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):

$

700

Marine

Belize

Central America

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)

Accommodation:

Dormitory style accommodation up to 6 people sharing

When does the project run?

July and August

Facilities:

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

Requirements:

  • 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.

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

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