Our mission, an intelligent science-based conservation of the Mediterranean Sea, requires all hands ondeck. This is why since 1989 the AlnitakResearch Institute has offered an award- winning volunteer experience on board research vessel Toftevaag.
So far over 3800 volunteers of 98 nationalities have taken part and actively contributed to our projects. Will you be next?
The plan is simple: hop on board, pick your bunk bed, and allow yourself to become immersed in our projects, living and working at sea alongside our dedicated crew.
Be ready for early morning coffees, long days on the water, and sometimes even night-time navigation. But more important, be ready for adventure in the open waters of the Mediterranean as we survey its awesome wildlife, and the threats that these creatures face.
Check out our video below, which gives an idea of what is done on board.
Toftevaag, whose name translated as “The MeetingPlace” is no pleasure yatch, at least not in the normal way. Here, satisfaction is earned every day through actively making every moment count.
On a normal day, everyone shares duties of all kinds: from household duties such as cookingand deck scrubbing (a clean ship is a happy ship!), to navigation and scientific data collection. This has been the Alnitak spirit for over 30 years, everyone working together for a common goal.
After only 9 days on board, we guarantee that we will release you back into civilisation as a true ambassador for the Oceans, having had a first- hand and hands-on experience contributing to our many on going projects.
This September 2021, we will mainly be sailing around the island of Menorca, focusing on the LIC Natura 2000 of Canal de Menorca, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with a rich marine biodiversity.
Setting sail from Mahón, the second largest natural harbour in the world (after Honolulu), the Toftevaag will cover the open waters around the island, actively searching for top pelagics such as dolphins, sperm whales, sea turtles and other marine wildlife.
A current focus is also on monitoring and retrieving IUU (Ilegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing, and ghost gear, which pose an important threat to wildlife, responsible fisheries, tourism and more.
There are still spots AVAILABLE to join us, and we will of course remain flexible due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions which are subject to changes. If you are interested, would like more information, or would simply like to get in touch, please click on the button below for options and a member of our team will reply when in port.
Sergi Escandell is an underwater cinematographer and producer for documentaries and feature films. His images have been broadcast on televisions around the world, including Arte France, Arte Germany, TVE, TV3, IB3, etc. Sergi has specialized in fast-action scenes. With a particular filming style based on long sequences with fluid tracking. He is a technical diving instructor, trimix diver, technical cave diver and an accomplished freediver.
Arif is passionate about the sea and marine wildlife, and has been an essential part of the crew for a few years. Always with a smile, he works as a carpenter, sailor, cook or whatever is necessary on board, but most importantly he is always open to learn new things about nature and the sea.
Passionate of nature, travelling and the study of humans.
Alexandre felt in love at first glance of Toftevaag for its peace and slow pace. Mixing his artistic taste, handcrafting and enthusiasm to keep in shape the Toftevaag, while keeping the crew laughing. Out of the boat he works as an art dealer, mediator, carpenter and dancer.