If scuba diving every day and rehabilitating marine life sounds like your idea of heaven, why not find out more about marine conservation projects abroad? There are a number of issues that are affecting the preservation of delicate ecosystems and the survival of our marine species. Marine conservation volunteers are needed to help clean up the mess that has been caused by pollution, overfishing, habitat destruction and whaling. Volunteers will work to protect species and habitats and restore their natural living environments.
Some marine conservation volunteers will have the opportunity to earn their PADI diving qualifications and even participate in work placements. On occasion volunteers are encouraged to take part in TEFL courses so that they feel prepared to teach community workshops.
Marine conservation programmes can take volunteers all over the world including places such as Thailand, Mozambique, Bahamas or even the Galapagos Islands! Marine conservation volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. So if you believe that beaches should be pollution-free and that all marine life are entitled to clean homes, then why not add a marine conservation project to your gap year?
Help to preserve one of the most unique and fascinating islands in the world. This is a great programme for those interested in or studying biodiversity and conservation.
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.
Contribute to the small fishing villages of Jambiani and Kizimkazi’s sustainable use of marine resources, while researching dolphin tourism and monitoring human-dolphin interaction.
Earn your PADI diving certificate when you discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife.
Live and work with other volunteers to conserve and protect one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in Greece
This project is ideal for anyone with an interest in these misunderstood animals. Join the Fiji Shark Project, helping to determine the diversity and behaviour of these endangered species.
Earn an internationally recognised dive qualification in Belize, Thailand or Mozambique as you work with local communities and industry experts to protect marine environment and wildlife.
Get up close and personal with dolphins on a paradise island setting in Western Australia, how good is that?!
On this project in the stunning setting of Beqa Island, Fiji, you will be snorkelling to locate and map the extensive coral reefs and study the various communities living on them.
Learn to dive or improve whilst contributing to whale shark, turtle and manta ray research in Sodwana Bay; one of the world’s prime dive locations.