Marine Programme

Marine Conservation Eco Learning Volunteer Learning Programme

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The Marine Environment has always fascinated man and for many years was relatively unexplored. It is a very diverse, unpredictable and interesting environment providing the perfect opportunity to gather knowledge through experiential Marine and Coastal Eco-learning, interpret that knowledge and process that knowledge in a practical environment using the principles of observation, interpretation and deduction. The marine environment is a habitat enriched with amazing animal species diversity and ecological bio-diversity. Join us on this awesome Marine SEA-FARI experience. We uncover the private lives of a number of iconic species during this fulfilling Eco-Learning Volunteer Program.

This 2-week Marine Animal Interpretive OCEAN Explorers Eco-Learning Volunteer Experience is an informative, fun yet formalised Marine focused experiential educational program and comprises learning through Marine and Coastal Eco-Volunteering along the Garden Route of South Africa participating in a residential, structured and dedicated Marine specific volunteering program which is founded on outcome-based learning objectives with innovative approaches to deciphering observable marine animal behaviour as we focus our attention to gaining a deeper insight into the lives of iconic marine animals such as whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, penguins, otters, reef animals and coastal and pelagic birds. We also delve into and discuss a variety of Marine and Coastal Conservation issues.

Each program is structured and organised with developmental interactive learning from day to day.  This interactive program is managed in such a manner where all participants take away invaluable knowledge and experience which can be measured, quantified and qualified through the acquisition of new and innovative knowledge and acquired interpretive skills.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND BREAKDOWN

Marine Mammal Awareness – Whales, Dolphins, Seals, Otters Module

During this week we immerse ourselves into the lives and behaviour of whales, dolphins and otters.

We research, workshop and explore the lives of these animal groups and use three key principles in behavioural monitoring – Observation, Interpretation and Deduction. Each day participants will be required to provide feedback to the group as each volunteer compiles their own account of their marine experience through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded research data which not only is a living memory of your experience but also a data contribution to the daily management.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will learn in this module:

  • Whale and Dolphin Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – This component has been designed to create a better understanding of Cetaceans, their behaviours and specific adaptations as animals of the vast oceans. You will delve deep into the lives of whales and dolphins. We explore the species composition which occurs off Plettenberg Bay and the specific pelagic habits of not often seen species. The lives of these animals beneath the sea surface has been a secret one and their hidden life in the vast expanses of the ocean realm has given birth to myths and legends which we seek to uncover. We aim to create a positive and enlightened awareness of whales and dolphins through this highly informative and interactive program of discovery. You will have the opportunity to do land-based as well as sea-based viewing of these amazing animals. Whales are seasonal but we do have resident Bryde’s whales.
  • Otter Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – You will delve deep into the secret life of the Cape Clawless Otter which is resident along the coastal environment. We look into general behaviour, social organisation, feeding behaviours and interesting facts pertaining to the ecological functioning of Otters in the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems.
  • Cape Fur Seal Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – We will delve deep into the life history of Seals, their biology, anatomy and physiology as key predators in the ocean. We look at mating and breeding strategies and behaviours, and the social structures inherent in a colony-style existence. We will explore the threats to seals on a global scale, the human-seal conflict and how climate change may affect global seal populations. We will visit our resident Seal population, giving both a land-based and a sea-based perspective as to the colony and the dynamics at play. You will get a Seal-of-Approval from this experience.

2- Day Weekend where Volunteer Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT

Marine Animal Awareness – Sharks, Penguins and Coastal/Pelagic Birds Module.

Much of what you experienced and learnt during the first week will be carried over to this week with continued application practically of what has been seen and learnt. We do however now divert our attention to and immerse ourselves into the lives and behaviour of Sharks, Seals and Penguins during this exciting week of natural and interactive discovery.

We research, workshop and explore the lives of these animal groups and use three key principles in behavioural monitoring – Observation, Interpretation and Deduction. Each day participants will be required to provide feedback to the group as each volunteer compiles their own account of their marine experience.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will learn in this module:

  • Shark and Pelagic Shark Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – You will dig deep into the evolutionary life of sharks, their specific adaptations as one of the apex predators of the ocean and the specific form and function that they as a species have evolved to be highly specialised and successful predators with specific physiological and anatomical adaptations. Sharks have always evoked emotional reactions from man as perceived monsters of the deep with insatiable appetites and ferocious attacks on and which prey on humans. This perception has shifted in the last couple of years from subjective speculations to objective facts. We use this component to introduce you to the fascinating world of sharks. We will do shore based observations
  • Penguin and Coastal Bird Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – You will gain a better understanding of birds in a Coastal and Marine context along the South African Coastline and more specifically the Plettenberg Bay Coastal areas with diverse lagoon, estuarine and Marine Protected Area habitats and species available. We focus on identification, identification features, behaviours, feeding behaviour, breeding behaviour and specific adaptations physiologically to the Marine and Coastal Habitat. We will visit bird projects and conservation research initiatives during this week.

On the final Friday we will do a complete debriefing regarding your experience and present Certificates and Special awards to Eco-Volunteers. This evening we will have an organised dinner function. Saturday is used for packing and onward journeys.

Each component of the program gives you the opportunity to experience the Marine Environment up close and personal daily. In addition to this you will throughout the program be exposed to localised Marine Conservation Projects and Research initiatives such as Marine Debris Collection & Data Assimilation; Elasmobranch Egg Case Study; Fish Tagging; Shell Identification Database; to name but a few. During your experience you will be exposed to no less than 3 of these Research projects.

NOTE:
From time to time rescheduling in the weekly schedule as outlined above may occur due to the programs dynamic nature.

DATE SCHEDULE:

These programs commence on the 1ST MONDAY of the stipulated month subject to availability.

Please note that it is advisable to arrive the day prior to the start of the scheduled program starting date and to depart either the afternoon of the last day of the program or the following morning.

SCHEDULED DATES FOR 2016 SCHEDULED DATES FOR 2017
11th – 23rd July 2016 13th – 26th February 2017
8th – 20th August 2016 10th – 23rd April 2017
12th – 24th September 2016 12th – 25th June 2017
10th – 22nd October 2016 7th – 20th August 2017
14th – 26th November 2016 11th – 24th September 2017
13th – 26th November 2017

TO REGISTER ON ONE OF OUR EXCITING ECO-LEARNING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS:

Contact African Edu-Eco Wizard for an Enrolment Pack giving an Overview of Who We Are and What We Do.

This includes an Enrolment form, Kit List for the duration of the Program, an Indemnity Form (Completed, Signed and Returned with the Enrolment form), Medical Release & Dietary Preference Form and the Payment Options Available to Prospective Experiential Eco-Learning Adventurers.

All participants should be aware of our operating terms and conditions as highlighted in the PLANNING YOUR TRIP document.

A Program of Optional Activities in the region is provided as part of your Enrolment Pack. This list of activities will assist you in deciding what activities or adventures you would like to partake in on your weekends. Please note that these activities DO NOT form part of the Eco-Volunteer Awareness program you are registered for. These OPTIONAL activities are for your OWN ACCOUNT and in your off-time. Bookings can be done through your facilitator and transport can be arranged and priced specific to where the activity offered. In most instances facilitators will assist with transport and accompany you.

The Marine Environment has always fascinated man. It is a uniquely diverse, unpredictable and interesting environment providing the perfect opportunity to gather Marine-based knowledge through experiential eco-learning, interpret that knowledge and process that knowledge in a practical environment using the principles of observation, interpretation and deduction. The marine environment is a haven for ecological and species studies, as diverse as life itself. Join us on this awesome Marine-Eco-Adventure and Sea-fari experience like no other.

This 4-week Marine Conservation, Animal and OCEAN Discovery Eco-Learning Volunteer Experience is an informative, fun yet formalised Marine focused experiential educational program and comprises learning through Marine and Coastal Eco-Volunteering along the Garden Route of South Africa participating in a residential, structured and dedicated Marine specific volunteering program which is founded on outcome-based learning objectives with innovative approaches to deciphering observable marine animal behaviour and applying sound Marine Conservation strategies, procedures and protocols applicable to Marine and Coastal Ecological, Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

We focus on the complete Coastal and Marine Ecosystem, the ecology and the various contributors to and various factors affecting Marine Conservation. In addition we focus our attention to gaining a deeper insight into the lives of iconic marine animals such as whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, penguins, otters, reef animals, coastal birds and pelagic birds.

Each program is structured and organised with developmental interactive experiential learning from day to day.  This interactive program is managed in such a manner where all participants take away invaluable knowledge and experience which can be measured, quantified and qualified through the acquisition of new and innovative knowledge and acquired interpretive skills.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND BREAKDOWN

Marine and Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Functioning Module.

Eco-Learning Volunteers will be guided through the various facets of what makes the Marine and Coastal Ecosystem ‘tick’. We look broadly at Marine Guiding and the guiding principles; the Coastal Marine Environment and Two Oceans; Geology and the Coastal Environment; Marine Coastal Conservation Management; Coastal and Sea Plant Bio Diversity; Marine Fish – Basic Anatomy and Physiology; the Marine Reef Ecosystem and Reef Ecology; and Historical Coastal Habitation and Features. All of this is done in a fun, informative and interactive manner where newly acquired knowledge is applied. You will be required at close of day to report back on your daily experience and provide feedback to your participating peers as to what you have experienced and gained in knowledge for the day. Each day you will be tasked with individual and group research assignments.

 

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will learn in this module:

  • Marine and Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Functioning – You will participate in this interactive, research component of the program which will better equip you knowledge-wise to prepare for the three weeks that follow. We explore, dissect and interpret all the information from the various topics of discussion and apply it practically on a daily basis. Expect the unexpected from time-to-time.

You will be accommodated where the program is presented at the Alcedonia House-River Club Estate in Plettenberg Bay.

2- Day Weekend where Volunteer Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT.

 

Marine Mammal Awareness – Whales, Dolphins, Seals, Otters Module

 

Much of what you experienced and learnt during the first module will be carried over to this module with continued application practically of what was learnt. We do however now immerse ourselves into the lives and behaviour of whales, dolphins and otters.

 

We research, workshop and explore the lives of these animal groups and use three key principles in behavioural monitoring – Observation, Interpretation and Deduction. Each day participants will be required to provide feedback to the group as each volunteer compiles their own account of their marine experience through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded research data which not only is a living memory of your experience but also a data contribution to the daily management.

 

 

 

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will learn in this module:

  • Whale and Dolphin Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – This component has been designed to create a better understanding of Cetaceans, their behaviours and specific adaptations as animals of the vast oceans. You will delve deep into the lives of whales and dolphins. We explore the species composition which occurs off Plettenberg Bay and the specific pelagic habits of not often seen species. The lives of these animals beneath the sea surface has been a secret one and their hidden life in the vast expanses of the ocean realm has given birth to myths and legends which we seek to uncover. We aim to create a positive and enlightened awareness of whales and dolphins through this highly informative and interactive program of discovery. You will have the opportunity to do land-based as well as sea-based viewing of these amazing animals. Whales are seasonal but we do have resident Bryde’s whales.
  • Otter Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – You will delve deep into the secret life of the Cape Clawless Otter which is resident along the coastal environment. We look into general behaviour, social organisation, feeding behaviours and interesting facts pertaining to the ecological functioning of Otters in the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems.
  • Cape Fur Seal Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – We will delve deep into the life history of Seals, their biology, anatomy and physiology as key predators in the ocean. We look at mating and breeding strategies and behaviours, and the social structures inherent in a colony-style existence. We will explore the threats to seals on a global scale, the human-seal conflict and how climate change may affect global seal populations. We will visit our resident Seal population, giving both a land-based and a sea-based perspective as to the colony and the dynamics at play. You will get a Seal-of-Approval from this experience.

 

2- Day Weekend where Volunteer Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT

 

Marine Animal Awareness – Sharks, Penguins and Coastal/Pelagic Birds Module.

 

Much of what you experienced and learnt during the first two-weeks will be carried over to this module with continued application practically of what was learnt. We now immerse ourselves into the lives and behaviour of Sharks, Seals and Penguins during this exciting week of natural and interactive discovery.

 

We research, workshop and explore the lives of these animal groups and use three key principles in behavioural monitoring – Observation, Interpretation and Deduction. Each day participants will be required to provide feedback to the group as each volunteer compiles their own account of their marine experience through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded research data which not only is a living memory of your experience but also a data contribution to the daily management.

 

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will learn in this module:

  • Shark and Pelagic Shark Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – You will dig deep into the evolutionary life of sharks, their specific adaptations as one of the apex predators of the ocean and the specific form and function that they as a species have evolved to be highly specialised and successful predators with specific physiological and anatomical adaptations. Sharks have always evoked emotional reactions from man as perceived monsters of the deep with insatiable appetites and ferocious attacks on and which prey on humans. This perception has shifted in the last couple of years from subjective speculations to objective facts. We use this component to introduce you to the fascinating world of sharks. We will do shore based observations
  • Penguin and Coastal Bird Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – You will gain a better understanding of birds in a Coastal and Marine context along the South African Coastline and more specifically the Plettenberg Bay Coastal areas with diverse lagoon, estuarine and Marine Protected Area habitats and species available. We focus on identification, identification features, behaviours, feeding behaviour, breeding behaviour and specific adaptations physiologically to the Marine and Coastal Habitat. We will visit bird projects and conservation research initiatives during this week.

 

2- Day Weekend where Volunteer Learners can experience the region with Optional activities for their OWN ACCOUNT.

 

 

 

Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Marine Conservation Research and Projects Module

 

Eco-Learning Volunteers will be exposed to an additional group task being undertaken where all observations found within the marine environment and marine animal populations, observed on our Marine journey so far are brought together in a group project based outcome. Individual experiences and interesting facts pertaining to the Marine ecosystem and its iconic animal inhabitants are collated by the group in presentation format.

 

Each day participants will be required to compile their own account of their Marine journey through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded research data which is a living memory of your experience with the African Edu-Eco Wizard team but also a data contribution to a variety of Marine Conservators and Research Project coordinators.

 

In addition to this you will be exposed to a variety of localised Conservation Projects & Conservation Research Initiatives over the duration of your stay with us. This region, due to its diversity of habitat and endemic species accounts are a favoured research zone.

 

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will learn in this module:

  • Marine Animal Rehabilitation – Principles, Protocols and Procedures for Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release – You will explore and research the principles, protocols and procedures for the Marine Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of animals back into their natural habitat. We look at assessment criteria for treatment on location, to a care and rehabilitation strategy culminating in the release back into the wild, of rehabilitated animals. You will visit a Rehabilitation Centre for a first-hand experience.
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Techniques, Tools and Methodologies – Marine Animals – We explore and research a wide spectrum of Marine Rehabilitation techniques, tools and methodologies for injured animals on a daily basis. You will be tasked with a variety of research initiatives from a theoretical perspective and discuss as a group the possible practical applications and implications of using specific techniques, tools and methodologies. We also do a Marine Mammal Stranding Workshop with a Marine Biologist.
  • Conservation Projects – Conservation projects in the region include clearing of Invasive and Alien plant species; Monitoring Estuarine Ecosystems; Clearing Hiking paths and trails; Beach debris clean ups and documenting debris found; Elasmobranch Egg Case Collection and Data assimilation;  to name but a few. Please note that you will be exposed to 3 of these Conservation projects.
  • Conservation Research Initiatives – These initiatives include Bird Ringing; Fish monitoring; Fynbos Research initiatives; Bird monitoring; Marine Animal research initiatives; Macro Invertebrate Research; and Seabird Research, to name but a few. Please note that you will be exposed to 3 of these research initiatives during your stay with us.

 

On the final Friday we will do a complete debriefing regarding your experience and present Certificates and Special awards to Eco-Volunteers. This evening we will have an organised dinner function. Saturday is used for packing and onward journeys.

 

Each component of the program gives you the opportunity to experience the Marine Environment up close and personal daily. In addition to this you will throughout the program be exposed to localised Marine Conservation Projects and Marine Research initiatives.

 

NOTE:
From time to time rescheduling in the weekly schedule as outlined above may occur due to the programs dynamic nature.

We use Observation, Interpretation, Deduction, Research, Feedback and Presentation as Outcome based learning objectives which are practically applicable.

DATE SCHEDULE:

 

These programs commence on the 1ST MONDAY of the stipulated month subject to availability.

 

Please note that it is advisable to arrive the day prior to the start of the scheduled program starting date and to depart either the afternoon of the last day of the program or the following morning.

 

SCHEDULE DATES FOR 2016 SCHEDULE DATES FOR 2017
4th – 30th July 2016 6th February – 3rd March 2017
1st – 27th August 2016 3rd April – 28th April 2017
5th September – 1st October 2016 5th June – 30th June 2017
3rd – 29th October 2016 31st July – 25th August 2017
7th November – 3rd December 2016 4th – 29th September 2017
6th November – 1st December 2017

TO REGISTER ON ONE OF OUR EXCITING ECO-LEARNING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS:

 

Contact African Edu-Eco Wizard for an Enrolment Pack giving an Overview of Who We Are and What We Do.

This includes an Enrolment form, Kit List for the duration of the Program, an Indemnity Form (Completed, Signed and Returned with the Enrolment form), Medical Release & Dietary Preference Form and the Payment Options Available to Prospective Experiential Eco-Learning Adventurers.

 

All participants should be aware of our operating terms and conditions as highlighted in the PLANNING YOUR TRIP document.

 

A Program of Optional Activities in the region is provided as part of your Enrolment Pack. This list of activities will assist you in deciding what activities or adventures you would like to partake in on your weekends. Please note that these activities DO NOT form part of the Eco-Volunteer Awareness program you are registered for. These OPTIONAL activities are for your OWN ACCOUNT and in your off-time. Bookings can be done through your facilitator and transport can be arranged and priced specific to where the activity offered. In most instances facilitators will assist with transport and accompany you.

The Marine Environment has always fascinated man and for many years was relatively unexplored. It is a very diverse, unpredictable and interesting environment providing the perfect opportunity to gather knowledge through experiential Marine and Coastal Eco-learning, interpret that knowledge and process that knowledge in a practical environment using the principles of observation, interpretation and deduction. The marine environment is a habitat enriched with amazing animal species diversity and ecological bio-diversity. Join us on this awesome Marine SEA-FARI experience. We uncover the private lives of a number of iconic species during this fulfilling Eco-Learning Volunteer Program.

This 5-Day Marine Mammal Awareness Eco-Learning Volunteer Experience is an informative, fun yet formalised Marine focused experiential educational program and comprises learning through Marine and Coastal Eco-Volunteering along the Garden Route of South Africa participating in a residential, structured and dedicated Marine specific volunteering program founded on outcome-based learning objectives with innovative approaches to deciphering observable marine animal behaviour as we focus our attention to gaining a deeper insight into the lives of iconic marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, seals and otters. We also delve into and discuss a variety of Marine and Coastal Conservation issues.

Each program is structured and organised with developmental interactive learning from day to day.  This interactive program is managed in such a manner where all participants take away invaluable knowledge and experience which can be measured, quantified and qualified through the acquisition of new and innovative knowledge and acquired interpretive skills.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND BREAKDOWN

5-Days Marine Mammal Awareness – Cape Fur Seal, Whales, Dolphins and Otters Module

During this week we immerse ourselves into the lives and behaviour of whales, dolphins and otters.

We research, workshop and explore the lives of these animal groups and use three key principles in behavioural monitoring – Observation, Interpretation and Deduction. Each day participants will be required to provide feedback to the group as each volunteer compiles their own account of their marine experience through photographic accounts, written accounts and recorded research data which not only is a living memory of your experience but also a data contribution to the daily management.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will learn in this module:

  • Whale and Dolphin Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – This component has been designed to create a better understanding of Cetaceans, their behaviours and specific adaptations as animals of the vast oceans. You will delve deep into the lives of whales and dolphins. We explore the species composition which occurs off Plettenberg Bay and the specific pelagic habits of not often seen species. The lives of these animals beneath the sea surface has been a secret one and their hidden life in the vast expanses of the ocean realm has given birth to myths and legends which we seek to uncover. We aim to create a positive and enlightened awareness of whales and dolphins through this highly informative and interactive program of discovery. You will have the opportunity to do land-based as well as sea-based viewing of these amazing animals. Whales are seasonal but we do have resident Bryde’s whales.
  • Otter Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – You will delve deep into the secret life of the Cape Clawless Otter which is resident along the coastal environment. We look into general behaviour, social organisation, feeding behaviours and interesting facts pertaining to the ecological functioning of Otters in the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems.
  • Cape Fur Seal Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – We will delve deep into the life history of Seals, their biology, anatomy and physiology as key predators in the ocean. We look at mating and breeding strategies and behaviours, and the social structures inherent in a colony-style existence. We will explore the threats to seals on a global scale, the human-seal conflict and how climate change may affect global seal populations. We will visit our resident Seal population, giving both a land-based and a sea-based perspective as to the colony and the dynamics at play. You will get a Seal-of-Approval from this experience.

You will be accommodated where the program is presented at the Alcedonia House-River Club Estate in Plettenberg Bay.

On the final Friday we will do a complete debriefing regarding your experience and present Certificates and Special awards to Eco-Volunteers. This evening we will have an organised dinner function. Saturday is used for packing and onward journeys.

NOTE:
From time to time rescheduling in the weekly schedule as outlined above may occur due to the programs dynamic nature.

DATE SCHEDULE

These programs commence on the 2nd  MONDAY of the stipulated month subject to availability.

Please note that it is advisable to arrive the day prior to the start of the scheduled program starting date and to depart either the afternoon of the last day of the program or the following morning.

SCHEDULED DATES FOR 2016 SCHEDULED DATES FOR 2017
11th – 16th July 2016 13th – 18th February 2017
8th – 13th August 2016 10th – 15th April 2017
12th – 17th September 2016 12th – 17th June 2017
10th – 15th October 2016 7th – 12th August 2017
14th – 19th November 2016 11th – 16th September 2017
13th – 18th November 2017

TO REGISTER ON ONE OF OUR EXCITING ECO-LEARNING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS:

Contact African Edu-Eco Wizard for an Enrolment Pack giving an Overview of Who We Are and What We Do.

This includes an Enrolment form, Kit List for the duration of the Program, an Indemnity Form (Completed, Signed and Returned with the Enrolment form), Medical Release & Dietary Preference Form and the Payment Options Available to Prospective Eco-Learners.

All participants should be aware of our operating terms and conditions as highlighted in the PLANNING YOUR TRIP document.

A Program of Optional Activities in the region is provided as part of your Enrolment Pack. This list of activities will assist you in deciding what activities or adventures you would like to partake in on your weekends. Please note that these activities DO NOT form part of the Eco-Volunteer Awareness program you are registered for. These OPTIONAL activities are for your OWN ACCOUNT and in your off-time. Bookings can be done through your facilitator and transport can be arranged and priced specific to where the activity offered. In most instances facilitators will assist with transport and accompany you.

The Marine Environment has always fascinated man and for many years was relatively unexplored. It is a very diverse, unpredictable and interesting environment providing the perfect opportunity to gather knowledge through experiential Marine and Coastal Eco-learning, interpret that knowledge and process that knowledge in a practical environment using the principles of observation, interpretation and deduction. The marine environment is a habitat enriched with amazing animal species diversity and ecological bio-diversity. Join us on this awesome Marine SEA-FARI Eco-Learning experience. We uncover the private lives of a number of iconic species during this fulfilling Eco-Learning Volunteer Experience.

This 5-Day Marine Animal Awareness Eco-Learning Volunteer Experience is an informative, fun yet formalised Marine focused experiential educational program and comprises learning through Marine and Coastal Eco-Volunteering along the Garden Route of South Africa participating in a residential, structured and dedicated Marine specific volunteering program which is founded on outcome-based learning objectives with innovative approaches to deciphering observable marine animal behaviour as we focus our attention to gaining a deeper insight into the lives of iconic marine animals such as sharks, penguins and coastal and pelagic birds. We also delve into and discuss a variety of Marine and Coastal Conservation issues.

Each program is structured and organised with developmental interactive learning from day to day.  This interactive program is managed in such a manner where all participants take away invaluable knowledge and experience which can be measured, quantified and qualified through the acquisition of new and innovative knowledge and acquired interpretive skills.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND BREAKDOWN

5-Days Marine Animal Awareness – Sharks, Penguins and Coastal/Pelagic Birds Module.

Much of what you experienced and learnt during the first week will be carried over to this week with continued application practically of what has been seen and learnt. We do however now divert our attention to and immerse ourselves into the lives and behaviour of Sharks, Seals and Penguins during this exciting week of natural and interactive discovery.

We research, workshop and explore the lives of these animal groups and use three key principles in behavioural monitoring – Observation, Interpretation and Deduction. Each day participants will be required to provide feedback to the group as each volunteer compiles their own account of their marine experience.

What you the Eco-Learning Volunteer will learn in this module:

  • Shark and Pelagic Shark Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – You will dig deep into the evolutionary life of sharks, their specific adaptations as one of the apex predators of the ocean and the specific form and function that they as a species have evolved to be highly specialised and successful predators with specific physiological and anatomical adaptations. Sharks have always evoked emotional reactions from man as perceived monsters of the deep with insatiable appetites and ferocious attacks on and which prey on humans. This perception has shifted in the last couple of years from subjective speculations to objective facts. We use this component to introduce you to the fascinating world of sharks. We will do shore based observations
  • Penguin and Coastal Bird Knowledge, Research and Behaviour – You will gain a better understanding of birds in a Coastal and Marine context along the South African Coastline and more specifically the Plettenberg Bay Coastal areas with diverse lagoon, estuarine and Marine Protected Area habitats and species available. We focus on identification, identification features, behaviours, feeding behaviour, breeding behaviour and specific adaptations physiologically to the Marine and Coastal Habitat. We will visit bird projects and conservation research initiatives during this week.

You will be accommodated where the program is presented at the Alcedonia House-River Club Estate in Plettenberg Bay.

On the final Friday we will do a complete debriefing regarding your experience and present Certificates and Special awards to Eco-Volunteers. This evening we will have an organised dinner function. Saturday is used for packing and onward journeys.

NOTE:
From time to time rescheduling in the weekly schedule as outlined above may occur due to the programs dynamic nature.

DATE SCHEDULE:

These programs commence on the 3rd MONDAY of the stipulated month subject to availability.

Please note that it is advisable to arrive the day prior to the start of the scheduled program starting date and to depart either the afternoon of the last day of the program or the following morning.

SCHEDULED DATES FOR 2016 SCHEDULED DATES FOR 2017
18th – 23rd July 2016 20th – 25th February 2017
15th – 20th August 2016 17th – 22nd April 2017
19th – 24th September 2016 19th – 24th June 2017
17th – 22nd October 2016 14th – 19th August 2017
21st – 26th November 2016 18th – 23rd September 2017
20th – 25th November 2017

TO REGISTER ON ONE OF OUR EXCITING ECO-LEARNING VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS:

Contact African Edu-Eco Wizard for an Enrolment Pack giving an Overview of Who We Are and What We Do.

This includes an Enrolment form, Kit List for the duration of the Program, an Indemnity Form (Completed, Signed and Returned with the Enrolment form), Medical Release & Dietary Preference Form and the Payment Options Available to Prospective Experiential Eco-Learning Adventurers.

All participants should be aware of our operating terms and conditions as highlighted in the PLANNING YOUR TRIP document.

A Program of Optional Activities in the region is provided as part of your Enrolment Pack. This list of activities will assist you in deciding what activities or adventures you would like to partake in on your weekends. Please note that these activities DO NOT form part of the Eco-Volunteer Awareness program you are registered for. These OPTIONAL activities are for your OWN ACCOUNT and in your off-time. Bookings can be done through your facilitator and transport can be arranged and priced specific to where the activity offered. In most instances facilitators will assist with transport and accompany you.