Volunteer with Love The Oceans

Love The Oceans

We work to preserve the marine life in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique.

Guinjata Bay, Jangano District, Inhambane Province, Mozambique, Africa
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Love The Oceans is a charitable non-profit marine conservation organization working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique. Guinjata Bay, whilst home to a huge host of marine life, has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time.


Volunteering Activities

Animal Care
Conservation Work
Sports
Teaching
Closest City: Inhambane (45.0KM)

What We Need

We offer a cutting-edge volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to work alongside our marine biologists and the local community, helping with conservation, through research, education, and diving, over a 2 to 5 week period.

As a "Love The Oceans" volunteer you become an essential part of our team. After you have settled in, your program will start with an intense training week. We aim to ensure that everyone on the program has the same level of knowledge about LTO, the conservation work we do and your role and responsibilities as an LTO volunteer.

After this training, you will be rotating around our principal activities:

Coral Reef Surveys:

LTO collects coral reef data in order to lobby for a marine protected area which could enhance eco-tourism, bringing more money into the region and an alternate income to unsustainable fishing. We strongly believe we're in a biodiversity hotspot and we need coral reef data to prove our area is worth protecting.

To expand LTO's coral reef logs, you will be diving and snorkeling to complete LTO surveys. You will identify different fish and coral species you see on each dive and be responsible for logging the data into the scientific logs at the end of each day. These dives require confident divers with good buoyancy. PADI Open Water is a prerequisite for our 5-week programs.

Whale Surveys:

Humpback whales typically migrate through Mozambique between June and September. LTO is collecting data on these magnificent creatures, looking at surface behavior and pod formation, never before studied in our area.

As part of LTO's team, you will be armed with a camera, binoculars and survey sheets in order to record sightings of humpback whales and any other megafauna that passes through (orcas, whale sharks, manta rays). You'll be going out on the dive boat with the divers but will remain on the boat while the other volunteers dive, in order for you to conduct the whale surveys.

Teaching and Painting:

Educating the next generation of fishermen in schools about sustainable fishing and why the ocean is important helps the local community protect their biodiversity assets – assets because of ecotourism and fisheries.

As part of your volunteering, you will help at Guinjata and Paindane School Monday-Friday. You will be teaching 10-13-year-olds about the marine environment, as well as painting classrooms which are in much need of some TLC. You will not be partaking in construction work as we prefer to employ local builders and put money back into the local economy.

Swimming Lessons:

Surprisingly few local children are confident in the water. Part of our commitment to the local community is teaching the school children how to swim, helping to fuel their passion for the marine environment with a view to them one day being able to experience the underwater world for themselves.

We also teach sea safety in our lessons. This is very important as children drowning is not uncommon in this area due to a strong rip and lack of awareness. You can help teach the children (and some adults) how to swim on Saturday afternoons.

Fisheries Research:

Collecting fisheries data will allow us to assess how sustainable the fisheries are. From these assessments, eventually, we would like to determine minimum landing size for individual species, as well as changing certain fishing legislation.

Every day on fisheries you be responsible for recording the data into the logs along with the corresponding images (check shark and ray IDs with a field specialist if unsure), cleaning the collected shark/ray vertebrae, and ensuring that the equipment is clean and stored. This work can be upsetting at times but you cannot get involved in releasing animals; we are there to photograph and collect data in order to achieve a long-term solution.


When & Who

5 Week LTO Research Program:
- May 27th – July 1st, finishing July 6th inc. safari.
- July 1st – August 5th, finishing August 10th inc. safari.
- August 12th – September 16th, finishing September 21st inc. safari.
September 16th – October 21st, finishing October 26th inc. safari

4 Week LTO Conservation Adventure Program:
2018
July 8th – August 3rd
July 29th – August 24th

2019
July 7th – August 2nd
July 28th – August 23rd

2 & 5 Week Program Prerequisites:
PADI Open Water, age 18 or older

4 Week CAP Prerequisites:
Aged 18 or older.
Yes, we require a minimum of 2 Weeks
2 to 6 weeks (depending on program selection).
Individuals, Groups

What we Provide

Volunteer House

Accommodation in one big volunteer house which is part of the resort we're partnered with (Palm Resort Mozambique). It's a maximum of 4 to a room and to a bathroom. Sexes are separated. The house holds 16 people which is the maximum we accept onto one program at a time. There is a kitchen with a fridge, kettle etc. and tea and coffee and loo roll is provided. Maids clean daily and make the beds.

Variety

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Packed lunches on weekdays, dinner is always a cooked meal with a protein and a veg or salad. Breakfast is cereal or something similar on weekdays and cooked on weekends.

Hot Water
Electricity
First Aid
Swimming Pool
T-shirt
Hospital Transport
Purified Drinking Water

Our Fees

$154
$600

The daily fee is less if you sign up for the 5-week program.
*Please note that all prices are subject to change


More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pretrip Assistance
Pick Up/Drop Off
Orientation
Tours

INCLUDED IN 2 & 5 WEEK:

- All program snorkeling and diving.
- All diving kit hire.
- Training, guidance and mentoring by the marine biologists and scientists at LTO.
- Full access to accommodation amenities and facilities.
- All research equipment.
- Cultural tour around the local area.
- Support and 24 hour back-up from our on-site staff and our UK office.
- Pre-departure support from Love the Oceans’ founder, Francesca Trotman.
- Visa support.

INCLUDED IN 4 WEEK CAP:

- PADI Open Water OR PADI Advanced Open Water qualification.
- All program snorkeling and diving required for the program.
- Scientific dive training.
- All diving kit hire.
- Free dive training.
- Ocean safaris.
- Megafauna training.
- Training, guidance and mentoring by the marine biologists and scientists at LTO.
- Local cultural tour.
- Language lessons.
- Cooking lessons.
- Inhambane walking tour.
- Yacht trip.
- 1 surf lesson.
- Transport from LTO to Safari Lodge.
- Accommodation in Safari Lodge including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Game drives.
- Animal behaviour lecture.
- Bush Walks.
- Drakensberg mountain tour.
- Transport from Safari Lodge to Johannesburg Airport.
- Support and 24 hour back-up from in-country staff and our UK office.
- Pre-departure support from Love The Oceans’ founder, Francesca Trotman.
- Visa support.

Optional Weekend Activities:

There are optional weekend excursions you can participate in. They are not compulsory but have proved great fun in the past. These activities need to be paid for separately in cash in Mozambique:

Yacht Trip – We sail the Inhambane Estuary on a yacht, with the chance to snorkel a few islands.

Surf Trip – A day trip to Tofo (the tourist hub) for a fun surf lesson and shop around their market.

Diving Courses – PADI scuba diving courses are available at Guinjata Dive Centre, from open water to dive master.

Ocean Safaris – Local dive centers offer various Ocean Safari tours where you can search for whale sharks and whales from the boat in an afternoon.

Optional Safari for 2 & 5 Week Programs:

We offer an optional extra 5-night safari that you can enjoy at the end of your volunteer program. You will leave Guinjata bay to explore the Balule Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park Ecosystem, staying at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge.

During your 5 days, you will participate in game drives, bush walks, a scenic tour through the Drakensberg Mountains (to see God's Window, the Three Sisters, and Bourke's Luck Potholes) and have an animal behavior bush walk and lecture from experienced field guides. You will then be transported to Johannesburg Airport. All of your meals are included, but the beers are on you! This trip is highly recommended.

Please note: the safari itinerary is subject to change.


Contact Person

Francesca Trotman
Guinjata Bay, Jangamo, Mozambique, Guinjata Bay, Jangano District, Inhambane Province, Mozambique.
69% response rate

Other Ways to Help

Logo and Graphic Design
Create/Update our Website
Social Media Help
Fundraising

We need someone to redesign our website in order to make it user-friendly and input our main needs at the forefront of our audience.

We need our logo redesigned to be more simple while still incorporating our current one. It needs to be marketable.

We need help with recruitment and building our social media platforms.

We always need people to help fundraise money both for our organization and the two local schools we work with.

- Old cameras/phones/laptops.
- Stationery donations (books, pens, paper, rulers).
- Marine-themed toys.
- GoPole.
- Tape measures.
- Dive slates.
- Wetsuits.
- Surfboards for our surfing initiative.
- Swimming costumes for children.
- Swimming aids (we're teaching swimming lessons, the first ever in the area).


Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people
16

Please follow us on social media:
Facebook: Love The Oceans (page and group)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LoveTheOceans
Instagram: @lovetheoceans

LTO hopes to protect the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays, and the famous humpback whales. We use research, education, and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Our ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, achieving higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species.

We offer a cutting edge volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to work alongside our marine biologists and the local community, helping with conservation, through research, education and diving, over a 2 to 5 week period.

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