Published: September 16, 2022

Location: Tenerife


Closing Date: Ongoing

Dolphin and Whale Conservation Teen Volunteering in the Canary Islands

Help conserve dolphins and whales on this teen volunteer project based on the island paradise of Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Durations: 2 weeks

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Program information

Explore the island of Tenerife when you join a group of like-minded teen volunteers working to conserve the whale and dolphin species of this Spanish archipelago. Record the activities of the marine mammals which live in the tropical waters off the coast of the Canary Islands. You’ll have the opportunity to help to identify and collect behavioural data on cetaceans and other marine creatures.

Program overview

The Canary Islands is known for its tropical climate, incredible landscapes and spectacular biodiversity both above and below water. It is here that you’ll join other teens to gain an introduction to what life might be like if you choose to pursue a career in marine biology and conservation.

If you have a special interest in cetacean conservation and marine species, then our dolphin and whale conservation teen volunteering program in Spain’s Canary Islands might be just what you’re looking for.

On this program, you’ll learn about how conservationists tackle environmental issues such as climate change and plastic pollution, as well as how they collect data on key species like whales, dolphins, rays and sea turtles.

You’ll travel the waters around Tenerife with other teen volunteers, searching for whale and dolphin activity. You’ll gather data on their health, population numbers, behavioural patterns and take photos to help with identifying specific individuals. You’ll also conduct surveys of the waters and beaches, recording factors such as boat activity and coastal erosion. In the process, you’ll learn more about the field of marine science and gain new skills.

You and our other teenage volunteers will share important information about sustainable travel and conservation with overseas visitors and the local community. You’ll also participate in other activities such as collecting plastic pollution from beaches and helping to educate tourists about the importance of choosing ethical whale and dolphin watching tours.

After volunteering, you’ll join a guided tour of the island, learning more about the unique local habitats and conservation efforts, while taking part in adventure activities around Tenerife.

Throughout the project, reflection sessions will also be held to facilitate learning and contemplation. You’ll also receive training and be supervised by world-class leaders in the field, who have been chosen for their mix of relevant experience and ability to mentor and inspire young adults.

GVI has successfully been operating ethical and responsible programs for under 18s since 2012. Since then, it has treated health and safety as a number one priority and takes extra measures for its under 18 programs. As such, it is also a British Standards 8848 compliant provider.

Please note that this is not a diving program.


  • Live, volunteer and explore with other teens from around the world who share your interest in marine conservation and adventure travel.
  • Find out if marine biology is a career you might like to pursue.
  • Successfully complete this program and get a professional reference from your program manager. You’ll also have the option of earning a certificate endorsed by the University of Richmond if you choose to complete our included online leadership course, which is valued at £295.
  • Contribute directly to effective, local marine conservation efforts.
  • Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, #14, Life Below Water and #13, Climate Action.
  • Take an adventure hike through the unique biomes of Tenerife or maybe even hike to the top of Spain’s highest mountain, and visit some of the islands most beautiful beaches.

How to apply

To find out more and apply, please visit the GVI website: Dolphin and Whale Conservation Teen Volunteering in the Canary Islands | GVI Planet