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  • Locations: Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

Tanzania Dolphin

Global Environmental Placement - Tanzania - Marine Conservation and Dolphin Placement

This Marine Conservation and Dolphin Research Placement is based in the Menai Bay Conservation Area in Zanzibar. Menai Bay is Zanzibar’s largest marine protected area. It was officially established as a conservation area in 1997 and is home to a vivid array of marine creatures including whales, bottlenose and humpback dolphins. 
Tourists are taken out in fishing boats with the promise of being able to get up-close and personal with dolphins, and they often eagerly jump into the water to swim with them. Dolphins are naturally inquisitive creatures and are very friendly but they can sometimes be surrounded by 20+ boats all chasing after them to give the tourists the best experience. This can cause immense stress and anxiety to the local dolphin population, especially if they happen to be feeding or nursing their young. 
Through participation in this project you’ll help collect data for research studies, assist the community in developing sustainable tourism and lend a hand with beach clean ups, tree planting and more. Data that is collected is provided to research studies which help the government determine how to regulate dolphin and tourist interaction in the long term. Your efforts will ultimately help protect this amazing species. 
You’ll also be given the opportunity to work with the local community and assist them with beach clean-ups, working with local guides and helping with tree planting projects. The marine project also includes the running of a “resource centre”. The aim of the centre is to provide education to both locals and tourists about the marine life and environment. 
The project needs vary from time to time and as such the tasks and activities you will be involved in will change accordingly. You will have the opportunity to get involved in the following activities: 
  • Assisting research students with their research 
  • Helping develop and maintain the local resource centre 
  • Teaching English to the local tour guides 
  • Research and monitoring of other specific types of fish and marine life 
  • Research on coastal activities such as bivalve collection, coconut husk burying, rope making and seaweed farming 
  • Monitoring dolphin behaviour including feeding, daily habits and reaction to humans 
  • Documenting results, including taking photos 
  • Monitoring tourist numbers to obtain daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal figures 
  • Monitoring tourist-dolphin interaction 

Program details

Required Skills: You will need to be able to swim competently and confidently. You must also have a keen interest in marine wildlife and conservation. As with any overseas travel is it important to be culturally sensitive. It is stressed that appropriate clothing should be worn at all times, and respect for religious festivals and cultural norms be observed.
Excercise Level: For those who are unqualified divers a love of water and an interest in sea-life is just as essential as the ability to swim a minimum of 2 x lengths of a 25m pool. You’ll be expected to carry equipment during the project, subsequently a moderate level of fitness is essential.
Relevant for: This project is for more experienced travellers. Students should be prepared for a medium to high level of challenge and adventure.
Project type: Practical focus on environmental and animals projects and there will be a focus on education and community engagement. 
Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania 
Project Activities: Reef monitoring, data collections, identifying species and underwater clean up. 
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 6am to approximately 5pm. 
Project Duration: 3 weeks. 
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE 301 Professional Practice
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia
Dates: 15 January to 4 February 2018 
Cost: $3794 AUD
Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)
Program fee includes: 
  • Shared room in a beach bungalow 
  • 3 meals per day, excluding Wednesdays when you will eat out 
  • Weekly laundry service 
  • Airport / ferry pick up and drop off 
  • On-site orientation 
  • 24 hour support from on-site coordinator 
The fee does not include 
  • Tuition fees 
  • Flights  
  • Airport transfers to Zanzibar Island 
  • Visas & passport fees 
  • Vaccinations 
  • Weekend activities 

Information Session

Video recording | Powerpoint presentation

Eligibility and Enrolment

  • For enrolment in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement - A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in in T3 2017.  Before starting this unit in T3 2017 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
  • For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2018. Before starting this unit in T1 2018 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
  • Students in either unit must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement. 
Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair. 

Funding options

OS-Help Loans
  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$7880
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website

WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information and eligibility:? WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Important to note:  

  • A maximum number of 6 students will be accepted into this program.
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.  
  • The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.  
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.  
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available.    
CIS Australia Cancellation Policy  
Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply  
After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit  
After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)  
After final payment deadline: No refund on any program fees  

International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.