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Coral reef and community conservation

Project name:

People And The Sea

Project purpose:

Coral reef and community conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

600

Marine

Philippines

South-East Asia

1 Ratings

1

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • publishes work

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

local homestay

When does the project run?

Facilities:

food included, accommodation included, electricity, local town, local shops, drinking water, tea and coffee

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

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

*non-diving weekly cost $333*

Week One

The next day marks the start of a weeks intensive SCUBA diving training. Led by one of our very experienced instructors, you will receive expert tuition as you complete two internationally recognised and renowned SCUBA diving qualifications.

Week Two

In the second week we move on to the other fundamental part of your expedition training – the marine species identification, marine ecology and underwater survey techniques. Crucial to the aims and objectives of the expedition, the material delivered in the second week has been carefully compiled and referenced.

There is a lot of information to take on in this second week and we do suggest that you give some time to self-study prior to the start of your expedition. Topics covered include:

  • Basic Reef Introduction

  • Coral Reef Ecology

  • Coral & Benthos ID

  • Invertebrate Identifcation

  • Reef Fish Identifcation

  • Survey Methodologies

Weeks Three & Four

The second half of your stay is where you get chance to really put all of the training you receive into action.

The collection, processing, and subsequent sharing of data relating to the marine environment around Malapascua is the core focus of our work. The remainder of your expedition gives you the opportunity to make a real contribution to our research goals.

Our days typically start early! Following a light breakfast and a dive briefing, the first dive of the day takes place at 8am after breakfast. A number of sites around the island have been previously identified for in-depth study. The criteria for their selection are numerous and will be explained to you in more detail as part of your training.


Which if these dives sites you visit is dependent largely on current status of the ongoing data collection programme. The specific objectives of each expedition will vary accordingly but these will be discussed with you at the start of your third week.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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