Volunteer to protect coral reefs in the Yucatan, Mexico.


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

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.

Scuba Diving

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.

The Base

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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