Orca Foundation – Eco Volunteer Program

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All about the Orca Foundation – Eco Volunteer Program.

The Ocean Research Conservation Africa – ORCA Foundation is a passionate and committed organisation to the research, education and conservation of the Ocean and its marine life in Plettenberg Bay. The ORCA program is volunteer based eco-adventure holiday program, attracting people from all over the world who are just as passionate about making a difference. The Volunteer program runs for the entire year, booked per week and is an experience of a lifetime.

Volunteers within the program are accommodated at the beautiful ORCA communal house and you are provided comfortable lodgings and with 3 meals a day. All training, transfers and activities are included in the Eco-holiday package, as well as a memorial T-shirt and cap.

Volunteers will focus on three aspects of the program:

Conservation:Working directly with the programs marine biologists, volunteers will be actively involved in animal rescues and relocations and releases. As well as beach and protected area clean-ups including alien species removal.

Research:Volunteers will be incorporated into existing research programs to photograph, identify and document fin profiles of Whales and Dolphins, work with conservationists in ringing endemic bird species and become involved with the water testing program within a number of estuaries and river systems in the area.

Education:Volunteers are actively involved in the supporting under-privileged community through reading programs at local primary schools, providing conservation education and joining the local spirit through theatre and dance initiatives.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

The Orca foundation volunteer program is a fully inclusive of all accommodation, activities and transport

  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • All accommodation at the Foundation house
  • All transportation including taxis and coaches
  • All activities and conservation inititives
  • Foundation T-shirt
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

The Volunteer program does not include the following:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Liquors, beeers and bootled beverages
  • Photography accessories like cameras etc.
  • Items of a personal nature
  1. Day1 Arrival at Location

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  2. Day2 Scenic Tour of City

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  3. Day3 Cultural Minglings

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  4. Day4 Get to Know Country

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  5. Day5 Ride the Elephant

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  6. Day6 Discover the Sectrets

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  7. Day7 Wild Adventure Begins

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  8. Day8 Leave with Memory

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Orca House - Plettenberg Bay

The ORCA house will be your temporary home, and is located minutes away from the beach and steps away from the estuary. Transportation for ORCA-related activities will be provided by ORCA staff in our vehicle. Plettenberg Bay (fondly Plett) is located in the Western Cape in the heart of the Garden Route. We are 210km from Port Elizabeth and 600km from Cape Town, and just a short 84 km from George Airport. Plett is a small town but experiences busy moments during the summer season, when a huge amount of tourists visit. The relaxed atmosphere of the town offers an amazing South African experience, while still feeling very much like a home with tons of friendly faces. Often, volunteers become a little ORCA family and join together for evening get-togethers that range from enjoying dinner prepared by our very own cook, Teliswa, or going out to a restaurant for a casual drink in town. Plettenberg Bay is full of wonderful nature and adventure based attractions, which volunteers often fill their weekend with.

The Orca House

Orca Foundation

No previous experience is required to participate in our programme

It is however recommended that you have the following qualities in order to make a valuable contribution:

  • General interest in conservation, marine biology and research
  • Enthusiastic, positive, mature and independent attitude
  • Willingness to learn and work well within our small team
  • Reliable, adaptable and patient due to the weather dependent nature of fieldwork
  • Ability to work long-hours on small vessels
  • Moderate fitness level to hike long distances in the field
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to perform tedious behavioral observations in sometimes challenging weather conditions
  • Willingness to perform tedious data entry duties
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English (both written and oral)

Due to the weather-dependent nature of our work, we plan each week’s activities the weekend before, usually on a Friday. Once the schedule has been finalized the volunteer coordinator will write the programme on the activity board in the dining room.

The standard volunteer working week at the ORCA Foundation is Monday to Friday, from 08h00 to 17h00, except on a Friday afternoon when we often finish at 13:00. Some days can involve more work and longer hours, while others move at a more leisurely pace. You are expected to be ready at the time specified on the volunteer group the night before, when we collect you for the day’s activities, which can range from general duties at Ocean Blue Adventures to assisting biologists out in the field or on the ocean. Evenings and weekends are your leisure times.

Your time with us can be as short as two weeks or can last as long as you want!

The ORCA house will be your temporary home, and is located minutes away from the beach and steps away from the estuary. Transportation for ORCA-related activities will be provided by ORCA staff in our vehicle. Plettenberg Bay (fondly Plett) is located in the Western Cape in the heart of the Garden Route. We are 210km from Port Elizabeth and 600km from Cape Town, and just a short 84 km from George Airport. Plett is a small town but experiences busy moments during the summer season, when a huge amount of tourists visit.

The relaxed atmosphere of the town offers an amazing South African experience, while still feeling very much like a home with tons of friendly faces. Often, volunteers become a little ORCA family and join together for evening get-togethers that range from enjoying dinner prepared by our very own cook, Teliswa, or going out to a restaurant for a casual drink in town. Plettenberg Bay is full of wonderful nature and adventure based attractions, which volunteers often fill their weekend with.

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