Published: July 6, 2022

Location: South Africa


Closing Date: Ongoing

White Shark Projects Volunteer

Are you ready for an adventure?

If you are reading this, then it probably means that you are ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. An adventure which will nudge you out of your comfort zone a little and maybe even change your perspective on the world around you. It also probably means that you are searching for the ultimate experience in travel; authentic, local experiences and a deep personal connection with people. Combine the above with a passion for the ocean, a fascination for sharks, an urge to give something back, and you end up with ‘The White Shark Projects’ Volunteer Programme. Not only will you have multiple bucket-list experiences and memories to last you a lifetime, but you will also be able to make a difference and ultimately inspire others to become Shark Ambassadors & Ocean Defenders!

About us

White Shark Projects was established in Gansbaai, South Africa back in 1989. We were the first cage diving operator to open a research centre and international volunteer programme. We are dedicated to the exploration and conservation of sharks and their environment. We have the pleasure of working with the Great White Shark, Bronze Whaler Shark and the marine big five dependant on the season and other environmental factors. Our project works with tourists, volunteers, local and international enthusiasts, and scientists to gather data on shark’s around the Southern African coastline. We aim to correct negative misconceptions about sharks and assist in stopping the needless slaughter of over 100 million sharks annually. Current programmes involve eco tourism, public education, environmental advocacy as well as various social upliftment projects.

South Africa has long been known for its abundance of sharks, making it a prime area to observe these magnificent creatures. Owing to massive negative media publicity over the years, sharks have become one of the most maligned, misunderstood, even hated animals on our fragile planet. They have been pursued, hunted, and indiscriminately slaughtered, to the point where many species are endangered.

Volunteer life

Please note that your duties may change from day to day and you will always be working with a qualified White Shark Projects crew member. Below is a list of some of the daily duties expected of you:

  • Ensure cleanliness of boat
  • Boat check before trip
  • Make sure equipment for diving, chumming, food etc. are on the boat
  • Assist with anchoring
  • Assist with securing the cage
  • Education of clients and general interaction with them
  • Assist clients as needed
  • Preparing and distributing wet-suits for clients
  • Data recording
  • Data capturing
  • Writing for our blog
  • Constant and vigilant shark spotting
  • Point out sharks to crew, clients and fellow volunteers
  • Clean boat post-trip
  • Clean and put wet-suits away
  • Chumming
  • Tuesdays assist at our recycle Swop Shop

Training and qualifications

Training will be given on how to work on the shark cage diving vessel and how to collect observational data on sharks. Students may be able to obtain university credit for their experience, depending on your university.


Volunteers stay in a cosy brick house situated five minutes from the harbour, which bustles with action and boats as people head out to sea. The house is very comfortable with dorm rooms, a nice open plan kitchen dining area, a lounge with DSTV television and DVD player, board games, WiFi and an outside braai area for those hot evenings. All bedding is provided in the house and there are self-catering facilities. The house is located in a very safe and beautiful area, where you can freely walk around during the day. There is a small shop nearby where volunteers usually buy basics and provisions. You will be taken into town on allocated shopping days to the main supermarket so you can stock up on food.

How to apply

To find out more and apply, please visit the White Shark Projects website