Coral reef eco diver
Reef Doctor (1)
Coral reef eco diver (marine research, education in conservation, support and fund our social development initiatives)
Weekly cost (approx USD):
Direct benefits you gain:
field research skills
gain a qualification and/or credits
remote scenic location
undertake your own research
Noteworthy conservation points:
contributes to environmental policy
development goals (supporting local community)
Wild Sun Rescue Center
huts or dormitory
When does the project run?
food included, accommodation included, drop toilets, cold shower, bucket shower, local town, local shops, electricity, refillable water, wifi, tea and coffee
How long can I stay?
Fluency in English
Fit enough to dive
Details of the day-to-day life on the project:
cheaper rates if you are already qualified diver, or stay longer periods of time!
PADI dive training.
Learn about the marine biology and ecology of one of the most extensive barrier reef systems in the world and its associated marine habitats (seagrass and mangroves).
Marine species identification. We train you in the underwater identification of commercially important reef species and coral reef health indicator species (fish, benthic life, and invertebrates)
Training in basic marine habitat surveying skills, with the opportunity to participate in our core research for any fast learners on a 4–5 week expedition.
Experience life living alongside a traditional Malagasy fishing community and gain insight into the unique Vezo culture.
Gain first-hand experience of the workings of a marine conservation NGO.
Make a lasting connection and impact with local children by participating in our local environmental education initiatives Kids Club and Junior Reef Doctors.
Assist our team in their core research, management and conservation projects (e.g., coral gardening, aquaculture, artificial reefs, turtle tagging/release, fisheries monitoring, reforestation).
Help our staff undertake English classes for adults.
Take part in our weekly Malagasy classes to help you interact with local communities.
Enjoy exploring the local area; the popular beach resort, the Spiny Forest, or visit one of the regional National Parks (in your free time, at your own expense).
Reviews & ratings
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
Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
21 Mar 2020
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.
Wild Sun Rescue Center
17 Mar 2020
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