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“I’ve had an amazing dive experience with All Out Africa and I am really happy with my time here.”

Melanie EglSwitzerland | Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation

“An experience I’ll never forget with people I’ll always remember.”

Ella KingUnited Kingdom | Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation


6-12 Weeks
Starting at $3828
Albatroz Lodge
3 meals per day
First Monday of the Month

Flights are not included in the cost.

Marine Research & Childcare

As a volunteer, on the Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation Project, you will help carry out the Marine Research and monitoring activities for the project under the guidance of our coordinating project scientists. You will join other volunteers on the project to collect the data via scuba dives, ocean safaris and beach walks off the coastline of Tofo in Mozambique. You can expect an excellent diving, snorkeling and beach experience whilst gaining first hand Marine Research skills and contributing to a worthwhile project.


As this is an Adventure Tour you will also get the opportunity to work with the children of Mozambique. Emerging from being one of the world’s poorest countries after decades of civil war, Mozambique’s children face many challenges, including lack of proper care and limited educational opportunities. Those that have lost their parents also struggle for adequate food and shelter and crave the love and attention that a healthy child needs. With high unemployment and limited state welfare, many of these children’s needs cannot be met without external support, therefore volunteer involvement is crucial. You will have the opportunity to work at a local orphanage, crèche and primary school in Inhambane and Tofo, where you may help with basic care and education, organizing games and activities, arranging food, assessing needs, developing life skills and more. Depending on the project needs at the time and your skills and interests, you may work at either one of these placements or a combination of a few.

Accommodation & Meals

During your stay, you will be accommodated in Albatroz Lodge, in Tofo. Three meals a day will also be provided, some on a self-serve basis and others cooked for you. 

Project Start Dates

The start date for this project is the first Monday of the month for the following months only: February, April, June, July, August, September and October.

Included in the cost

● An internationally recognized dive qualification

● Research dives and ocean safari’s to collect data

● Comprehensive 24 hours, 7 days a week support from 

All Out Africa

● Volunteer projects specifically designed to enable you 

to make an active contribution During your stay,

● Support of volunteer project coordinators who are 

experts in their fields which ensure the volunteer experience is valuable

● Comprehensive orientation to the country, its culture 

and your role As a volunteer, upon arrival

● All food and accommodation throughout your stay

Where Your Project Fee Goes

By signing up with us you are donating your time and skills to work directly with communities in need through a structured project.   There are many benefits of volunteering with an organization like ours. Sometimes it is hard to find projects to support in a foreign country that are safe, worthwhile and reputable. When you sign-up for one of our projects for 2 or 12-weeks, you become part of a bigger, sustainable plan that our team of qualified staff has carefully crafted. You will also receive travel and visa support, orientation, a safe place to stay, logistical support, in addition to clear expectations of the work you will do. This is why we charge a fee for volunteering or interning abroad.

Your project fee goes towards a company you can trust, an experience that is worthwhile and an opportunity that will make a positive and sustainable impact on the community you have chosen to serve.

Not Included in the Fee

8 Local transport fares to your projects

8 Medical/Travel Insurance

8 All Flights & Visas


Volunteer role

Marine Research Project

Whale Shark (Annually) The Whale Shark Conservation component of the Project involves joining ocean safaris to snorkel with Whale Sharks in the open ocean. It involves taking underwater photographs for identifying the Whale Sharks as well as recording other ecological information. As a summary, you will collect the following information on the Whale Sharks:

● Date, GPS location, surface and underwater conditions

● Size, sex, scars/distinctive features, the behavior of the Whale Shark.

● You will take an ID photograph and identify each Whale Shark & record re-sightings 

Dolphin (Annually) You will be collecting data which enables dolphin numbers and the behaviors to be recorded and uploaded onto databases to share with our Marine Partners. Of particular interest in this study is dolphin the behavior in relation to tourism.

Coral Reef and Fish (Annually) This involves carrying out underwater data collection on indicator species of coral fish and the condition and cover of coral and echinoderms on the reefs.

Seahorses (Annually) This project will involve traveling to the nearby Inhambane Estuary and snorkel in relatively shallow waters to evaluate and monitor the seahorse population. The seahorses are counted and photos are taken to identify the size of the seahorses and data then entered into a database to allow for analysis.

Humpback Whales (June – October) Monitor the numbers of Humpbacked Whales on their seasonal migration up and down the coast. This involves sand dune based observations using binoculars and boat-based observations recording the numbers of Whales, the makeup of the pods and the behaviors witnessed. 

General Environment (Annually) A number of more general environmental awareness and clean-up activities will be also carried out during the project. 

* Please note that the activities listed above are based on availability and may vary by season. These are samples of activities that are volunteers are likely to participate in.

Child Care project

The orphanage is in Inhambane, a 45-minute trip on public transport from the volunteer base in Tofo. It accommodates approximately 150 children ranging from 0-13 in age. The children at this center have either no parents, are abandoned or are vulnerable. With no suitable family structure and unable to afford to attend school, the children’s hopes for a bright future lie in the support of this facility.

Meanwhile, a short distance out of Tofo, a small kindergarten caters to around 40 local pre-school aged children, offering them vital education and care and giving them a chance to successfully enter the school system in the future. 

Also outside of Tofo is a community primary school, located a 1-hour walk away and just inland of the main stretch of Tofo beach. Pupils here participate in extra-curricular English classes in the afternoons and also a swimming program on holidays and weekends. These lessons provide skills which may open doors to employment in the future as tourism in the area increases.

* Please note that the activities listed above are based on availability and may vary by season. These are samples of activities that are volunteers are likely to participate in.


Day in the life of a volunteer

7:00 Wake up and have breakfast.

8:30 Data entry on the computer from the previous day’s research work. OR Catch a local taxi/chappa to your morning placement.

10:00 Walk to the dive center and get prepared for an Ocean Safari. Jump on the boat and head out to sea to find Whale Sharks and other marine life. On finding a Whale Shark enter the water snorkeling next to the Whale Shark and take photos of the correct parts of the shark. Photos enable us to identify individual sharks around the world and track their movements, age etc.

13:00 Lunch 

14:00 Depending on the time of year – Whale data collection from on top of the dunes or classroom prep for the next day’s teaching sessions. OR Head to community school to teach English or join any of the scheduled Conservation activities e.g. beach clean-up, Humpback monitoring, turtle walks.

15:30 Work generally ends around 3.30pm but this is flexible and can sometimes be earlier and sometimes later.

Please note that Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique and English is therefore not widely known or spoken, including amongst staff and children at the local project placements.

Itinerary for your experience

Day 1-2 Arrival and orientation. Your orientation will start with a presentation by the project coordinator to prepare you for your project. You will then be shown around Tofo and Inhambane. 

Thereafter you will do an open water scuba diving course which usually lasts between 4 and 7 days depending on conditions. This is a PADI international accredited course and upon completion, you will get a certificate permitting you to scuba dive anywhere in the world. 

Those who are already licensed divers may either do the course as a refresher or an advanced course or do dives for an equivalent value. Once the course is completed you will have the time & skills to focus on the project activities.

In the second or third week, you will be given a second orientation where you will be introduced to the orphanages and schools that you will be working with.

Week 1-2 A PADI dive course (or equivalent research dives). Begin helping at the local schools and swim school

Week 3-6 Project activities including marine Conservation work 2 days a week (including assisting with data collection on dives or ocean safaris) and volunteering with children at the orphanage, kindergarten and primary school 3 days a week.

Weekends Free time

For 4 Week Option

Day 29 Return home Sadly all great adventures must come to an end and on your final day you will leave the backpacker lodge in Tofo and will be transferred to Inhambane Airport. 

Airport transfer is included and facilitated by All Out Africa if on the designated departure day.

For 4 Week+ Option

Day 29 onwards Continue with your volunteer project as described on day 5, giving you more time to contribute to your project and experience beautiful Tofo.


Additional information for those booking onto the Mozambique Marine Program 

• As part of the project activities, you will complete an Internationally Recognized Dive Qualification during a normal 4-week program, along with 11 or 12 ocean activities (ocean safaris or research dives) depending on the dive course chosen. Numbers of ocean safaris and research dives are calculated accordingly for shorter/longer programs.

• In order to carry out the activities required of you in the Marine Conservation Project you will need to be a capable swimmer (able to swim 100m unassisted) and snorkeler; being able to hold your breath to dive down would be an advantage.

• Volunteers who sign up for a 2-week project must have either their open or advanced water dive certification.

• Volunteers who have pre-existing medical conditions or are over 45 years of age must also bring a medical clearance letter permitting them to dive.

• Any volunteers taking Lariam/Mefloquine/Mephliam/Tropicure (or any other derivatives) as anti-malarial treatment (prophylaxis) will not be permitted to dive, as it causes increased risks when diving. Please advise your doctor that you are going on a dive holiday and request another suitable anti-malarial treatment.

 • Accredited divers must bring their dive cards (listing their last logged dive) with them to the project site as proof.

 • Dive accredited volunteers not requiring/wanting a dive course but who have not logged a dive within 6 months of their project will need to complete a Scuba Review before they can participate in their research dives. The cost of a Scuba Review is not included in the project cost and a small fee will be paid locally for this directly to the Dive Center we partner with.

 • The open water certificate qualifies volunteers to dive up to 18 meters and some of our dive sites are between 20-30 meters deep. It is not essential to dive at these deeper sites, but should you wish to participate in deep diving (up to 30 meters) you will either need to complete a Deep Dive course at a small additional local cost, or there is also the option to complete an Advanced Water Course at an additional cost.

 • Ask for our fish-list if you would like a head start on coming to grips with all the different species that you will be seeing on your dives!

All Participants on this project MUST fill out this PADI form and submit the final document along with their booking form before they travel to Mozambique.


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