Learn to scuba dive in the Caribbean while conserving coral reef and resident marine life. You will immerse yourself in an idyllic paradise, with an extraordinary chance to experience a different culture, amazing food and way of life. You will learn about the Meso-American reef and how to identify the species it supports.
You will participate in monitoring dives, and explore different sites along the coast. You will be introduced to resident the mega-fauna, including dolphins. You will snorkel in the regions otherworldly cenotes, or waterways, and depending on when you visit, you can explore the beach at night and help with turtle conservation.
You can join a variety of community development projects, such teaching English, and raising the environmental awareness of the local community. This programs supports multiple highly regarded organisations such as Amigos de Sian Ka’an, an NGO famous for their conservation work. Through the local partnerships, you can be sure your efforts are creating a quantifiable impact under the sea.
Expect costs of approximately $900 USD /wk for a minimum 4 week commitment. These costs help cover the following:
Pre-departure support and access to discounted flight services
; 24-hour emergency phone
; Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
; Arrival orientation
; Long term experienced staff
; Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared);
All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals);
Welcome meeting and location orientation
; All necessary project training by experienced staff;
All necessary project equipment and materials
; 24-hour in-country support;
Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under a research permit
; PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water;
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality;
First Aid & CPR training
; Coral reef ecology
; Community work workshop;
Use of O2 equipment workshop
; Diving compressor training workshop
What to Expect?
You will work side-by-side with a local partner in the northern Mesoamerican Barrier reef in order to:
• Develop our understanding of the reef’s ecological health
• Determine the species and breeding patterns of sea turtles (seasonal)
• Evolve the expedition base into an “Ecological Research and Awareness Center”
• Create education and awareness programs within the local community
In the end, the main aim is to build on a critical monitoring program to establish a long-term record of the fish and coral species to contribute to the ultimate survival of the reef.
How this project makes a difference:
Over time and with the contributions of conservation travelers, the program has been able to amass one of the largest databases in existence on the condition, health and changes of any section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
As a result of these efforts, the partners have been able to continue with the protection of the Sian Ka’an reef system and local fisherman are now trained in diving and monitoring skills and partake in marine surveys with the park and Amigos de Sian Ka’an staff.
- Program ID: # 2442
- duration: 1 to 3 Months
- location: Yucatan Peninsula CancunMexico20° 47' 49.9236" N, 86° 58' 43.536" WMX
- Fitness level: Moderately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Cancun (CUN)
- Costs From: Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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