Volunteer and learn to conserve coral reefs on Caqalai Island, Fiji.

GVI

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 2095 | Additional 4 week placements from GBP 900.

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.

Scuba Diving

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.

The Base

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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