UNDERWATER RESEARCH LAKE MALAWI
Join an exciting underwater research project at the magnificent Lake Malawi! Live and work on the golden shores of this great lake, and help to protect its legacy.

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The research programs are diverse in focus but each one aims to increase knowledge of Lake Malawi, the people who live near it, and the interactions between the two.  As an Intern on this Underwater Research Project, you will be trained to become a useful member of the lake research team. If you are not already qualified, you will become a PADI Open Water scuba diver in order to assist in conducting underwater population and biodiversity surveys of Lake Malawi. The most biologically diverse lake on the planet, Lake Malawi is home to nearly 1000 endemic species of fish. You will also be trained in water quality monitoring techniques and have opportunities to work with local Malawians to collect data on the Lake's fishing industry. Over your internship placement, you will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Comprehensive Orientation
  • Dive Course
  • Methodology and Data collecting techniques
  • Weather and Water Quality Monitoring
  • Introduction to the biology and ecology Cichlid fish family native to lake Malawi
  • Introduction to the history and current status of fisheries management on Lake Malawi and the Community-based Fisheries Management Program
  • Introduction to underwater surveying methodology and techniques

Daily Schedule:

When you arrive you will be given a schedule for your entire stay.  A typical day begins at 8:30 and ends at 4:30pm with a lunch break in between from 11:30am to 1:30pm.  The activities you do will change roughly weekly.  A typical intern will have the following schedule for the first 4 weeks: 

The first week will be spent on dive training during which you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver.  The second and third weeks will be spent learning about our research programs, their methodologies, data collection techniques, and with fish identification training.  You will also begin taking part in the data collection itself.  The fourth week will be spent doing underwater surveys.

You will be working 6 days a week but will still have ample opportunity to explore the surrounding areas. Additional time off can be given if required.

Upon arrival you will receive a comprehensive orientation that will include:

Health and Safety procedures review
Kande village orientation
Daily schedule review
Review of volunteer and intern duties and expectations and conditions of service
A “welcome” barbeque on the beach

Project Support:

Throughout your placement you will have the support and guidance of the experienced research centre staff who will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance. 

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