This stay gives you a unique and exceptional opportunity to join a scientific team studying marine mammals of the area and working for their protection.

Program —

  • One week minimum to 3 months
  • 5 jours : 590€ | 2 weeks : 1390€ | 1 month : 2590€ (prices available in $ and £ – we will evaluate together the exact participation fees according to the desired volunteering duration)
  • South Africa
  • Minimum age 18
  • Up to 15 volunteers
  • Spoken language: English
  • Animals: Bottlenose dolphins, finches, blue dolphins, risso dolphins, pilot whales, killer whales, sperm whales, humpback whales, beaked whales, minke whales, fin whales, sei whales, blue whales, a wide variety of birds and European otters.
* As prices are not fully invoiced in euros/dollars or pounds, they may vary according to the exchange rate.

Why choose this volunteering program?

By choosing this volunteering program, you become a Marine Life Research Centre student of this Spanish coastal region.

You participate in the various research and studies done by the centre, which works to improve the protection of marine fauna. Indeed, many conservation problems are topical and linked to problems like human activity, in particular interactions with fisheries, overfishing, aquaculture activities, oil spills, pollution, noise pollution, military activities, and tourism.

This is your opportunity to learn a lot about dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals.

You are working on the analysis of animal behavioral data, among other things, to analyze whether animals change their behavior, feeding places, etc. to adapt to human activity in the area.

The centre holds a special permit given by the Spanish government to carry out its researches.

Affiliated partnerships and scientific projects

The research centre is currently working on several scientific studies and regularly publishes articles in specialized scientific publications.

Current research concerns:

  • Communication analysis (acoustic and behavioural) of bottlenose dolphins
  • Behavioural observation of dolphin families
  • Pigmentation and mark analysis on animal skin
  • Seabird watching
  • Study of European otters
  • Rescue of animals or autopsies of stranded animals
  • Research and conservation of marine animals in the Persian Gulf

Daily program —

You are integrated into the life of the research centre and participate directly in its scientific analyses. Depending on the weather, you can go out in the field (at sea and on the coast) once or several times a week to observe marine mammals.

You are integrated into the life of the research centre and participate directly in its scientific analyses. Depending on the weather, you can go out in the field (at sea and on the coast) once or several times a week to observe marine mammals.

Days start between 6 am and 9:30 am – depending on the time of year and the activity of the day. There is no typical day, as it is planned according to the weather conditions and the needs of the scientific team. So you can spend the morning outdoors in the field and the afternoon in the laboratory, as well as spend your whole day / 8 hours at sea.

Activities  —

Various activities are proposed in the field but also in the laboratory:

  • Cetacean observations on boat
  • Photo identification
  • Bio-acoustics
  • Behavioral data collection
  • Dive time analysis
  • Recording of collected data
  • Etc.

Accommodation —

You are housed near the research centre and occupy shared rooms for a maximum of 3 people. The dedicated apartment contains everything you need, including an equipped kitchen and a washing machine. In addition, you live close to all amenities (supermarkets, restaurants, post office etc.)

The food costs remain at your expense and you can freely do your shopping nearby.

Duration and price —

You can choose to volunteer whenever you want during the year, from January to October. A maximum of 15 volunteers are present per session.

payment volunteer animals

The stay in the reserve is a minimum of 5 days.

The price to volunteer is 590€ for 5 days (price in $£)

Go to volunteer with a group is possible.

You can pay for your stay in two times free of charge.

Included / Not included —

Included ——

  • Accommodation
  • Supervision and daily activities
  • Registration fees
  • 24/7 support locally and from Sagittarius Voyage

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Not included ——

  • Flight tickets
  • Food

If you need more information, please check our frequently asked questions page or contact us directly.

Reservation & information ——

If you would like to receive more information about how to volunteer and the program or simply make a reservation request, contact us via the form below.