IOI-Empowering Cuba

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We empower isolated communities to grow in a sustainable way. To that end we run projects in Conservation, Education, and Social development.

Who we are
IOI is a non-profit organization that designs educational adventures that empower isolated communities to grow in a sustainable way. We strive to help establish ecological sustainability and social stability in our host communities. As such, our mission is to provide international ...

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Who we are
IOI is a non-profit organization that designs educational adventures that empower isolated communities to grow in a sustainable way. We strive to help establish ecological sustainability and social stability in our host communities. As such, our mission is to provide international education programs that support the education, conservation, and social development of isolated communities by assisting local institutions in sustainably handling the human-environmental intersection. 

 What we do

  • We develop and implement our outreach projects with local institutions to ensure their sustainable implementation. Our projects address pressing conservation needs. Our partners include The Ocean Foundation, La Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Oceans for Youth, and University of Havana’s Marine Research Center.
  • We provide volunteer opportunities in conservation, providing our participants with life changing experiences, and our local partners with funding, expertise, and (wo)man power on site.
  • We provide immersive study abroad programs in which students study the local environment and learn the local culture. All our programs are based on cultural integration and service learning. 

Where we work
We work in the community of Cocodrilo on the southern coast of Isle of Youth in Cuba. Cocodrilo is a small welcoming coastal town of 300 residents surrounded by nature. Some of the most beautiful reefs in Cuba are right off shore and sea turtles nest down the coast. Cocodrilo is a laid-back Caribbean town in the middle of paradise!

Our history
Since embarking on our journey in 2006, IOI has evolved into a mature and recognized organization with an innovative design of merging educational travel with conservation and community development. We began in Galapagos and, after 10 years of experience, have expanded to Cuba and Costa Rica.

Vision and Mission 
We Empower Isolated Communities to Grow in a Sustainable Way. It is our Vision to help establish ecological sustainability and social stability in our host communities.  Our mission is to provide international education programs that support the education, conservation, and social development of isolated communities by assisting local institutions in sustainably handling the human-environmental intersection.

Who are we looking for
We are looking for adventurous volunteers ready to travel to remote parts of the world to make an impact on conservation and education projects. Our volunteers should be flexible, understanding, and respectful of the local cultural context. Depending on the position, we ask that our volunteers are physically able to work outside, sometimes in extreme weather conditions (think the tropics!) and be able to work on a team and individually.

Why choose us...

  • It's a unique opportunity to gain insight and firsthand experience in the world of hands-on conservation and environmental management
  • All of our locations are unique and have exceptional beauty and biodiversity.
  • Our sites are slow lane kinds of places. If you need a break, this is your ideal escape.
  • You will learn Spanish and immerse yourself in the community--you'll finish your time volunteering feeling like a local!


Contact Person

Monique Mancilla

Spoken languages: Spanish, English

IOI-Empowering Cuba reviews

Get to this untouched spot of tranquility before it's discovered! If you love water, snorkeling and scuba, plus have a care about this world's coral reef system, this is the project for you! A wonderful balance of work (removing trash in the water/beach, also the invasive species) and cultural ...
Daniela Vanoncini rating4.8

2018 at Marine and Costal Habitat Conservation Assistant

We learned a lot about corals deseases, like infections with mushrums, bacteria, virus and bleaching. Fishes were interested in us and we could observe them easely. Together with Reinaldo we cleaned the beach and sea from plastic and other trash. We were lucky to see the crabmigration to the sea. We ...
I had such an incredible, life changing experience on my trip with IOI to Cocodrilo in Cuba. Pre-Trip communication was clear and my pre-trip questions were quickly responded to. I felt extremely prepared and well informed for my trip. During my trip I felt well taken care of and supported by the ...
Ann-Kristin Konzak rating4.6

2017 at Marine and Costal Habitat Conservation Assistant

I spent four weeks volunteering at IPBio during my semester vacations. The atmosphere at the reserve is very warm and welcoming. Everyone is very supportive and it seems like everyone here at the reserve really enjoys what they are doing! I worked with the communications program and created a ...

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Life Below Water