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Join this unique teenage volunteer project in the sparkling Yucatan Peninsula! Get PADI certified or expand your current dive skills during your first few days in the beautiful Caribbean before continuing on to your marine conservation volunteer tasks. On this project you will become familiar with the different species of fish, coral and other marine life. All of the data you collect during your project will be sent to local organizations in order to help them promote conservation efforts. 

Interested in other marine conservation programs? Check out GoEco’s Marine Conservation Abroad page!
Location of the Project:  Quintana Roo, Mexico
Project length:  2 weeks
Arrival Airport:  Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Volunteer Work:  Marine observation, data collection
Age:  15-17
Number of Volunteers:  A minimum of four participants is required in order for the project to take place
Important Note:  All applications for this program must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance of the program start date.

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared rooms in a hostel
Food:  Volunteers will prepare meals for the group on a rotating basis
Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days
Orientation:  All necessary training and orientation is provided
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, weekend meals, some dive equipment, personal expenses.
This project is located in Akumal, Mexico. The site is known for its beautiful beaches and thriving biodiversity. Its pristine coral reefs (the beginnings of the Mesoamerican Reef) are home to a wide variety of beautiful marine life, which volunteers have the opportunity to observe and study during their time here.
Volunteers on this project will spend their first four days becoming either PADI Open Water certified or Advanced Open Water certified. Volunteers will participate in lectures and learn about the different marine life species that they will later be studying at the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Volunteers will be conducting survey dives and collecting data on coral and fish. Additional activities may include beach cleanups, environmental awareness promotion and/or visits to  local conservation organizations.

Some of your tasks may include:
  • Marine species identification
  • Survey dives
  • Collect data on the overall health of the Mesdomaefican Barrief Reef system
  • Raising environmental awareness to visitors
  • Minimizing the impact that tourists have on the area

Schedule: The first four days will be dedicated to PADI certifications. After completion of the PADI course, volunteers will take part in conservation work, as described above. There will also be arranged excursions during the weekend in between the two weeks. 
Internet:  Wifi is available at the hostel. Volunteers will have limited access to long-distance communications during the project. Internet might not always be available and mobile/cell phone reception is limited.
Laundry:  Clothes can be taken to laundry on agreed days for an additional fee
Accommodations:  Volunteers will be in shared, single gender rooms in a hostel with up to five volunteers per room. There is bottled water available for cooking and drinking. There is a communal kitchen, living room and outdoor patio. The hostel is located just 15 minutes from the beach.
Food:  Breakfast is provided every morning at the hostel. Volunteers prepare other meals for the whole group on a rotating basis. Food is simple, and follows a mostly vegetarian diet, consisting of mostly pasta, beans and vegetables and cereal for breakfast.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Advanced level of English
  • Strong swimmer
Included in this expedition are two organized, group trips. Each year the excursions may vary. In the past, volunteers have toured  ancient Mayan ruins, visited a Mayan village, visited a theme park including a zipline course and more!
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