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Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Global Environmental Placement - Tanzania - Marine Conservation and Dolphin Research - January
As you step off the place in Zanzibar a wall of heat will greet you and the palm trees will wave in the breeze, letting you know "You are welcome", a common phrase on the island. The hustle and bustle of the capital, Stone Town, will be left behind you as the taxi ferries you toward the serenity and beauty of the small town of Jambiani. When you arrive at the volunteer house, you will step into the soft white sand, look over the right blue ocean and smile with the delight that this will be your home for the next month.
Located on the east of the island, Jambiani stretches along the coastline and is the home to a number of communities relying on tourism to keep villages functioning. Many members of the township work as boat drivers, taking tourists from beach resorts out to view the dolphin populations located further south in the township of Kizimkazi. This coastline is home to 150 humpback and bottlenose dolphins but harmful practices by the boat drivers and tourists are negatively impacting the dolphin pods. On the project, you will be part of the research team at Kizimkazi that monitor the impact of dolphin tours while also developing education materials for tourists and boat drivers to promote ethical tourism practices that can ensure a sustainable industry for the communities that rely on these tourist dollars.
Your working week will involve lots of time in and out of the water with the talented and dedicated research team, Mohammed and Abdul. In addition to surveys on boat and dolphin behavior, you will also undertake fish surveys, coral reef monitoring, and GIS work. You will also have an opportunity to learn about and participate in ethical dolphin swims. At the end of a day out in the field, you will come home to delicious meals that reflect the mix of cultures that have come to inhabit the island and every Wednesday a special home cooked meal with all the volunteers at a nearby Zanzibar home will be a fun and delicious part of your working week.
In your spare time, there is plenty of time to investigate the surrounding villages, learn to kitesurf, explore the history of UNESCO listed Stone Town or simply relax on this beautiful island.
Students from any undergraduate degree can apply for this project but is great for students with an academic or general interest in the areas of
Fisheries and Aquaculture
Zoology and Animal Science
Sustainable or Eco-Tourism
To ensure you get the most out of the experience a medium level of fitness is required as there is lots of walking on beaches with equipment. Confidence in the water is also a plus as there will be a lot of time spent in and on the ocean.
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 travelers. 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 6 am to approximately 5 pm Project duration: 3 weeks Unit of enrolment at Deakin:SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 - Professional Practice Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia
Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.
Compulsory content hours:
Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018
Introductory briefing: Thursday, 26 July 2018
Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)
In-country component: 7 - 28 January 2019
Application close: Friday, 17 July 2018
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 T3 2018. Before starting this unit in T3 2018 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study.
For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2019. Before starting this unit in T1 2019 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
Cost: $3,794 AUD $500 deposit due before: Monday, 16 July 2018 Final payment due date: Friday, 31 August 2018
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
24-hour support from the on-site coordinator
The fee does not include:
Airport transfers to Zanzibar Island
Visas & passport fees
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help
WIL Financial Support
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
Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full-time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.
The archipelago of Zanzibar is located 25-50km off the mainland of Africa. Interestingly enough the Island’s main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism and as such are often dubbed the “Spice Islands”. The islands are a picture-postcard perfect, with endless stretches of soft white sand, crystal clear ocean waters and unforgettable sunsets. The archipelago is made up of many small islands and two large ones, the main islands being Zanzibar and Pemba.
The islands are supported by lush tropical rainforest, dispersed between coastal fishing villages and towns. At the very heart of Zanzibar Town is the old Stone Town. It is here that you will find a labyrinthine of alleyways, hand-carved doors, and incredibly fascinating architecture.
The volunteer project is only 30 minutes away from a tiny fishing village on the east coast, called Jambiani. Jambiani is tiny and everything is within easy walking distance. You’ll find a laid-back community set amongst beautiful scenery. There isn’t much shopping, leaving you with plenty of time to walk up and down the pristine beaches and enjoy the white sand and turquoise waters. Seafood is the name of the game here, so sit and soak up the local life while feasting on deliciously fresh seafood.
Places in this program are limited to 6 students in total. Selection will be based on those first to complete a full application.
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 of any program fees