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Intern Guestbook

See what some other interns had to say. 

2022 Max Berlin wrote:
What a month! Wish I could stay for longer. You learn a lot and you really get imersed in the science work both practically and theoretically, in addition to that there will be leasure time that you will remember forever. Many warm thanks to the staff and team at sharklife!…
2022 Silvia Leva wrote:
I am a postgraduate Marine science student, I spent 3 wonderful months with shark life to write my thesis about the identification and aboundance of rays in iSimangaliso Wetlands park.    I spent the most beautiful time of my life with really nice people. At sharklife everyday is a surprise and you are always learning new things! Even if my project was specific, I learnt a lot of things also about other topics.  I can't explain with words all the feelings and emotions that shark life gave to me, you just have to go! Please feel free to contact me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/silvia_leva/…
2022 Sara Cerqueira wrote:
HI! I am a Master's student from Portugal and spent 6 months with Sharklife, from November 2021 until the end of April 2022. I can truly say that, after all that time, I called Sodwana Bay my "home away from home". I spent most of my time collecting data for my Master's thesis with the help of all the Sharklife's team and its interns. Grant taught me a lot, and his passion for conservation was genuinely inspiring. Candice Smith always made sure that everything ran smoothly, in and out of camp. Candice Parkes and Romain always helped me whenever I needed, I could not have done it without them, or without the help of the amazing interns! I've learned so much from all these people and I can honestly say I've made friends for life. Being able to have amazing and unexpected encounters with different species, marine or not, was always a heartwarming feeling that I will never forget! With that being said, my time in Sodwana was, without a doubt, one of the best experiences in my life! The country, the people, the knowledge, the ocean, everything. Everything made it so worth it. And if you are still not convinced you should go for it, (which you should be by now, I promise you, you won't regret it), feel free to DM me on instagram @saraadcc. I am forever grateful to this program and I hope to see you all again, someday! :)    …
2022 Reagan Irby wrote:
I was a research assistant at sharklife for 2 months. Always being passionate about sharks, when Candice Parkes reached out to me about this internship, I knew it was exactly what I needed to do. It would take me ages to explain how amazing of a program SharkLife is. All of the knowledge you gain out on the field and in the office is truly astonishing. I walked away from SharkLife knowing more about elasmobranchs than I ever have before. Not only do you learn so much about the ocean life, you learn how to make new friendships and new memories. Things that stay with you for the rest of your life. From Candice and Grant Smith to Candice Parkes and Romain, I never felt alone or confused about anything. I am forever grateful for this program. I truly believe I will go back one day! P.s.: be careful with the gopros;) …
2022 Franzi wrote:
I stayed with Sharklife for 3 months, after my graduation, to gain some work experience and couldn't be happier about my stay. Grant and Candice care a lot about their interns and are constantly trying to improve their visits. I learned a lot about shark ecology and marine conservation, had amazing encounters with sharks, rays,  dolphins and other marine life, gained my first freediving level and even though my sea sickness struggle never ended, all the time we spent at sea and underwater was an experience I wouldn't have missed for the world! Please feel free to contact me on WhatsApp or by email, if you have any questions - +49 151/68103327/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I didn't know, now I know - Thank you for everything, I hope I see you again someday!…
2022 Jessica Ferreira wrote:
I am a Master's student and stayed with Sharklife between January and March 2022 to gather data for my thesis. There's no way I can put into words all the wonderful moments I had in Sodwana Bay during these 3 months, but I can honestly say it was the best experience of my life so far. I gained so much knowledge regarding marine biology, seamanship, actual real-life conservation and of course sharks and other elasmobranchs. The balance between ocean days and office work was essential for me to be able to achieve my thesis related goals, and because I am a Master's student, I was free to make my own schedule regarding that. Despite getting a bit tiring sometimes, it was all definitely worth it. Besides that, I was able to do some really cool activities during off days, most of them related to nature and wildlife. I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed my time with Sharklife so much was because of the wonderful team that accompanied me. Grant not only taught me so much, but was always on top of my thesis' research and made sure my data sampling was going on smoothly. On the other hand, Candice was tireless regarding checking if the interns were okay or needed something, besides organizing the cool off days' activities. Lastly but not least, Candice and Romain, Sharklife's researchers, my fellow interns from all around the world and also Dan made me feel like I belonged to a little family. I'm so grateful I met them and shared every single one of those amazing memories with such an incredible group of people. Overall, I would totally recommend joining Sharklife if you love marine conservation. It doesn't matter much if you are a student with some background or if you just really want to help and learn, but I would suggest having some diving certificate so you can take the most out of the experience. Either way, I'm sure you're going to have the time of your life, like I did! I will forever cherish my time with Sharklife, and I really hope I can one day come back :)…
2022 Wing Ki SIT wrote:
I am from Hong Kong and I had the most incredible 3 months with Sharklife.  I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in marine conservation.  I have learnt so much here from all the field and office work.  Needless to say, the ocean here is beautiful and I had many amazing scuba and free dives here.  Thank you Grant, Candice S., Candice P., Romain and all the lovely people I have met here. They are truly passionate about research, conservation, and the environment.  They are all really kind, fun, open-minded, and willing to teach.  They also made an effort to ensure that I enjoyed my time here outside of work with all the excursions, and provided assistance whenever needed.  I hope Sharklife will continue to thrive and I look forward to coming back to visit one day!…
2022 Ferdinand Binder wrote:
My Girlfriend and I (both 19) decided to travel the world for a year before going to University. We found Sharklife through a Volunteer website and although doubtful at first we soon decided to book everything and made our way from Austria to South Africa. Pretty much the day after arriving we knew that coming to Sharklife would be the best experience of our gap year. The Staff, other Interns, the Locals and pretty much everyone else there is extremely nice and welcoming. Working is really fun, you‘ll learn a lot during the boat excursions, while also seeing beautiful underwater landscapes and a lot of sharks. The lectures on sharks are very interesting and you‘ll be able to apply your newly learned skills and knowledge the next time you launch the boat. The same goes for freediving, which for me was an amazing opportunity that opened up a completely new way of exploring the underwater world besides scuba diving. So if you‘re unsure about working for Sharklife, trust me just go and if your not convinced yet you can text me on Whatsapp and ask whatever you want. -Ferdinand Binder…
2022 Linn Månsson wrote:
Hi there! My name is Linn and I did an internship at Sharklife for two months, January to February 2022 (which was way too short if you ask me). I come from the cold county of Sweden and am currently on my last term of a bachelor in biology at university. I came to Sharklife to gain more experience in marine science, and that I definitely did! I've had so many amaxing encounters, got so much new knowledge and experiences, and it will all be very beneficial in my future career as a marine biologist. Also I learned how to freedive thanks to Grant. Sharklife is just the most amazing organization at the perfect spot and passionated people. I feel honored to be a part of Sharklife so of course I would highly recommend coming here to anyone. If you would like to contact me with questions, you are most welcome to at either +46761053395 (whatsapp) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  …
2021 Julie Alberts wrote:
Hi I'm Julie, I'm from the US, and I went to Sharklife for 3 months in 2021 in order to collect data for my Master's Thesis! I worked on their BRUV project to sample for elasmobranch diversity in the wintertime. My time in South Africa with Sharklife is one of the most memorable and rewarding things I've ever done. Each day offered new challenges and opportunities to learn about how incredible sharks are and why they are worthy of our conservation efforts. The research is so rewarding and I genuinely had fun each and every day of my stay. The diving in Sodwana is beautiful, the safari trips were so fun, and I absolutely loved getting to meet and work with people from all over the world! Everyone at Sharklife was so helpful teaching me new skills and the experience was truly incredible. I love talking about my time here and how it impacted me so if you have any questions at all reach out to me on instagram @julie_alberts6 or email @This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :)…
2021 Kristin Russell wrote:
My internship at Sharklife was life changing. I was meant to go for two weeks but I pushed it to three weeks because I didn't want to leave. I have always loved and respected the ocean and sharks, I thought I knew quite a bit, but I still learnt soo much whilst I was there. Saw the most amazing animals on our daily trips into the sea including bull and tiger sharks, so many rays and even more dolphins! The museum is so interesting and the people working there are amazing! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new personal challenge (it can get quite physical), an educational experience or students interested in marine biology. They need so much help and support, please get involved!…
2021 Craig Hutchings wrote:
I was a research assistant at Sharklife from February 2021 to July 2021. I cannot put into words what an amazing experience I had during that time but I'll do my best! To start with, Candice and Grant are just the best; if you need anything or have trouble with something they are more than happy to help you out when you need it. From organising dives on your days off, giving you lifts to the local town for groceries or taking you to safari parks they go above and beyond to make sure their interns are having the best possible experience. They both also have a great sense of humour. The best part of working for Sharklife is the boat trips; the early morning starts are a small price to pay when you get to go out and see so many amazing creatures, like sharks and dolphins and, if you are lucky, even Manta Rays! The first time I saw one it was breathtaking. The work you do as an intern is very rewarding, especially when you're going through footage taken with the underwater cameras as you never knew what you'd see. I think my favorite thing that we managed to capture on those cameras were the baby Tiger Sharks, truly adorable. On top of seeing these amazing things, you're also gathering vital data that will be used to help these wonderful creatures so scrubbing down the boat to get all the salt water off of it is a small price to pay in my book if you ask me! In my down time I enjoyed scuba diving and safari park excursions, which were incredible. If you don't have a scuba qualification, not to worry, as you'll be given time off to go get your open water and even advanced dive certs at the local dive centre, which is a really nice thing for the guys at sharklife to do. It's definitely worth learning to scuba out there if you don't already know how, as once you do you'll be able to dive on Raggie, which is where you'll encounter sharks most often. The encounters I had there were out of this world! It's hard to condense five brilliant months into just a few paragraphs, but I can honestly say that I really enjoyed my time there and that I am definitely going to go again someday in the future :)…
2021 Sarah Anderson wrote:
Sharklife is an awesome organization that is really trying to bring awareness to shark conservation and why they are so important to the planet. All the staff are knowledgeable, and there is a lot of opportunity to grow and learn through this program.…
2021 Hanna Baldwin wrote:
When I first got to Sharklife, I mentioned that I had never done anything like this before and Grant threw me a tool and said “just dive into the deep end”. I think that’s a perfect description of this experience. I came in knowing nothing about diving or boats but I was eager to learn, and I came out with knowledge and confidence in the skills I had built here. As long as you’re willing to try and learn, you will enjoy this experience. Sharklife is the perfect place to learn new skills and is filled with very welcoming and supportive people. If you have any questions and would like to talk about Sharklife, feel free to reach out to me! @hanabaldwin on Instagram or +1-551-214-9392 on WhatsApp…
2021 Tino Sonnenschein wrote:
Sharklife is a magnet for interesting and fun people. Whether you got a specific project in mind or just want to gain some extra research experience, you are in for a good time. There are lots of challenges to tackle but with an open-minded approach, you are going to learn how to solve problems and if you are stuck, the awesome team will always be happy to lend a hand. Feel free to leave a message to @sunshine_t_l on Instagram if you have got any questions!…
2020 Zoe Townsley wrote:
I absolutely loved my two week internship with Sharklife and would totally recommend it to anyone who has an interest in sharks (not just for students - for anyone). I can't believe how much the team packed into two weeks: lectures, studying specimens, practical boatwork (safety checks and preparation), ocean days, free dive training (theory and practice), and helping process real scientific data for use in the Raggie study. Before I joined, I was interested in sharks but didn't have any particular knowledge. Now I feel like I have more than a good grounding on them and the threats facing them - so much so that I feel equipped to present to my work colleagues on shark conservation and try and break down some of the standard prejudices most people have about sharks. The internship was not only a really valuable experience for me but also super fun too: cracking! I met some truly wonderful people at Sharklife (big shout out to the Team: Grant, Greg, Candice, Miriam, Emma - thank you for the hard work you do) and the other lovely interns too. I would have no hesitation in doing this all again and hope to stay in touch and continue to support Sharklife and its important work.…
2020 Tiago Lima wrote:
I did a month-long internship at Sharklife, in February 2020.I am a physicist and a diver, so I was both curious to learn about different research strategies, involving being in contact with the sea and its fascinating underwater world.I quickly learned that I barely knew anything about sharks and ocean conservation, and that there is so much that I can do now to make a difference. I had an incredible experience, not only learning about sharks and rays and other sea creatures, but also about everything else Sharklife does: from preparing every research trip (seamanship, weather conditions, research objectives/parameters/equipment), to research methods (which includes free diving training  <3), to conservation activities and even personal well-being development.Plus I got to see WAY more sharks than I ever thought. Raggies are the best! While my experience with Sharklife was purely personal (I can even say it has changed my life, opening new perspectives and lifestyle choices), it also turned out to be a fantastic opportunity to further develop my professional skills (used my programming to help with the research, learning about machine learning on the way). I believe this to be true in any other area, as Sharklife motivates you to go further and find your best contribution to the cause.Not my case, but I also believe Sharklife to be a perfect start for anyone who wants to pursue a career in Marine Biology. Now some personal references:Grant and Candice were lovely, always positively supporting you and your choices. I was amazed by how trustful Grant was towards me, particularly when it seemed that he should be more "expert" than me when carrying out some tasks.Greg was the first Sharklife member I met, as he picked me up from the airport. He was very friendly and always passionate about teaching about different things: from sharks to personal well-being.Myriam and Emma were neck-deep into the research at Sharklife. Myriam was super passionate about her project and always eager to go one step further, while overwhelmed by copious amounts of data. A true scientist.Emma was just getting started with her project, but was already greatly involved with its cause. Very conservation oriented, exploring an underdeveloped topic, I am very curious of where this project will take you and to learn a lot about the rays of the world!There were also additional hands, who helped in our ocean trips, be it being top man or a dive guide. Both Ayonda and Dennis did a fantastic job! I have to say, I had some amazing shark encounters in the company of Dennis. Thank you for that!Finally, there were the other interns. I think we made a great team. Of varied nationalities, different languages, backgrounds and expertises, we spent almost all the time together, be it in the kitchen chatting and cooking meals together (satee nights, chili nights, pasta nights, you name it, we made it), preparing the equipment and boat, or just free diving training in the sea. It was refreshing to be with them! And that's all! I would highly recommend Sharklife to anyone who can relate with my experience - wishing to learn more about sharks, whilst making a difference not only in your life.Cheers!…
2020 Clinton Peters wrote:
I've just completed the Jan 2020, 2 week internship at Sharklife. As an active member of Sharklife, and a real fan of what the brand stands for, it was an honour to be among the most knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate staff who are amazing at Marine conservation and research. A real dream come true for me. Meeting Grant was a real pleasure and I admire the amount of work he and Candice put in to make the internship, a memorable one. The experience is is made better by the superb lecturers, Greg, Miriam and Emma, one can feel the passion and dedication that they have when it comes to preserving life in the seas. The intern experience is humbling and I'm definitely able to use my Shark knowledge to have factual discussions about the importance of conservation. The freedive experience, as a first timer was an unbelievable one. I was able to get down to a few meters, under the watchful eye of the experienced instructor, Greg, with Grant offering advice from his vantage point on the boat. Ayanda was also very helpful on the boat. The surf launch, also a first time experience for me, was exhilarating, and hats off to the skipper, Grant for his amazing ability behind the wheel. Whichever internship you choose to do with Sharklife, you most definitely will not be disappointed. Rest assured you'll be in good hands. Thank you all at Sharklife. Hope to see you soon again.…
2019 Karolina Nszcm wrote:
What an amazing program , great two weeks with great learning path connected with a lots of hours in the ocean. - you got to be in it to win it ?❤️shark lover!…
2019 Emma Williams wrote:
I had the most amazing time interning with Sharklife. It was so good i stayed for 10 weeks and am heading back in September. There's a great balance between academic learning and time in the ocean. I learnt so much about sharks as well as other marine issues and animals and had plenty of opportunities to improve my freediving skills which I'm going to continue to work on when I get back, as well as loads more to learn. I would recommend this to any one interested in the marine environment. Sodwana is a beautiful place to live and explore, Sharklife has incredible learning resources and Grant and Candice were so much fun to work with and learn from. Thank you for the great experience guys…
2019 Ângela Sabino wrote:
Very dedicated team, learned so much ? Awesome internship ? Keep up the great work guys ?…
2019 Pim de Boer wrote:
Had 2 great weeks at Sharklife. A really passionate group of people who do so much with little resources. Would highly recommend the internship to any ocean enthusiast! Learned so much about sharks and the ocean in general. The shark museum and brand new intern camp are an awesome learning environment. But most amazing of all is the time you get to spend in the water with the sharks. They really know where to find them and you get the opportunity to see some special shark species that you would never get to see without expert knowledge. Really hope that more and more people start supporting Sharklife to allow them to make a change!…
2019 Mikala Haptonstall wrote:
Amazing people to be surrounded by learning how to free dive in absolutely beautiful water with the chance to see breathtaking wildlife. The passion that the staff exude is so contagious, I didn't want to leave!…
2019 Michaela Leyva wrote:
One of the best experiences of my life! They are amazing people with such a passion for sharks. Free diving in such beautiful water and being able to see some amazing wildlife along with in depth learning of sharks was perfect. I would love to go back and stay for longer.…
2019 Bella Aitkenhead wrote:
The Sharklife internship experience was like no other! I learnt so much about sharks and shark conservation, my head was just filled with exciting new information for the two weeks. Not only did I learn a lot of valuable skills and information, the staff at Sharklife have inspired me to become a shark ambassador wherever I go, and have given me the confidence to do so! The Sharklife team makes it easy to feel comfortable and settle right into the life as a Sharklife intern and the intern camp felt like a home throughout the two weeks. I had never been freediving before, and was unsure how comfortable I would be in the water, but now, after freediving comfortably in such a beautiful place like Sodwana Bay, all I want to do is take more freediving courses and increase my level. I would recommend the Sharklife internship to everyone! I can’t wait until I can go back!!!…

 

 

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