Living with Sea Turtles FAQS -

Living with Sea Turtles FAQS

Q Is there a preferable time to submit my application in hopes of gaining a spot on the roster?
A There is no cut off period of when to apply as we run our programs all year round. We do however book up quickly so we suggest booking early to secure your spot.
Q What is the age limitation for participating in Volunteer South Africa projects?
A We have a minimum age of 18 and there is no maximum age. If you are under 18 and wish to participate in one of our programs you may come with a guardian.
Q What is the minimum stay?
A The minimum stay at Living with Seat Turtles is 1 week.
Q How do the arrivals work/which airport do I arrive into?
A If arriving by air, we will be waiting for you at the Richard’s Bay (code:RCB) arrivals hall.
Q Are flights included?
A No, flights are not included.
Q What are the flight arrival times?
A Arrival time is before 11am.
Q Do you monitor the flights?
A Yes, we monitor flights before your arrival to get the approximate time of your landing and will be at the airport waiting for you..
Q What if there’s a flight delay?
A Please contact us as soon as you receive notice of a flight delay.
Q Do I need a Visa?
A Please enquire through the South African embassy in your country or go to the South African Home Affairs link for more information regarding Visa requirements. Please note, we are not responsible for your traveling documentation.
Q When does the project start?
A Mondays. We will fetch you from the airport and take you to the project.
Q What if it doesn’t suit me to arrive on a Monday?
A For an additional cost, we can arrange for a special pick-up for you.
Q Are airport transfers included?
A Yes, 2 airport transfers are included (to and from the airport).
Q Can anyone apply?
A Yes, anyone can apply to join our program, subject to being 18 and above.
Q Do you cater for vegetarians or other dietary requirements?
A Yes, we can accommodate most dietary requirements, please ensure you let us know prior to arrival.
Q How do I pay for the project?

We require a $300 (USD) deposit to secure your place at the project, and ask for the remaining balance to be paid 60 days before your arrival. We have two payment option. You can either pay via international bank – transfer/wire (please note that the administration costs are at your expense) or you can pay via a safe and secure online credit card facility.

Q Do you offer payment options?
A Yes, you are welcome to discuss other payment options with us.
Q Is there a best time of the year to go?
A We are lucky to have incredible weather at the Living with Sea Turtles program. Our winters are from May to August where we have beautiful sunny days with little rain. The average temperature is about 23 degrees celsius. Evenings can be cool and we recommend bringing a warm sweater and scarf. Our summers are from Semtember to March and the days can get hot with an average around 31 degrees celsius, the afternoons have a chance of thunderstorm which typically only last about an hour.
Q Which insurance company is often used for this type of trip?
A We offer our volunteers comprehensive coverage – please enquire with us. It is important to travel with insurance to ensure your security and safety.
Q Would I need any vaccinations /anti-malaria medication?
A You would require tetanus and malaria prophylactics medication.
Q Are there any medical facilities on site to deal with serious issues quickly?
A We have a hospital within 20-25 minutes of the project
Q Do I need mosquito repellent?
A We highly suggest mosquito repellent in the summer months, from September to March.
Q What do you recommend for communication between South Africa and home?
A Your volunteer package includes an internet connection. Volunteers staying longer than 3 weeks are recommended to purchase a pay-as-you-go SIM card for their mobile phone upon their arrival at the airport.
Q Do you offer any discounts to volunteers?
A Volunteers receive a 5% discount if they opt for two or more packages.
Q Any returning volunteer discount?
A Yes, past volunteers receive 10% off their future volunteer experience.