Volunteer to conserve sharks in South Water Caye, Belize.


Shark Conservation in Belize

: Earthwatch

Where: South Water Caye, or Glover’s Reef, Belize.

Focus: To determine how long an overfished shark population takes to recover in a brand new marine protected area


  • Adult Teams – Over 18s. Volunteers aged 15-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Teen Teams – All volunteers aged between 15-18.
  • Group bookings on request.

When: Set expedition dates

Duration: 8 days

Cost: Available here.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Learn more about sharks and how they interact with the world around them, in order to help strengthen future conservation practices.
  • Catch sharks to take tissue samples for diet analysis, and attach tracking tags that will allow researchers to track their movements in relation to reserve boundaries – a critical part of assessing how well the reserve is working.
  • Observe ocean life through baited, remote underwater video cameras (BRUV) at various spots in shallow water. Later, volunteers will help analyse video footage to gain insights into the lives of sharks and other marine life.
  • Catalog the fin samples taken from sharks by fisherman at the field station.

The Base

  • Accommodation: Volunteers stay at a field station near the ocean, either at South Water Caye or Glover’s Reef. Both stations have dorm-style rooms with electric fans, showers, and refrigerators for personal food.
  • Sleeping: Shared, dormitory-style rooms with bunk beds.
  • Food: 3 meals a day in either the field station or in the field.

The next step

Visit Earthwatch for more information and to book. Please say that you heard about this project from Sea Fans.


Write a review: Share your experience of this project below.

Be inspired: Discover more ways to volunteer in marine conservation.

Get in touch: To claim or amend this listing, please contact us.

Disclaimer: Sea Fans is a labour of underwater love.
Please read our terms and conditions.

Rate and write a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.