Love the Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique since 2014. Guinjata Bay, whilst home to a huge host of marine life, has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. Love The Oceans hopes to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. We use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Our ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, achieving higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species.
We offer a cutting edge, ethically sound, volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to work alongside our marine biologists and the local community, helping with conservation, through research, education and diving over a 2 – 6 week period at our beautiful beachfront base. Whether you are an early career scientist, need a break from your desk job, a gap year student or just passionate about marine conservation, volunteering with Love The Oceans will be a life-changing experience.
We focus on coral reefs, fisheries and humpback whales, which means you will gain a range of field research skills that will carry you forward in your career and build your CV. The research we carry out is new and exciting as no data has ever been collected in Guinjata Bay before. All of the data that Love the Oceans volunteers collect is used to lobby for a marine protected area, a shift towards more sustainable fisheries and for the recognition of humpback whales as a valuable marine ecotourism resource for the area. Furthermore, we offer university students the opportunity to use the data they collect and our historic data sets for their final year dissertations.
Love the Oceans is a small, young organisation based in one location. As a volunteer, this provides the opportunity to work alongside the founder and managing director, Francesca Trotman and the local community in a rural, third world country. This also means we have a closer relationship with the community we work with.
Here’s what some of our past volunteers say about their experiences on the Love The Oceans volunteer program:
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