2016/2017 Whale Shark Diaries Internship Program

Whale Shark Diaries Internship Program has limited spaces for research interns. Our research vessel is a 22 foot Panga which allows a crew of one researcher, the boat captain and up to four research interns. We have also found that this is the optimum sized research team for the work that we are doing with the whale sharks. Our small team size means that each intern will receive a personal level of attention to their skills development throughout the program. We take your training very seriously and hope you will make the most of your time with us and maybe even go on to use your newly-found skills on other conservation projects in the future.

It is possible to join a program for as little as one week but preference will be given to candidates who can commit to the full ten week program.

Whale Shark Diaries Research Project provides comfortable accommodation for interns in the form of an apartment or house close to the city centre and other ammenties. Utility bills are covered (gas, municipal water and electricity). Food is not included in the project participation fee however cooking facilities are provided. A wide choice of good quality fresh food is readily available in La Paz and relatively inexpensive. Please note that flights and travel insurance are not included in the participation fee.

Cultural immersion activities
We will arrange a number of fun cultural activities including (but not limited to);

  • Activities and talks in schools, orphanages, community centres and other venues
  • Beach and mangrove clean up events
  • Spanish classes with a certified teacher
  • Mexican cooking classes
  • Various social events
  • Optional additional trips (*some trips may have an additional fee such as scuba diving or a visit to Espiritu Santo island to snorkel with the friendly sea lions as we use responsible local tour operator partners for these)
  • Beach camping trips

How to apply

If you would like to apply please do so by first checking the eligibility information below and then sending your cv / resume together with a covering letter highlighting your motivations for your application as a whale shark research intern to … whalesharkdiaries@gmail.com

Applications are welcome from anyone eligible who has a genuine interest in marine conservation and of course, whale sharks.


  • Minimum age: 18. No maximum age, but all volunteers must be physically fit enough to carry out data collection.
  • Participants must be motivated and enthusiastic about conservation of the natural environment, passionate about the ocean and should have an interest in biological studies.
  • Preferably with relevant experience and/or studying marine biology, conservation, environmental studies or related field, but not essential.
  • Ability to work in tropical conditions; hot and humid climate with mosquitos and sand flies.
  • Must be a confident swimmer with capable snorkeling ability or willing and able to quickly learn.
  • Comfortable at sea and working on boats. No experience necessary but if you suffer from extreme sea sickness maybe this is not the right project for you.
  • Interpersonal skills, initiative, enthusiasm and the ability to work within a team are essential.
  • Personal insurance. All volunteers must have their own insurance, and documented evidence must be provided to Whale shark Diaries prior to volunteer arrival.

Main program dates and prices

*Prices are in United States Dollars (USD). Exchange rates for other currencies will be calculated from local rates when your payments are received.



Oct 12 — Dec 18La Paz10 weeks $2695 USD

Jan 04 — March 11La Paz10 weeks $2695 USD

Anytime during dates above

La Paz6 weeks $1895 USD

Anytime during dates above La Paz: 4 weeks $1495 USD

Anytime during dates above La Paz: 2 weeks $895 USD

Anytime during dates above La Paz: 1 week $595 USD

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