Volunteer in Mozambique

Dive into marine conservation in Mozambique's stunning Bazaruto Archipelago.

Volunteering in Mozambique offers a chance to contribute to marine conservation efforts in the breathtaking Bazaruto Archipelago. Work alongside local partners to preserve this biodiverse paradise while diving through vibrant coral reefs and exploring stunning coastlines. Engage in impactful conservation efforts while immersing yourself in the local culture. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!


The Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique is a true marvel of the Indian Ocean. Its pristine beaches, towering sand dunes and lush forests create a breathtaking backdrop.

Beneath the surface, it’s a haven for marine life, from dugongs and sea turtles to sharks, manta rays and dolphins. With six different marine zones, the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (BANP) is bursting with biodiversity.

Benguerra Island, one of the main spots in the archipelago, is a nature-lover’s dream. You’ll spot tons of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and a few furry friends too. 

Volunteering in Mozambique offers a chance to explore its epic beauty while contributing to its preservation. Our volunteer work in Mozambique addresses conservation issues identified by local NGOs, making a significant difference and supporting various United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

Our programs

Dolphin, Turtle, Shark and Ray Research in Mozambique

Step into the heart of southeastern Africa, where Mozambique’s coastal charm meets a world of cultural diversity and ecological wonders. Tucked between the Indian Ocean’s blue hues and the lush landscapes of Tanzania to the north and South Africa to the south, Mozambique serves up a blend of vibrant cities and pristine natural beauty. 

Bazaruto Island forms part of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique’s first and oldest marine protected area. Since 1971, the Bazaruto Archipelago has been a conservation area and national park, boasting unparalleled marine and terrestrial biodiversity. The archipelago is located near the mainland town of Vilanculos and comprises five islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue. 

The Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (BANP) was established to protect its diverse habitats, including coral reefs, seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, sandbanks, deep canyons and narrow shelves that connect with the open ocean. 

The archipelago, home to the last viable population of dugongs in East Africa, is teeming with life, including sea turtles, sharks, manta rays, whales and dolphins. 

Dugongs, often referred to as “sea cows,” are known for their slow, graceful movements and are closely related to manatees. These elusive creatures primarily feed on seagrass beds, which are abundant in the protected waters of the archipelago. Due to their dwindling numbers and vulnerable status, conservation efforts in Bazaruto are essential for their survival, making it a critical sanctuary for these gentle marine mammals.


We offer one volunteer program in Mozambique. Our dolphin, turtle and dugong conservation program is based on Benguerra Island. 

Through comprehensive training in survey techniques, data presentation and marine sensor operation, participants actively contribute to marine conservation efforts in the Bazaruto Archipelago. With a minimum of two dives per week (weather permitting), you’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the beauty of the underwater world. 

Volunteer work in Mozambique includes a variety of activities, such as monitoring ocean acidification, conducting marine life surveys and tagging pelagic fish. You’ll also play a crucial role in tracking marine debris and contributing to recycling initiatives.

With a focus on marine conservation, this program is aligned with several UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Quality Education (Goal 4), Climate Action (Goal 13), Life Below Water (Goal 14) and Partnerships for the Goals (Goal 17).


Which languages are spoken in Mozambique?

The languages commonly spoken in Mozambique include English, Portuguese and Spanish.

What is the weather like on Bengula Island?

Benguerra Island has two main seasons: dry (May to October) and wet (November to April). Dry months see temps of 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F) with low humidity, while wet months heat up to 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F) with heavy rain, especially from December to March. 

How can I stay in touch with people back home?

While Wi-Fi on the island is available for WhatsApp and emails, it’s limited. For more extensive connectivity, consider purchasing a SIM card (Vodacom network) and topping up credit on the mainland for video calls or streaming. Keep in mind, however, that the internet can be unreliable, and you may experience occasional days without access.

Do I need any special qualifications to volunteer in Mozambique?

You don’t need any specific qualifications to become a GVI volunteer in Mozambique. Any training required for the volunteer program will be provided on base. 

Do I need a diving qualification to join this program?

Yes, all participants are required to have an Open Water certification to join this program. If you’re not certified, we offer training to get you dive-ready. And if your last dive was over six months ago, we can set you up with a refresher course.

Where will I be staying while I volunteer in Mozambique?

While volunteering in Mozambique, you’ll stay in serviced dorm rooms with single and double bunk options and shared bathrooms. Enjoy communal areas with sofas, TV and limited Wi-Fi, plus access to a conference room, equipped laboratory, kitchen and a beach-front braai (BBQ) area at the dive centre.

Who will I be volunteering with?

At GVI, our volunteers come from all corners of the globe. It’s a chance to connect with people from different backgrounds and make unexpected friendships. By the end of your volunteering adventure, you’ll probably leave with some pretty awesome pals you never saw coming.

What can I do during my free time?

During your free time, you can enjoy our outdoor gym, walk around the villages, climb sand dunes, swim, read or watch TV. Optional weekend expeditions and extra activities like horse riding and sunset cruises are also available for an additional cost.