The ORCA Foundation volunteer program officially started in 2001, and is designed to increase awareness about conservation issues and initiatives and to help create a conservation model for the Plettenberg Bay area. People of all ages and with different backgrounds come from all over the world to learn while helping us further our work in sustaining marine and coastal resources.
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Volunteer's accommodation is included in ORCA’s fee. The number of volunteers can range anywhere from 1 to 12, depending on the season and number of bookings made, with no more than 4 people in one room. There is Broadband internet access at the volunteer house, with Skype available. Volunteers are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet, as the house is equipped with wireless internet.
Basic food for meals is provided for you at the house. You may be required to pack a lunch for some activities, but you will be informed of our schedule ahead of time. Evening meals are prepared for you 5 nights per week. We do cater for a variety of diets including vegetarian.
Volunteer working week at ORCA Foundation is Monday to Friday, from 08h00 to 16h00. Some days involve more work and assistance, while others move at a leisurely pace. Daily activities can change on a moment’s notice, if something exciting comes along. Be prepared to go with the flow. Evenings and weekends are your leisure times.
All volunteers are required to pay an ORCA volunteering program's fee. It will cost $525 USD/week including accommodation, 3 meals per day, all activities on the project, transfers during working hours on the program and a memorial t-shirt and cap. You also will be asked to pay a My Proext's administration fee when you are doing your application.
Field volunteers will be provided with stimulating practical experience in the following activities/areas:
Rescue of marine birds, assist with beach strandings, stabilization of turtles prior to them being moved onto specialized facilities, alien tree removal, beach clean-ups.
Partaking in pre-school and primary school environmental education programs, educational entertainment through the media of dance and theatre, partnering with a local underprivileged preschool to teach English and assist where needed.
Taking and processing fin profile photos of a number of whale and dolphin species seen on boat trips, analyzing river health, bird ringing, contributing to a number of online databases mapping species distribution.
This service generates NO FEE for the My Proext's members. We are always looking for help with activities and services and many of them can be done remotely. If you have a particular skill that you can use to help ORCA FOUNDATION, please don't hesitate to fill the micro-volunteers application form. We seek micro-volunteers for the following activities:
- REVIEWER: Review the text of the magazine and look for spelling/grammar mistakes.
- TRANSLATOR (ENGLISH TO SPANISH): Translate the contents of the magazine from English to Spanish.
- TRANSLATOR (ENGLISH TO PORTUGUESE): Translate the contents of the magazine from English to Portuguese.
- DESIGNER FOR COREL DRAW: Help with changes to be made in the magazine.
- OTHERS: Some other online activities you would like to support.