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Join our team on Belize’s famous island of Ambergris Caye. This island is the closest you can get to the Belize Barrier Reef and Belize’s Great Blue Hole without heading out on a boat.

Here, we’ll work with you to complete your PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water before heading out onto the reef to carry out research. Like many reefs around the world, the Belize Barrier Reef is impacted by coral bleaching, a phenomenon caused by the ocean heating as a result of the climate crisis.

Fortunately, Belize is somewhat of a marine conservation leader, being the first country to ban bottom trawling, a harmful commercial fishing practice, as well as all offshore oil exploration and drilling. You’ll be helping to empower these pioneering local agencies by collecting data on the biodiversity of reef species. While you’re underwater you might stand a chance of catching a glimpse of rare, endangered species such as hawksbill sea turtles and manatees.

itinerary

Day 1 - (Saturday)

Meet the local team at San Pedro Airport, tropic air terminal at 10 am on your project start date. 

A program representative can provide a pick up service from the airport or the ferry terminals the day before your programme start date from 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM. This would need to be arranged in advance.

Day 2

Receive orientation and training on the program and our local partners  as well as health & safety training. With the beach being a short walk away from your accommodation, you may be given some downtime to explore and enjoy the immediate surroundings.

Days 3 - 7

Most of your time during the week will be spent on project activities. Since this is a diving program, you will be trained up in your PADI Open Water as well as PADI Advanced Open Water depending on your program duration. 

The main focus is monitoring reef and mangrove ecosystems in both national reserves and unprotected waters and you could expect to dive or snorkel one to two times a day depending on the weather conditions.

Day 8 - Day 9 (usually Saturday and Sunday) 

Weekends will be free for you to explore the local culture and sites along with your fellow volunteers. 

Here are some examples of things you can do in your free time: 
  • Go for a recreational dive in Belize’s famous Great Blue Hole
  • Visit sacred Mayan cenotes, cave systems and temples surrounded by rainforests and waterfalls

Day 10-14 (Monday to Friday) 

Project work will commence and you will pick up on the activities you started in your first week.

Your last day

Oh no …… no matter how long you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends.  The local project coordinator will drop you back off at the airport in time for your departure flight.

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start date

Saturday's

minimum age

you gotta be 18 to do this program

Highlights

  • Earn your PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water. 
  • Contribute to the conservation of the second-largest coral reef system in the world. 
  • Gain hands-on experience in marine biology and marine conservation. 
  • Go for a recreational dive in Belize’s famous Great Blue Hole. 
  • In your free time, visit sacred Mayan cenotes, cave systems and temples surrounded by rainforests and waterfalls.

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