Marine Conservation Philippine

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Help local communities protect reefs and mangroves, conduct scientific diving and learn marine biology.

Marine Conservation Philippines is a non-profit based in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Our underwater world is under tremendous pressure – too much garbage and litter, especially plastic is being thrown in, and too many fish are being fished out. Only 0,1 percent of the seas are covered ...

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Marine Conservation Philippines is a non-profit based in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Our underwater world is under tremendous pressure – too much garbage and litter, especially plastic is being thrown in, and too many fish are being fished out. Only 0,1 percent of the seas are covered by coral reefs, yet these fragile reefs are home to an astounding 25% of all marine species. The Philippines are the middle of the coral triangle, and with a land mass of 7000 islands it has a unique topography with a collective stretch of shoreline, longer than any other nation in the World. This means that the Philippines are home to more coastal reefs than anywhere else in the world, making it the frontline of the fight for preservation of fragile marine habitats. 

We dare to dream of a future and of a sea where our kids and their kids can still marvel at grazing sea-turtles and sharks and where coastal communities enjoy adequate fish-stocks for the next generations. We invite you to dream that dream with us. 

MCP is a Philippino based NGO working to preserve fragile marine habitats like coral reefs and mangrove forests and improve quality of life for marginalised fisherfolk in the central Philippines. MCP is a volunteer based organisation where international volunteers can join a large professional team of marine biologists, scientists, teachers and dive instructors, and help tackle the myriad problems and issues facing the Oceans today. Participation in the program involves extensive scuba diving activities. Volunteers need not be qualified divers prior to starting - they can learn as part of the program.

In a travel market saturated by green washed volunteer programs made by for-profit companies, this program is the real McCoy. MCP is a registred non-profit working under the auspices of the local government, and in collaboration with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the Department of Natural Resources and a number of European universities. Besides volunteer fees, MCP is financially supported by the Rufford Foundation and other international trusts and charities and provides consultancy and aid to the local municipalities in coastal resource management. The staff to volunteer ratio is 1:1 or better and the work of the volunteers makes an actual difference! 

As a volunteer-based organisation, we depend on volunteers both to keep operational and to conduct the work at land and at sea.  Some volunteers have a background in biology and many are already scuba divers. Neither is required however, and non-divers can learn scuba diving through the PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water course before starting the in-water work.  What we do require from everyone, besides obviously   the desire to help preserve some critically endangered environments, is the understanding that you do so at the expense of some creature comforts. We expect everyone to understand that volunteering with us is no resort stay or a five star holiday. Volunteering is for people who like getting their hands dirty – no-one is here to make other peoples beds or clean their rooms, there’s very long days in the water, and it might be your turn to lend a hand in the kitchen or water plants in the mangrove nursery. We all bunk in together, and it really is a bit like camping out. Camp fires and story telling included. 

Our operational area currently spans about 60 kilometres of coastline on the island of Negros Oriental, some of it encompassing some incredible dive sites such as the reefs of Dauin, and right across from our base lies world famous and stunning Apo Island. 

Besides the work actually making a difference, volunteering with MCP also ticks the all the happy boxes! It is bonfires and marshmallows, it’s diving with sea turtles, it’s meeting new friends from all over the world, it’s learning stuff about reef biology that will blow your mind, it’s learning how to dive, it’s meeting the locals, It’s petting a goat, and naming the gecko in the room. It’s seeing rare and endangered wildlife. It’s discovery, adventure and camaraderie. it’s getting sparkling white smiles from locals kids and toothless grins from their grandmothers. It’s all of this and more.

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Soren Knudsen

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Ofelia Martinez rating5,0

2023 at Supporter for Marine Conservation

After 6 amazing weeks of volunteering at MCP, two courses, new friends and lots of dives, memories and fun, I sadly had to say goodbye to a great life experience! From the very first email to the last hug one can feel the engagement of the amazing staff running the always-looking-for-improvement ...
Neil Lipps rating5,0

2023 at Supporter for Marine Conservation

After 7 amazing weeks at MCP I can just say a big thank you to all the staff and volunteers making that place so great. I arrived at MCP with about 110 fun dives and a lot of volunteers with 30-40 dives at MCP where already better divers than I was at that time, that showed how high their level ...
Latoya Van de Peut rating5,0

2023 at Citizen Science Marine Conservation Expedition

Here is my 5 star rating, because it was amazing. This is a special thank you to MCP, their staff members, kitchen staff, and procean. You made my stay amazing. I came for diving, doing surveys with the invertebrates, and some courses. I love diving, i like the inverts. I was so happy under water ...
Matthew Cato rating5,0

2023 at Supporter for Marine Conservation

I have just finished a 6-month program at MCP and had the experience of a lifetime. Learned so much about how to identify different types of fish and coral. Made friends for life that come from all across the globe. Food was incredible, staff are inspiring and the actual base itself is so clean and ...
Pernille Kornbeck Schmidt rating5,0

2023 at Supporter for Marine Conservation

I was supposed to stay at MCP for 8 weeks, but I couldn’t leave that amazing place, lovely staff and all the great volunteers! I had to extend for 2 more weeks! It have been 10 weeks with learning about diving, live underwater and environment changing! Besides that I got friends for live and an ...
Rikke Schubart rating5,0

2023 at Supporter for Marine Conservation

A life-changer. A unique experience that I am extremely happy to have had. I wish I had taken more weeks instead of only 6 weeks. In all ways a great experience that I can only recommend no matter your age. Thanks to the staff - all the instructors that I had were much better than what I have tried ...

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