Columbia Marine Conservation and Diving
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).
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.
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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