Volunteer guides – Sea World Education Department

Aquaria and zoos around the world are known for their band of loyal volunteer guides. At the uShaka Sea World Education Centre, we would be unable to function without the tireless energy of this group of people.

Volunteer guides are a huge asset

They bring with them a wealth of experience and talent. While some are artistic, others have innovative teaching methods. Their willingness and dedication make them very special.

Rigorous training keeps our guides up to date with recent developments in the marine world. They are required to extend their knowledge base through intensive study and reading. Furthermore, monthly meetings include guest speakers. Social outings to relevant places of interest and regular hands-on activities also serve to maintain their professional capacity.

Volunteer guides work on customised curriculum-based courses that are offered by the education department. They are also present at various stations in the aquarium where they interact informally with the public.

During the busy holiday season volunteer guides are invaluable as they assist guest relations guides in dealing with large numbers of aquarium visitors. Without their assistance with commentaries at the daily animal feeds, manning the big microscope or chatting to guests at the ray exhibit, the staff would be stretched to the limit and guests would not enjoy the experience as much.

Holiday activities which incorporate arts and crafts have left many a mum looking on with envy!

Testimony itself to the loyalty and dedication of the volunteers, is that the longest serving volunteer has been at uShaka Sea World for 35 years – now that is service indeed!