Marine research academic internship

Project name:

Tobacco Caye Marine Station

Project purpose:

Contribute to ongoing local research in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve in Belize to determine ecosystem health.

Providing the opportunity to gain hands on experience on the Belize Barrier Reef and participate in our 5 research projects including monitoring coral bleaching, reef cleaning and ocean plastic, lion fish culling, assessing seagrass health and monitor mangroves.

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis
  • habitat restoration/management
  • responsible lionfish removal workshop

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills
  • field research skills
  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy
  • development goals (supporting local community)


Dormitory style accommodation up to 6 people sharing

When does the project run?

July and August


accommodation included, food included, electricity, refillable drinking water, cold shower, hot shower, western toilet, wifi, boat transfer to and from the island, welcome cocktail from Kirks Bar, Tobacco Caye Marine Station t shirt, All boat excursions, 2 night snorkels, use of classroom, resources and surveying equipment, snorkel gear including mask, snorkel and fins

How long can I stay?

11 days for $1100


  • At least 18 years old
  • Experience studying marine biology, conservation, environmental studies or related field is preferable but not essential
  • Confident swimmer

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

Tobacco Caye is a 4 acre island situated on the Belize Barrier Reef. It is surrounded by three ecosystems (coral reef, seagrass and mangroves) contributing to a thriving environment. During this internship you will get the opportunity to gain transferable skills such as data collection, analysis and monitoring, all whilst contributing to our local conservation projects in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve in Belize.

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



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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