Perfect for those looking to specialise in coral conservation, volunteering on a coral reef conservation project is a great way to understand and preserve local ecosystems and protected areas. Some projects house volunteers on their very own private island spending their days diving for both work and pleasure.
Participants assist in the restoration of coral reefs damaged by man or Mother Earth and give homes to many marine species and plant life that are in danger of extinction. Projects are likely to be based around key threats to coral reefs such as climate change, unlicensed fishing, industrial overspills and land-based pollution. Volunteers on coral reef conservation projects usually spend their days collecting and analysing data, creating actions plans for change and developing partnerships with local government bodies to ensure.
Coral conservation volunteers are often housed in basic hostel-like dormitories, however access to electricity and running water are both subject to your geographical placement. Volunteers are usually encouraged to explore the local area in their free time and to get to know the indigenous community. Participants come from all backgrounds and nationalities so if this is something that interests you, add a coral conservation project abroad to your gap year itinerary.
Live on the beach and join a world-class research team in Southern Mozambique, one of the best diving locations in the world. Help in the conservation of whale sharks, manta rays and turtles.
Mayan ruins? Check! Pristine beaches? Check! Exotic animals? Check! Warm Caribbean waters? Check! Belize has everything you could ever want!
Join an award-winning project and become part of an active research team. Gain PADI qualifications whilst living on your own private island in the Caribbean.
Work alongside community members in the rural fishing village of Jiquilillo and with the Caribbean locals on Little Corn Island! Change the world, change your life & Be the Roots of Change!
A fantastic opportunity to help conserve Thailand’s coral reefs. You’ll be helping a marine research team and doing plenty of scuba diving. If you don’t already dive, they’ll teach you!
Assist in the conservation of Thailand’s natural environment on this all-encompassing expedition.
This project will give you the perfect opportunity to learn about these creatures and gain experience in conservation as your gap year working with threatened whale and dolphin populations.
Dive in crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific while assisting with the local management of marine protected areas.
Dive in some of the least explored marine sites in the world, helping further the research and protection of these pristine ecosystems & work towards a sustainable environment in Madagascar.
Dive in the incredible waters of the Perhentian islands and help assist in important marine conservation.