Belize Marine Conservation and Diving
Where: Caye Caulker, Belize
Focus: Survey the health of coral reefs to enable the sustainable management of the area’s natural resources and the protection of the marine life.
When: All year round. Set start dates.
Duration: 1-20 weeks (min. 4 week stay recommended to get the chance to participate in the full range of activities and surveys available).
Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.
Cost: The cost gets cheaper the longer you stay – available here.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Gather vital information on the Belizean coastline to enable the sustainable management of natural resources in the region and the protection of the marine life.
- Locate and map the extensive coral reefs and study the inhabitants.
- Learn to identify fish, benthic and commercially important invertebrate species.
- Take part in coral reef surveys using standard methodologies such as rapid sampling, underwater line and belt transects.
- Help survey the vegetation found in the area’s red, white and black mangroves.
- Join in with beach clean ups, forest restoration work and monthly surveys of conch and lobster populations.
- Visit local schools to explain Frontier’s work, and interview the community on their awareness and knowledge of the local marine reserves.
- Have the chance to spot a whale, dolphin or manatee.
All volunteers must be PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) to take part in coral reef surveys. Full scuba training is provided.
Snorkellers have the option of learning to dive with a local PADI dive centre for an additional fee. Find out more: Belize Beach Conservation & Snorkelling project.
All volunteers stay at a beach camp at the research station on the island of Caye Caulker. There are communal living and cooking areas and bucket shower facilities.
Sleeping: Indoor sleeping area in hammocks or on roll mats.
Food: 3 simple healthy meals a day cooked over an open camp fire. Volunteers share the cooking duties on a rotational basis.
Support: 24-hour in-country support, International HQ emergency support and back up, UK residential briefing weekend available.
Transport: Airport pick up and transfer to the project site is provided for free if you arrive on the 1st Monday of the month. If you want to join the project at any other time, you can book a transfer from Frontier for an additional fee.
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