Philippines - Marine Conservation and Diving - Qualified
Schedule & Activities
Your day starts around 07:00 with breakfast. After breakfast the plan for the day is reviewed. Some volunteers will be doing scuba courses, others will be out doing marine research, underwater cleanups or community work. What you’ll be doing will largely be based on where you are in the volunteer program and also on personal preferences. We’ll usually have lunch around one or two o clock - if you’re doing work far from our base, you’ll eat your lunch at a local market there. After lunch we often continue with our various activities till sometime in the afternoon. Typically this consists of entering survey-data on computers or various base work.
The evenings are different. At times you will be at work inputting data collected on the dives or perhaps helping preparing for campaigns or education in local schools, but often you’ll just want to relax and unwind with fellow volunteers. What you do after dinner in the evenings is very much up to yourself. You may want to organise a game or movie night, share a drink and a laugh, get people around a camp fire or something completely different. Other options would be to go on a night dive, go for a run, catch up with friends and family at home using our free Wi-Fi, work out in our gym or just quietly read a book. It really is up to you.
Most people at base volunteer for more than four weeks, and if you stay for several months it makes sense you’ll need a day off from time to time. When you volunteer for just four weeks though, we understand you will want to make as much of a difference as possible to our work in saving the Philippine Seas. As such we appreciate it, if you can wait with your independent travelling until you are done with your stay, or kindly only go on Sundays when you always have the day off.
On Sundays no volunteers are allowed to do any diving, except during unusual circumstances. The reason for this is twofold - firstly it’s important to off-gas from time to time so you don’t get the "Friday Bends" (a slang term in the dive industry, where dive masters and instructors can load their bodies with gas day after day, until they eventually experience symptoms of decompression illness). Secondly we wish to give our staff a day off as well. Obviously food needs to be cooked, but other than that nothing happens on Sundays, unless you organise it yourself. (When’s the last time you went swimming in a mountain lake, visited a faith-healer or sung karaoke anyway?)
4 Weeks Program - Introduction to underwater survey methodology and data collection and entry
- Reef biology lessons
- Reef and beach clean-up
- Base duties
- Involvement with community work
- Support and supervision
- Unlimited diving (averaging 40 to 50 dives per month)
- Full dive gear
- Free use of snorkeling gear
- The opportunity to do the PADI Advanced Course (85 USD extra, paid on site)
- The opportunity to do the PADI Enriched air course (65 USD extra, paid on site)
To enroll in the 4 week program you have to be at least PADI Open Water, (or have an equivalent certification from another diving agency like SSI, CMAS etc) If you are not yet a diver, you will have to either do a course somewhere else prior to starting, or join a six or eight week expedition.
While with us for four weeks, you can chose to do the PADI Advanced Open Water course is you wish to, and you can also do the PADI enriched air course. Other scuba courses are not available. Longer stays are required for further dive training.
* The fees for the different courses (paid locally):
Advanced Open Water USD 85
Nitrox USD 65
This is only meant as a guideline or description of what a typical volunteer stay entails. Opportunities that we need to seize may present themselves; weather and local conditions, local fiestas, public holidays and many other things affect the project in a fluid, organic way that sometimes alter plans. As such, this is not an exact checklist of activities you are guaranteed to take part in, but should give you a solid idea of what generally goes on, and what you’re likely to experience.
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
Minimum age to participate in this program is 18 years. Travel insurance and PADI Open Water certificate are compulsory.
We ask volunteers to remember that the support of the local community is of absolute importance to our environmental efforts. We are the guests and must behave accordingly. With enthusiasm, a willingness to learn new things and consideration for people and culture you’ll come a long way. Upon arrival at the expedition base, you will be briefed on local culture and customs.
As a participant in the Marine Conservation Program, it's your responsibility to read the two liability documents BEFORE departure, as you will be required to agree with and sign them when you arrive at the base in the Philippines. If you do not agree with or sign the forms then you cannnot participate. Please be aware that if you have any medical conditions, requiring you to answer yes to any question on the medical questionaire, you must get clearance from a doctor before you can dive. To ensure you can participate, we strongly suggest you do this prior to departure, as clearance is not guaranteed.
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Extra kosten tijdens tour
You will live in a spacious and cozy dorm with up to five other volunteers. It’s possible to stay in either a mixed dorm or a single-sex dorm. The charming thatched roof cottages are built of natural materials and are shaded under old mango fruit trees. All have lockers, fans and mosquito nets. There is a separate toilet and bathrooms.
Return airport transfer to/from Dumaguete in included. It's highly recommended to arrive as early as possible and no later than 16:00. This gives you the opportunity to settle in before your info briefing, getting sorted with the equipment and meeting the staff and other volunteers.
3 daily meals and snacks - vegetarian and vegan options always available.
Free water, tea and coffee.