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GREAT WHITE SHARK CONSERVATION

Destination Guide


Your Volunteer Location: Accommodation is at the International Marine Volunteer Centre. There are 4 cottages that accommodate up to 6 people per cottage. Each cottage has a bathroom, kitchenette and living area as well as daily living essentials. The main building has a beautiful kitchen, equipped with induction plates, a microwave and oven for cooking and a fully functional recycling system in place. There is also a very spacious living area with satellite TV, DVD player, board games, pool table and foosball. There is an activity hall with some weights and a table tennis table. The facility has a big and safe swimming pool and garden. Walking or cycling to the Great White House is easy, quick and safe and will only take between 10 and 15min (1.4km). We also have 2 dedicated minibuses that are equipped with all the necessary safety permits and licences and are used daily for the volunteers’ transport needs. Key things about the centre: · · · · · · · ·

Fully Furnished but expect to share DVD Player & Satellite TV – a whole lot of channels Free WiFi (remember to bring laptop or smartphone) Emergency numbers are in the house Bedding is provided and washed on a weekly basis Bicycles for personal use Keep your personal belongings safe (each cottage has a safe) The water is safe to drink

We provide ingredients for a help-yourself breakfast at the IMV Center (tea, coffee, eggs, bacon/vegetarian sausage, bread, cereals and milk). For lunch, we provide you with a lunch tin and all ingredients to make your own lunch to either have at the lodge, or take with on the boat. This includes bread, butter, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peanut butter and jam. We also supply a fruit with fruit juice. Should you be doing other activities you may be responsible for your own lunch. Evening meals and other entertainment are at your own expense. Our accommodation has a fully equipped kitchen and braai/barbeque area. Please let us know in advance if you have any food allergies or specific dietary requirements. We will do everything we can to accommodate you, but we may have to ask you to bring some things with you if what you need is not available locally.


Immediate surrounding area. Gansbaai is a fishing town and popular tourist destination in the Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa. It is known for its dense population of great white sharks and as a whale-watching location. Gansbaai is home to the annual Reforest Fest in Platbos Forest, the southern most indigenous forest South Africa. The event is focused on restorative measures to rehabilitate the ecosystems that where once there. The event, hosted by environmental group Greenpop and Platbos Reserve is focused on environmental action. The Reforest Fest in the Platbos Forest Reserve serves annually as a prime example of sound wilderness engineering, driven by the social connection of exciting weekend recreation and conservation.

South Africa - the country. Because of its ecological diversity, South Africa is often described as a world in one country. It is an astonishingly beautiful, easy going place to visit. We are the rainbow nation and for centuries our beautiful land has been a melting pot of different cultures. It is known for its landscapes, wildlife, urban cities, people, history and culture all of which combine to offer the explorer an exciting, magical and inspirational experience.


Steps for planning your trip Make note of the start dates! You can join from 1 week. Project start EVERY Monday.

ARRIVAL TO PROJECT As our Monday morning pick up is often before 5AM and Airport Collections causes delays, we require all Volunteers to arrive in Cape Town no later than the Sunday before your start date and stay in one of the below recommended accommodations - at your own expense. Please let us know in advance which accommodation you have booked yourself into so the team can leave a message with the establishment with regards to your pick up time. Should you have not heard by 4pm and would like to get in touch to confirm the time of your collection you may do so.

DEPARTURE FROM PROJECT Project ends on a Monday. As you will travel back to Cape Town after a Cage Diving trip, where the timing is unknown due to weather dependence, please ensure your departure flight is booked for AFTER 7PM. Should you not get a flight after 7PM, you will need to leave the programme on the Sunday and pay a for a Private Transfer which is around ZAR 1200. Alternatively, you can book your flight to depart the Tuesday and spend another night in Cape Town.

Contact Numbers – please carry with you while travelling Project Administrators: MariÊ Botha Contact Number: +27 (0) 82 459 5128 Email: volunteers@marinedynamicstravel.com Skype: marinevolunteers1

Recommended accommodations for before and after Project https://www.91loop.co.za/ https://ashanti.co.za/ (Gardens backpackers) https://www.once.travel/ https://www.backpackers.co.za/


FLIGHTS With the assistance of our flight partner, Flight Centre, you can now contact us for assistance in bookings of your flights and even accommodation should you opt to arrive a few days earlier and/or depart a few days later.

Don’t let this be stressful. Obtaining visas is your responsibility and the extended information provided on our Visa Guidance is to serve as a guideline only. We advise that you confirm this information with the embassy / consulate of the country that you will be visiting in your home country before departure. Please request the Visa Guidance if you are unable to to allocate it on your Online Portal and feel free to email your Placement Manager as well for assistance.

TRAVEL INSURANCE Prior to your trip you will need to arrange medical insurance which will give you full coverage for any medical requirements which may arise during your trip, including cover for full air evacuation in the unlikely event that this is necessary. Your medical cover also needs to include repatriation. Please ensure that you arrange adequate cover and send your insurance details to your Volunteer/ Internship Placement Manager before departing for the project. Please be sure to check your policy carefully to ensure that it does cover activities which you are hoping / likely to participate in, as cover does vary from one country of residence to another and from one volunteer project-type to another. Our preferred travel insurance partners are World Nomads (https://www.worldnomads.com/Turnstile/AffiliateLink?partnerCode=afrimp&source=link&utm_source=afr imp&utm_content=link&path=https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/) but you are welcome to use whichever provider you find suitable.

Money (where available) They South African currency is the Rand (ZAR). It is advisable to bring this with you. You can withdraw cash at the airport and there are cash machines available in Cape Town and in Gansbaai (it’s important to note that you may be charged for this). Most local shops and restaurants accept both debit and credit card payments. - American Express generally does not work in South African . If you plan on using your bank cards overseas please don’t forget to tell your bank that you will be in South Africa or they may put a temporary stop on your card. Your budget is dependant on your lifestyle. It is recommended that you add ZAR 1000 per week for excursions, food, entertainment etc.

Contact with friends and family – internet or telephone You will be able to use your mobile phone in South Africa if you enable international roaming before you leave home. Alternatively, you are able to purchase a local SIM card for your mobile if preferred. You will need to arrange with your cellular provider at home that your phone is “unlocked” before you leave, so that you are able to use foreign SIM cards in your phone. Your volunteer coordinator can assist you with buying a SIM card when you arrive, or you can purchase one at the airport. The accommodation is equipped with Wi-Fi so you are welcome to bring your laptops/tablets. There is a computer at the accommodation that you can use as well.


What Else?

POLICE CLEARANCE/ BACKGROUND CHECK CERTIFICATE (In respect to Working with Children and Vulnerable Communities). You must please get a police clearance/ criminal record check certificate PLEASE NOTE:

WITHOUT A POLICE CLEARANCE, (in respect to Working with Children and Vulnerable Communities). YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JOIN THE PROJECT. It is MANDATORY for every Volunteer to complete Police Checks prior to joining any one of our projects. As a Volunteer, regardless of project selection, you will come into contact with minors and/or vulnerable adults during your stay. We therefore feel that it is our responsibility to obtain a check on every Volunteer with us in order to ensure the safety of the people and communities we work with. Depending on your nationality and the regulations in your home country, there may be a small charge, payable to your local authority. Please note that your Police/ Criminal Record Check cannot be more than 6 months old when you start your volunteer program, so if you are booking more than 6 months in advance of your Project start date, please wait to obtain this check closer to the time. Some countries may not allow for an Advanced Check/ Vulnerable Sector check. If this is the case, we will require a Basic check accompanied by two professional character references. If you are from the United States of America, we can assist you with the process for a minimal fee payable to African Impact. In addition, African Impact insists that Volunteers and Interns avoid any contact with drugs and/or any inappropriate activities relating to alcohol.

Vaccinations Please consult your private doctor with regards to immunizations/vaccinations. Below are details of what is likely to be recommended.

Tetanus: A recent tetanus injection is highly recommended Polio: Recommended Hepatitis A&B: Recommended Tuberculosis: Recommended Yellow Fever: if coming from a yellow fever risk country or transited through one (mainly Latin America and Central and Western Africa) it is mandatory to show proof of yellow fever vaccination by means of a valid yellow fever certificate. If unsure please check with your Volunteer Placement Manager You will need an adequate supply of sunscreen cream for the hot African sun - SPF 30 and above. Also, please bring a hat and a water bottle with you, as you will be in the sun for a good portion of the day. Even if the sky is overcast, the sun is strong enough to cause burning. Many volunteers get dehydrated during their time with us, don’t let that be you – we do not want you to have to miss out on any of your experience due to being sick as a result of dehydration, so please, please, drink lots of water!


Here is a packing list for you to tick off as you go! Please make sure you bring comfortable clothes, as well as clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. South Africa is an open-minded country and it is acceptable to wear shorts and skirts, but the clothes you wear to your project should not be too revealing and should be suitable for the work you are carrying out. You will be required to do your own laundry during your stay in Gansbaai. There is a laundry service in the town which most volunteers make use of and it is very reasonably priced. Your bedding will be washed for you once a week. Please ask your coordinator about the procedure. ANT PORT M I h es watc g sho ir d n i n k a l a a c lo c k or w oap alarm f trainers ndals, als l e v ra f sa and a ir o q T a ir o gh p xing p u a l e o t e n r o a t is , q A e bo least nd elling h t a t v roof a a s r n d t e an e aterp r o or cat i a f m w f e i o r s t s w e r e e o ot ding d oth options) ce C of sh ng in (fo inclu y cs an uran i o n s s r i l o C n i I t l good , so c ia enta port arate giene Kit nded p are i s m e p r s u e g m a c s e d y d do q P on th recom ith a goo best) d store Aid and H arrhea onal l s s s i o r c e i h w e P s cop torc n get irst ti-di shoe fied (it ca head ic a l F s, a n r a d e ( e e n v certi i h lo rts ater Torc nal M tihistam nd e pul t swe ell as sho a p q h y s g t erso i n d e e r P a ts) q ear htw leec as w ry ca ding a ble q F (all y nd lig uit pants r emo a t u ) e (Inclu adache t m t o k s c y h s coa o f ja he track noug ation of and ity) ser/ erpro ith e r c t u t i i u a w r o , t r d w a s c T r e irts ct q a me eight r the l have el T- sh onta w o c r t f o / h s s g q C l s i e el rt rie wi q L glass d shi h tow ) t e / batte ent (you d a v s r n i b e e l u a e ro m ctac re p ng sl tion wel & nt place ear spe ch to a spa enomina rt / lo a o lle g e h n b w i S d br Repe ness, we ar, q l t l e o you c t a f w e I e s m l n q w im if a sic k tion! y - s visa b and I q S (only a to se e medica ut if uito is ad ng mone n e q o s n i t o o i so m ear b q M ccina ough re pr pend ive g nging ou a i er va ssing thr d r y v q S b n e f I F w d s q sk r pa men llo w note yo u o n ma on things f Ye om o ntry) ecom ot need o w r r f o f o r g u ro on yo u o m in carry d co q P You d fer, bring hat g for are c r infecte a n q u b u o e f s y r o ve lm & you p Waterpro E w fe elps h ( ip ba l Yello e , d r U n T D se ecu ree ATTI olari q S E p unsc ottle V I S y l T q rab B s in POSI ater plug prefe arks!) g , W s n e o s h q as 3-pr the S ungl ound ting r t q S o r els p o s (f n tow with ptor w a o d r A l g yo u rave ngin i q T r b d SA) men ecom r e q W


Your Expectations and our Requirements on Project You will need to remain flexible, understandable and good – humored. “African time” can be difficult and frustrating for those who are used to a very structured life, so it is something to keep in mind! Once you arrive in Africa, your care is the responsibility of African Impact and our trained Project Managers. We always aim to provide you with all of your daily needs to keep you out of harm’s way and to support you in your Volunteer and Intern work. In exchange, we ask you to attend work punctually and to behave consistently in ways that reflect well upon African Impact and our Project Managers. We ask that you dress according to local norms while in the public eye and to treat people on the work site with kindness and respect. In addition, African Impact insists that Volunteers and Interns avoid any contact with Drugs and any culturally inappropriate activities relating to Alcohol. The African Impact projects rely on networks of people, and those networks are held together by good relationships. If a case should arise in which our staff feels that Volunteers or Interns have repeatedly behaved in ways that contradict the basic spirit of this agreement, we reserve the right to remove you from the Program.

Upholding the good name of African Impact and its partner organizations We ask that you do not bring yourself or African Impact into disrepute nor involve any other Employee, Volunteer or Intern in any behaviour that might amount to disrepute. If your behaviour is found to be detrimental to the program that you are involved with, you may be asked to leave immediately without compensation

Child Protection Our Child Protection Policy and Guidelines are there to help Volunteers, Interns and Staff be clear on our role in safeguarding children (anyone under the age of 18). It’s important to be aware of what good practice is and who to talk to if you have any concerns. You will get more information when you start your Volunteering or Internship placement. Any evidence of poor practice towards children will be acted on immediately and the relevant steps taken based on our policy and code of conduct

Drugs If you use or even come into contact with drugs, drug users, drug pushers or anyone remotely connected with drugs, illegal or otherwise, other than for medical reasons, your placement will be terminated immediately. If you are taking drugs for Medical reasons and have not informed us of your medical condition the same rules and conditions apply

Discrimination on Any Grounds If you see, hear or encounter any discrimination of any kind, do not challenge that person or intervene. If you feel that you need to express your views, please tell your Project Manager and they will take the necessary actions. African Impact is strongly against any form of Discrimination and any information given to us is taken very seriously.

Relationships Whilst on your placement we do NOT encourage any sexual relations. In addition, the program neither allows nor encourages Volunteers and Interns to develop intimate personal relationships with general staff and partners. This would not promote a good working environment and could result in the dismissal of the staff member and your termination from the program


HIV and AIDS The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that infects cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their function. As the infection progresses, the immune system becomes weaker and the person becomes more susceptible to infections. The most advanced stage of HIV infection is Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It can take 10 – 15 years for an HIV –infected person to develop AIDS. Antiretroviral Drugs can slow down the process even further (WHO). We highly recommend that you do some research before arriving at your project as HIV is widespread across Africa with an estimated 24.7 million people living with the virus on the continent (UNAIDS) . A good source of information is “28 stories of AIDS Africa” by Stephanie Nolan. The book is available on Amazon

Termination of Placement In the event that your placement is terminated due to your failure to abide by the code of conduct laid out below, you will be required to pay for any costs incurred for your return home from the placement.

Safety – what to do in an emergency We take your safety very seriously and on arrival, we will give you a comprehensive talk on the do’s and don’ts around the area. We pride ourselves on our record and give all our volunteers 24 hours support. We also live on the premises of the Volunteer House with you so we have the best knowledge of the local area and how to have the best experience. Please respect this advice. Some safety guidelines you should be aware of:

· Avoid travelling alone, especially at night. ALWAYS use a taxi and always travel in groups. · Find out where the unsafe areas are and avoid them. · When travelling, keep all important documents and valuables in a safe place like a hidden pocket or money belt. · Carry only as much cash and personal items as you think you will need for that day. · Don’t wear expensive jewellery or watches. · Be wary of people who seem too friendly too fast. · Keep cameras out of sight and always keep bags and purses in your sight. · Before swimming, ask how safe the area is. We would advise not sharing your personal contact details with anyone under any circumstances. In addition, you will be working outdoors, in an unfamiliar community and environment. Listen to your Project Manager and respect the local rules and customs at all times! Know the emergency numbers of the Project Team. Make sure we have a copy of your emergency contact person at home


Volunteer Code of Conduct 1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

General Bad Conduct

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Poor Punctuality

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Laziness

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Breach of Safety Rule

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Damage or misuse of company property

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to follow instructions from African Impact Staff members

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Conservation Projects: Failure to follow Game Drive Rules

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to attend an Activity without just reason

Written Warning

Termination

Staying out all night without prior notification to staff

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to use taxis as form of transport after dark Being rude, unfriendly or disrespecting local customs (language, clothing, etc)

Written Warning

Termination

Written Warning

Termination

Discrimination in any form

Written Warning

Termination

Minor Offences

Breach of our Child Protection Policy

Written Warning

Termination

Not upholding the Reputable Name of African Impact on and off site

Written Warning

Termination

Failure to keep the PAAZAB code of ethics

Written Warning

Termination

Disrespecting or potentially harming any animals (domestic or wild)

Written Warning

Termination

Wildlife Projects only - ethical standards in the good treatment & management of animals in captivity

Written Warning

Termination

Serious Offences

1st Offence

Theft

Termination

Drinking on Duty (or between activities) where you could endanger yourself or someone else as a result

Termination

Drinking under the age of 18

Termination

Malicious damage to Company Property

Termination

Breach of accommodation establishment rules

Termination

Relationships between African Impact Staff and Volunteer/Interns

Termination

Assault

Termination

Negligent performance of duties with serious consequences to property or life

Termination

Serious breach of the safety rules (especially at night)

Termination

Under the influence of drugs and/or in possession of illegal drugs

Termination

Major breach of our Child Protection Policy

Termination

Family Volunteering - African Impact considers all minors/children

1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

Your child is your sole responsibility at all times, on project or during free time, including weekends

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

Your child is no one else's responsibility including African Impact staff. Parents are responsible for disruptive/bad/rude/ culturally insensitive behaviour of their children, and all other aspects of the code of conduct

Verbal Warning

Written Warning

Termination

to be anyone under the age of 18

If any family member breaches the code of conduct, the whole family's placement will be terminated

Termination


Exploring While you do get to see a bit on no-sea days when other recreational stuff is organised, please see below more options for weekend activities! NOTE: these will be at your own expense.

Take a journey to the Southern-most point of Africa and see where the Indian Ocean meets with the Atlantic Ocean

Klipgat Cave is an important archaeological site of world importance and experts believe that it would qualify as a World Heritage Site.

Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African Penguins. Stony Point offers the public the chance to see these wonderful flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk through the colony, which allows the public to observe the penguins go about their daily activities in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them.

Meandering its way through Stanford until it meets up with the Hermanus Lagoon, with providing us with stunning views and many fun ways to spend your days, the Klein River is also home to a variety of endemic bird species

Take a day or so to enjoy the picturesque Hemel-enAarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley. The Valley itself boasts over 15 renowned wine farms, most of which fall under the official Wine Route.

Rent a car and spend a day or two driving parts of the Garden Route - a 300- kilometre (190 mile) stretch of the South Western coast of South Africa which extends from the Western Cape to the border of the Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous estuaries and lakes dotted along the coast. Please note: you will require a credit card to book a rental car.


Fundraising and Donations Interested in raising funds for your chosen project or collecting donations for your Project? Feel free to speak to the team on the ground once there or email volunteers@marinedynamicstravel.com for more information.

WHO IS AFRICAN IMPACT? WHY VOLUNTEER WITH US? At African Impact, we create the most Transformative and Impactful Volunteer experiences on the planet for communities, wildlife and volunteers. Volunteering in Africa is what we do, it’s in our DNA and what we are awarded for year after year. We’ve built, grown and developed our very own projects, hand-in-hand with local African communities. We work with the most incredible people to make this happen and surround ourselves with inspiring human beings from every corner of the world. Every year is a chance to grow, learn and better our offering – both for host communities and for volunteers themselves. We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of excellence and know that volunteering can achieve even more. What do we believe in?

ü ·Providing an extraordinary experience to our volunteers ü Making tangible, measurable impacts for our communities and wildlife initiatives ü Transforming the lives and perspectives of everyone who is part of our journey So, welcome to what good volunteering looks like. Join us and go #BeyondVolunteering to a place that connects cultures, mindset and ideas. A place that leaves you awed and inspired, able to do more, discover more and to make a real impact.

Destination Guide: Gaansbaai Volunteering  

Destination Guide: Gaansbaai Volunteering  

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