Dolphin Research Internship in Portugal
Field trips are conducted in our research vessel, Ketos, and also aboard commercial whale watching boats that are in partnership with our organisation.
The species most frequently sighted during the field season are the short beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) and common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Occasionally, we can also find the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), stripped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus), Orca (Orcinus orca), minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus).
For every cetacean group found, we collect several biological, ecological and environmental data.
Everyone’s experience at AIMM is unique. The programme is tailored to your learning interests, allowing you to decide which aspect of marine fieldwork you want to explore, or even get assistance for your personal marine research projects.
Authentic Portuguese Homestay
Interns will stay with AIMM researchers and assistants at the Research House, located in a farm in Ferreiras, Albufeira (Algarve, Portugal).
The house is located in quiet area, 15-minute drive to downtown Albufeira, the marina and the closest beach. Local markets, supermarkets and cafes are within a 5-min drive from the house, as well as a shopping mall.
The closest airport (Faro) is a 30-min drive away. Lisbon International Airport is located 250 km away (ca. 2-2.5 hours drive) but there are several daily transportation options from Lisbon to the Algarve. Bus/train stations are a 5-min drive away from the research house.
Interns will share three bedrooms, three bathrooms, living room, kitchen, office, garden, farm with a small crop of fruits and a private swimming pool.
Wi-Fi and a laundry room are available free of charge.
The atmosphere is informal and familiar, and household chores will be shared and carried out by everyone. It is also important to keep in mind that the team includes most often members of different countries with different levels of English, so fellow participants need to be patient with each other.
Albufeira is one of the most attractive and touristic areas in the Algarve, known for its famous beaches. Several activities are available during free time such as walking and hiking, exploring the beautiful coast line, birdwatching, city tours, etc.
To make your experience with AIMM even more fulfilling, you can pick up or improve your scuba diving skills. You can choose from a simple snorkeling tour or discover scuba diving course, up to becoming a PADI-certified diver. If you are interested in getting your scuba diving certification (PADI) while on your MELP, let us know as special prices are available.