Marine 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)

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Dormitory style accommodation up to 4 people sharing

When does the project run?

June and July


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. $1400 USD for the 11 day programme. Now includes pick up and drop off from the Belize International Airport. Adhering to Belize\'s COVID protocols and the accommodation and tour operator are Belize COVID Gold Standard Certified.

How long can I stay?

11 days to a maximum of 7 weeks


  • 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



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

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

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