Marine Conservation

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Project Description

Volunteer with Sharks

There is a myriad of motives that call us to travel: delicious foods, exotic landscapes, exciting events or thrilling adventures. No matter the reason for travel, all explorers can agree that events such as watching the South African white sharks surge through the air to perform an aerial attack is a legendary sight to behold.

But as our oceans become polluted, over fished and the habitats are taken over by humans these displays are diminishing. Saving the Hungry works alongside marine conservationists in South Africa to conserve Great White Sharks.

Volunteer Program for the Shark Project (* If you wish to go longer than the minimum period please contact us directly for rates) This is subject to availability and if your dates are not available, alternative dates will be given.

Cost: $1600 CND (*for minimum 2 weeks)

No matter the reason for travel, all explorers can agree that as our land and oceans are becoming polluted and over fished. Their natural habitat is diminishing.  Saving the Hungry works along side great organizations who are dedicated in their field. South Africa is known for it’s abundance of Sharks making it one of the prime areas to observe these magnificient creatures. Sharks have become one of the most misunderstood marine species.

During your time with this specific program, you will be working with a qualified crew members to tend and maintain the boats and diving equipment for expeditions, data recording and capturing, writing for our blog, constantly and vigilantly look for sharks and ultimately work to correct negative misconceptions about sharks to stop the needless slaughter. Restoring the shark population return balance to the entire ocean ecosystem.

Shark Project Minimum 15 Days (* Please note you do not have to be a diver to join this program, all diving is in the cage and is done by using a snorkel or holding your breath)  The cage does not fully emerge into the water.

Boating – swimming – walking – rock climbing – scuba diving – snorkeling

Dates: 1st and 15th of the Month (* Must arrive the day before the Volunteering program)

Trip Length: 15 Days

Difficulty: Easy 

Location Map: View Map

Volunteer Duties

Please note these duties may change from day to day and you will always be working in conjunction with a qualified crew member of White Shark Projects:

  • Boat check before trip
  • Ensure cleanliness of boat
  • Make sure equipment for diving, chumming, bait, food etc. are on boat
  • Assist with anchoring
  • Assist with securing the cage
  • Education of clients and general interaction with them
  • Assist clients as needed
  • Preparing and distributing wet-suits for clients
  • Chumming
  • Data recording
  • Data capturing
  • Writing for our blog
  • Constant and vigilant shark spotting
  • Point out sharks to crew, clients and fellow volunteers
  • Clean boat post-trip
  • Clean and put wet-suits away

Deposit

An initial 50% deposit is required to secure your seat for the Program.  South Africa is our most popular destination and seats fill quickly.

 Included:

  • Pickp from the International Airport
  • Accommodation
  • Meals while volunteering

Additional Costs NOT included:

  • International Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry
  • Other food not mentioned above
  • Alcohol
  • Water and snacks
  • Food you wish to buy for the local children/ seniors (optional)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Souvenirs
  • Restaurant and driver tips
  • Items not mentioned above

Q – How long before we leave should I book?

A – South Africa is a popular destination, we recommend booking at least 6 months before traveling.

Q – Do I have to book my accommodation while travelling through Saving the Hungry?

A –Accommodation is provided for with this program

Q – Do I need to stay with the team while volunteering?

A – Yes, this is not optional!  Everyone needs to stay together to make it convenient for our partners to transport us.

Q – When is the final payment due?

A – Final payment is required  90 days before your departure.

Q How much money should I budget on spending a day?

A – $25 Canadian Dollars per day would be a comfortable budget once you have completed your volunteering experience (additional sightseeing, liquor and souvenirs excluded)

QHow much do I tip?

Y – Tour guides, cab drivers, waiters and porters generally expect a tip of 10% for a job well done.

Q – What kind of accommodation can I expect?

A – Lodging is clean but very simple and rustic.  While volunteering the rooms are men or women dormitories with bunk beds, a ceiling fan and a shelf.   Once we start to explore the country the accommodation will range be a solid 3 to 4 stars (comparable to North American standards).  We generally do not specialize in luxury trips!

Q – How will I get around?

A – There is transport available, to arrange with the program

Q – What kind of clothing should I bring?

A –60 days prior to departure we will send you a list of recommended clothing.

Q – What vaccinations will I need?

A –   Tetanus, Diptheria, Rubella,Typhoid, rabies and Hep B and A are highly recommended.

Q – How long does my passport need to be valid for?

All passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of return from South Africa and must have two blank pages available for entry/exit stamps. Passengers travelling on foreign passports must contact the applicable consulate office for entry requirements and the Thai authorities for re-entry requirements. Saving the Hungry cannot accept responsibility for incorrect documentation.

Volunteer with Orca’s

To see Orcas, also known as Killer Whales in their natural habitat is a sight to behold.  Wake up the calm sounds of the ocean and the calls from one Orca to another as you care for these precious animals.

Small steps in fixing the human-made problems in any ocean has monumental effects on the rest of the world as the oceans connect us all. Help us restore the Orca population and return balance to the entire ocean ecosystem.

Volunteer Program for the Orca Project (* If you wish to go longer than the minimum period please contact us directly. ) This is subject to availablility and if your dates are not available, alternative dates will be given

Cost: $1300.00 CND (* for minimum 2 weeks )

Orca’s, otherwise known as Killer Whales are the largest member of the dolphin family. They were given the name ‘killer whale’ by ancient sailors’ because of they appeared to hunt in groups, however there has been no reported Orca attacks on humans while living in the wild.

Orcas are currently facing many threats, they get caught in fishing nets, are facing problems with toxic waste and pollutions and they have been know to collide with boat traffic.  We can make a difference to these magnificent mammals besides minding your carbon footprint and using fewer plastic products.  Now you have the chance to interact daily with these great creatures.

The foundation we support depends on the efforts of volunteers to contribute time and resources to help save the future of the Orcas.  They need our help with a variety of meaningful projects which will leave you coming home with an increased awareness and knowledge of what a different we can make the to future of our oceans.

Orca Conservation: Minimum 2 weeks. (* Please contact us directly should you wish to stay for a longer ) This is subject to availablility and if your dates are not available, alternative dates will be given

Boating – swimming – walking – rock climbing – scuba diving – snorkeling

Dates: Though out the year. (* please submit your dates to ensure that we have space on our team )

Trip Length: 14 nights – 15 days

Difficulty: Easy

Location Map: View Map

Your responsibilities when on duty includes:

  • The collection of GPS, sighting and effort data on cetaceans, pinnipeds, seabirds, sharks, turtles, fishermen and boat activity
  • The collection of cetacean dorsal fin photographs for photo-identification
  • Collecting river prawns to feed aquarium fish
  • Cleaning the aquarium
  • Cleaning the photo ID camera body lens
  • Data entry and processing of photo-identification photos
  • Ensure the GPS and camera are charged the night before trips
  • Ensure that there are enough data sheets in the clipboards before trips and that the pencils are sharp
  • Take the GPS and clipboards with you to Ocean Blue in the morning
  • Take warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, sunblock, hat and sunglasses (polaroid if possible)
  • Remember to greet staff when you arrive in the morning and remind them that you are joining them for the day/morning.
  • Store your bags in the back office where they will be out of the way.
  • You need to fill out your details on the passenger list and sign the indemnity form before every boat trip.
  • Check with the guide whether you can help prepare bottled water (from the fridge in the kitchen) and snackpacks (at the back of the office) to be placed on one of the outside tables. These are for the clients only. You are expected to bring your own water and snacks/lunch.
  • When the guide is ready, assist in handing out life-jackets to customers – hand out appropriate sizes to adults and children.
  • Be politely quiet and attentive during the pre-trip safety briefing.
  • Allow the guests to board the boat first, and you fill in the remaining open seats.
  • Please help guests with the waterproof compartments in the boat if you see them struggle.
  • On the boat, please listen to the instructions of the skipper and guide. With their permission you may go up to the spotting tower.
  • Clients on the boat may ask you questions, feel free to answer if you are able, otherwise direct them to the guide.
  • You will most likely get multiple opportunities to be on these boats, while for the clients this is their one and only trip. Please do not monopolize prime viewing positions.
  • Back at the shop please assist clients out of their lifejackets and hang them on the rack

Deposit

An initial 50% deposit is required to secure your seat for the tour.  South Africa is our most popular destination and seats fill quickly.

 Included:

  • Collection from Airport
  • Accommodation
  • Meals while volunteering

Additional Costs NOT included:

  • International Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry
  • Other food not mentioned above
  • Alcohol
  • Water and snacks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Souvenirs
  • Restaurant and driver tips
  • Items not mentioned above

Q – How long before we leave should I book?

– South Africa is a popular destination, we recommend booking at least 6 months before traveling.

Q – Do I have to book my accommodation while travelling through Saving the Hungry?

–Accommodation is provided for this program

Q – Do I need to stay with the team while volunteering?

A – Yes, this is not optional!  Everyone needs to stay together to make it convenient for our partners to transport us.

Q – When is the final payment due?

– Final payment is required 90 days before you leave.

– How much money should I budget on spending a day?

A – $25 Canadian Dollars per day would be a comfortable budget once you have completed your volunteering experience (additional sightseeing, liquor and souvenirs excluded)

Q – How much do I tip?

Y – Tour guides, cab drivers, waiters and porters generally expect a tip of 10% for a job well done.

Q – What kind of accommodation can I expect?

A – Lodging is clean but very simple and rustic.  While volunteering the rooms are men or women dormitories with bunk beds, a ceiling fan and a shelf.   Once we start to explore the country the accommodation will range be a solid 3 to 4 stars (comparable to North American standards).  We generally do not specialize in luxury trips!

Q – How will I get around?

A – There is transport available, to arrange with the program

Q – What kind of clothing should I bring?

A –60 days prior to departure we will send you a list of recommended clothing.

Q – What vaccinations will I need?

A –   Tetanus, Diptheria, Rubella,Typhoid, rabies and Hep B and A are highly recommended.

Q – How long does my passport need to be valid for?

All passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of return from South Africa and must have two blank pages available for entry/exit stamps. Passengers travelling on foreign passports must contact the applicable consulate office for entry requirements and the Thai authorities for re-entry requirements. Saving the Hungry cannot accept responsibility for incorrect documentation.