Coral reef and community conservation

Project name:

Marine Conservation Philippines

Project purpose:

Coral reef and community conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Marine

Philippines

South-East Asia

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Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

450

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation

Requirements:

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, refillable drinking water, diving included, wifi, electricity, airport pick-up, complete scuba gear rental, marine fees paid

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

This project has 3 different volunteer/internship options, please scroll down to the bottom of this section to read the specific information. The weekly cost is calculated using the standard volunteer package (8 weeks).

Day in the life

Life starts around 7:00 with breakfast. After breakfast the plan for the day is reviewed. Some volunteers will be doing scuba courses, others will be out doing marine research, underwater cleanups or community work. What you’ll be doing will largely be based on where you are in the volunteer program, but we also take into account personal preferences. After diving, we’ll usually have lunch around one or two o clock or if you’re doing work far from our base, you’ll eat your lunch at a local market there. After lunch we often continue with our various activities till sometime in the afternoon. Typically this consists of entering survey-data on computers, various base work, or community outreach.

 

The evenings are different. At times you will be at work analyzing data collected on the dives or studying for your next scuba course, but often you’ll just want to relax and unwind with fellow volunteers. What you do after dinner in the evenings is very much up to yourself. You may want to organize a game or movie night, share a drink and a laugh, get people around a camp fire, or something else entirely. Other options would be to go on a night dive, go for a run, catch up with friends and family at home using our free wifi, work out in our gym or just quietly read a book. It really is up to you.

When you wish to have days off, you can let us know. This may be to experience other islands elsewhere in the Philippines, to go for a visa-and-shopping run to Dumaguete, to explore the area on a motorbike or just to have a day to yourself and laze in a hammock with a book. While we feel the work we do is important, we don’t expect you to take part in everything all the time -especially if you stay for months. (But if you want to, you’re most welcome!) We understand most volunteers are not intererested in working all the time, which conveniently leads us to Sundays.

Sunday is always a day off. No volunteers are allowed to do any diving, except for unusual circumstances. The reason for this is twofold – firstly it’s important to off-gas from time to time so you don’t get the “Friday bends” (a slang term in the dive industry, where divemasters and instructors can load their bodies with gas day after day, until they eventually experience symptoms of decompression sickness). Secondly we wish to give our staff a day off as well. Obviously food needs to be cooked, but other than that nothing happens on Sundays, unless you organize it yourself. (When’s the last time you went swimming in a mountain lake, visited a faith-healer or sung karaoke anyway?

 

 Price plans

Standard package / 8 weeks / 3600 USD

Two Free scuba courses*

Complete scuba gear rental

80-100 dives in 8 weeks

Airport pick-up

Free use of snorkeling gear when off

All marine park fees paid

Tuition and lectures

Participation in extended training

Support and supervision

Shared Accommodation

All meals

Free snacks, water, tea and coffee

MCP t-shirt

Letter of completion

 

Short-term package/ 6 weeks/ 2700 USD

Two Free scuba courses*

Complete scuba gear rental

60-80 dives in 6 weeks

Airport pick-up

Free use of snorkeling gear when off

All marine park fees paid

Tuition and lectures

Support and supervision

Shared Accommodation

All meals

Free snacks, water, tea and coffee

MCP t-shirt

Letter of completion

 

Research Internships/ 16 weeks minimum

*Science officer interns pay 600 USD/month, and other interns pay 1000 USD/month

Guidance on site from our Science Officers

Feedback session with MCP staff

Liaison and feedback with your university as/if required

Up to two free scuba courses*

Complete scuba gear rental

Up to 40-50 dives every month

Airport pick-up

Free use of snorkelling gear when off

All marine park fees paid

Tuition and lectures

Participation in extended training

Support and supervision

Shared Accommodation

All meals

Free snacks, water, tea and coffee

MCP t-shirt

Letter of completion

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