VOLUNTEERING WITH THE BDRI - To all marine mammal enthusiasts!
Welcome to the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI), on the North-Western coast of Galicia, Spain! We invite you to join our ongoing study of the behaviour, communication, habitat use and social lives of the amazing bottlenose dolphins. This project offers an insight in the work that our centre is carrying out, about cetaceans research in general, it gives you hands-on experience in both laboratory and field work, you have the opportunity to work with interested people from all over the world, but most important of all – you will contribute to the marine mammals conservation. This will be done alongside one of the leading scientists and at one of the most important centres for bottlenose dolphin research.
An opportunity is open for everyone over the age of 18 years to:
- gain an insight in the lives of bottlenose dolphins,
- the work that our centre is carrying out and about dolphin research in general,
- get some hands-on experience in both laboratory and field work,
- meet and work with interested people from all over the world,
- and most important of all –contrribute to the bottlenose dolphin conservation.
The BDRI’s main work is to contribute to bottlenose dolphin conservation through research. Our research is published in scientific journals which is the basis for all the information that we have about bottlenose dolphins today. Hence, knowledge is directly connected to protection and conservation. How can we help something we do not understand? In order to spread this information, the BDRI has understood the importance of public awareness.
This is where you will play a big part.
The most important requirements for any participant are enthusiasm, the ability and willingness to learn and work under often difficult (but rewarding) field conditions and the open-mindedness to work, live and communicate with other people of mixed nationality and background. You will be one of the important people who will leave this centre with a real perspective of bottlenose dolphins and the ability to spread the knowledge about these very often misunderstood animals.
To volunteer at the BDRI from March to November requires a minimum of 6 days commitment. The BDRI is not a professional tourist organisation but a well-organised team of research scientists. Therefore, as part of a working team, you will be expected to participate in all activities of the day, including your share of basic domestic duties such as cooking, cleaning and maintenance. Flexibility is also required with respect to sleeping arrangements, as single bedrooms or sleeping facilities only for couples are not usually available.
It is a great satisfaction to have truly interested people help and learn with us, that with the time here understands the real meaning of our work. The BDRI Volunteering program is focusing on public awareness regarding bottlenose dolphin’s research and conservation. Besides gaining hands-on experience and helping in our work – we believe that the true help of a volunteer is to gain understanding.
For more information about BDRI's research and conservation work, please visit our Facebook page.
See you on site!