Marine Conservation

Learn from our marine scientists, help create UNESCO protected marine parks, teach conservation awareness in primary schools and become a PADI diver!

About the Project

The Bahamas National Trust has requested Greenforce to survey the underwater environment of the coastline along Andros Island with the aim of protecting its surrounding reefs. Thus, we collect data to identify areas along the coast that can be used for tourism. On the flip side we are also identifying areas that should be marked off as Marine Parks (i.e. fish breeding grounds) and finally, areas suitable for local fishing communities to work and live. The “big picture” is to make the island a sustainable environment for everyone who needs to live/work there while also protecting the wonderful and varied marine life that lives on the reefs around the island.

Your tasks

As part of our team of Marine Research Assistants, you'll experience unforgettable diving, make a whole community of friends and help ensure that future generations will care for the reef and its long term sustainability. Don't just talk about conservation, come and make a positive impact.

Learn about marine ecosystems and conservation methods and become an Assistant Marine Researcher

Volunteer Assistant Marine researchers needed! Work with our local partners to protect the coral reefs and provide a sustainable future for this beautiful island. No experience required just the desire to make a difference. Learn to dive and receive full PADI dive training over the first two weeks of the course. You'll be trained by experienced scientists in how to complete underwater marine surveys and to identify the many species of marine animals and corals you'll see including invasive species, sharks and turtles. You'll also learn how to monitor marine movements and how to locate breeding and feeding grounds. The underwater world becomes your new home.

Learn to dive/improve your skills

To complete your project work you will need to be a capable diver, so we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water level, and then add in your Emergency First Response qualification for good measure too! Plus with the amount of diving you'll be doing, and the variety of dive sites in the Bahamas, you'll leave as a competent and experienced scuba diver with some amazing memories for your time in the Caribbean!

Help out at the local school

Once a week you'll come up for air and head to one of two local primary schools. Here you'll use your knowledge of marine conservation to teach the young children about the valuable marine life that surrounds their island and how to protect it in the future. Activities range from simple lesson plans teaching the kids about the local fish and corals to teaching the children how to swim.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

You will get to live and work on a stunning Caribbean Island in a house directly at the beach. No two days will be the same whilst you're here, but in general, your every day tasks will include the learning and application of Marine Conservation Techniques data collection methodologies and identification techniques of fish and reef species, as well as the familiarization with Shark biology and conservation including identification techniques, public perceptions and research. When in the water, you will get to swim with sharks, rays and turtles and experience the stunning sea world in the Caribbeans. 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
16 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Medical form supplied by Greenforce and PADI form
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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Free-time activities

In your free time you can enjoy time at the beach and in the water. A very special experience is diving in the "Blue Holes", the stunning volcanic crater lakes of Andros.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Sports

Services

What's included?
Gapforce Diving Instructor, Marine Scientist & Trainee, Accomodation & Food in our volunteers house on the beach , Airport transfer, Heavy diving equioment and at least 1 dive per day, PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water & EFR (+ $1170) - In case you do already have a PADI Open Water, the extra fee is $630, which includes thew PADI Advanced Open Water and the EFR, Marine Scientist Training, Marine Conservation Techniques und survey methods
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Your Greenforce leader will pick you up on the day of the program start.

Accommodation

Accommodation in the Bahamas is in a two storey beachside house with remarkable views of the Atlantic Ocean. The fact that the house is located on the beach and in such close proximity to the dive centre means that no time is wasted with participants being transported to and from the beach for diving! Capacity of the house is 18 persons but we do have rooms in other houses at the camp should more beds be required. The bedrooms are dorm style with bunk beds and bathroom facilities are shared.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: The diet is basic but nutritious and based on local produce. The food is mainly high in carbohydrates, which is essential for diving. Protein requirements are met by having fish, meat, and eggs when available. Vegetarian are catered for. Participants work on a rota basis to take it in turns to cook - we provide the ingredients and participants provide the manpower and recipes!

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2500
5 weeks
$2833
6 weeks
$3167
7 weeks
$3500
8 weeks
$3833
9 weeks
$4167
10 weeks (max. stay)
$4500

You can volunteer at the project site in Andros Island/Bahamas between 4 weeks and 10 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Gapforce will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$538/week
Deposit (20%)
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 (80%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

Get ready to volunteer in Bahamas

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Bahamas. Please check the visa regulations for Bahamas.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Bahamas.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Nassau International (NAS) in Nassau. We assist you to find cheap flights to Bahamas.
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 Bahamas provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Bahamas you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bahamas.
Packing List
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Staniard Creek, Andros Island, Bahamas