Climate Change & Coral Bleaching Conservation

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High­lights

Assist with coral reef recovery research, coral reef rehabilitation, and other marine conservation initiatives.
Earn your PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver certificates.
Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14, Life Below Water.
Explore various dive sites searching for the incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the region, such as sharks, rays, and dolphins.
Experience diving in a destination renowned as one of the top diving sites in the world. Take other extra dive courses with local dive shops.
Collect data on coral reef health and recovery following climate-change-induced coral bleaching events while earning your PADI Advanced Open Water This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+
Coral bleaching occurs when vibrantly coloured algae that live symbiotically on coral structures flee as a result of environmental stress such as warming water. Without the alage, corals lose their main food source and become more brittle as well as more susceptible to disease. 

Over the past two decades, several ocean warming events, also known as El Niños, have been recorded. It has been shown that these events are tied to overall global warming caused by an overabundance of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a result of relying on fossil fuels for human energy needs.

During the ocean warming event of 1998, it is estimated that the Seychelles lost up to 90 per cent of its coral reefs. During this time initiatives were begun to monitor coral reef recovery. GVI have been monitoring coral reefs in the Seychelles since 2004 in partnership with The Seychelles Centre for Marine Research & Technology, SCMRT, the Seychelles National Parks Authority, SNPA, and Reef Care International. We were monitoring the reef during the 2016 coral bleaching event. 

Besides participating in coral reef recovery monitoring and coral reef rehabilitation, volunteers should expect to get involved in a range of activities, mostly land-based, centred around United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14, Life Below Water. Some of these might include beach and ocean floor cleanups and subsequent marine debris surveys and environmental education sessions with the local community. 

Weekends are yours explore the stunning scenery and the unique Creole culture of the Seychelles. Book a recreational dive to spot manta rays and dolphins, go hiking up Morne Blanc or Morne Seychellois, go island hopping around the more than 100 islands of the Seychelles archipelago, or visit the capital of Victoria to sample Seychellois cuisine.

Typical day

On this program, you will be trained up on diving best practices, earning your PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Coral Reef Research Speciality certificates before starting your monitoring of the reef. Please note that you will need to be PADI Open Water certified before joining this program. 

After completing your dive training and learning how to identify coral species and how to carry out different coral monitoring techniques, you will assist our international team of researchers to monitor specific dive sites for coral reef recovery. Depending on weather conditions, we aim for all participants to have the opportunity to experience one or two dives or snorkels per day during weekdays. All the data collected on these dives is passed on to the Seychelles National Parks Authority, for use in their management decisions. 

You will also have the opportunity to participate in our coral reef rehabilitation initiatives, where we work to grow the most resilient coral in shallow water, protected coral nurseries and then transplant the, now larger and more established, corals onto the reef.

Free-time activities

You will be based in and around the national parks in the main group of islands, and working on coral reefs in and around the main group of islands. Travelling around the local area is fairly easy and is best done using the (very cheap) local bus service, although access to and from the base can be difficult so travel may be limited to weekend breaks. For further exploration you may choose to hire a car or make use of the inter-island ferry services.

In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area and can expect one or two free days per week, usually at weekends. In this time you could explore the islands of Praslin or La Digue, visit the capital of Mahé, Victoria, visit local beaches, snorkel or just relax on base. Before and after your program you could spend a little more time in the Seychelles on the inner islands of Praslin and La Digue, or join a charter to sail even further afield. Please allow several days if you hope to travel between islands, there are over 100 in the archipelago but getting around takes time – the possibilities are endless!
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
PADI Medical Form and PADI Open Water qualification (or equivalent) qualification
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Need to be able to walk 200m over uneven ground while wearing dive kit
PADI Open Water certified (or equivalent)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Global Vision International (GVI)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Community work workshop
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • National Park fees and permits
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Welcome meeting
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • PADI Open Water
  • Personal dive kit, e.g. mask, fins, wetsuit, timer etc.
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Seychelles International Airport
We provide transfers from the airport to our base in Baie Ternay National Park, which is about an hour’s drive. The beach is very close to our accommodation so we simply walk down the water to the boats, which are available to take participants out for a dive.

Accommodation
Participants sleep in dorm rooms of up to 10 people. Bathrooms are shared but split-sex, with showers and flush toilets. The entire building is equipped with electricity.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Sample the many flavours of Seychellois cuisine, from coconut water sipped fresh out of the fruit to green papaya salad. All food is provided by us and prepared by participants. Breakfasts include the usual eggs, bacon, toast, pancakes, cereals, and fruit. Lunch and dinner varies based on the tastes of participants at the time. Common meals include curries, stir fries, pastas, pies, and salas. Many participants also buy their own snacks, like banana chips and dried salted fish.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) in Mahe Island. We assist you to find cheap flights to Seychelles.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Seychelles provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Seychelles you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Seychelles.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Due to the current situation you have the flexibility of changing the destination and start dates for this program at no extra cost. This added flexibility can be utilised until 31 December 2020.

Set start dates with guaranteed departures

2020

  • 27 Jun 2020
  • 25 Jul 2020
  • 22 Aug 2020
  • 19 Sep 2020
  • 17 Oct 2020
  • 14 Nov 2020
2021
  • 09 Jan 2021
  • 23 Jan 2021
  • 06 Feb 2021
  • 20 Feb 2021
  • 06 Mar 2021
  • 20 Mar 2021
  • 03 Apr 2021
  • 17 Apr 2021
  • 01 May 2021
  • 15 May 2021
  • 29 May 2021
  • 12 Jun 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 10 Jul 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 07 Aug 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 04 Sep 2021
  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 02 Oct 2021
  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 30 Oct 2021
  • 13 Nov 2021

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$3,996
6 weeks
$4,851
8 weeks
$5,706
12 weeks (max. stay)
$7,416
Average fees
$808 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Global Vision International (GVI) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Vision International (GVI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Climate Change & Coral Bleaching Conservation

Collect data on coral reef health and recovery following climate-change-induced coral bleaching events while earning your PADI Advanced Open Water

$709/week

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