FAQ

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It’s important to note that our programs only run from either the 1st or 3rd Sunday of each month and we offer discounted rates during off-peak season.

Am I Eligible?

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 you need to have good English skills, so you can understand all of our briefings and scientific presentations.

How do I apply?

We have set up an easy step-by-step application process online: Check out the program, get a quote for your preferred stay, send us your application, pay a deposit to secure your stay and make sure you tick the boxes of your checklist. Then prepare to embark on this great journey.

What is the cost?

Peak season (April – August) and off-season (September – March) rates are as follows:

  • Peak season (< 8 weeks): USD625/week
  • Peak season (> 8 weeks): USD575/week
  • Off-season (< 8 weeks): USD550/week
  • Off-season (> 8 weeks): USD500/week

What does the cost include?

  • Shark Academy orientation and training
  • Wifi at the accommodation and Shark Lab
  • Accommodation
  • Bi-weekly accommodation cleaning
  • Shark Academy welcome pack
  • Weekly transport to the shops
  • Return transport from Cape Town Airport
  • Assistance arranging your own tours
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Mentorship and academic skills development
  • Work related activities and research travel
  • A Shark Academy fun and educational excursion

What does the cost exclude?

  • Flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Medical/travel insurance
  • Laundry
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Non-work related travel (we can arrange for you)
  • Social activities
  • Spending money

Do I need a visa?

That depends. Please check with your South African embassy before traveling.

Where will I stay?

You will stay at the Shark Conservancy House in Onrus – seaside suburb of Hermanus. Please note that accommodation is shared.

What should I bring?

You will get a full list of things to bring and to take care of, as soon as you are accepted into the Shark Academy.

How will I get around?

Work-related transport is provided. For social activities and travel, we recommend you rent a car. Alternatively, you can use the local and reliable taxi services.

Are there rules I should know about?

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.

How do I get to Hermanus?

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 Shark Academy Administrator, Mariana Smal, to make alternative transfer arrangements. Please note that transfers outside the scheduled time will be at your own cost. These vary depending on the time of day and number of passengers. However, it should not exceed R800 (one way).

What will I take away from this experience?

Incredible experiences. Valuable research skills. Confidence. A profound understanding of ecological research techniques and South African ecosystems. Friendships. Life-long memories. And much more!

Who should I contact?

You can send us a message any time. Our Bookings Team (bookings@sharkconservancy.org) are responsible for Administration and Coordination of the Shark Academy program. They are happy to answer all your questions.

For more information about the Shark Academy program and SASC, check out www.sharkconservancy.org