Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles (2013)
Help protect paradise on this marine conservation project on the amazing Seychelles islands. Living close to the beach in an idyllic location, you`ll spend your days diving, studying and helping with everything from turtle surveys to plankton sampling. In return for your hard work you`ll gain highly valuable (and potentially marketable!) research and dive skills, and come the weekend, the chance to travel around the region, kick back at camp or just let your hair down at the Saturday night fiesta. Then there`s the satisfaction of helping protect one of the most precious places on earth - priceless!
Short Internship Option
For an additional 250 GBP volunteers can complete a short-term internship within which they will benefit from additional training, one-to-one assessments and mentoring. They’ll receive recognition and a professional reference upon completion. You will work alongside a dedicated staff supervisor to ensure you maximise your placement, cultural and learning activities. GVI works in Seychelles in partnership and by invitation of the Seychelles government and local NGOs, assisting their priority biological study and conservation programs. Research includes coral reef research, invertebrate surveys, whale shark migration observations, plankton sampling, turtle nesting research and water turtle surveys. This internship will allow you to make a real difference to these important projects and gain invaluable hands on practical experience in a variety of fields including project management and team leadership.
Seychelles PADI Dive Master Internship (168n / 24 weeks)
Volunteers looking to enter the world of diving professionally will excel on this internship. The first 12 weeks are spent on the Seychelles Marine Expedition, training as described above. With successful completion of this phase, they then move into a 12 week work placement with GVI or a local dive shop in the Seychelles. During this time, volunteers complete their Dive Master course and continue to expand their knowledge on the marine environment. What`s Included (in addition to the Expedition): PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees) Coral reef ecology Weekly evaluation with your mentor Final evaluation Certification and summary of training and experience received Confidential professional reference Work placement (if successful on training period) What`s Not Included (in addition to the Expedition): Visa costs and GOP Medical
Basic shared mixed-sex accommodation, running water, vegetarian diet, and intermittent electricity Expect amazing views and a lovely location at both of the two expedition bases, each just a two-minute walk from the beach.
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- All food and accommodation - Airport transfers - All training materials - Science equipment - Comprehensive training necessary for research techniques - Emergency First Aid course and CPR training - 24-hour in-country support - 24-hour emergency phone line. - PADI Advanced Open Water
- International flights - Medical and travel insurance - Personal kit (including wetsuits, masks, fins and snorkels) - Drinks - Items of a personal nature.
Life on the expedition
Most volunteers spend the majority of their time on the coral reef, collecting abundance, diversity and health data on coral and other invertebrates and fish species. The first two weeks are the hardest, as volunteers have to push themselves to learn both the research diving skills, marine survey skills and the scientific knowledge that they will need to assist in the collection of data to a quantifiable level of 95%. The project aim is to conduct survey dives twice a day, four and a half times a week, with other non-diving projects on one day a week. Volunteers will rotate between diving and non-diving projects to maximise enthusiasm and minimise potential ear problems. Weather, season and training permitting, divers should have approximately 5-10 dives per week. The days are long and hard, with an early start to make the most of daylight hours. The day typically includes: kitting up and equipment preparation, travel to the survey sites, survey diving, returning from sites, washing down the equipment, filling SCUBA tanks ready for the next day and generally a late finish, once all the data collected has been reviewed and input to the database. At the end of the day, the whole team gathers for the evening debrief and to eat and socialise. Volunteer will rotate between projects, thus taking some time away from the hard diving work, and you can spend some of your time participating in additional projects. Volunteers are also fully involved in the logistical operations of the camp, from the day-to-day rotations of cooking and cleaning to operating the compressor and filling dive tanks. During the expedition, there may be free time to explore the beautiful islands and Creole culture of the Seychelles. Saturdays are usually half-day diving, with boat and site maintenance and sport in the afternoon, and then the well-deserved Saturday Night Fiesta! Sundays are a day of rest to de-gas and catch up on some well-earned sleep, or head to the nearest internet café to keep in touch with the family and friends at home. Alternatively, volunteers are free to leave the base on Saturday and explore Mahe, Praslin or the other islands, returning on Sunday night. Then on Mondays you go back to work!