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Scuba Diving and Marine Conservation

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South Africa
2 to 8 weeks
18 to 36
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Trip overview

Immerse yourself in a hidden corner of outstanding beauty in South Africa, live the true African lifestyle, learn to scuba dive and make a massive difference to the health of the oceans. This volunteer trip is genuinely life-changing, for you, for the locals and for the inhabitants of the glittering Indian Ocean. On this trip, you will volunteer in 50km of unspoiled reef in the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park, where the seas are teeming with over 1100 species of fish. 

You will be helping to count, document and report on various species under the waves, but how are you going to go about this? Well, the first week on your trip will be all about getting your PADI certification, your first step to becoming a scuba diving legend and gaining access to the vast and glorious underwater kingdom. 

Picture this. Every morning you wake in a tiny Zulu village surrounded by glorious nature. You head to the ocean, strap on your gear and spend the day gliding through the turquoise waters, getting to know your patch of underwater world, as well as you know the one above the surface. After being suspended in this weightless paradise, surrounded by colourful fish and forests of kelp, you return to your base for sundowners with the team, watching the bold African sun drop from the sky.  

We offer the complete package for those looking to learn how to scuba and make a difference to the state of the planet. This exclusive volunteering opportunity is expertly handled by our partners in the tiny town of Sodwana Bay and your pre-departure team will be able to flawlessly sort out your airport pickup, accommodation, meals, on-site training and so much more.  

This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get about as far off the grid as possible, to see a corner of Africa that hardly anyone else sees, to make new friends from all over the world and to truly make a sustainable impact on the planet. If you want to make a lasting difference, this is the trip for you.


Volunteer project placement

We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start on your journey to make a difference to our planet.

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and are ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.

Pre-Departure Guide

Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.

Trip visa guidance

Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.

Personal Travel Concierge

You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.

Comfortable accommodation

Stay in the coolest rustic beach-style shack you can think of. Simple, multicoloured Zulu huts, with shared kitchens and bathrooms which centre around a communal fire pit. Just five minutes outside of town where you have access to a pool, restaurants, cafes and shops. 

Covid-19 Medical Insurance

For a limited time only, all our Volunteer trips come with medical insurance for the duration of your trip, which also covers Covid-19, for added peace of mind.

Return airport transfer

To take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Sodwana Bay. Upon completion of your placement, you'll also be taken directly to the airport.

Project supplies

Get equipped with all the supplies and materials you need to perform your volunteer duties, as well as food, wifi, hot water and electricity at your camp.


Enjoy three meals per day, and take turns with other volunteers preparing the food including a mix of western-style favourites and South African delicacies.

$200 Global Tour Voucher

We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.

Certificate of completion

In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience, and, it goes very well with your future resume. Employers will love this addition!

Ongoing support from our local team

Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with unlimited support.

24/7 Global Emergency Line

Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.

gWorld access

Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.

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$250 off your next trip

The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?

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To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-36 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Scuba Diving and Marine Conservation in South Africa has been designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment and with an incredibly rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement to accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey. 

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Book with confidence

Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

You'll spend most of your time in and around Sodwana Bay and iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.

Trip itinerary


You will be picked up from Richards Bay airport by the team and transferred down to the camp. Once you arrive you will get a tour and have your first meal cooked for you as you chill by the fire. Over a few beers, you will get to know your fellow conservationists and get a better understanding of what lies ahead in the weeks to come.

Week 1

The first week is dedicated to completing your PADI Open Water certification. This involves classroom and pool skill sessions, before heading to the ocean once you have proved your skills in the pool. You will get to know the seas, the underwater geography and what to look out for as you get used to ocean diving and before you know it you will be fully qualified and ready to go.


Our dedicated team will check in regularly and keep in touch with you throughout your stay but, if at any point during your trip you need travel advice or assistance, we’ll be here to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can always jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

Week 2

This is an example of your day to day itinerary. It will differ slightly, with only one dive on some days depending on schedules and the weather, but generally, this is how you will spend your weeks. 


7:00 - Leave Camp

7:30 - Kit up on the beach

8:00 - 9:30 - Dive

9:30 - 10:00 - Surface interval (relax on the beach & have lunch at the beach kiosk)

10:00 - Kit up

10:30 - 12:00 Dive

12:30 - Leave the beach

13:00 - 15:00 - Shower and lunch break

15:00 - 17:00 - Database entry and analysis / Lectures

17:00 - Free time

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Frequently asked questions

Yes! There are several destinations that are open to travellers right now! And if you’re from Australia, you could be able to get an exemption to travel if you’re travelling for over 3 months*, which is the majority of our trips. We can advise how to apply for this exemption. We recommend our travellers book their trips at least 6-12 months in advance, so by the time you’re ready to depart we’re confident your destination (if it’s not already open) will be open and ready to go. *Full exemption info here.

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected by our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.

If you’re affected by COVID while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We work with a travel insurance company that provides COVID protection, and people going on Volunteer trips will get this for free currently!

Yes we are! All of our trips are still being planned for and taking new bookings. We always recommend that our travellers take 6-12 months between booking their trip to departure. This gives you plenty of time to arrange all the finer details of your trip, and pay it off. If things don’t go as planned you are always able to rearrange your trip using your Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility! So there is really nothing to worry about.

In 2020, the world stopped. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. If COVID affects your trip, you are protected for any changes with our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. Why not give yourself something to look forward to, by booking that trip!

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together. Meaning that you can live together and work together. If availability doesn’t allow it, we’ll get you in the same area. So you’ll be able to have this experience together!

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 56 days before departure without incurring ANY charges, and you’re able to rebook it for ANY time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.

In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 56 days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Travel Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 3 years!

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