in the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean

Estuary Kayak Trip

'Braai' (BBQ!) under the stars

Relax on the beach

Quad Bike Beach Tour

Kite Surfing Introduction Class

Horseback Riding Along the Beach

Yoga Classes, African Dance Class

Inhambane City Tour

Linga Linga Beach Getaway

And much more...

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About Praia do Tofo, Mozambique

About praia do tofo mozambique

About the Destination

From Tofo’s rustic, unspoilt beaches and turquoise seas to it's vibrant marine life and colourful culture, everyone will enjoy this exotic paradise. Situated in Southern Mozambique with palm-fringed beaches and wide expanses of powdery white sand, this is a famous spot for world-class scuba-diving and for opportunities to spot some of the magnificant creatures that live here - whale sharks, manta rays and other large marine species such as sharks and turtles.

However, many of these species are under threat and as long-lived animals with low reproductive rates, knowledge on population structure, size and migratory patterns is essential to their survival, but lacking. Further to this, the beautiful and important coral reefs are at risk of exploitation and other changes associated with tourism and human interaction. Research on species and reef degradation is vital in working with governments and other stakeholders to improve legislative protection and the creation of protected areas. Volunteers play a huge part in gathering as much information as possible about these threatened species and directly contribute towards the conservation efforts taking place in Tofo.

Our research station and volunteer accommodation is positioned right on Tofo’s main beach - you can take a short stroll across the beautiful white sand, straight into the warm Mozambique water.

The climate is hot and humid all year round, with February the hottest month with an average daily maximum temperature of 30°C. The wettest months are January and February when afternoon thunderstorms are a regular occurrence and the cooler, dry season (April to October) is recommended as a more comfortable period to visit.

 

 

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Marine Research and Conservation, Mozambique

how would you like us to contact you?
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Scuba dive in Mozambique and get hands-on experience in world-class field research on a marine volunteer project designed and created by leading whale shark and manta ray scientists. With one of the highest populations of whale sharks in the world, year-round sightings of manta rays and home to other species such as whales, sharks and turtles, this project aims to conduct research to find out vital information about these threatened species and directly contribute towards the conservation efforts taking place in the area.

Simon pierce 1150274 (1)
  • This marine project sits in the heart of African paradise itself - the Southern coast of Mozambique
  • Have the opportunity to meet these gentle giants of the sea, while learning from world-leading experts in the fields of marine biology, ecology and wildlife conservation
  • Help protect coral reefs at risk of exploitation
  • Assist in gathering information to inform governments and other stakeholders to improve legislative protection and the creation of protected areas
  • Help create and present educational classes on marine biology, ecology and conservation
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 2 weeks
Impacts Dolphin & Marine Community & Conservation Wildlife Research & Conservation
Destination Destination
Mozambique
Priced From Priced From
£ 1545 | € 2450| US$ 2911| AU$ 3519|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1545 | € 2450| US$ 2911| AU$ 3519|

Detailed Project Pricing
2 weeks USD 2911 GBP 1545 EUR 2450 AUD 3519
3 weeks USD 3459 GBP 1845 EUR 2915 AUD 4179
4 weeks USD 4100 GBP 2195 EUR 3457 AUD 4949
5 weeks USD 4969 GBP 2670 EUR 4194 AUD 5994
6 weeks USD 5838 GBP 3145 EUR 4930 AUD 7039
7 weeks USD 6708 GBP 3620 EUR 5666 AUD 8084
8 weeks USD 7577 GBP 4095 EUR 6402 AUD 9129

Project Start Dates

Start dates are weekly with durations of 2 - 12 weeks, with the possibility of longer-term volunteers. Please note that the SCUBA diving course is an additional GBP100 on any project duration.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Research dives

Research Dives

Volunteers play a crucial role in gathering data for long-term projects in Praia do Tofo and a large portion of your time will be spent on research scuba dives, where your priority is to gain quality data that contributes to successful conservation of the megafauna in the region (incl. whale sharks, manta rays and other large oceanic creatures). You will also contribute to the analysis of the data for scientific purposes.

Photo ids

Photo IDs

You will create photo identity kits for whale sharks and manta rays all year round and marine turtles from November to February, plus other marine megafauna, and record and upload these to the relevant databases and websites
. You will also be involved in monitoring the behavior of each species, including location, segregation, sex behavior and specific identifying features, such as scars on mantas or whale sharks.

Whale monitoring

Whale monitoring

Participate in beach and boat based monitoring of the number of humpback whales during migration season (June to September).

Coral reef monitoring

Coral Reef Monitoring

Collect data, complete identification logs and monitor the health of coral reefs and the estuary.

Community conservation education

Community Conservation Education

With more than 60% of Mozambique’s population living along the coast, this places significant pressure on the marine environment and its resources as many locals rely on the ocean on a daily basis to feed and provide for their families. With many locals unable to swim and fearing the ocean, our community program focuses on educating young Mozambicans on understanding and protecting the waters in order to conserve populations of threatened species and for the long-term benefits of their people.

Our community work vitally supports our research and you will be spending a portion of your time assisting in our education programme. We aim to create ‘Ocean Guardians’ - young Mozambicans who have learned to swim, provide sustainably for their families and have a compassionate understanding of their marine environment - by teaching them how to live with their ocean and how to protect it.

You can get involved in a variety of ways and really make an impact within the community.

What other activities can I get involved with?

WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES CAN I GET INVOLVED WITH?

Aside from the opportunity to join in our community outreach program, volunteers will also have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of other activities alongside community members, children and their fellow colleagues.

 

From October – June:

  • Teaching the local children and adults how to swim
  • Teaching the community about water safety
  • Learning and teaching others how to surf
  • Snorkelling
  • Ocean safaris

From July – September:

  • Beach clean-ups

  • Rock pool exploration
  • Whale watching

  • Arts and crafts

  • Watching documentaries

 

Depending on your interests and areas of expertise, you could also be involved in helping our instructors and students learn English, how to grow plants, increase their computer skills, carry out a conservation awareness project or help with school visits.

We are open to your suggestions and will do our best to ensure that together, we can achieve awesome things in your time with us.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

During your stay you will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the incredible attractions Praia do Tofo and the surrounding area have to offer. Here is a guideline of some of the most popular activities:

Activities

Activities!

Learn to surf in the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean

Estuary Kayak Trip

'Braai' (BBQ!) under the stars

Relax on the beach

Quad Bike Beach Tour

Kite Surfing Introduction Class

Horseback Riding Along the Beach

Yoga Classes, African Dance Class

Inhambane City Tour

Linga Linga Beach Getaway

And much more...

Back to Top

About Praia do Tofo, Mozambique

About praia do tofo mozambique

About the Destination

From Tofo’s rustic, unspoilt beaches and turquoise seas to it's vibrant marine life and colourful culture, everyone will enjoy this exotic paradise. Situated in Southern Mozambique with palm-fringed beaches and wide expanses of powdery white sand, this is a famous spot for world-class scuba-diving and for opportunities to spot some of the magnificant creatures that live here - whale sharks, manta rays and other large marine species such as sharks and turtles.

However, many of these species are under threat and as long-lived animals with low reproductive rates, knowledge on population structure, size and migratory patterns is essential to their survival, but lacking. Further to this, the beautiful and important coral reefs are at risk of exploitation and other changes associated with tourism and human interaction. Research on species and reef degradation is vital in working with governments and other stakeholders to improve legislative protection and the creation of protected areas. Volunteers play a huge part in gathering as much information as possible about these threatened species and directly contribute towards the conservation efforts taking place in Tofo.

Our research station and volunteer accommodation is positioned right on Tofo’s main beach - you can take a short stroll across the beautiful white sand, straight into the warm Mozambique water.

The climate is hot and humid all year round, with February the hottest month with an average daily maximum temperature of 30°C. The wettest months are January and February when afternoon thunderstorms are a regular occurrence and the cooler, dry season (April to October) is recommended as a more comfortable period to visit.

 

 

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