Marine Conservation Expedition in Fiji
Who: Global Vision International (GVI)
Where: Caqalai Island, Fiji
Focus: Coral reef surveying and conservation
When: All year round
Duration: 4, 8 or 12 weeks | Non-certified divers must join for a min. 8 weeks
Suitability: Over 18s
Requirements: Volunteers must be PADI Open Water certified (or equivalent) on arrival at the project site.
Cost: 4 weeks start from GBP 2395 | Additional 4 week placements from GBP 1000.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Contribute to national efforts to conserve Fiji’s delicate coral reefs and marine ecosystems.
- Become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver and learn how to ID different corals, inverts and fish in the Pacific Ocean.
- Gain a great introduction into marine conservation. Snorkel and dive to learn how to conduct underwater data collection on the health of the reef.
- Dive/snorkel 1-2 times a day to carry out underwater surveys.
- Take part in weekly school visits to teach children about environmental conservation.
- Help out in coral restoration with the creation of coral farms,
- Learn First Aid and CPR.
- Get involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, community education or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs.
Dive Training: Volunteers must be PADI Open Water certified, or equivalent, before joining. Non-certified divers that wish to attend for just 4 weeks can get certified at a local dive centre certified before starting.
PADI Certifications: EFR and Rescue courses are available for an extra fee.
Conservation Certifications: Volunteers can 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.
Accommodation: Simple island living with cold-water showers and a communal kitchen, living and work area. Base duties are completed on a rotational basis.
Sleeping: Shared dormitories.
Food: 3 meals a day.
Working week: Monday to Friday, with weekends free to explore.
Support: 24-hour emergency phone, 24-hour in-country volunteer support.
Transport: Airport pick up included.
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