Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
-How is Alnitak committed to my safety?
Risk is an inherent part of our work. Which is why volunteers are given a safety briefing upon embarking and project staff are trained in appropriate emergency response procedures. If needed and despite sailing in open waters, we can typically get a helicopter in under 30 minutes for a quick transfer to hospital.
-Do I need to have any prior scientific or sailing knowledge?
No, you will be taught everything you need to know on board. Part of the immersive experience is to partake directly in sailing manoeuvres and scientific research.
-What kind of physical shape do I need to be in?
Most volunteers are able to embark, and we have had volunteers over 80 years of age. However, prepare for long days at sea. These expeditions are no pleasure cruise, and there is a “rough and tough” aspect when living on Toftevaag.
-What is included in the cost of my contribution?
When you join, you do more than contribute your valuable time and effort. Your contribution is also vital to help cover project costs, crew, locally sourced food, and other key expenses which get us out of the port and into the open sea.
-How does my contribution make an impact?
All Alnitak’s research is applied science, so data collected on these expeditions are used to inform environmental policies and management plans.
-Can I travel alone?
Yes! One of the great thing about Alnitak expeditions is that you get thrown in with a community of like-minded adventurers who have signed up to make a tangible contribution to marine conservation.
-How old do you have to be to volunteer?
Some volunteer opportunities will require a minimum age of 18 although on occasions we taken on volunteers of at least 16 years of age. Volunteers under the under the age of 18 must send along a signed Permission Form by a parent/guardian in order to participate.