Southern Leyte Volunteer Coral Reef Conservation Project
Who: Coral Cay Conservation (CCC)
Where: Napantao, Sogod bay, Southern Leyte, The Philippines
Focus: Coral reef surveying and scuba diving
When: All year round (closed from mid-Dec to start-Jan)
Duration: 2-20 weeks | Min. 4 week stay if dive trainee
Suitability: Over 18s
Cost: Reduced cost for longer stays | Discount for returning volunteers.
- Certified Divers: 2 weeks from GBP 825
- Dive Trainees: 2 weeks from GBP 925
As a volunteer, you will:
- Learn to dive on world-class reefs, including the fantastic house reef directly outside the base. Perfect for snorkelling.
- Become a coral reef surveyor by undergoing CCC’s Skills Development Programme (SDP). No prior knowledge of marine biology needed, just an interest in the ocean.
- Learn coral reef ecology, marine wildlife identification and different target species.
- Gather data on the health of the surrounding reefs to help inform future management decisions on how best to conserve marine resources.
- Help in the establishment and ongoing monitoring of Marine Protected Areas (MPA).
- Join community education sessions within local schools and universities, and support the scholarship programme training local scholars.
- Interact with, and contribute to, the local traditional village.
- Gain first aid training.
- The chance to snorkel with migrating whale sharks (Nov-May).
Conservation Certifications: Reef Check Eco-Diver certification, CCC Reef Survey Diver PADI specialty.
PADI Dive Training: All volunteers will be trained up to a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) before starting the SDP.
Divemaster Internship: Min. 12 weeks stay. Free if volunteering for 16+ weeks.
Accommodation: Spacious, but basic, volunteer house overlooking the ocean in a remote location.
Sleeping: Dormitory-style bunk rooms, up to 6 people per room.
Food: 3 meals a day cooked by in-house project chef.
Base size: 2-15 volunteers.
Support: Airport pick up, 24-hour on-site support, pre-departure meetings.
Coral Cay Conservation is an award-winning NGO that specialises in the organisation of community based coral reef and tropical forest expeditions. Established in 1986, CCC pioneered the successful ‘citizen science’ approach by using volunteers to collect the scientific data needed to develop and implement effective conservation solutions.
CCC’s mission is to provide resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical forests. In addition to this, CCC focuses on scientific research, capacity building, education and raising awareness, and have run over twenty successful conservation projects in more than ten countries around the world.
Furthermore, they have involved more than 10,000 volunteers, trained several hundred scholars, and published more than 300 key scientific research papers.
Coral Cay has been working in the Philippines since 1995, and in Southern Leyte since 2002. Join this conservation project to discover some of the best diving, and incredible biodiversity, that The Philippines has to offer.
Headquarters: Lifesigns Group, The Kiln, Grange Road, Tongham, Surrey, GU10 1DJ, UK.
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