Location: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Duration: 6-12 weeks commitment
Start Dates: Project starts on a Saturday with set start dates between November to March each year. Check with us when applying.
Cost: from £2,975 for 6 weeks. Check the Costs tab for further information.
Includes: All food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities
Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
- Contribute to coral reef and coastal conservation.
- Work toward United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14, Life Below Water.
- Snorkel in the crystal clear, turquoise blue, tropical waters of Thailand’s Andaman Sea.
- Experience the vibrant underwater world of Southern Thailand, spotting sea turtles, octopuses, and anemones.
- Explore the region in your free time, going on recreational dives, island hopping around the bay, or visiting some of the many National Parks.
You will undergo an extensive training programme, designed to test and improve your diving skills and take your knowledge of the marine eco-system to another level. The theory will be met with practical application, as you and your team work to compile crucial research on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, its local fish species, as well as seasonal turtle nesting surveys.
There will be a strong focus on developing your professional skills and teaching you how to apply them with a holistic approach to marine conservation. You will also receive specific leadership responsibilities, a weekly evaluation from your mentor who will be monitoring your progress, as well as a professional reference on completion of the programme.
After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for us or any of our selected partner organisations in Mexico, or in other countries around the world where we operate. Over 50% of our staff are recruited from our alumni database
This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as the National Fisheries Ministry of Mexico, local Fishing cooperative, Healthy Reefs for healthy people, local and national universities among others. Through such partnerships, volunteers can be sure their efforts are making a serious and measurable impact under the water.
Upon arrival you will be divided into 2 groups, those who study fish, and those who study coral. If you progress quickly, you may be able to study both.
Other programmes which will run throughout the year as and when they are needed to be completed:
- Coral restoration nurseries
- Turtle photo id and monitoring
- Sea grass monitoring and mapping
- Tourist impact assessment
- Turtle nesting (seasonal) monitoring around the area
- Incidental sightings recording
- Lionfish population studies & eradication program (as needed in other locations)
- Weekly beach cleans
- Teaching in the local schools in Akumal each week, and outreach work to assist the community and promote conservation practises.
You will have more responsibility on base leading workshops and presentations. You will be paired with a mentor who will also conduct the Leadership course with you. Many interns get the opportunity to be as involved with dive maintenance education as they would like, under the tutelage of our staff they learn useful dive industry skills such as regulator servicing
Qualifications gained – PADI Advance Open Water, PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty. If you stay for 8 weeks or longer you can also complete your Open Water Course on base if you aren’t already certified. 4 week volunteers must come to the program as certified divers.
ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management certificate
Travel & Accom.
Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) dorm rooms with shared bathroom facilities. Volunteers prepare their own breakfast from our choice of cereals. Lunch and dinner is prepared by a local cook. Food is a very basic, mostly vegetarian diet, with meat available about once a week. Breakfast could be porridge, fruit or cereal, lunch is beans, vegetables, pasta and sauce, etc. and a typical evening meal may include lentils, pasta, beans, rice and vegetables.
- Minimum age 18
- Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project
- Ability to work within a team environment
- Minimum 6 weeks commitment
- CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
- PADI medical form
- Signed medical form
- Good English skills
- Necessary vaccinations
- Necessary flight & visas
- Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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*** Placements are confirmed with a 20% deposit.
Project Fee includes;
- Airport pickup
- In-country support
- All project activities.
What’s not included:
- Visas (if applicable)
Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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