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.
Assist in the conservation of Thailand’s natural environment on this all-encompassing expedition.
Dive in crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific while assisting with the local management of marine protected areas.
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.
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.
Contribute to terrestrial conservation efforts and experience in the unspoilt island paradise of the Seychelles!
Dive the richest marine environment on earth and assist in vital marine conservation.
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
Contribute to marine conservation initiatives whilst living on a tropical island. Make a difference to conservation efforts, whilst learning - includes dive courses & conservation training.
Collect marine data during underwater dives in a UNESCO Natural World Heritage marine reserve in the Caribbean Sea, hunt the invasive lionfish and immerse yourself in a different culture.
Earn your PADI diving certificate when you discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife.