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Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

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29 dager
Start
Cancun
Avslutter i
Puerto Morelos
Gruppestørrelse
Maximum 24
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.
Travel to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and join forces with our marine conservation expedition, earn your PADI diving certificate while working on and monitoring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Our team works directly on monitoring the overall health of the reef and you will contribute to coral reef and fish monitoring, among many other tasks, developing an impressive knowledge of this fascinating underwater environment.

Highlights
Live and work in a National Research Center for fisheries and marine research
Contribute to the coral reef restauration national project in the Mexican Caribbean
Work alongside cational and international organizations to preserve the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the state of Quintana Roo
Be part of the conservation and work done inside the largest national marine biosphere reserve in the Caribbean
Improve your diving and research skills

Scuba Diving Requirements & Additional Courses
You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition gaining and improving marine conservation and scuba diving skills, helping our partners carry out their marine conservation work. 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. For non-divers wishing to attend for 4-weeks, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.
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Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

About Your Location

Puerto Morelos is on the Rivera Maya, on the Yucatan Peninsula.The Riviera Maya is spectacular, known as one of the best destinations for diving and snorkeling. On its shores lies an extensive coral reef, home to a vast variety of marine species such as tropical fish, stingrays, and even the fascinating whale sharks. There are also incredible natural pools formed by underground rivers along the Riviera Maya enabling you to explore caverns and swim in the crystal clear waters of these natural wonders. The town and seaport are focused around a small fishing village which, like all urban centres on the Yucatan, has seen rapid growth and is now a town with a port. Puerto Morelos is a place to experience the genuine Yucatan that enables you to immerse yourself in the authentic local culture.

Aims & Objectives

Designing our projects in collaboration with local organisations and communities to ensure that they are locally driven
Defining clear short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects
Tracking, recording and publishing the impact of each of our projects
Ensuring that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conducted, or intellectual property developed remains the property of local organisations
Building in-country capacity by assisting local organisations in becoming self-sustaining
Ensuring that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work alongside specialised staff.

Project Life

While your experience on the expedition will be rewarding, days can be long and tiring which you should be prepared for.

Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to get into the water every day to dive or snorkel, but this is also dependent on the needs of our partners as there are conservation measures in place which will not require you to dive 5 days a week. During your time in the water 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, lab work, 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.

While your living conditions are basic, our base is located on a property a few hundred meters from the beach. When not working, you can take the opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of the reef and marine species, explore the nearby cities, cenotes, 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 northern section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, working with our local partners with the aim to:

Form a comprehensive overview of the ecological health of the reef
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.

How This Project Makes a Difference

Over time and with the contributions of a small number of volunteers, our partners have been able to amass a large database on the condition, health and changes of this section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, as well as successfully produce a vast amount of coral fragments for reef reproduction.

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
PADI Open Water certificate if joining 4 or 6 week program
Police Clearance Certificate (not older than 6 months)
Medical form
Basic level of competency in English
Spanish is useful to do community work but not essential
Copy of return flight itinerary
Acceptance subject to availability

Inclusions

Pick-up from Cancun Airport and/or transfer to base location from Puerto Morelos
Welcome meeting
Location orientation
Safe and basic accommodation (usually shared)
Meals while on project
Living and working in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under our research permit
PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
Coral reef ecology
Community work workshop
Use of O2 equipment workshop
Real hands-on experience and learning about the challenges of marine conservation has in this region
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 long term staff
First aid & CPR training
24-hour in-country support
24-hour emergency phone
Access to alumni services and discounts

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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Volunteering with us not only allows you to participate in programs 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 program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established during the program.

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.

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Program Accommodation
The facilities at our accommodation are more basic than you are accustomed to - please travel with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to local conditions. Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) dorm rooms with shared bathroom facilities. There is bottled water available for cooking and drinking only. Cold water is used for showering and 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.

Pre/Post-Program Accommodation
If you need additional nights before or after your project, you need to book these separately. Just ask your travel advisor for help!

Lokal transport

Arrival
Most volunteers arrange their flights to arrive at Cancun International Airport the day before the program starts. You can request to be picked up from the airport, but please note that the pick-up service is only available if your flight arrives between 08:00 and 20:00 the day before the start date of the program (Friday). Make sure to send the correct flight arrival and accommodation details to us (the night's accommodation must be booked separately at extra cost). The airport transfer is not booked until you receive a confirmation from us.

Alternatively you can make your own way to the meeting point on the program start date (Saturday). The meeting time is in the morning at 10:00 at Hotel Posada del Amor in Puerto Morelos.

Departure
At the end of your program we will arrange for you to be transferred to Puerto Morelos town centre. From here you can make your own way to Cancun Airport or travel further if you wish to explore Mexico a little more. We recommend you do not book a flight out of Cancun until at least 18:00. Please also remember that you need to wait 24 hours between your last dive and flying.

Måltider

Meals while on project are included. Volunteers prepare their own breakfast. During work days lunch and dinner are prepared by a local cook, on weekends participants cook their own meals. Food is a very basic, mostly a vegetarian diet with meat available about once a week. Breakfast is usually porridge, fruit or cereal, lunch is beans, vegetables, pasta and sauce etc. and a typical evening meal includes lentils, pasta, beans, rice and vegetables. Local restaurants are also an option at your own cost during weekends.

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Dive Equipment Rental
If you are renting dive equipment locally, pick it up before meeting the team at the pick-up point on Saturday (project start date) and transferring to the project.

Internet Access
You will have limited access to long-distance communications whilst on the program. 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.

Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

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