Mexico Marine Conservation Expedition (2013)
Project life: The expedition offers a heap of exciting opportunities to volunteers, including the chance to: - immerse yourself in a remote tropical paradise that is one of the world's few remaining truly pristine environments, living within the biosphere reserve, working with GVI's two local partners and experiencing a new culture, food and way of life - increase your personal knowledge of the tropical marine environment, its importance and the threats to it, while you help increase both local and global knowledge and awareness - learn a variety of marine survey skills within the tropical environment - learn to dive to a certified, internationally recognised level, up to PADI Advanced Diver - be trained as a diver specifically for research purposes and have the opportunity to increase your dive qualifications, depending on conditions - experience warm, crystal-clear water diving upon one of the most immaculate and spectacular examples of the coral reef environment in the world and, if you are lucky, see turtles, dolphins, manatees and sting rays up close in their natural environment - assist in both the child and adult marine education and awareness programmes; visiting and teaching within the local schools, restaurants, the expedition base and the open marine environment - assist in the development of the Ecological Research and Awareness Centre - Relax and party with your new friends at the well-deserved Saturday night fiesta. Optional excursions may also offer the chance to: - visit lowland tropical forests to seek out threatened species such as jaguar, puma, tapir, white-tailed deer, howler monkey, spider monkey, anteater, ocellated turkey, great curassow, toucan and king vulture and over 300 species of bird - dive or snorkel within the unique cenotes - the underwater river systems within the reserve - visit prime breeding areas for the hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback and green turtle - immerse yourself in the surviving Mayan culture of the area and visit remote and untouched Mayan archaeological sites, as well as more famous sites like Tulum and Coba. On the final day of the expedition, volunteers will be transferred back to Playa del Carmen
- All food and accommodation - Airport transfers - PADI Open Water and Advanced Level diving courses as necessary - PADI Coral Reef Researcher specialty and heavily dependent on research discounted further dive training - Emergency First Aid course - 24-hour in-country support.
- International flights - Personal kit (including wetsuit, mask, fins and snorkel) - Medical and travel insurance - Visa costs - Drinks - Items of a personal nature.
28 Nights, 56 Nights or 84 Nights