Important history, colorful culture, a gorgeous coastline, and a hotspot for marine biodiversity. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world but it has exciting internship opportunities to offer.
If you were asked to imagine a tropical paradise, the image that came to mind would likely not be dissimilar to one of Mozambique’s beaches. Mozambique’s coastline is one of the most exquisite marriages of land and sea that can be found on Earth. It has shores of white sand, leaning palm trees, and densely vegetated wetlands, speckled with thatch-roofed huts. Its oceans are crystal clear, turquoise blue, and alive with biodiversity. The coast of Mozambique, the Bazaruto Archipelago specifically, is a site of vital significance for the furtherment of marine science. The research taking place here could be of value to global efforts to conserve our oceans.
Mozambique has a lot going on inland too. Maputo’s capital is a chaotic but beautiful, fast-developing city with an effervescent culture. Here, you’ll find lively jazz, striking street art, scintillating Portuguese cuisine, and a bold, colorful sense of fashion. You can also educate yourself on Mozambique’s dramatic history and its recent civil war at the city’s numerous museums and memorials. There is a wealth of developmental work going on around the country, however most of our partners are focused on marine conservation, based in the Bazaruto Archipelago. Interning with these organizations, you can dive into Mozambique’s rich aquatic ecosystems, gaining hands-on scientific research experience, all while contributing to preserving marine biodiversity and creating a lasting impact for our oceans.
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Marine Research Internship
- Min. 4 weeks
- Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
- Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education
Get field experience in marine research on a stunning island.
Why Choose Roots Internships in Mozambique
Find out from our previous interns how internship positions in Mozambique can boost your professional career and grow your interpersonal skills.
I was lucky enough to get experience with a very optimistic and hard working research team. My time here taught me to bring nature into my life in a more sustainable way as well as learn more about scientific academia. Moreover, having a good work community is key. They were a great bunch of people and taught me a lot in terms of engaging with people in your team. The beauty of Benguerra made passion easy, the dives were great for macro sightings and the team was very energizing.
Pfaff, University of Cape Town, Marine Conservation Program
Important information about Mozambique
Internship locations in Mozambique
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique’s gem, boasts pristine islands, azure waters, and diverse marine life. It is a paradise for snorkeling, diving, and relaxation. It also offers exciting possibilities for marine conservation internships.
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Weather and Climate
Mozambique experiences a tropical climate, with a distinct wet season from November to March, and a dry season spanning from April to October. The Bazaruto Archipelago, part of Mozambique’s coast, generally enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. The dry months offer ideal conditions for beach activities and marine exploration, while the wet season can still provide enjoyable visits, albeit with occasional rain showers. Year-round, diving conditions are good but best from April to September. Expect warm waters, clear visibility, and calm seas.
Safety and Support
Mozambique has made progress in enhancing traveler safety, but challenges persist. Major tourist areas like the Bazaruto Archipelago tend to be safe in general. However, travelers should remain cautious due to petty crime. Travelers can feel safe as long as they follow local advice, keep valuables hidden, and avoid going out alone at night. In Bazaruto, experienced dive operators prioritize safety. Be aware of currents and marine life during water activities. Adequate medical facilities may be limited, so comprehensive travel insurance is crucial. We’ll keep you informed on current conditions and travel advisories before and during your trip for a safer experience.
Mozambique Travel Requirements
- Visa – Western travelers to Mozambique typically require a visa, which you can apply for online. The visitor visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended once in Mozambique. It’s advisable to check the latest entry requirements and obtain the appropriate visa before traveling.
- Travel Insurance – Ensure that you have full coverage for any medical costs or loss and damage to property. You may want to consider World Nomads
- Police Clearance / Background Check – This tends to be standard policy for most of our internships, but this varies between countries. You will likely need a background check if you are working with vulnerable individuals, but otherwise it may not be necessary.
- Vaccinations – We always recommend seeking a doctor’s advice regarding vaccinations. However, Typical vaccinations to receive before traveling to Mozambique are hepatitis A, typhoid fever and polio. You’ll also want to take all the necessary precautions to protect against malaria and may want to ask your doctor about antimalarials.
The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese. English is widely spoken. Indigenous languages like Makhuwa, Tsonga, and Shona are widely spoken among various ethnic groups.
Mozambique is for the most part fairly budget-friendly but can be moderately expensive if taking part in diving activities. Costs vary based on preferences and locations.
Mozambique doesn’t have the strongest infrastructure so travel can be arduous but definitely possible. Internal flights tend to be fairly expensive. Buses are cheap albeit quite long.
So much! Expect colorful coral reefs, sharks, rays, dolphins, turtles, humpback whales (June-October), and a variety of fish species in warm Indian Ocean waters.
Beyond scuba diving, Bazaruto Archipelago offers island hopping, dune exploration, fishing, sailing, bird watching, restaurants, bars, and pristine beaches to relax on.
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