Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico
Who: Global Vision International (GVI)
Where: Pez Maya, Yucatan, Mexico
Focus: Surveying the health of Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef
When: All year round
Duration: 4, 6, 8 or 12 weeks | For non-certified divers the min. stay is 8 weeks
Suitability: Over 18s
- Under 18? GVI runs a Marine Conservation Expedition for 15-17s.
Internship: Marine Conservation Internship available for a min. 6 week stay
Cost: 4 weeks start from GBP 1895.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Live and work in a remote, protected reserve surveying deserted coral reefs. The seclusion of the base offers a unique and untouched marine eco-system that few people get the chance to access.
- Become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver. Divers who are already certified will jump straight into the science programme.
- Get an introduction into marine conservation. Learn professional survey techniques for underwater data collection on the health of the reef. Volunteers will specialise in either fish or coral research techniques.
- Dive/snorkel 1-2 times a day, 5 days a week, to carry out underwater surveys after training.
- Provide data to our partners on the overall health of the reef, to be used for coastal management within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and to have a better understanding of the Mesoamerican barrier reef system.
- Learn First Aid and CPR.
- Get involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education sessions or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs.
Dive Training: All volunteers are trained up to PADI Advanced Open Water before beginning the science programme.
PADI Certifications: EFR and Rescue courses are available for an additional fee.
Conservation Certifications: Volunteers receive a PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality.
Divemaster Internship: Min. 24-week placement, broken into two 12 week periods. The first is spent on the marine conservation expedition. The second half is spent working in a local dive centre learning leadership scenarios, and gaining real-life experience.
Remote base situated on a white-sand beach within a protected reserve that is not open to the public.
- Sleeping: Shared, basic accommodation with no running water or electricity. Chores are completed on a rotational basis.
- Food: 3 meals a day.
- Support: Airport pick up (unless otherwise stated), 24-hour emergency phone, 24-hour in-country support.
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