Reef Conservation in Belize

Location: Belize: Punta Gorda

Program Duration: 9-12 Weeks, 1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 3-6 Months

Dates: Year Round

Pod Volunteer

https://www.podvolunteer.org/

3 Crescent Terrace Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3PE England

Call Us

Phone: + 44 (0) 1242 241 181

Description

This award-winning project focuses on conserving the environment and contributing to ongoing marine research in Belize, working alongside the government to monitor and protect the reef ecosystem in the Sapodilla Cayes at the tip of Belize Barrier Reef.

Your primary role is to contribute towards the project’s on-going surveys, data collection, and conservation work. You will be involved in marine conservation whilst learning to dive, improving your dive skills, or simply exploring the reef with the research team!

With a small friendly team and the opportunity to live on your own tropical island, it really is a great way to experience and contribute towards the conservation of marine life in the Caribbean. Each day will differ and you could be working in the following areas:

* Fish and coral identification dives
* Lobster surveys
* Queen Conch surveys (giant sea snail)
* Reef health surveys - coral bleaching data collection and habitat survey
* Lionfish population monitoring, spearing, and research
* Whale Shark monitoring – part of Project AWARE Whale Shark
* Monthly beach clean-ups

Highlights

* Join an award-winning project and become part of an active research team
* Learn to dive or develop current skills whilst carrying out surveys and data collection
* Research findings are used to enforce government preservation of the beautiful reefs
* Live on an idyllic private island in the Caribbean

By volunteering at the centre you will make a major contribution to the understanding of the reef ecosystem in the Sapodilla Cayes. Your time and efforts will also help to put pressure in the Belizean Government to protect the area.

Our dive conservation centre is not for profit and the majority of the programme costs directly benefit the local community. The contribution also provides a critical source of funding for future research and conservation work.

Qualifications

No previous experience is required, you just need to be willing and enthusiastic and have a strong interest in diving and conservation.

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

* A comprehensive information booklet and pre-departure support
* Travel advice and assistance
* Boat transfers to and from Tom Owens Caye
* All dives
* Dive equipment (excl wetsuit, mask, booties, dive computer)
* PADI Open Water (if you do not already have it)
* Free scuba review if you have a dive qualification but haven't dived recently
* Weekday accommodation on Tom Owens Caye
* All meals on the island
* Ongoing support, help and advice from our local team

Credit Available

no

Volunteer Types
  • Wildlife
  • Water Projects
  • Marine Conservation
  • Business
  • Environment
  • Conservation
  • Biological Research
  • Parks
  • Tourism
  • Sports
  • Eco-Tourism
This Program is open to

Asian, Worldwide, Kiwi, South African, Australian, Canadian, European, American Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Dormitory
  • Apartment/Flat

Participants Travel to Belize

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Other
  • Written Application
Post Services Include
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded

2001

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