Gapforce

Marine Environment Conservation

Andros Island, Bahamas show on map

Non-profit | Gapforce

Learn from our marine scientist, help create UNESCO protected marine parks, teach conservation awareness in primary schools and become a PADI diver! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups

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.

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. 

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. 

Saturday night is party night!! Most nights are themed so remember to bring any crazy and wacky outfits you may think suitable.

Sunday is staff day off and no dive day, most participants choose to spend the day relaxing on the beach, snorkelling the lagoon or watching movies.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Medical form supplied by Greenforce and PADI form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Gapforce (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.
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On-site services

Services by Gapforce

On-site staff like Gapforce Diving Instructor, Marine Scientist & Trainee, Accomodation & Food in our volunteers house on the beach , Airport transfer, Heavy diving equipment. Additional dive qualification needed depends on your pre-knowledge. If you need PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water & EFR (+ $975) - In case you do already have a PADI Open Water, the extra fee is $525, which includes the PADI Advanced Open Water and the EFR or US$150 if you just need EFR. 

Airport Pickup at Lynden Pindling International Airport

Your Greenforce leader will pick you up and drop you off at the airport on the day of the program start and end.

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
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Lynden Pindling International Airport (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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Bahamas you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bahamas.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$3,300.00
6 weeks
$4,200.00
8 weeks
$4,800.00
10 weeks (max. stay)
$5,250.00
Average fees
$675.00/week

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 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 Bahamas.
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 Gapforce during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or cash at arrival at the project site.
  Americas The Caribbean The Bahamas  Andros Island, Staniard Creek

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