Marine Expedition & PADI Divemaster Apprenticeship

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Earn your PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster certifications.
Gain experience in a range of marine conservation initiatives, including coral reef surveying and restoration.
Contribute to UN SDG #14, Life Below Water.
Immerse yourself in Mexican culture, learning the language and sampling authentic Mexican cuisine.
Make new friends when you work with a group of like-minded individuals from around the world.
Get your PADI Divemaster qualification and boost your career when you join a scuba diving and marine conservation internship in Mexico’s picturesque Yucatan peninsula. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 18+
Seul voyageur
Couples

Dive straight into the world of marine conservation with our Internship program situated on the Caribbean coast of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. Our base is located a few meters from the beach. The National Park Reefs of Puerto Morelos is one of the natural protected areas that are included in the recently formed Marine Biosphere Reserve of the Mexican Caribbean. One of the largest Marine Biosphere reserves in the World. The Biosphere Reserve has a diversity of specific marine and coastal ecosystems for that are unique for the mexican part of the Caribbean Sea, from the coral reef, to seagrass meadows, to mangrove forest and the outlets of the largest underground river in the world (cenotes).

You will live and work in this tropical paradise with our research team. Participants will undergo an extensive training programme, designed to test and improve your diving skills and take your knowledge of the marine eco-system to another level. The theory will be met with practical application, as you and your team work to compile crucial research on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, its local fish species, as well as seasonal turtle nesting surveys.

This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as the National Fisheries Ministry of Mexico, local Fishing cooperative, Healthy Reefs for healthy people, local and national universities among others. Through such partnerships, volunteers can be sure their efforts are making a serious and measurable impact under the water. 

Increasing Employability: Pre Departure Program Training:

Our programs are not only life-changing experiences but are also designed to help participants increase their employability. We have developed a curriculum to be completed prior to arrival in the country in order to ensure that more time is dedicated to program work once you commence your volunteer program. 


Eight weeks prior to your start date, you will complete the following online courses in preparation for your in-country program:

PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION (1 hour)

PROGRAM SPECIFIC TRAINING (1 - 5 hours)

OPTIONAL: MARINE CONSERVATION COURSE (10 - 15 hours)


In order to obtain a certificate for the Marine Conservation course which is endorsed by the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, you will need to complete quizzes & assignments and will be given 4 weeks post program to submit your work. 


If you are looking to travel in less than 8 weeks from now, you will still complete the course however this will be done in country and all content will need to be downloaded before arrival. 



Journée Typique

Your First 12 Weeks of Training

The first portion of this internship is much like a marine conservation expedition. Interns join GVI staff and other participants from around the world to learn about and contribute to ongoing marine conservation initiatives taking place in the Riviera Maya. Here interns will learn and practice underwater monitoring techniques and species identification. During this time interns will also earn their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, if they haven’t earned it already. Receive the Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality segment of the PADI Divemaster course. This unique offering by GVI & PADI teaches you about best practices when conducting underwater coral reef surveys. This is offered to participants staying for 2 weeks or longer. Afterwards they will go on to conduct coral reef surveys and participate in a range of other marine conservation projects. Throughout this first phase of the internship, you will be trained up to Rescue Diver level by GVI’s on-site dive instructor in Mexico. 

Your Three Month Work Placement

If the training portion of the internship is successful, interns will earn a place at a popular dive centre close to GVI’s base. It is located on Mexico’s Carribean coast and is frequented by many international travellers. Here interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in selecting dive sites, leading dives, and teaching dive lessons. They will also be able to create awareness of the importance of marine conservation among international visitors. Throughout their three month work placement, interns will gain the experience necessary to prepare for their Divemaster qualification. We ask that before joining this internship you first complete your PADI Open Water Diver or an equivalent qualification.

Activités de Loisir

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!

Divemaster and IDC/MSDT Interns going to the dive shop:
During the dive shop placement, you will be based in Xcalak National Marine Park located about one hour away from Mahahual. Travelling to the nearest town can only be done by bus or taxi. Taxi charges around US$40 one way.


We also now include cultural/local experiences. These experiences will take place once every 4 weeks. 

These activities may include: 

  • Learn to cook traditional Yucatán food
  • Visit a Mayan ruin
  • Take a beach yoga class
  • Dive through the cenotes
  • Stand-up paddleboard at sunrise
  • Climb rock formations in the jungle
  • Learn the unique geography of the Yucatán Peninsula
  • Explore the ancient city of Coba
Plongée /
plongée en apnée
Randonnée
Shopping /
Souvenirs
Tourisme
Des sports
Natation
Sports Nautiques

Conditions

Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 18 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (niveau de base)
Vérification des Antécédents Criminels
nécessaire
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi

Services inclus

Services de 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
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received provided online 8 weeks prior to arrival: 
    • PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION (1 hour)
    • PROGRAM SPECIFIC TRAINING (1 - 5 hours)
    • MARINE CONSERVATION COURSE (10 - 15 hours)
    • LEADERSHIP COURSE (10 - 15 hours)
    • CAREERS COURSE (10 - 15 hours)
  • Community work workshop
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Final evaluation
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • Introduction to teaching techniques
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (not including PADI professional fees)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Transfer to base location
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Weekly evaluation with your mentor
  • Welcome meeting
  • Work placement - if successful during the first 12 weeks of the internship

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • Food during the placement portion of your internship
  • Internal transport to placements
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Meals (during work placement)
  • 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
  • Some equipment is not included
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Transfert de l'aéroport 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, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.


Logement
Live on the beach a few metres from the Puerto Morelos National Park Reef and a 15-minute drive from downtown Puerto Morelos. Situated in the stunning Puerto Morelos, the oldest porteño community in the Mexican Caribbean, this site allows for some fantastic diving. A typical day may involve diving, lab work, training on base, community days, and beach cleanups. 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.

Dortoir
Aliments & Boissons
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.
Accès à Internet
Accès limité sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est Cancun International Airport (CUN) à Cancun. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Mexique.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Mexique te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Vaccins
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Mexique, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Mexique.

Dates et Prix

PAS DE FRAIS DE CARTE DE CRÉDIT

Informations sur l'arrivée

2022

  •  08 Jan 2022
  • 05 Feb 2022
  • 05 Mar 2022
  • 02 Apr 2022
  • 30 Apr 2022
  • 28 May 2022
  • 25 Jun 2022
  • 27 Jul 2022
  • 20 Aug 2022
  • 17 Sep 2022
  • 15 Oct 2022
  • 12 Nov 2022
  • 10 Dec 2022
2023
  • 07 Jan 2023
  • 04 Feb 2023
  • 04 Mar 2023
  • 01 Apr 2023
  • 27 May 2023
  • 24 Jun 2023
  • 22 Jul 2023
  • 19 Aug 2023
  • 16 Sep 2023
  • 14 Oct 2023
  • 11 Nov 2023
  • 09 Dec 2023

Disponibilité
janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
Durée
24 - 24 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
24 sem (durée min.)
$16 820
24 sem (durée max.)
$16 820
Coût moyen
$701 /sem

L'organisation facture ses frais en EUR. Le tableau des prix en USD est soumis à la fluctuation des devises. GVI t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
L'acompte sert à réserver ta place avec l'organisation. Les paiements sont effectués par Paypal, notre partenaire de confiance pour les solutions de paiements internationales. Si tu n'as pas Paypal, tu peux également utiliser ta carte de crédit.
Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec GVI durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Marine Expedition & PADI Divemaster Apprenticeship

Get your PADI Divemaster qualification and boost your career when you join a scuba diving and marine conservation internship in Mexico’s picturesque Yucatan peninsula.

$615/week

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