Volunteer with Love The Oceans

Love The Oceans

Love The Oceans is a charitable non-profit marine conservation organisation 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.


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 - 5 week period.

We are currently offering positions for a select number of participants in 2017 on the following program dates:
March 26th - April 9th
May 28th – July 2nd
July 2nd – August 6th
August 13th – September 17th
September 17th – October 22nd

As a Love The Oceans volunteer you form 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 snorkelling 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 programs.

Whale Surveys

Humpback whales typically migrate through Mozambique between June and September. LTO is collecting data on these magnificent creatures, looking at surface behaviour 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 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.

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 centres offer various Ocean Safari tours where you can search for whale sharks and whales from the boat in an afternoon.

Optional Safari

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 Drakensburg Mountains (to see God's Window, the Three Sisters and Bourke's Luck Potholes) and have an animal behaviour 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.

Places fill up fast so we recommend applying as soon as possible!

If you'd like to find out more, please visit our website: lovetheoceans.org
Or email us on: info@lovetheoceans.org
You can also find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lovetheoceans/
Twitter: @LoveTheOceans
and Instagram: @lovetheoceans

26th March - 9th April
28th May - 2nd July
2nd July - 6th August
13th August - 17th September
17th September - 22nd October

Prerequisites: PADI Open Water, age 18 or older

2 weeks


- Accommodation in Guinjata Bay
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Transport to and from Inhambane airport
- All program snorkelling 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

- Panorama Route tour,
- Game Drives
- Bush Walks
- All food (extra beverages excluded) and accommodation at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge
- Guidance from experienced field guides
- All transport (Transfer from Guinjata and drop-off at Johannesburg Airport)

Please note: the safari itinerary is subject to change.

2 week program: £800
2 week program plus safari: £1450
5 week program: £1750
5 week program plus safari: £2400


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

We need someone to redesign our website to make it really user-friendly and put our main needs at the forefront of our audience: lovetheoceans.org

We need out Logo redesigned to be simpler, but still incorporate 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 organisation and the two local schools we work with.

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 - 5 week period.

Up to 5 people



To find out more about this amazing opportunity please visit our website www.lovetheoceans.org or email us at info@lovetheoceans.org

You can apply here: https://lovetheoceans.org/get-involved/volunteering/apply-now/

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

- Old Cameras/Phones/Laptops
- Stationery donations (books, pens/paper/rulers etc)
- Marine themed toys
- GoPole
- Tape measures
- Dive slates
- Wetsuits
- Surf boards (we are starting a surf initiative in our area)
- Swimming costumes (childrens)
- Swimming aids (we're teaching the first ever swimming lessons in the area)

9322104, registered in UK

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