Marine Conservation & PADI training

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High­lights

Work alongside National and international organizations to preserve the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the State of Quintana Roo
Be part of the conservation and work done inside the largest National Marine Biosphere Reserve in the Caribbean
Improve your diving and research skills
Mingle and raise awareness to tourists, local people and local fishermen
Contribute to raise awareness to local children (Community program)
Earn your PADI diving certificate when you join this conservation team and discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+
Travel to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and join forces with our marine conservation expedition, earn your PADI diving certificate while working on and monitoring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world.

Our team works directly on monitoring the overall health of the reef and you will contribute to coral reef and fish monitoring, among many other tasks, developing an impressive knowledge of this fascinating underwater environment.

You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition gaining and improving Marine conservation and Scuba diving skills, helping our partners carry out their marine conservation work. Non-divers can join for 8- and 12-week durations, we will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Advanced Diver. The 4-week duration is only open for divers already qualified to PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent. For non-divers wishing to attend for 4-weeks, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.

Also, if you wish to add to your scuba diving skillset, why not take an extra course at a discounted rate or through a nearby dive centre during your free time.

Typical day

As a volunteer you will be diving/snorkeling 1-2 times a day.
Your main focus will be on monitoring the health of coral reefs through monitoring the corals and fish. Volunteers are divided into fish or coral by the onsite Science Officer. The 4 to 8 week volunteers will be allocated to learn Fish families and the appropriate methodology, they may also be able to help with and learn Coral Watch. 
Fish study either adult of juvenile fish. If you progress quickly you may learn both. 
If you are allocated to coral, you will be divided into the study of sessile organisms on the reef and coral diseases, this will be done on base once you have learned the coral species list.  
Other programmes which will run throughout the year dependent on the needs in field at the current time: 
a) Coral restoration in laboratory and in marine coral nurseries as per requirements of the project 
b) Sea grass ecosystem monitoring as per requirement of our in country partners 
c)Tourist impact assessment on the Coral Reef 
d)Incidental sightings of marine mega fauna recording
e) Lionfish population studies 
f) Weekly beach cleans and outreach work to assist the community and promote conservation practises. 


Activities in the Puerto Morelos on this program start at 0730 hrs with the volunteers and on base staff sharing in different duties (preparing breakfast for everyone, setting up dive equipment, setting up boat equipment, base cleaning,etc). 
After that, the rest of the day volunteers will be allocated to diverse activities such as: working on the coral restoration project in the laboratory area, dive training, in field science training, in base science training, dive briefings, lectures, and other activities. 
The activities with end at around 18:00, when the schedule board for next days activities is presented to the team as well as any announcements. - Volunteers can expect to have just a couple of hours a day of personal time in this time schedule from Monday to Friday.
Weekends, volunteers can rest or take some time off  travelling in the region or just relaxing in base.

Free-time activities

You will be 2.5 kilometers (1.59 miles), over an 15 minutes away from downtown Puerto Morelos within the National Park Reefs of Puerto Morelos. Travelling outside of base is reliant on taxis, minimum US$15 one way per taxi to downtown Puerto Morelos. Larger taxis are cheaper depending on number of people going out. Public transport is easy and relatively cheap, travelling regularly between major towns.


In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area and will have 2 free days per week. Every 4 week volunteers get a 3 day weekend. In your time off you could do daytrips such as visiting Tulum or Coba Mayan ruins, do some cenote diving, visit Playa del Carmen, etc. Before and after your programme you could go to Merida, Chichen Itza, Chiapas or Central America - the possibilities are endless!

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
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 Medical Form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Need to be able to walk 200m over sand while wearing dive kit and to be able to jump into the boat in deep water.
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
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • Real hands on experience and learn about the challenges marine conservation has in this region
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Transfer to base location
  • 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
  • Personal dive kit, e.g. mask, fins, wetsuit, timer, DSMB and reel, slate, etc.
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Some equipment is not included
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Cancun International Airport
Airport pickup is included and we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you,
Accommodation
You will live in shared accommodation, along with the other volunteers. The accommodation features shared facilities such as a communal kitchen, work area, and living space. We aim to leave as small of a footprint as possible on the environment which means we keep facilities basic. There is bottled water available for cooking and drinking, andarticipants share base duties including cooking, cleaning, gear and equipment maintenance, and other chores. Private accommodation is available, speak to your enrolment manager about accommodation upgrades.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Volunteers prepare their own breakfast from our choice of cereals. During work days lunch and dinner is prepared by a local cook, and on weekends, participants cook their own meals. Food is a very basic, mostly vegetarian diet, with meat available about once a week. Lunch is beans, vegetables, pasta, and a typical evening meal may include lentils, pasta, beans, rice and vegetables. Local restaurants are also an option at your own cost during weekends. Conveniently, restaurants and supermarkets are walking distance from base.

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 Cancun International Airport (CUN) in Cancun. We assist you to find cheap flights to Mexico.
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 Mexico provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Mexico you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Mexico.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Guaranteed departures with set start dates:


  • 2019
  • 06 Apr 2019
    04 May 2019
    01 Jun 2019
    29 Jun 2019
    27 Jul 2019
    24 Aug 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    19 Oct 2019
    16 Nov 2019
  • 2020
  • 11 Jan 2020
    08 Feb 2020
    07 Mar 2020
    04 Apr 2020
    02 May 2020
    30 May 2020
    27 Jun 2020
    25 Jul 2020
    22 Aug 2020
    19 Sep 2020
    17 Oct 2020
    14 Nov 2020

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
€3,050 ($3,447)
5 weeks
€3,866 ($4,369)
6 weeks
€4,266 ($4,821)
7 weeks
€4,667 ($5,274)
8 weeks
€5,068 ($5,727)
9 weeks
€5,468 ($6,179)
12 weeks (max. stay)
€5,930 ($6,701)
Average fees
€628 ($710) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Vision International (GVI) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
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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Marine Conservation & PADI training

Earn your PADI diving certificate when you join this conservation team and discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife.

$628/week

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