Marine Conservation Internship
Who: 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).
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.
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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