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Earn your PADI diving certificate when you discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife. As a member of an international team of volunteers in partnership with highly regarded organizations, you can be sure your marine conservation efforts are making a serious and valuable impact.
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Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

Project Life

Situated in the village of Akumal, the base allows for some fantastic diving! Although very rewarding, days can be long and tiring which you should be prepared for.

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 you complete 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.

The project base is located in Akumal on the Yucatan Peninsula, which is a unique location as it is an optimal feeding, nesting and breeding habitat for marine turtles.

When not working, you can take the opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of the reef and marine species, relax with your fellow volunteers or just take in the stunning sunsets that have to be seen to be believed.

Project Details

You will be collecting data in the Akumal reefs which are part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and working with local partners with the aim to:

- Monitor, assess and restore the Akumal Coral Reef
- Evaluate Akumal as a Fish refugee area and assess the success of the Fishing non-take zone area
- Assess the Lionfish population in Akumal

Overall, our monitoring programme 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.

About Your Location

You will be based in Akumal, a small village on the coast on the Yucatan Peninsula near the jungle, coastal dunes, mangroves and coral reefs.

How This Project Makes a Difference

Over time and with the contributions of volunteers, we have been able to amass one of the largest databases in existence on the condition, health and changes of any section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

As a result of our work, our partners have been able to continue with the protection of the Sian Ka’an reef system.

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
PADI Open Water certificate if joining 4 or 6 week program
Police Clearance Certificate
Basic level of competency in English
Spanish is useful to do community work but not essential
Fitness level - Must be able to walk 200m over sand while wearing dive kit and to be able to jump into the boat in deep water
Copy of return flight itinerary
Acceptance subject to availability

Inclusions

24-hour emergency phone
24-hour in-country support
Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
All necessary project equipment and materials but not your own personal diving gear, the full list of requirements is included in the field manual for example, wetsuit, diving mask, fins etc
All necessary project training by experienced staff
Community work workshop
Coral reef ecology
Diving compressor training workshop
First Aid & CPR training
Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under our research permit
Location orientation
Long term experienced staff
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
Transfer to base location
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
Use of O2 equipment workshop
Welcome meeting

Temperature: Wetsuit use varies based on personal preference and how much individuals feel the cold. Jan - March the water is around 24-26 degrees Celsius - depending on how much they feel the cold either a 3mm or 5mm full length suit will suffice. April - June the water is around 27-28 degrees. July - Sep time is around 28-30 degrees and most people dive with just a rash vest and shorts though some people will wear a shorty or 3mm full suit. Nov-Dec is around 26-28 degrees a 3mm full length suit is preferred by most.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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Free Time
Volunteering with us not only allows you to participate in programmes assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your programme. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established during the programme.

Our long-term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with us. Our Yucatan field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Mexico!

Optional Side Trips
As a large and vibrant country, Mexico can seem daunting at first, but here are a few ideas to get you going in the Yucatan Peninsula on your weekends off:

In this region, you are spoilt for choice in the number of opportunities to try out different dive sites away from the expedition. Dive or snorkel within the unique cenotes (the underwater river systems); dive Cozumel, where the wall dives along the island have been voted as part of the world’s best top ten diving locations; or, for a full weekend, try Isla Holbox, a small island off the north of the peninsula. It’s a beautiful, tranquil place, great for a quiet weekend away. Whale sharks (the world’s largest fish) migrate up near the island from June to September and snorkelling alongside them while they filter feed is a truly breathtaking experience!

Alternatively, if you are looking for a break from the water, make your way to Río Lagartos where flamingos flock and river crocodiles abound; visit Bacalar - known as the lake of seven colours due to the various shades of blue; or visit prime breeding areas for the hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtle (May to October).

Immerse yourself in the surviving Mayan culture of the area and visit remote and untouched Mayan archaeological sites, such as the famous and easily accessible sites of Tulum and Coba, or visit the beautiful and majestic Mayan ruins of Palenque in the Chiapas region. And finally, the colonial city of Mérida is the peninsula’s cultural capital and the local artisans of Izamal will be sure to offer you some souvenirs of your trip.

Accommodatie

Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) dorms with shared rustic bathroom facilities. There is bottled water available for cooking and drinking only. Cold water is used for showering and there are bucket flush toilet facilities. Participants share base duties including cooking, cleaning and other chores.​You need to bring your own mosquito net and bedding for example a thin sleeping bag liner.

If you need to stay additional nights before or after your project you need to book these separately, ask your travel consultant for help.

Lokaal vervoer

Most volunteers arrange international flights to arrive at Cancun International Airport the day before expedition starts. You can request a GVI staff member to meet you at the airport 14-18:00, and help you get to your accommodation via public transport. On the morning of the expedition the meeting time is 10.00 am at Hotel Colorado in Playa Del Carmen.

At the end of the expedition it will be your responsibility to get to Cancun Airport. Remember you need to wait 24 hours between your last dive and flying. We recommend you do not book a flight out of Cancun until at least 18:00, though you may want to leave time to explore a little more.

Maaltijden

Meals while on project are included. Participants take turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is a very basic, mostly vegetarian diet, with meat available about once a week. Breakfast could be porridge, fruit or cereal, lunch is beans, vegetables, pasta and sauce, etc. and a typical evening meal may include lentils, pasta, beans, rice and vegetables.

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You will have limited access to long-distance communications whilst on the programme. Internet is not available on base, but you will be able to reach a store with WIFI within 10 minutes by foot. Please advise family and friends that they may not hear from you on a weekly basis. Mobile/cell phone reception is limited on base. Reception is more reliable in the town of Tulum.