- Program durations vary from 4 weeks to 12 weeks for Volunteers, program duration is 24 weeks for Interns
- Many departure date options
- Accommodations are included
- Weekends off
- International experience
- Orientation when you arrive
Your Typical Day
You will first complete an initial training phase so you can learn to accurately identify locally targeted fish species. Training will involve snorkel and dive points with staff as well as learning benthic coral and invertebrate.
You will get the chance to dive/snorkel at least 1-2 times each day, 5 days a week. you will also be involved in additional projects and activities including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal and other local project needs.
You will work with our local partners with the aim to:
- Form a comprehensive overview of the ecological health of the reef
- Determine the species and breeding success of sea turtles (seasonal)
- Develop the expedition base as an “Ecological Research and Awareness Centre”
- Develop education and awareness programs within the local community
Overall, our monitoring program in Mexico aims to provide a long term record of coral and fish species abundance over time to contribute to the long term survival of the reef.
Important Note: You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water or equivalent. Non divers can join for 8- and 12-week durations; we will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Advanced Diver. The 4-week duration is only open for divers already qualified to PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent.
Why an Internship?
The program includes 12 weeks training on a volunteer program followed by a 12-week work placement with one of our partners. We secure placements at local dive centers along Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Dive centers are carefully vetted to ensure you have the best training and work experience opportunities.
Our work on the expedition phase of this Internship aims to assess the health of the Mesoamerican barrier reef system. We focus on Data collection for Fish and Coral species. Our goal is to increase local and global awareness of Marine issues and provide data used for policy-making decisions.
During this Internship you will earn recognized qualifications including:
- PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
- PADI Advanced Open Water
- PADI Rescue Diver certifications
- PADI Dive Master certifications
- First Aid & CPR training (Emergency First Response Certification)
- Biological Survey Techniques
After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for one of our partner organisations in Mexico, or in other countries around the world where our partners operate.
Important Note: You will spend the majority of your time on this internship scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water or equivalent before you start the internship.
Mexico has some of the most amazing scenery and lots of history. Here are some
places to consider visiting while you are there.
one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, there are many
things to see and do! Some attractions visited by tourists are the
historic centre, National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Palace of Fine
Arts and Alameda Park.
With its near perfect
weather, modern amenities and natural beauty, there is a reason why
Cancun is one of the top tourist destinations. Relax on the beach, take
in the sights and soak up all this wonderful place has to offer.
Riviera Maya extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico's Yucatan
Peninsula. If you are looking to spend your days scuba diving and
snorkeling, you found the perfect place! Considered a top ecotourism
destination, the natural environment is protected and preserved and
outside the major tourist destinations the land remains relatively
The Emerald Coast
is the strip running through the centre of Veracruz and is one of the
major tourist destinations in the region. The main beaches on the coast
are Playa Paraiso, Boca de Lima, Playa Oriente, Cabo Alto, Playa Verde