Love The Oceans

Guinjata Bay, Jangano District, Inhambane Province, Mozambique, Africa
Love The Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organization working to establish a Marine Protected Area in Jangamo, Mozambique, using a bottom-up, community-led approach.

Volunteering Activities

Animal Care
Conservation Work

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

2 Week LTO Research Program 2020:
March 29th – April 12th (Ending 17th April if participating in Safari)
Price: £1250, inc. safari: £2250

5 Week LTO Research Program 2020:
26th April – 31st May (finishing 5th June inc. safari)
31st May – 5th July (finishing 10th July inc. safari)
5th July – 9th August (finishing 14th August inc. safari)
9th August – 13th September (finishing 18th September inc. safari)
13th September – 18th October (finishing 23rd October inc safari)
Price: £2255, inc. safari: £3255

3 Week LTO Conservation Adventure Program:
July 5th – July 26th (finishing July 31st inc. safari)
July 26th – August 16th (finishing August 21st inc. safari)
Price: £2550, inc. safari: £3550

2 & 5 Week Program Prerequisites:
- PADI Open Water
- age 18 or older
- Studying a related subject at university level or equivalent

3 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

Types: 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.

Types: 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
First Aid
Swimming Pool
Hospital Transport
Purified Drinking Water

Our Fees

$157 daily

The daily fee is less if you sign up for the 5-week program.
*Please note that all prices are subject to change
Whilst above lists a daily fee we usually just charge a fee for the program:
2 week program: £1250 without safari, with safari: £2250
5 week program: £2255 without safari, with safari: £3255
3 week program: £2550 without safari, with safari: £3550

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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pretrip Assistance
Pick Up/Drop Off


- Airport transfers
- Accommodation
- Food (3 meals/day)
- All program snorkelling and diving.
- All diving kit hire.
- Scientific dive training
- Tagging boat trip
- 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.
- Love The Oceans tshirt
- 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.

- PADI Open Water OR PADI Advanced Open Water qualification.
- All program snorkelling and diving required for the program.
- Scientific dive training.
- Airport transfers
- All diving kit hire.
- 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.
- Recreational boat trip.
- 1 surf lesson.
- Love The Oceans tshirt
- 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.

Contact Person

Francesca Trotman
Guinjata Bay, Jangamo, Mozambique, Guinjata Bay, Jangano District, Inhambane Province, Mozambique.

Other Ways to Help

- 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

5 to 10 people

Please follow us on social media:
Facebook: Love The Oceans (page and group)
Instagram: @lovetheoceans

Whale research: June - November
Turtle research: March - November
All other research & community outreach: year round

Love The Oceans is working to protect and study the diverse marine life found in Jangamo, 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 have developed a cutting edge, ethical volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to get hands on conservation experience, working alongside our marine biologists doing research, community work and diving in Mozambique. In 2019 we were recognised as 1 of 15 global #forcesforchange by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and received international recognition for our work.