Volunteer Programs in Mozambique

If you’re passionate about marine conservation, and you’re keen for a travel adventure, consider volunteering in Mozambique! We invite you to join us at one of our idyllic project locations – at a camp on the beach, or on an island just off the coast. Whichever you choose, you’ll be surrounded by white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and the most incredible range of marine wildlife, including whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and rays. As a volunteer in Mozambique, you’ll help preserve this stunning marine ecosystem by assisting with vital research and conservation programs. Our volunteer projects in Mozambique offer a wonderful ocean adventure with a purpose.

Highlights of our marine conservation projects in Mozambique:

  • Live in a tropical setting and encounter dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and much more during dives and boat expeditions
  • Be part of innovative research and conservation work that protects the rich marine life in this part of the Indian Ocean
  • Offer environmental education in local communities
  • Live in a comfortable camp on the beach, or a research center on an island, together with scientists, environmentalists, and other volunteers
  • Spend your free time diving, surfing, or exploring your stunning surroundings

African Impact's Top Rated Volunteer Projects in Mozambique

from £2,199£5,999
Scuba dive in Mozambique and get hands-on experience in world-class field research on a marine volunteer project designed and created by leading whale shark and manta ray scientists. With one of the highest populations of whale sharks in the world, year-round sightings of manta rays and home to other species such as whales, sharks and turtles, this project aims to conduct research to find out vital information about these threatened species and directly contribute towards the conservation efforts taking place in the area.

Tofo, Mozambique

Any date

Impact: Marine Conservation

Volunteer in one of the most beautiful coastal locations in Africa, getting involved in industry-leading, globally-recognised whale research. As a volunteer, you’ll explore this underwater paradise, learn about marine conservation, and work on real solutions. 

Tofo, Mozambique

June - September

Impact: Marine Conservation

Are you a marine science graduate? Why not join our Marine Science and Environmental Conservation volunteer programme in Africa. The Bazaruto Centre for Scientific Studies offers volunteers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to explore and observe this incredible setting with world-leading scientists and environmentalists.

Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Any date

Impact: Marine Conservation

Frequently asked questions about our Volunteer Projects in Mozambique

Endless white sandbanks. Crystal clear turquoise waters. Breathtaking marine life. Mozambique is truly a tropical paradise. Home to some of the world’s finest beaches, stretching along the coast of the characteristically warm Indian Ocean, Mozambique is a coastal nation like no other. Renowned for its unique history, culture, and notably kind local communities, this idyllic seaside destination is the perfect backdrop for an incredible volunteer adventure in Africa. Our Mozambique volunteer programs work primarily in one lively coastal village, Tofo.

Praia de Tofo, Mozambique

A colourful tourist town, Tofo is a community filled with life, culture, and endless opportunities for incredible adventures. Considered one of the best places in the world for spotting whale sharks, manta rays, and even humpback whales, Tofo is the ideal place to unplug and be swept away in the beauty of Mozambique’s unique marine life.

The true definition of a hidden gem, this small coastal village is home to some of the whitest sand beaches in the continent, without the tour groups that often flock to Africa’s more notable vacation destinations. With essentially no crowds and incredible beaches right on your doorstep, opportunities for bucket-list marine adventures around Tofo are limitless. Embark on a scuba-expedition of the bright and colourful coral reefs that line Tofo’s shores. Spend an afternoon surfing the fantastic breaks that line this coastal town. Looking for a more laid-back beach experience? Lie back on Tofo Beach, soak up the warm sun, and watch the local dhows peacefully sail by for a gratifying and relaxing day.

A beautifully multicultural nation celebrating Islam, Bantu, Swahili, and traditional African tribal customs, Mozambique is renowned for its incredible cuisine, art, and cultural history. Journey into town to try Mata; a seafood stew made with clams and a rich peanut sauce. Enjoy bold flavours? Indulge in peri-peri Shrimp, an iconic Mozambican dish that celebrates the aromatic spices and heat staple to local cooking. If you’re looking for a truly immersive cultural experience, join a local dance class, where you move your way through an exploration of Mozambique’s famous style of dance!

At African Impact, our mission is to provide the best international volunteer programs in Africa that create real, sustainable impacts on local communities. While our volunteer projects may be unpaid, we absolutely believe they are a life-changing experience for volunteers and locals alike!

As an African-based company, we know first hand the incredible adventures available on our stunning continent. We live and breathe all things African travel and are passionate about immersing volunteers in the heart of some of Africa’s most incredible natural environments and communities. Developing meaningful relationships with locals, learning about unique African cultures, and exploring breath-taking natural wonders, you’ll experience the true spirit of Africa and the people, places, and wildlife that make it so extraordinary.

To us, epic adventures and sustainable impacts go hand-in-hand. We firmly believe in the power of responsible volunteering to positively transform the lives of volunteers and local communities alike. Developing our projects with local community stakeholders, everything we do is measured, designed, and implemented with the community’s goals in mind. As a volunteer joining one of our projects, your work will not only be a life-changing experience for you but make actual, sustainable impacts on the lives of the local community.

This combination of incredible adventures, responsible impacts, and cultural immersion allows us to go beyond the conventional understanding of “volunteering abroad” and offer innovative African volunteer travel experiences that – while unpaid – can truly transform lives!

Marine Conservation in the Indian Ocean

Across the world, our oceans are under intense threats. Global warming, increased CO2 in the atmosphere, and unsustainable human practices in marine environments are having devastating impacts on all sea life. Home to some of the most diverse marine species on the planet, Africa’s oceans are not immune to these negative consequences. To secure the future of Africa’s unique marine life – and sea creatures around the world – comprehensive marine conservation efforts are essential.

As a volunteer on one of our marine conservation volunteer programs in Mozambique, you’ll spend your days out on the Indian Ocean supporting local ocean preservation efforts. By participating in exhilarating research dives to collect data on local coral reefs and megafauna’s health, your volunteer work will be integral to advancing sustainable, long-term conservation aims that seek to protect our precious marine environments.

Tasks on these scuba-diving research projects are highly variable but often include unique responsibilities like collecting photo ID kits on local marine creatures, monitoring the health of local species, and identifying distinguishing features on specific sea creatures. If you have yet to gain your PADI certification, we can include it in your program fees and ensure you are ready to dive into an incredible marine adventure!

Mozambique Program Fees

Our Mozambique volunteer programs start at $3,060 and increase depending on which project you join and how long you volunteer with us. These costs cover your volunteer accommodation, meals, 24/7 in-country support, project and airport transportation, project orientation, and any project equipment volunteers may need.

African Impact Sustainability Fund

As a commitment to sustainable development in the communities we work in, all volunteers pay an additional $25 to the African Impact Sustainability Fund. This money goes directly to the African Impact Foundation, which independently ensures the sustainability of our projects in local communities and guarantees impacts continue long after volunteers leave. If you have additional questions about this donation, you can visit our page on the Sustainability Fund here.

Established in 2004, providing high-quality volunteer experiences in Africa has been in our DNA for 16 years. Our volunteers, staff, and local communities’ safety is our top priority and something that is never compromised. From the moment you arrive in Africa to the end of your adventure, we take the utmost care in ensuring your comfort and safety.

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Reviews of our volunteer projects in Mozambique

“There are no words to describe what an experience this was, from the place I stayed to the dives I did, to getting to know all that goes on in this program. I just wish I had spent more time there. Africa is a wonder, nothing is easy or straightforward, which makes getting something done very rewarding."

Sarah Karaman

Marine Research & Conservation, Mozambique

“I was blown away by the diversity of marine life in Tofo and really enjoyed the amount of time out on the water – especially the diving. I got to complete my advanced open water diving certification too! I learned so much and would definitely recommend it.”

Georgina Whittome

Marine Research & Conservation, Mozambique

"The staff and facilities are simply amazing, with the perfect location for our research trips out by boat each day. The views are incredible from the accommodation, and we loved the chance to explore the rest of the island by 4x4."

Josie Chandler

Marine Science and Environmental Conservation, Mozambique

"I had high expectations on arrival and those have been exceeded. The team are generous with their time, their expertise, and their welcome. I experienced a broad range of activities including sampling, laboratory work and ocean observation, as well as undertaking a scuba diving course. The facilities are lovely and it is an exceptionally beautiful place to stay."

Edel Cribbin

Marine Science and Environmental Conservation, Mozambique