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Global Nomadic

Scuba Diving and Ocean Conservation

Zamboanguita, Philippines show on map

Agency | Global Nomadic

This 2-week course gives you the chance to learn to dive in the beautiful reefs of the Philippines, or if already a diver, boost your diving experience.

Conservation isn’t just about diving. To develop your career in marine conservation you will join like-minded individuals and take part in the modules. These informal lectures are specifically designed to give you critical knowledge of the marine conservation sector. You will learn:

  • how marine science relates to environmental policy and international legislation;
  • how conservation funding patterns work;
  • how to align your work to these trends to be successful in the sector;
  • marine monitoring skills;
  • to explore the career path best suited for your skill set and interests.

All our staff are actively working in marine conservation and are committed to helping you put your best fin forward for a career in marine conservation.

Our modules include:

  • Global Marine Conservation
  • Blue Carbon
  • Marine Conservation and Diving
  • Professional Development
  • Marine Monitoring
  • Shark Conservation
  • Online tools for conservation

Over the course of 2 weeks, you’ll work through a set agenda of our specially designed modules and field work to give you a taste of the marine conservation professional world and diving on the beautiful reefs of the Philippines.

The duration is 2 weeks minimum, longer stays can be arranged.

If possible, it is recommended that you bring

  • Laptop
  • Dive equipment – if you have, such as fins, mask, BCD etc.

Typical day

Breakfast runs from 7 am and the informal classroom sessions start at 9 am, however on days where you will be diving there may be earlier starts. The modules are designed to be interactive, adult learning experiences that are a mix of lecture and group work to help you get to grips with the knowledge and attitudes that are essential for working in marine conservation. The learning day typically ends around 5 pm.

The PADI Open Water course is taught by our trusted instructors who have years of experience training people to dive in a conservation context. You not only get quality teaching in terms of safety, but the courses are run with a strict emphasis on environmental diving.

Those who are already certified learn additional skills to help hone your environmental diving skills. There might even be the chance for you to get involved in local conservation efforts both above and below the water.

Whether you are learning to dive, or building your diving experience, your diving days will be mixed with the module days giving you the perfect balance of the bigger picture in marine conservation and first hand experiences with the ecosystems that inspire us to get into this sector in the first place. 

We will eat lunch and dinner as a group, and evenings are your own personal time with the chance to explore our online library of marine conservation resources, watch documentaries, or generally unwind and enjoy the wonderful setting of the training base set in a botanical garden.

Details on Arrival

Start Dates: October 2017 placement dates TBC.

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
A good level of general fitness and stamina,
good spoken English language skills.
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.

Suitable for


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On-site services

Services by Global Nomadic
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Your training fee of approx. 5 days learning our modules
  • 3 daily meals and snacks
  • Free water, tea and coffee
  • Accommodation – Comfortable bed in a newly built traditional house sharing with 5 others
  • WiFi access
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course (5 days) or if you are already qualified then two dives a day
  • All diving equipment
  • Free use of snorkelling gear
  • Diving Certification
  • All training materials
Airport Pickup at Dumaguete Airport
You will need to make your way to Dumaguete Airport in the Philippines. You can get an international flight to Manila or Cebu, and transfer to a Domestic flight to get to Dumaguete. We’ll be there to pick you up and take you to your accommodation and training location in Zamboanguita – a one hour drive away.
Accommodation is shared in a custom-built Asian-style bamboo hut which can sleep up to 6 people. Each hut is designed to be comfortable, cool and practical.
Dorm Room Bungalow
Food & Beverages

We offer three meals a day, snacks, water, tea and coffee. 

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.
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)
2 weeks (min. stay)
2 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Zamboanguita/Philippines between 2 weeks and 2 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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