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Gap Year Amazing Marine Conservation Projects Worldwide

Vacancy Type: Gap Year
Employer: Travellers Worldwide
Reference: TW/4/AMCPW
Salary: Unpaid – Fees Apply  

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We have a varied selection of unusual and exciting Marine projects. You can cage dive with the Great White Shark, Scuba on pristine and untouched coral reefs, or monitor Bottlenosed Dolphins ... unbelievable!


You don’t need any qualifications, just a love of marine life and nature. You can help in many ways, for example, by working in South Africa researching and raising public awareness of Africa’s marine mammals and coastal areas - Or helping to preserve the hitherto untouched coral reefs off the coast of Brunei ... before it's too late.

Or you could gain valuable diving experience and at the same time learn how to run a Dive Centre and what part it plays in Malaysia tourism sector.

As with all voluntary projects, they are an excellent entry on your CV and they put you ahead of your competitors in the job market.

The type of work varies depending on the project and country you choose. We have projects which include aspects of the following: field research, observation, night watches, boat maintenance, cleaning duties, enrichment projects, diving, learning, educating, photographing, building, painting and much more depending on the requirements of the project.

Whatever you find yourself doing, it will be worthwhile and satisfying. The consequence of your contribution, the bond you develop with nature and the memories that you’ll take home with you, are immeasurable and they last a lifetime. Make a difference - get involved!



This fascinating and very worthwhile project gives you high levels of personal satisfaction and you will contribute to the well-being of dolphins, in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia! The sheer size, amazing natural wealth, awesome scenery and huge variety of plant and animal life make Australia an essential destination for anyone with a passion for nature and wildlife.

The project is based at a non-profit Centre in Bunbury committed to dolphin research, education, conservation and tourism.  Facing Koombana Bay to the North, the Centre enables people to interact with Bottlenose dolphins in a variety of ways. There are up to 100 dolphins living in the Bay and groups of them regularly visit the shallow waters in front of the Centre. The Centre was opened in 1994, and is the first Centre in Australia dedicated entirely to dolphin research.


This is a Diving project that includes learning to dive and assisting with the running of a dive centre on the paradise island of Pulau Tiga, the location of TV's "Survivor" Game Show. 

You'll have the opportunity to take the following courses during your project (depending on previous experiences and length of project): 

  • Open Water Course and Advanced Open Water Course,
  • Emergency First Aid Response Course,
  • Rescue Diver Course,
  • Dive Master Course (optional and subject to certain criteria)

Once qualified, you will practice your diving in Malaysia's tropical waters! 


Monitor wild Dolphin and Whale populations along the coast of Mauritius and make a vital contribution to the work of a local NGO. This fantastic research opportunity would suit anyone with a love of the outdoors and a passion for marine life.


Multi-Marine Project:

Sharks, Whales, Penguins, Seals, Dolphins... this is an extraordinary and exciting project in a beautiful location, surrounded by white beaches and blue ocean. And two hours from the world's third favourite city - Cape Town. What more could anyone want?

You'll have the opportunity to work with sharks, whales, penguins, tourism, research and community development. You’ll be taught, guided and lectured by very skilled field teams.

Dolphin and Whale Research:

Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback dolphins, Killer and Southern Right whales. All in the same place. Who could ask for more! Help to do research work on Dolphins and Whales and work in a beautiful and temperate environment, where you can go from mountain to beach in half-an-hour! Our Dolphin Research programme is based in the spectacularly beautiful holiday resort of Plettenberg Bay on the southern coast, a small town near Knysna and about 500 km east of Cape Town. There is easy access to many of the country's most beautiful beaches and nature parks.

The institute we work with is a Trust, established to research and raise public awareness of Africa’s marine mammals and coastal areas. Your work will vary, depending on what is required at the time that your programme takes place, but could include helping to research population parameters and social structures of dolphins, whales and the Cape Fur Seal, as well as tracking their movements and habitat use in the Plettenberg Bay area. You’ll do field study work, administration and dealing with the public. While you're in Plettenberg Bay, you’ll also have the opportunity to go on some of the commercial tourist boats.

White Shark Project:

This is an extraordinary and exciting way to come face to face, learn about and enjoy one of the most exquisite and mysterious gifts of mother nature, the Great White Shark! This Great White Shark project is a unique opportunity to view the Great White Shark in its natural environment, either from a boat or an underwater cage. You'll also see other wildlife species, including Cape Gannets, Bryde Whales, Cape Fur Seals, Dolphins and Jackass Penguins.

On this project Travellers works with a world leading organisation focusing on the Great White Shark. Founded in 1989 purely as a research centre, it now collects information which is passed on to, and is used by, other research organisations. Since 1989 it has grown and broadened its services to include an excellent film department, diving and viewing centre and a separate conservation and educational department.  "Everything we do we aim to do in harmony with nature and the environment we are working in."

When you arrive, you'll be given a lot of training before starting your actual work. This training will consist of most of the elements of a two-week course which the project offers the general public.  However, whereas the general public go home after completing their course, you will be working with project staff to assist in their research and fight against the encroaching possible extinction of the Great White.

Marine Research Internship:

This is an excellent marine internship programme for interns working in the unique marine environment at the tip of Africa - home to one of the densest populations of Great White Sharks in the world. It is the breeding area of the endangered Southern Right Whale and home of one of the threatened colonies of the African Penguin, as well as resident populations of Dolphins, Seals and thousands of Seabirds. Located near Cape Town.


An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into your chosen country and its fascinating culture!

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping marine life and knowing that you made a contribution to their ongoing conservation.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

HOW TO APPLY: To apply for a marine conservation project you need click 'apply now' to submit the following:

  • Application form
  • CV
  • Covering Letter
  • £190 deposit payment (which will be deducted from the total cost of your placement) – made payable online, via cheque, bank transfer or over the phone.

DURATION: Available all year round. Our placements are very flexible, you can choose your own start and finish dates.

START DATES: Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.


COSTS: Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £745 for two weeks. You can participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements. Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

REQUIREMENTS: Qualifications depend on which placement you choose. Some don't require any qualifications or experience and some others would prefer some experience. Please speak to us so that we can help you choose the placement that is right for you and will give you the most beneficial experience. All placements do require you to have initiative, adaptability and patience (and a good sense of humour helps!)

Location: Rest of the World

Recruiter Details

Travellers Worldwide
01903 502595

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