Volunteer to survey and conserve coral reefs in Columbia.


Columbia Marine Conservation and Diving

: Frontier

Where Parque Nacional Corales del Rosario, Cartagena, Columbia

Focus: Coral reef surveying

When: All year round

Duration: 2-20 weeks | Recommended min. length of stay is 4 weeks in order to get involved in all the different surveys.

Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.

Cost: 2 week from GBP 925.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Carry out research that will help conserve coral reefs and protect marine life in Columbia. Plus, enable the sustainable management of natural resources in the region.
  • Learn to deploy a wide range of research skills and scientific techniques.
  • Learn to identify hundreds species of coral, reef fish and invertebrates.
  • Conduct scuba and snorkel surveys to monitor marine life, including feeding habits and behaviour patterns.
  • Assess algal and coral cover to determine the extent of coral bleaching and damage.
  • Study the impact of destructive fishing methods on corals reefs, the effects of global warming, and the impact of the marine-curio trade on endangered marine invertebrates.
  • Survey mangroves, seagrass areas, coastal birds and reptile populations.
  • Get a chance to see humpback whales (mid-June to November).

Scuba Diving

Dive Training: All volunteers must be at least PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) to take part in the surveys. Full training is provided in-country for an additional fee.

PADI Certifications: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR, Rescue, Divemaster.

Divemaster Internship: Available for an extra GDP 500. Min. stay required.

The Base

Accommodation: Basic beach camp on the edge of the National Park forest. The camp is made up of local style communal dwellings called cabanas. Shower with a jug or a bucket of water and cook over an open campfire. Occasionally, volunteers travel to remote dive sites and stay overnight at a beach using a mosquito net.

Sleeping: A mattress on the floor with a mosquito net.

Food: 3 healthy meals a day. Volunteers share the cooking duties.

Timetable: Monday to Saturday with Sundays free.

Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.

Transport: Airport pick up from Cartagena included when arriving on 1st Monday of the month.


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