Marine and Costal Habitat Conservation Assistant

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Coordinator | Monique
Coordinator | 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:
Age 18+
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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!

Typical day

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. 

Free-time activities

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! 



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 Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- 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.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:00

Servicios incluidos

Services by 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. 

Airport Pickup at 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. 

Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

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.

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 Rafael Cabrera Airport (GER) in Nueva Gerona. We assist you to find cheap flights to Cuba.
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 Cuba provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Cuba you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cuba.

Fechas y Costos


Details on arrival

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.

Este programa está en pausa debido por COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$813 /week

Tenga en cuenta que los honorarios arriba indicados son estimados. IOI-Empowering Cuba le hará saber el precio final durante el proceso de solicitud.
Deposit (15%)
El depósito es simplemente para reservar su plaza de voluntario. Los pagos se gestionan mediante transferencia bancaria SEPA (UE) o transferencia bancaria (fuera de la UE).
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with IOI-Empowering Cuba during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Todas las tarifas del programa se cobran directamente por IOI-Empowering Cuba.

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Marine and Costal Habitat Conservation Assistant

This volunteer contributes to an ongoing initiative to improve and monitor marine and coastal ecosystem health.


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