For most of us, space exploration is a dream. You can feel like an astronaut discovering a foreign planet as you dive and explore the blue waters of the Caribbean when you volunteer for this Marine Conservation project in Belize.
Belize is located on the northeastern coast of Central America and is the only country in the area where English is its official language. This volunteer program is based on a tiny private island in the Sapodilla Cayes – an uninhabited atoll (ring-shaped coral reef) in the Gulf of Honduras.
This marine conservation project has operated under a research license from the Belize Fisheries Department for the past decade researching the issues that are affecting the world’s second largest coral reef. They are collecting data for government agencies and non-profit organisations. At least one (usually two) PADI Scuba Instructors and one dive master / marine biologist will be on-site at all times.
While participating on this program, you will help collect data for research studies. The main role of volunteers is to focus on the invasion of alien lionfish to the Belizean waters. Other work includes monitoring coral health, lobster populations, whale shark identification, Conch migration and monitoring various species of tropical fish. There is much work to be done in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and you can help by becoming a volunteer.
Volunteers generally dive two or three times a day, spend Monday to Friday on the island and experience one night dive during their program. On weekends, you and your fellow volunteers are back on the mainland, relaxing and enjoying the local life.
PADI qualifications are provided for non-divers or those wishing to improve skills.
- Project Activities: Diving, species identification, documenting shell measurements
- Project Availability: Arrivals every Sunday. Closed for the month of September due to weather conditions and maintenance.
- Project Duration: 2-8 weeks
- Working Hours: 6am to 5pm, 2-3 dives per day (weather dependent)
- Location: Sapodilla Cayes Marine National Park, Belize
- Excursions: If you would like to participate in any excursions or cultural activities (at own expense), these should be undertaken outside of working hours, likely on weekends or before or after your program dates. Our on-site staff can assist in providing advice.
- Support: 24-hour on-site support from our Project Leaders and Site Director
- Minimum Age: 18+
- Language: English