Estágio em Moçambique na Área Marinha

Estágio em Moçambique na Área Marinha

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Internship Program Zavora Marine Lab. Internship Program

Mozambique 2012

Zavora Marine Lab.

environmental awareness through educational programs with local communities and visitors to the area

The Zavora Marine Lab. was established in 2009 to promote and facilitate research and conservation in southern Mozambique. Since its inception our lab has developed vital research for the region and raised Zavora is one of the few places in the world where both species of Manta ray (Manta birostris and Manta alfredi) can be seen all year round. Analysis of our sighting success rate for manta rays on the inshore reefs was around 62% for the entire year of 2011, which means that you’l have a high chance to interact with manta rays at any time.

The sub-tropical reefs here are stunning and the diversity of life is impressive. In Zavora, diving tourism is still in its infancy and very little is known about the Zavora marine life. Therefore, Zavora offers the unique opportunity to study a marine environment that has had little to no impact from recreational diving activities and where there yet remains a lot of reef to be explored. We are currently working on projects involving Manta Ray populations, diver impact on Manta Rays and cleaning stations used by Manta Rays, diversity and distribution of opisthobranchs (nudibranchs and sea slugs), reef monitoring, socioeconomic studies on dive tourism and the relative population abundance and photo ID of Humpback Whales, as well as collaborating with other research projects including sea turtle monitoring, manta ray distribution using acoustic tags and whale shark photo identification.

Zavora Marine Lab. is the research department of the Association of Coastal Conservation of Mozambique (ACCM) and works in partnership with Iemanjá a Mozambican organization dedicated to the study of marine life. Because the ACCM has an excellent relationship with the private sector, and Zavora is still quite wild and remote, our research can effectively be applied to avoid destructive development. The Lab. works closely with Mozdivers Zavora dive center ( on one of the most beautiful African coastlines.


The internship program was developed to provide a world-class opportunity for science students to assist with marine research and conservation. The internship offers a great chance for dedicated students to engage in real world research and meaningfully contribute to our projects. Interns will get experience in all of our projects and experience both the challenges and the pleasures of working in the most beautiful, wild and remote coastal environment of southern Mozambique.

Hearing the Humpbacks singing as we were diving is an experience I will never forget.”

“Interning for Závora Marine Lab was an amazing experience. It is in a truly beautiful environment with an extraordinary diversity of marine life. I was able to learn so much through the field work and data collection which were both demanding and a lot of fun, even at times tedious, but always rewarding. Working so close to the local community gave me an opportunity to observe their day to day life and the ways in which they contribute to the ecosystem. The experience was made even richer because I was working with such a wonderful group of people while also contributing to the understanding and conservation of such an important resource. Catriona, intern August 2011

Intern roles include (but are not restricted to) collecting underwater and land based data, transferring data to the database, assisting with the education projects, giving talks, fundraising, organising and participating in events for environmental protection.

Please note that due the nature of the work, not all applications will be accepted. You will need to 1) be serious about data collection and marine conservation; 2) have 2 years or more of a science degree (or equivalent level of experience and dedication to conservation); 3) have a minimum of 30 logged dives and an advanced certification. If you do not meet the diving criteria you can come a week early (at your own costs) to get any additional qualifications or use the first week of your internship to improve dive skills before you start collecting data.

My internship at Zavora was an incredible experience and I will never forget how it felt to be surrounded by curious Manta rays or how a whale song can make your body shiver. Living at such a remote place and working on diverse research projects is a strange combination, but at Zavora it works! I recommend this internship to everyone who wants to gain experience in a marine conservation project, to everyone who loves to dive and to everyone who simply likes having a good time. Robbert, intern August 2011

For all prospective interns

It is important to recognise that the internship programs we offer are not holidays. Interns will be joining dedicated scientists who are conducting accredited research projects in some of the world’s most challenging, beautiful and remote environments. The projects demand a significant level of dedication to the scientific and practical responsibilities from the participants. However, the demands are well within the capabilities of most students, and whilst being challenging, are both enjoyable and exciting.

The internship program is different than a short-course. During your first week here we will provide practical and theoretical training. For the entire duration of your stay, we will give you research assistance and some supervision, but you are expected to work hard and independently in order to achieve outstanding goals. This is an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to exciting marine research and conservation projects, as well as experience the frustrations, the highs and the lows, and the achievements associated with ambitious and challenging marine research in Africa.

As part of this program, interns can expect to be important members of a focused and dedicated research station and partake in ground-breaking research.

Our laboratory will receive a maximum of four interns per month. The internship cost is U$2,600/month, which is used to cover your expenses whilst in Zavora and help towards the running costs of the centre.

Our internship fee includes:

• Up to 25 dives per month including equipment rental • Return transfer between Inhambane-Zavora on the 1st of each month

• Transport to Inharrime every two weeks to buy food supplies

• Research training and assistance.

We also offer the interns the opportunity to participate in a five day reef monitoring course for an additional cost of U$280. This is a formal course with five classroom sessions and two in-water practice sessions. The course is highly recommended for people who have limited knowledge about the marine life in subtropical reefs.

Our internship does not include:

• Flight and transport from country of origin to Mozambique. • Visa expenses

• Transfers that are not on the 1st of each month

• Internet (available by request. Price: 180Met/hour)

• Any course (technical diving, recreational diving, reef monitoring, etc.).

• Drinks and meals apart from the food allowance.

Interns will participate in all research projects including data collection, data entry and, in some cases, data analysis. The normal ‘routine’ of the internship is to collect data during the morning and enter data during the afternoon, but changes can happen depending on weather conditions, research tasks and special events. Once per week we do environment education activities at the local primary school and we arrange a monthly beach cleanup.

Partnership might be accepted for exceptional students interested in developing their own research in Zavora. Please send your project and contact to for more information.

Some of our past interns have received credits from their university after completing an internship here. Please contact us and your School to investigate this possibility.

Intern activities include:

• Underwater photo identification of manta rays using underwater parallel lasers for measurements • Underwater coral reef health and status surveys (for interns who do the training)

• Underwater focal diver interaction with manta rays

• Underwater focal diver impact on the reef

• Maintenance of manta ray acoustic listening station

• Maintenance of the nudibranch tank

• Humpback whale land based survey and photo ID (during season – June-October)

• Conducting user group surveys on marine eco-tourism

• Turtle walks (looking for nesting areas during season – Nov-March)

• Fishing monitoring

• Data entry – using Access, Excel and MID –a software especially designed for Manta Ray identification

• Regular activities with kids from the local community

• Educational open eco-cinema in the village and dive center

• Presentations for divers and fishermen

• Short talks for divers during surface intervals

How do you apply?

To apply please submit your CV with picture in reduced format along with the Application Form to or contact your travel agent

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