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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Am I eligible? How do I apply? What is the cost? Where will I stay? What should I bring? How do I get there? Do I need a visa? Find answers to your questions with the help of our most frequently asked questions (FAQ). Of course, you are always welcome to contact us directly.

If you love sharks and the ocean, you are eligible. The only restriction is that you must be 18 years or older to apply and have good English skills, so you can adhere to our briefings and understand our presentations.
We have set up an easy step by step application process online: First, you enquire a quote for your preferred stay. If you accept it, you send out your application, pay a deposit to secure your stay and make sure you tick the boxes of your checklist, before you embark on this great journey.
Prices may differ throughout the year and depending on your preferred package. You'll get an idea under "volunteering", or a more detailed calculation, once you fill out your preferred booking dates on "apply".
• Shark Academy orientation & full training • Accommodation • Wifi at the accommodation & Shark Lab • Weekly accomodation cleaning • Shark Academy welcome pack • Weekly transport to the shops • Return transport from Cape Town Airport • Assistance arranging your own tours • Breakfast a the accommodation • Work related activities & research travel • A trip to the Betty’s Bay penguin colony
• Flights • Visas (if required) • Medical/travel insurance • Laundry • Lunches & dinners • Non-work related travel (we can arrange for you) • social activities • Spending money
You will stay at the Shark Conservancy House situated in Onrus - a seaside Suburb of Hermanus. Please note that accommodation is shared in a dormatory fashion.
You will get a full list of things to bring and to take care of, as soon as you are accepted to the training program but just a heads up: you don't need anything special to come here, except for your own laptop and appropriate exposure suit for in water-activities. Please read under "WHAT IS THE WATER TEMPERATURE?" for more information. Be aware that you can always rent gear from us too.
Yes, internet will be provided both at the Shark Conservancy Lab as well as at the accommodation and is included in your package. You can also get pre-paid SIM cards with local cell phone providers on site and charge them with credit for data and voice calls - they only require your passport for registration.
Work related transport is provided. For social activities and travel, we recommend you rent a car (300 USD/ month). Alternatively, you can use the local and reliable taxi services. Onrus itself is a peaceful little town with great roads for skateboarding and cycling. The local supermarket is easily accessible by foot, Onrus beach is only a stone throw away.
Like most other volunteering programs out there, our organisation relies a 100% on external contributions to finance our ongoing research and conservation efforts. Your payment will support our operational costs for boats, transportation, shark tags, lab equipment or housing. From the smallest lightbulb to the biggest water tank. We couldn't run our activities without you, so this is a good time as any to say: thank you!
SASC and the Shark Academy have a zero tolerance policy. If interns or volunteers are thought to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will be expelled from the program immediately without refund. We also have some simple house rules of course, to make sure everyone has a great stay at the Shark Conservancy House.
We will arrange the transport. Participants must arrive on the Sunday before the start of the volunteering/internship period. Transfers are scheduled for 4PM, so ensure you arrive at least 2 hours prior to transfer time, to allow for customs clearance. If you can’t make the scheduled transfer time, contact the program administrator to make alternative transfer arrangements. Please note that the transfers outside the scheduled time will be at your own cost. These vary depending on the time of day and number of passengers. It should not exceed R800 (one way).
Though the east side of South Africa is exposed to the relatively warm Algulhas current, Hermanus finds itself in the conversion zone between the warm and the cold Benguela current. This means that we can get quite chilly water temperatures on shore (9-16°C), up to 21°C further out. We therefore strongly recommend a minimum of 5, better 7mm wetsuit exposure, including hood, gloves and boots. We can rent gear, though we strongly advise to bring your own.
That depends. Please check with your South African embassy before traveling. At least European passport holders typically get a free visa on arrival stamp for a duration of 90 days. This can be extended on site, within the first 30 days, for another 30 days.
No. But it's always a good idea to talk to your physician or specialist for tropical diseases for general recommendations!
Because our field activities are so highly reliant on the weather, we have learned to be flexible: Though your weekends are generally reserved for your leisure, we might have to ask you to come in on weekends on occasions. Our regular working hours are Monday to Friday, 7:30AM to 4:30PM.
Incredible experiences. Valuable research skills. Confidence. A profound understanding of ecological research techniques and South African ecosystems. Friendships. Life-long memories. And much more!