Great Barrier Reef Marine Conservation

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High­lights

Be trained to be a volunteer marine biologist surveying & report on the health of the Great Barrier Reef for scientific purposes through diving and snorkelling on tropical islands
Swim with an abundance of sea life including turtles and sharks
Undertake marine debris clean-up activities and directly reduce the threats of marine debris to marine life
Learn to dive in the most amazing place in the world or, if you are certified, complete an Advanced or Rescue Diver course
Meet likeminded people from all over the world
Learn to dive while helping protect and conserve the world’s biggest coral reef. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 17+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Groepen
50+

The Project

What an amazing experience! Learn to Dive in Australia's Great Barrier Reef while combining this with some incredible marine conservation activities and you will feel great for contributing to the world’s largest reef.

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers has joined prominent scuba diving and outer reef operators in Far North Queensland to offer volunteers a unique Marine Conservation program. With a high commitment to environmental protection and sustainability, this diverse dive program falls under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) powerful monitoring program ‘Eye on the Reef’ and is designed for volunteers interested in scuba diving, marine conservation and spending time on various parts of the reef.

You begin in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, where you will become a certified scuba diver by completing a 5 Day PADI Open Water Course. If you are already certified, you will complete your Advanced Open Water Course or Rescue Course, then volunteers embark upon the reef completing several dives. Then back to land where you will undergo a day’s training to become a ‘citizen of science’. Armed with your newly found knowledge of the reef and its inhabitants, you will join the ‘Eye on the Reef’ and ‘Marine Debris Initiative’ programs completing rapid monitoring surveys monitoring coral health and beach clean ups. 

After the dive component, volunteers venture to 1 or 2 tropical islands (depending on your length of stay) and are given the opportunity to snorkel their way through coral reefs while conducting surveys and reef health checks. This occurs in the mornings, then the rest of the day is spent enjoying free time. Island facilities include the resort, restaurant, bar, walking trails, glass-bottom boats, kayaking and snorkelling. Alternatively, volunteers can relax with a walk on the beach and enjoy the island reef experience.

For volunteers undertaking an extra week, there are more activities including our marine debris initiative. That’s right! Collecting and sorting through rubbish! Marine debris is a concerning issue in our oceans, with devastating impacts on marine life. Training is provided for all volunteers about the importance of this work and how to undertake data collection and recording of marine debris.

Pre-requisites. The minimum age for this program is 18.

It is a dive course requirement that participants can swim 200 metres or snorkel 300 metres and tread water/float for 10 minutes.

O2E runs this program for non-certified and certified divers. Certified divers complete their Open Water Certificate and stay 13 nights/12 days (COST $2,940 US), Advanced Open Water Certificate– 11 nights, 10 days (COST $2,940 US) & Rescue Diver Course participants stay 9 nights, 10 days (COST $3,000 US). Extra weeks are $1,200 per week. *When booking, please advise which dive course you are interested in. The start dates will vary.

The Location

Cairns is a regional city in the far north of Queensland. It is a popular travel destination for foreign and local tourists because of its tropical climate and serves as a central point for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland. It is also a major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region. 

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on the planet. Stretching 2300 kilometres, this natural icon is so large it can be seen from outer space. It’s known mostly for its colourful reefs, providing a home for a huge number of fish, plants and animals, including turtles and crocodiles who have been around since prehistoric times and have changed little over time. 

A breathtaking collection of marine creatures includes 600 types of soft and hard corals, 1625 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, more than 100 species of jellyfish, 3000 varieties of molluscs, 500 species of worms, and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins. The reef is full of a unique range of ecological communities, habitats and species, all of which make it one of the most complex and intricate natural ecosystems in the world. 

Our Volunteers

Volunteers travel from all over the world to participate in this project due to the highly unique opportunity to conduct ‘citizen science’ activities alongside the local people as they support the effort to conserve the Great barrier reef. You make a difference to this project by contributing to its long-term protection by collecting valuable information about reef health, marine animals and incidents and providing this essential data to the ‘Eye on the Reef’ program. The program’s success depends highly on the monitoring and data collected by marine biologists, marine park rangers, fishermen, reef tour operators, tourists, volunteers and other reef users, and this is your opportunity to join in the effort. The information is compiled in a single data management and reporting system, providing managers and researchers of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) with up-to-date information on reef health status and trends, the distribution of protected and iconic species, and early warnings of environmental impacts. The assessment looks at the marine environment and the adjacent coastal zone, examining how natural and heritage values can be protected into the future. 

Conditions Onsite

The accommodation is shared between a Cairns hostel and liveaboards on the reef. The liveaboard accommodation is in shared cabins.

In Cairns, volunteers stay in sex-segregated dorm rooms at a leading international hostel in Cairns.

Training is loads of fun and involves learning or mastering diving skills, learning how to calculate percentages underwater, identify different fish species/Manta Rays and small Reef Sharks underwater, identifying impacts on the coral reef and following instructions underwater, collecting, sorted and categorising marine debris and learning about the challenges the Great Barrier Reef faces.

It’s important to remember that scuba diving poses unique challenges. Common conditions include ear and sinus injuries or a sting or bite from venomous marine life. In addition, serious conditions can occur, such as decompression illness (Pulmonary Embolism) which can occur due to an expansion of gasses with rapid ascent, Oxygen Toxicity which is only a problem for deep divers who go below 135 feet, Nitrogen Narcosis which is the effect of extra nitrogen in the body and malfunctioning equipment.

Volunteers must ensure they are physically fit, are able to learn how to scuba dive, can swim and float, take direction and work within a team.

What’s Included

  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Booklet
  • Project orientation
  • Training
  • Field equipment and materials
  • Transfer from the airport to Cairns 
  • Hostel accommodation in Cairns in a dorm (room upgrades available)
  • Accommodation on the Reef
  • Most meals
  • 5-day PADI Open Water Dive course OR Advanced Open Water Dive course OR Rescue Diver course
  • 3 day/ 2 night liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Multiple dives on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 2 day trips to a tropical island
  • O2E t-shirt
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested 

What’s Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending
  • Visas
  • Dive medical costs (if required)
  • Optional activities

Please Note:

Pricing changes depending upon which dive course volunteers undertake.

$2940 Marine Conservation - Open Water Dive Certificate

$2940 Marine Conservation - Advanced Water Dive Certificate

$3000 Marine Conservation - Rescue Dive Certificate

$1200 Extra week 

The second installment of your project fees is due after you paid the deposit on Volunteer World. This is a total of $495 AUD and comes off your balance. The balance is due 90 days prior to travel. So if you book within 90 days you will be required to pay in full upon booking confirmation. For all further information about the fees, please scroll down to the section "Program Fees."

Dagelijkse activiteiten

After completing the ‘Liveaboard’ dive course (Open Water, Advanced Open Water or Rescue Diver Course), volunteers use their skills as certified divers and snorkelers to conduct a variety of marine conservation activities.  

For 2 days volunteers are transported to a tropical island where they spend the morning making their contribution to the Great Barrier Reef. The rest of the day is spent enjoying some free time. Island facilities include a resort, restaurant, bar, walking trails, glass bottom tours, kayaking and snorkelling. Alternatively, volunteers can relax with a swim, snorkel, sleep on the beach or sun lounge and really enjoy the island reef experience.

For those staying on, a further 2 days is spent reef monitoring on a different island on the reef and a day is spent completing our marine debris initiative. That’s right! Collecting and sorting through rubbish! Marine debris is a concerning issue in our oceans, with devastating impacts on marine life. Training is provided for all volunteers about the importance of this work and how to undertake data collection and recording of marine debris.

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

There is plenty to do in this vibrant part of Australia so take some time out before or after your placement to explore some of the surrounding areas.

Cairns and the surrounding areas have it - dive sites, Fitzroy Island National Park, off road driving, ballooning, canoeing, cruising, scuba-diving, kayaking, sailing, scenic flights, shopping, skydiving, snorkelling, swimming, bush walking, rock climbing, wildlife spotting, markets, hot springs, beaches, lakes/rivers/dams, nightlife/clubs/pubs/casinos, roadside stalls, cellar doors, scenic railway, canopy walk, tea plantation, coffee plantation, wineries, sky high cable car, lava tubes, kayaking, spas and galleries.

Cairns is the best place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Swim at the Esplanade lagoon, sample local produce at a farmer's market, enjoy free entertainment, shop for a summer wardrobe, visit some caves, National Parks or Falls, or cruise around the marina and check out the night markets. Take a cool dip at a secluded freshwater swimming hole, jump on a bike for a sightseeing tour along the city's network of cycle paths or experience the unique rainforest.

After dark choose a lively bar for drinks, taste local seafood at an award-winning restaurant, party on a dance floor, discover treasures at the markets or watch a local cultural show.

This compact city is easy to get around and has the reef, rainforest and outback on its doorstep. With the Cairns International and Domestic airports only 10 minutes from the Central Business District, Cairns is the ideal entry point for a Tropical North Queensland adventure.

Klimmen
Concert/
Muziek
Duiken/
Snorkelen
Wandelen
Shoppen/
Souvenirs
Bezienswaardigheden
Sport
Zwemmen
Watersport
Yoga/
Meditatie

Voor­waarden

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je ten minste 17 jaar te zijn op de startdatum van het programma.
Taalkennis
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (vloeiend)
Vereiste documenten
Proof of travel Insurance docs en Proof of tetanus vaccination
Nationaliteitsbeperkingen
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Volunteers must be able to swim and float.
Tijdsinzet
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 07:30 - 16:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
PRICES VALID UNTIL 1ST JULY 2023 THEN SUBJECT TO A 10% DUE TO RISING COSTS

All project fees are payable in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Prices include 10% Australian Goods & Services Tax (GST).

What's included in this project?
  • Pre-departure support
  • Project Information Booklet
  • Project orientation
  • Training
  • Field equipment and materials
  • Transfer from the airport to Cairns 
  • Hostel accommodation in Cairns in a dorm (room upgrades available)
  • Accommodation on the Reef
  • Most meals
  • 5-day PADI Open Water Dive course OR Advanced Open Water Dive course OR Rescue Dive course
  • 3 day/ 2 night liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Multiple dives on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 2 day trips to a tropical island
  • O2E t-shirt
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • 24-hour O2E emergency phone
  • Certificate of Participation, if requested
What's not included in this project?
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Reef taxes and levies 
  • Personal spending
  • Visas
  • Dive medical costs (if required)
  • Optional activities
Accomodatie

The accommodation is split between Cairns and a boat on the reef. While on the mainland, volunteers will stay in a hostel in Cairns.

Eten & Drank

Breakfast and lunch are provided with vegan and vegetarian catered for.

Internet toegang
Makkelijke toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Cairns Airport (CNS) in Cairns. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Australië.
Reisverzekering
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Australië biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Vaccinaties
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Australië dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Australië.

Data & Kosten

GEEN CREDITCARDKOSTEN

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Runs most months of every year. Please contact us for start dates further out than these.

Start dates for the full non-certified Open Water Dive Certificate: 

27/11/2022 to 10/12/22 (or stay 1 extra week)

2/01/2023 to 14/01/23 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

29/01/23 to 11/02/23 (or stay 1 extra week)

26/02/23 to 08/03/23 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

30/04/23 to 13/05/23 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

28/05/2023 to 10/06/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

25/06/2023 to 8/07/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

27/08/2023 to 9/09/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

24/09/2023 to 7/10/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

29/10/2023 to 11/11/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

26/11/2023 to 9/12/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)


Start dates for the Advanced Open Water Dive Certificate:  

29/11/2022 to 10/12/22 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

03/01/2023 to 14/01/23 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

31/01/23 to 11/02/23 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

28/02/23 to 08/03/23 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

02/05/23 to 13/05/23 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

30/05/2023 to 10/06/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

27/06/2023 to 8/07/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

29/08/2023 to 9/09/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

26/09/2023 to 7/10/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

31/10/2023 to 11/11/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

28/11/2023 to 9/12/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)


Start dates for the Rescue Diver Certificate:  

27/11/2022 to 10/12/22 (or stay 1 extra week)

2/01/2023 to 14/01/23 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

29/01/23 to 11/02/23 (or stay 1 extra week)

26/02/23 to 08/03/23 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

30/04/23 to 13/05/23 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

28/05/2023 to 10/06/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

25/06/2023 to 8/07/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

27/08/2023 to 9/09/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

24/09/2023 to 7/10/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

29/10/2023 to 11/11/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)

26/11/2023 to 9/12/2023 (or stay 1-3 extra weeks)


There may be some free days throughout the program. 

To get there, fly or take a train or bus to Cairns, Australia.

Beschikbaarheid
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
Duurtijd
2 - 6 weken

Programmakosten

Kosten: Prijs in USD
10 dagen (min. verblijf)
$2.845
12 dagen
$2.940
13 dagen
$2.990
41 dagen (max. verblijf)
$8.190
Gemiddelde kosten
$1.695 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

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Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Kwaliteitsgarantie
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Flex-optie
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers

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