- Program durations vary from 4 to 12 weeks for Volunteers, program duration is 24 weeks for Interns
- Many departure date options
- Accommodations are included
- Weekends off
- International volunteer experience
- Orientation when you arrive
- PADI Dive Master certification
Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels each day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after completion of your training. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs. You will also be required to complete base duties.
During your stay, you will work on different project cooperating with the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, local government agencies and non-governmental organisations, and including:
- Coral reef monitoring and recovery research
- Whale shark migration observations
- Invertebrate fish surveys
- Sea turtle nesting surveys
- Plankton sampling research
- Helping to train local partners
- Development of an environmental education and awareness program
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. For non-divers wishing to attend, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.
Why an Internship?
During your expedition phase, you will live on the research base in Seychelles. Working days can be long and start early. You will be spending the majority of your internship scuba diving as you will need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water or equivalent before the program starts.
During the second half, your living situation will vary depending on where your work placement is located. On weekends you will have free time to explore the island and get to know the Creole culture.
Work includes a wide range of functions, with the focus on obtaining your dive master qualification and gaining experience working in a dive center.
This work placement is a great first step in a professional diving career. After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for one of our partner organisations in the Seychelles, 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. GVI will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Divemaster as well as with additional diving courses.
Seychelles has some of the most amazing scenery and lots of history. Here are some
places to consider visiting while you are there.
The second largest island in the Seychelles, Praslin is known for its gorgeous stretches of silky sand, curving hills, clear seas and tangled velvet jungle. Also, with all the resorts in the area, good food isn't hard to find!
Just like a postcard, La Digue is a true tropical paradise boasting jade-green waters, hills covered with jungle and tall trees and beautiful sandy beaches. About 5km from Praslin, getting around is super easy. Enjoy organized tours, boat excursions and sunny trails for hiking and trekking.
Mahe is home to the country's capital, Victoria, and 90% of the Seychelles' population. Explore the mountainous jungle and snorkel with whale sharks one day, lay out under the sun on the porcelain-sand beaches the next. Mahe is an excellent place to vacation.
Morne Seychellois National Park
Located in Mahe, the Morne Seychellois National Park encompasses about 20% of the Mahe area. There are lots of walking trails and scenic views of central Mahe and the west coast. If you enjoy lots of hiking and trekking, than this is one place you won't want to miss.