This 6 month long diving internship starts with a 10 week expedition to develop your understanding of marine conservation and to further or establish your scuba diving skills.
You will learn how to live and work with a research team in a remote environment and attain base skills essential for your subsequent 12 weeks work placement. During this placement you will be based at a PADI dive centre where you will undertake your PADI dive master courses, further advanced training courses, shadow Dive centre staff and help the dive centre with all its commercial operations including; taking clients diving, equipment maintenance and marine conservation lectures.
This internship is a fantastic way to enter the world of professional diving or for just a real life changing experience. At the end of the 6 months placement qualifying participants may either be offered paid or unpaid work with GVI or with one of our local partners.
What to Expect?
Your first 10 week phase is spent as a normal GVI volunteer. During this period you will be training and will be assessed weekly with a final evaluation at the end your first 10 weeks. If you are successful, your following 12 weeks will be as an intern working with either GVI or at a local dive centre.
Days are long, hard and begin early to make the most of daylight hours. During a typical day you will travel to the survey sites to do the survey work, then return from the site to wash down the equipment, fill the air tanks ready for the following dives and generally finish late once all the data collected has been reviewed and input in the database. Volunteers will rotate between projects, thus taking some time away from the hard diving work.
At the end of the day, the whole team gathers in the evening to debrief, eat and socialise over a few beers as the sun goes down. GVI can also arrange for volunteers to go on a Spanish crash course to learn or review the basics before commencing the expedition. GVI can provide interested volunteers with more information upon request. At weekends (Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening) your time is free to spend however you see fit. Expedition staff may run optional fun dives and can help volunteers organise diving and snorkelling trips to hidden cenotes, or the atoll Banco Chinchorro.
There are also the variety of unique cultural excursions that the Yucatan has to offer, which includes going on trips into the jungle to the untouched local Mayan ruins and the famous Mayan sites of Coba and Tulum, and of course the infamous and well deserved Saturday night fiesta!
- Program ID: # 1965
- duration: More than 3 Months
- location: Mexico Yucatan PeninsulaMexico18° 41' 3.876" N, 87° 49' 42.1284" WMX
- Fitness level: Moderately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Cancun (CUN)
- Costs From: Over $3000
- Program Type: Learn Abroad
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