Marine Ecosystems Research
For aspiring scientists or conservationists who want to gain field experience in marine research.
Immerse yourself in this exciting research project focused on climate change, kelp forests and the endemic life they sustain such as endemic shark species, endangered African pengiuns, Cape fur seals and much more.
This project is in partnership with international and national educational institutions, supported by laid down scientific protocol, which will ensure you’ll help provide insight into the understanding, threats and conservation needs of this fragile marine ecosystem.
PADI SCUBA diving and freediving certification is offered.
You will be based in False Bay, which falls within the Cape Peninsula, is home to the mighty White Shark and many endemic species of animals and plants. It includes the Fynbos, the smallest of six Floral Kingdoms in the world, found nowhere else in the world, as well as the magical kelp forests.
The Dr LJVC Shark House Campus, situated across the road from the beach in Glencairn, a small coastal area in False Bay, is your home. This 2-storey house has spectacular sea views overlooking False Bay and is a stones throw away from local restaurants and other social venues.
AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, the non profit organisation Lesley Rochat founded in 2003, and Shark Warrior Adventure Centre, our PADI watersports and ecotourism Centre are both situated on the waters edge at Seaforth, Simonstown in False Bay. We are based at one of the only remaining endangered African penguin colonies.
All field research will take place in the kelp forests of False Bay close to the Shark Warrior Adventure Centre.
21-31 days 18+ age Cape Town, South Africa
False Bay is 30km (18 miles) from Cape Town, South Africa, place of the majestic Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Cape Town is also rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
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Becca McinnisStudent, USA
This chance is truly one in a million, and I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. I got to experience so many amazing things that truly can’t be seen anywhere else. Lastly; thank you Lesley, for giving us this wonderful opportunity to come and share your world. You do amazing work to help animals, and I intend to put the knowledge you’ve given me to good use. I will continue to photograph animals and give them the voice that they deserve, and to carry on your legacy.
Lauren RiceStudent, USA
The internship itself is run by world renowned Shark conservationist Lesley Rochat, the CEO of AfriOceans Conservation Alliance and Shark Warrior and let me tell you the more I learn about how she's gotten where she is, the more of myself I see in her. We spent 4 weeks learning daily about photography, environmental journalism, wildlife conservation, and about the sharks themselves. Each day I find myself that much more in tune with my camera equipment, my writing and my self. The journey has only just begun, and I know it will be one for the books.
Cassandra RatcliffStudent, USA
This is why my internship was so valuable. It challenged me. It caused me to grow. It refused to let that fire fade underneath my behind because there is a sense of urgency that needs to be had. During my internship, Lesley taught me something more valuable than I ever could’ve imagined. My own ego, fears, insecurities, issues…whatever they may be…do not matter. I was often challenged with my writing while in Africa, finding it hard to put my thoughts to paper and questioning whether or not I could actually become an environmental journalist after all. I psyched myself out, my inspiration and creativity vanished as my anxiety took over. My own frustrations and fears got in the way of becoming a voice for those who cannot speak. This was not okay. The environment needed me and I was letting it down. Thanking God for this amazing opportunity that has truly changed my life and prepared me to become the voice for those who cannot speak.
Rachel HildebrandStudent, USA
This whole internship has been an experience I will carry with me forever. I currently have one full day left of this amazing African adventure and I’m not sure how exactly I can put into words exactly how I feel in my soul about it all. I was extremely nervous coming into this trip. Traveling half way across the world for days on end alone was a very daunting task, but I did it. And with that feeling of finally finding my way to The Shark House in Glencairn South Africa, my soul and mind have been changed forever. I have been opened to a whole new world of experiences. I have totally and completely fallen in love with this country. Over the past three weeks, I have grown and shaped into a new person. I feel I have become even more in tune with nature and all its amazing beings. I have seen things many people dream of and never have the chance to experience. I have even been open to a whole new world of exploration for my career.
Chris MoormanStudent, USA
This internship has lived up to my expectations and then some. I learned things about photography I never even knew existed, how to spin my writing to convey my own views while still reporting the facts, and most importantly, I learned how to get out of my comfort zone. I would highly recommend this internship to any and everyone who is looking to gain hands on experience from one of the best photographers and conservationists that there is, regardless of their skill level.
Danielle PuleoStudent, USA
I had an amazing time here in South Africa. This was an experience of a lifetime and I know I am now a stronger, smarter and better prepared traveler. I loved every second of the trips, and I made some great friends that are going to go far in life.” My love and passion for conserving the wildlife of our world has grown so much after seeing first-hand what they go through and just how precious they are to our world. I think the pictures speak for themselves – I smile every time I think about seeing how African penguins are taken in and brought back to health, and how there are preservations that ensure the safety of wild animals such as lions, elephants and rhinos. My heart was so full after swimming alongside the playful seals and looking over the top of Cape Point, where two seas merge together and become one
Chris CarlanStudent, USA
Being thrown into another culture and way of life wasn’t at all a shock for me, it was a love. The purity of the food, the distinct difference in the people, and the unrecognizable language flowing around me. All so foreign, yet so perfect. Just thinking about Glencairn, the Shark House, and my trip overall, makes me one of the happiest people on planet Earth. The feeling is indescribable. It is hard to convey a place or a feeling without being a part of the experience.
Heather FischerStudent, USA
Such an incredible experience filled with friendships and memories I’ll hold on to forever. Thank you Lesley for all you have done for us. You are an inspiration.
Shelby BarkerStudent, USA
Now, what I didn’t think I was joining this course to learn about, was myself. I did not expect that this course would empower me in ways unimaginable. Lesley Rochat’s course far exceeded my expectations. Lesley and her course helped me unlock myself to the universe. I am finally allowing God’s creativity to flow through me. A tremendous heap of relief, I have finally found myself again.Thanks to our wonderful teacher we have grown in ways that most of us never imagined! Thanks for such an awesome Course, it truly was an adventure of a lifetime and I’ve learned so much!
Taylor DuckStudent, USA
I have learned an incredible amount here on my internship, made long-lasting friendships, and promised myself lifetime of commitment to wildlife conservation. Thank you Lesley Rochat for your effort to give us the confidence to face and report about the great white shark! Shark Warrior till the end!
Alexia WoernerStudent, USA
I came in to the internship not only with no expectations but also not knowing what I wanted to do after college at all. This internship opened my eyes to something I’m really interested in and pointed me in a direction of possible jobs to look at in the future, which is more than could have ever asked for in an internship. I can’t believe the month is over, I wish I didn’t have to leave, it’s not goodbye forever, it’s goodbye for now. I’ll be back. Thank you Lesley Rochat for teaching us everything this month, it’s been a blast.