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.
Dive in the incredible waters of the Perhentian islands and help assist in important marine conservation.
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.
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.
You will explore, chart and monitor extensive areas of coral and seagrass beds, record populations of fish and commercially important species and assist in annual reef health check.
Live on a stunning Caribbean island - Work for The Bahamas National Trust to help set up Marine Parks - Get PADI scuba dive qualified on the world’s third largest Barrier Reef
Join this incredible marine conservation project where you will experience the magnificent marine mega fauna which makes Tofo, Mozambique, one of the world’s most special places.
Earn your PADI diving certificate when you discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife.
Contribute to terrestrial conservation efforts and experience in the unspoilt island paradise of the Seychelles!
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.
Crystal clear waters host a wealth of marine habitats and wildlife, making this a perfect location to learn to scuba dive and explore this pristine and magical underwater world.