Marine Conservation in South Africa

South Africa is one of the most visited countries in Africa, and for good reason…it’s one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.  South Africa is globally recognized for being one of the best places in the world for surfing and wine tasting; not to mention the incredible wildlife viewing opportunities in Kruger National Park.  In addition to the creatures that call this land their home, the extensive coastline provides access to an incredible array of marine life and coastal birds.  On the Marine Conservation in South Africa project, as with most conservation initiatives, there is typically more work available than individuals able to complete it.  This gives volunteers the opportunity to experience some of the world’s most incredible wildlife while working alongside passionate scientists and conservationists to help these animals, beaches, and oceans.

Disclaimer:  I (Justin) have not had the opportunity to spend time volunteering with this NGO.  They approached me via social media and asked for a partnership.  Based on my conversations with the team, reviewing their program, and researching the NGO online; I’m confident that this is a ethical organization and have decided to pursue the partnership.

As it falls outside of the normal GOAT standards in terms of me (Justin) volunteering with the local NGO prior to representing them, the normal application fee is reduced from $250 to only $150 for the first volunteers.  These trail-blazing volunteers will be asked to provide GOAT with a review of the project as well as photos/videos for use on this website & social media to help encourage future volunteers.  Like all conservation, this is a very worthwhile project that needs assistance.

Marine Conservation in South Africa

Volunteers will be tasked with a wide array of activities while participating in the marine conservation project; most will be land based but occasionally volunteers will have the opportunity to go out on the water.  The volunteer’s day will be comprised of tasks such as coast & underwater cleaning, aquatic animal monitoring, flora & fauna surveys and flora restoration, and wetland ecosystem support; including removal of invasive species, turtle monitoring, and logistical operations.  You’ll get one of the most all-encompassing experiences that you can find in marine conservation volunteering in an truly magnificent and exciting location.

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Room & Board

All of the projects in South Africa are based out of the volunteer house in the Plettenberg Bay area where you’ll receive full room and board.

  • Shared, single-sex dorm rooms (maximum 4 volunteers)
  • 3 meals per day prepared by and communal laundry done by house “Mom”
  • WiFi available in the volunteer house
  • Volunteer coordinator lives in the house with volunteers for 24/7 support


As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

Project2 weeksAdditional weeks (each)
Marine Conservation$952$476
Prices for the Marine Conservation project in South Africa are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

Included: Pre-departure information • In-country orientation, training and coordination • Local transfers during working hours • Shared room in the volunteer house • 3 meals per day • T-shirt and cap


This project incurs a discounted $150 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.

Special Considerations | Marine Conservation in South Africa

South Africa

For special considerations regarding projects in South Africa, please visit the South Africa page.

Seasonal Closure

From approximately November 20th to January 15th, the Marine Conservation in South Africa is closed to volunteers.  This is a very busy administrative time for the local team due to the holidays, so volunteers will be unable to join the project during this time frame.

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