Bazaruto Centre for Scientific Studies (BCSS) is an innovative platform, hosting the first permanent ocean observatory focused on multi-ecosystem time series research in Africa.
Through research with BCSS, you will be able to dive in one of the world’s most diverse coral reef ecosystems, supporting over 2000 species of fish, and witness wildlife behaviour such as open ocean shark feeding frenzies, turtle breeding as well as the migration of humpback whales and hammerhead sharks.
The BCSS Ocean Observatory offers volunteers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to explore and observe this incredible setting with world-leading scientists and environmentalists.
The Bazaruto Archipelago
The Bazaruto Archipelago consists of five idyllic islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue and is home to a population of approximately 3,000 people living in traditional fishing villages. The islands consist of wide and lengthy white sand beaches, lakes, wetlands, mangrove forests and large, 300-foot-high sand dunes which dominate the landscape.
An Ocean Observatory is a marine network and a platform that allows us to follow the pulse of the ocean through a combination of environmental sensors, measurements, and surveys to understand changes in the environment using time-series techniques. You will be joining a unique initiative in the Indian Ocean and one of the first permanent multi-ecosystem observatories in Africa.
During your stay at BCSS you will assist at the Ocean Observatory and learn first-hand from our resident scientists about pressing environmental issues and what can be done about them. Learn more about the programs we offer, and how to gain valuable core skills that can enhance your life experience, and potential career prospects. You will cover topics such as Ecosystem Monitoring and Function, Species Identification and Habitat Mapping, Migratory Fish Population Dynamics.
All internships have access to all program material as per volunteer participants. Every participant will receive an end of program activity report and an official reference from Lead Scientist/Operations Manager/Dive Manager. Both volunteers and interns receive 20% off the (optional) PADI Open Water course at the PADI 5-star BCSS Dive Centre.
Here's the link to our brochure for more information: http://bcssmz.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Volunteer-Brochure.pdf