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This diving and marine conservation internship offer unique opportunities to dive in, explore and protect a stunning underwater environment and depart with a professional diving qualification. Diving in the crystal clear waters of the Yasawa Island chain, consisting of 20 ancient islands, volcanic hillsides, and pristine white-sand beaches, you’ll be collecting data that will help establish community managed Marine Protected Areas and assist the community with developing sustainable management plans.
Working days can be long and start early. Diving days begin with a team boat push followed by a short journey to one of the research dive sites. Other days may involve training on base, community days, beach cleans and bird surveys. Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels each day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after completion of your training. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys, and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs. Days are rounded off with evening debriefs, followed by dinner and time to relax, take in a beautiful sunset and share stories. You will spend your 1st half of the internship on base learning identification techniques and monitoring the marine environment. During the 2nd half, if successful you will be placed in a dive center where you will undertake your Dive Master course while helping the center with their day-to-day operations. Days begin early to make the most of the daylight hours and can be long once you complete your survey work under the water and all data has been reviewed. When on base, accommodation is simple dormitory style living with restricted water supplies and cold water running showers. During the work placement, accommodation is of a higher standard that is shared with other participants.
|Official Language(s)||English, Fijian, Hindi|
|Major Airport(s):||Nadi International Airport (NAN)|
|Economic Driver(s):||Tourism, Trade|
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