Marine and Costal Habitat Conservation Assistant

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Koordinator | Monique
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This volunteer contributes to an ongoing initiative to improve and monitor marine and coastal ecosystem health. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

As the Marine and Coastal Habitat Conservation Volunteer you will contribute to an ongoing initiative to improve and monitor marine and coastal ecosystem health. The data collected will help guide the environmental planning of this protected area. 

Your volunteer time will consist of marine and coastal habitat restoration work. On land, this includes invasive species removal, reforestation, bird diversity counts and data collection. Work in the water includes snorkeling to conduct fish and seagrass surveys, underwater trash pickups, and invasive species removal (lion fish capturing). 

Your specific tasks will depend on the needs of the community. 

Participating in an IOI project in Cuba offers the incredibly rare, and impactful opportunity to make a profound contribution in a country that is in an exceptional state of transition. 

Cuba is facing a sudden modernization process in communication, tourism, and real estate – all of which will have significant impacts on the local community and culture. As a result, things are moving very quickly, and the island could immediately begin to face environmental and social pressures as a result of trying to accommodate the influx of people and ideologies.

IOI is uniquely qualified to navigate the complex system that is Cuba in order to provide volunteers with real life, real impact programs that empower the local community in a sustainable way. In Cocodrilo, community members are working with local scientists and volunteers like you to protect their natural resources. The volunteer program has given them a reason to switch from fishing to conducting a fish survey or reforestation of native plants. Your participation in our volunteer program directly supports the conservation work. We firmly believe the only way to engage in effective conservation is by working with local communities.

As a volunteer, you will help collect data necessary for the conservation of Cocodrilo's local protected area. Your work will greatly help in maintaining the community's marine and coastal habitat restoration project. That fact that you travel all the way to remote Cocodrilo to help with conservation efforts shows the community that their resources really are worth protecting!


Our schedules are based on 20 hrs/week. The normal schedule is Monday-Friday 7:30 – 11:30AM which may be subject to change depending on the tasks at hand.  Volunteer activities on land will fill 3-4 hours of the morning and are based on the needs of the community. The afternoons and evenings are free for you to explore Cocodrilo and it's beautiful coastline.

During your volunteer activities, you will be primarily working with local community members who have years of experience working with volunteers like you. They will make sure you are safe and happy during your time volunteering and that you are doing work that will be valuable to the community. All we ask of you is that you show up on time and are an enthusiastic worker and have an open mind. Many plans in Cuba can change last minute-so be prepared!

Make sure you bring clothes that are appropriate for the tropical weather, so in addition to the normal shorts, shirts, and flip flops, bring lightweight long sleeve clothing to protect yourself from the bugs and sun, sunscreen, bug repellent, good shoes for walking. Also bring your snorkeling gear including a snorkel, mask, and fins. 


The town of Cocodrilo is small but there is plenty to do, especially if you like to be outdoors! You'll have the afternoon to explore the surrounding areas, from the picturesque beach to the crystal clear waters. We will provide you with a list of optional activities should you choose that you want to do something guided by a local community member for an extra cost. There is limited internet in Cocodrilo so it's the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the local way of life! 



Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Spanisch (Grundkenntnisse)
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Andere Fähigkeiten
- Basic level of Spanish.
- A genuine passion for marine conservation.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
- Flexible schedule that accounts for the day to day needs of working with a local institution.
- Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure.
- Ability to independently collect data.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag von 08:00 - 12:00


Dienstleistungen von IOI-Empowering Cuba

The program fee is necessary to cover your cost of living and logistics. Our overhead is covered by other means, and thus, 100% of any funds that exceed your direct cost will go towards the project you participated in. The program fee includes all of your food, lodging, and transportation once on the Isle of Youth, plus one taxi ride to the airport terminal in Havana. 100% of any funds that exceed your cost of living will go towards the Manos para Cuba program.  . *The program fee does not include international airfare to Cuba, your flight to Isle of Youth (about $80 roundtrip), visa, or personal expenses. 

Abholung vom Flughafen Rafael Cabrera Airport

We provide airport pickup from Nueva Gerona, the airport closest to Cocodrilo. Nueva Gerona is a domestic airport and is a short flight away from Havana. We provide clear directions and assistance for booking the flights and can provide assistance in Havana if desired.


Accommodation is provided at Villa Arrecife, our volunteer house. The house has two air conditioned bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, and back patio and is located only a short walk away from the ocean and town center. You will share the house with other volunteers. 

Gasthaus Einzelzimmer Doppelzimmer

A private chef comes daily to the house to cook all meals. We can adapt to your dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

Limitierte Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Rafael Cabrera Airport (GER) in Nueva Gerona. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Kuba zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Kuba bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Kuba antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Kuba überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

Volunteers can join our program throughout the year. We encourage all volunteers to stay as long as possible to maximize local and personal benefit. Minimum stay is one week. We encourage longer commitments by discounting each additional week stayed. Maximum stay is one month.

Das Programm ist wegen Corona pausiert

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
1 - 4 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
1 Woche (Mindestaufenthalt)
2 Wochen
3 Wochen
4 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$813 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. IOI-Empowering Cuba wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen können innerhalb der EU per SEPA Überweisung oder außerhalb der EU per Auslandsüberweisung getätigt werden.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit IOI-Empowering Cuba während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

Warum sollte ich über Volunteer World buchen

Zusätzliche Sicherheit und kostenloser Service
Volunteer World ist die weltweit führende Vergleichsplattform für internationale Freiwilligenarbeit. Wir führen dich durch einen sicheren und einfachen Bewerbungsprozess. Plane deine nächste sinnvolle Reise mit Volunteer World und erhalte freien Zugang zu:
Hohe ethische Mindeststandards
Flex Option
Ändere deine Reservierung ohne zusätzliche Kosten
Wir erstatten deine Gebühren, falls deine Reise von IOI-Empowering Cuba storniert wird
Unterstzützung & Vermittlung
Wir helfen dir und unterstützen dich in jeder Situation
Für dich ist unser Service kostenlos!
Die Programmgebühren werden unmittelbar durch IOI-Empowering Cuba erhoben.

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