Volunteer to save coral reefs and whale sharks as part of a marine conservation internship in Utila.

Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center

Marine Conservation Internship

: Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center (WSORC)

Where: Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras

Focus: Surveying coral reefs and monitoring whale sharks

When: All year round

  • Project starts on first Monday of each month.
  • Best time for whale sharks is March to April, however whale sharks are sighted regularly throughout the year.

Duration: Min. 1 month

NGO Internship: Join as a Research Assistant for a min. 3 month stay.

Independent Research: Volunteers are able to conduct their own research projects.

Suitability: Over 18s. Volunteers should be confident swimmers

Cost: 1 month marine conservation internship from USD 1695. There are additional costs for dive training.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Earn dive qualifications, participate in marine research, and gain practical field experience.
  • Gain an introduction to the field of marine conservation and learn to conduct coral reef surveys.
  • Learn Caribbean reef fish identification, research diving skills, and coral reef surveying techniques.
  • Learn whale shark population monitoring skills.
  • Take part in community outreach and environmental education programmes
  • Gain experience of conservation and eco-tourism issues on a Caribbean island.
  • Get involved with coordinating and leading ecotours (if participating in the Divemaster Internship).

Scuba Diving

Dive Training: All volunteers must be PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) to take part in surveying. Full training provided by the Bay Islands College of Diving.

Marine Conservation and Divemaster Internship: Min. 3 month stay:

Marine Conservation and Instructor Internship: Min. 3 month stay.

The Base

Accommodation: Available – includes wifi and shared kitchen. Electricity at an extra cost.

Food: Not included (except welcome and departure meal).

Transport: Pick up on arrival in Utila.


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