Global Nomadic

Marine Conservation Internship

Zamboanguita, Philippines show on map

Agency | Global Nomadic

This marine conservation programme offers a unique opportunity to develop practical and professional skills to kick-start your career in marine conservation. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Program

This is a structured 2-week training and 6-week experience program. Whilst you coordinate the program as a team, our staff will provide continual support to hone your skills. The program culminates with our exclusive individual Professional Development feedback session that will enable you to understand the numerous skills you have gained and help you identify your future career direction. In addition, a personal assignment will be tailored specifically to your skill-set, individual strengths and interests to help you get the most out of your experience. During your placement you will develop a deeper understanding of international environmental policy processes, negotiations and global marine conservation funding through our classroom training and working alongside us.

The skills you learn during your placement will be invaluable in your future career and will include knowledge of travel and personal security aspects, project and financial management, international development, report writing, database management, training and presentation skills – not to mention a wealth of diving experience.
There is nothing else out there like this!

Who we are looking for

We are looking for budding marine conservationists to coordinate our high-impact partner conservation program. This UNEP initiative supports the SCUBA diving and snorkelling industries implementing environmental standards to protect delicate coral reefs. Selected individuals will not only contribute to a real high-impact marine conservation initiative, but will also gain critical experience and skills needed for future careers in the sector.

Your Contribution

During your placement, you will help to implement important marine conservation policies and programs in key areas, where your work is really needed, and requested by governments. Program activities vary from placement to placement, however, they might include:

  • Environmental consultations and impact assessments with dive and snorkel centres
  • Establishing education and outreach programs in local communities and schools
  • Supporting national and local governments to meet international conservation commitments
  • Environmental training to non-specialist audiences
  • Establishing reef surveys for long-term monitoring
  • Sea grass surveys with the aim to help local government departments
  • Beach and reef cleanup events
  • Working alongside other NGOs, academic institutions, community groups and charities

Recommended Equipment to bring

  • Laptop
  • Unlocked phone
  • Dive equipment - recommended to bring your own mask, fins and wetsuit.
    BCD and Regulators can be borrowed but if you have them, it would be best to bring them.
    Strongly recommended - Surface Marker Buoy and Dive Computer

Your Benefits

Boost your CV and your chances of future employment within your field by learning valuable skills and building your professional network. For this program, you should be very passionate about a future career in the marine sciences and conservation industry. The internship is not limited to graduates in environmental sciences, and we welcome those with little to no experience in the sector.

Past volunteers have moved on to working with IUCN, national governments, schools, accepted placements at University, international NGO’s, dive centres and many others.

Typical day

Each placement starts in Negros Oriental, Philippines with two weeks training in our unique modules, immersing you in the global mechanisms that affect the marine conservation sector. During this time, you will also receive the necessary information and tools to successfully carry out the role of a Coordinator.

The series of set training modules we provide will deepen your marine conservation knowledge. You will also have one-on-one sessions with our staff to identify your individual skills and strengths allowing us to create your bespoke personal assignment. This is part of the Professional Development module, which runs throughout the entire programme. You will explore current job opportunities, how your professional profile matches your dream job and what steps will help you to achieve your end goal. This focus on the professional development of each individual volunteer makes us unrivaled globally.

After your training is complete we will travel together to your project location. Once we arrive, you will manage the programme quite independently at the grass-roots level. You will collaborate with dive centres, local government and local communities, under the coordination of our staff. This will involve running presentations and diving with Green Fins dive centres to assess their environmental standards and providing environmental consultation to management for up to 6 weeks. The last week allows for end of placement roundups, Professional Development feedback session and travel.

The duties of your placement can be hugely varied, but might include any of the following;

  • Marine ecology educational presentations in local communities as well as within the diving industry
  • Environmental assessments of dive centres and consulting with dive centre staff. This activity will include a serious amount of diving!
  • Organisational and administrative duties in arranging local government meetings
  • Co-ordination of various events such as beach clean-ups and reef monitoring
  • Carrying out training for the monitoring of marine habitat health

As you near the end of your placement, with the rest of your career at your doorstep, we will work with you to identify areas and jobs where your new skills can be put to the best use. You will also receive certificates of courses taken as well as a professional reference and continued support as you embark on your marine conservation career.

There are also occasionally potential employment opportunities with us or with one of our partner organisations. This is not guaranteed but has been the case for several of our previous volunteers.

Details on Arrival

Start Dates: Course starts in October.

Free-time activities


Program Requirements

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 English (fluently)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
PADI Open Water Diver qualification or equivalent;
minimum of 50 logged dives (if you only have 30+ dives, then it is possible to make up the remainder at home or with us prior to starting the course);
a good level of general fitness and stamina;
must be of solid physical health and able to work in a team environment;
interest in marine conservation;
good spoken and written English language skills;
travel & medical insurance (covering diving to 30m).
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Global Nomadic straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Global Nomadic (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Global Nomadic
  • 15 day training programme delivering 7 unique training modules
  • Close coordination, mentoring and coaching from a team of dedicated, enthusiastic and professional trainers for 8 weeks
  • An individual 2-3 hour Professional Development feedback session in week 8
  • Clean, comfortable, shared accommodation for the first 2 weeks
  • Two skills refresher dives (all diving associated with project work is free)
  • All meals during the first 2 weeks
  • Free water, tea and coffee for the first 2 weeks
  • Access to our online library with hundreds of marine conservation scientific papers, videos and more
  • Travel costs during training and basic travel allowance associated with the project
  • 24 hrs support while you are on the placement and pre-departure information
  • A professional reference from us (provided all went well!)
  • Book up to 3 months before and get the early bird price of $2065!

We will organise accommodation for you, both at your training location and your onward site location. This is usually shared accommodation with your fellow volunteers and is always safe and comfortable but not too expensive.

The accommodation for the first two weeks is provided ahead of arrival and is included in the price. 

Subsequent accommodation is covered by the volunteer which allows them the freedom to choose to go elsewhere if they wish. The accommodation for 6 weeks that we will find is usually in the region of £30 a week. Housing is basic but clean, shared bathrooms are the norm and a kitchen will be available for self-catering. Basic travel costs are covered and a welcome and graduation BBQ are included too!

Food & Beverages

Three meals a day and snacks and drinks are provided for the first two weeks.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Dumaguete Airport (DGT) in Dumaguete. We assist you to find cheap flights to Philippines.
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 Philippines provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Philippines you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Philippines.
Costs (Prices in USD)
8 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Zamboanguita/Philippines between 8 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Nomadic will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Philippines.
Deposit (15%)
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 (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Nomadic during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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