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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



Central America

average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


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



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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