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Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

Learn to scuba dive in the Caribbean conserving coral reef and marine life

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Program Focus

Marine Conservation

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£1,795.00

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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 organisations, you can be sure your marine conservation efforts are making a serious and valuable impact.
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Project Life
Project Details
Free Time
The Team
Dates & Costs

Overview

Travel to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and join forces with GVI’s 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 on coral reef and fish monitoring, turtle nesting surveys (seasonal), among many other tasks, developing an impressive knowledge of this fascinating underwater environment.

Please note, this program offers durations up to 24 weeks. Speak to your Country Expert for more details of extending your stay in-country

Highlights Include

Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise, live in a beautiful part of a different country, with the opportunity to experience a new culture, food and way of life; learning about the Mesoamerican coral reef and how to identify the wildlife it supports; participating in monitoring dives that explore different sites along the coast; seeing mega-fauna such as dolphins and sharks; snorkelling in cenotes or waterways; searching the beach at night for turtles laying eggs (seasonal); joining in with community programs; teaching English and raising the environmental awareness of the local community; and joining fun-dives.

This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as Amigos de Sian Ka’an, a Mexican NGO famous for their conservation work. Through such partnerships volunteers can be sure their efforts are making a serious and measurable impact under the water.

Scuba Diving Requirements and Additional Courses

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, GVI 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.

Also, if you wish to add to your scuba diving skillset, why not take an extra course at a discounted rate?! Check out available Add-ons under the Book Now button on the right hand side, or mention to your Country Expert if interested in finding out more.

Testimonials

"Life at Pez Maya has an odd tendency of filling itself with very rich and otherworldly experiences that one would be lucky to encounter in a year. Our work here is primarily for the purpose of preserving the biodiversity of a region with forests, lagoons, mangroves, and coral reefs, all within a few miles of each other, an area extremely valuable in natural capital. More specifically, we are working to achieve a stable balance between the built and the natural world. Given that we at least share a significant awe and admiration for the wilderness, it is natural that we also find ourselves enjoying other, tangentially related experiences: The mellow strumming of a guitar, the fresh taste of a good meal after our hard work, a riveting conversation, a cold beer, some good body surfing. People here seem very alive, every hour full with activity and learning, often proactive and always positive. It is a good place to be. The days here are simple but busy, natural, and held together by the ideal we believe in to restore the natural world."

- Doug Coughran, (USA)

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Students

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Transfer to base location
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Some equipment is not included

Parents

Why Study Abroad

GVI Difference

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Transfer to base location
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Some equipment is not included

Course 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 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.

While your living conditions will be basic, our base is located on a white sand beach within a protected reserve. 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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Transfer to base location
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Some equipment is not included

Course Details

 

GVI is 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
  • 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.

How this program 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 and local fisherman are now trained in diving and monitoring skills and partake in marine surveys with the park and Amigos de Sian Ka’an staff.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Transfer to base location
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Some equipment is not included

Life on the Internship

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 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.

While your living conditions will be basic, our base is located on a white sand beach within a protected reserve. 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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Transfer to base location
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Some equipment is not included

Program Details

 

GVI is 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
  • 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.

How this program 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 and local fisherman are now trained in diving and monitoring skills and partake in marine surveys with the park and Amigos de Sian Ka’an staff.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Transfer to base location
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Some equipment is not included

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 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.

While your living conditions will be basic, our base is located on a white sand beach within a protected reserve. 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.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Transfer to base location
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Some equipment is not included

Project Details

 

GVI is 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
  • 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.

How this program 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 and local fisherman are now trained in diving and monitoring skills and partake in marine surveys with the park and Amigos de Sian Ka’an staff.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Transfer to base location
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Some equipment is not included

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on 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 on 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 GVI. 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. You could start with snorkeling with turtles of all sizes in Akumal bay, where they are protected and come to feed; dive or snorkel within the unique cenotes – the underwater river systems within the Yucatan peninsula; 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 snorkeling 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.

Further Travel Opportunities

If you want to travel throughout the rest of Mexico either before or after your time with us, there is more than your fair share of interesting places that are well worth a visit. Take a trip to the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve and experience lowland tropical forests and have an opportunity to try and seek out threatened species; the little known beautiful city of Morelia holds roof-top bars and clubs; the island of Espíritu Santo offers kayaking with whale sharks (seasonal) and sea lions; if you are keen to try surfing, Puerto Escondido is rated as one of the world’s best surfing spots.

Oaxaca is a beautiful city to visit on the Pacific Coast, a colonial city with some of the nation’s most magnificent architecture, also offering several archaeological sites including the Zapotec ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Further south, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, is definitely worth a visit. Colourful buildings, historical architecture, and impressive nearby ecological sites with fun activities will easily keep you entertained for days.

Neighbouring countries to the south, Guatemala and Belize offer something different yet again. In Belize, island hop all the way down the coast, stopping to dive the Blue Hole, another world-class dive site. Guatemala can be reached easily by bus and offers everything from the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Antigua, to volcanoes, the beautiful Lake Atitlan, adventure sports such as mountain biking, and the majestic Mayan ruins of Tikal.

If you do decide to spend time travelling through Central America, make sure to allow yourself time to take it all in, because this region will pull you in and not let go!

The Team

Alex Tarr
Country Expert

Meet Alex, our Salsa-dancing, French-speaking dive-addict with one of the world’s most well travelled teddy bears. Alex started her GVI adventure when she was only 18 and instantly became hooked; she’s done the Mexico Marine Expedition, the Thailand Elephant Conservation programme and was a GVI ambassador whilst at University.

She’s lived in England, Scotland, Gibraltar, France and South Africa, and travelled the Americas, Canada, Thailand, Mexico and Kenya. With all that travel experience, we asked her what one travel must-have is that she’d recommend for everyone. Her answer? “A home comfort. Everyone knows mine is still my teddy bear!”

What’s Alex’s favourite thing about working at GVI? “Hearing the excitement of new volunteers on the phone. It reminds me of myself before going on my first GVI adventure!”

Christie Chandra
Field Staff

Meet Christie, one of our field staff members in Playa del Carmen. She initially joined us as a volunteer in Thailand, then as an intern on our community development project in Mexico. “It wasn’t long enough! A three month break and I was back to stay for good.”

Christie’s highlight since working with GVI? “I set myself a goal (maybe a little ambitious) to speak Spanish fluently by the end of my internship. GVI provided me with lessons and then continued to support me with undeniable patience and guidance. Living in a non-English area also helped, and I’m happy to say that I’ve achieved my goal!”

How does Christie think volunteers help the project? “How don’t they?! With 50 kids around, you need all the man-power you can get! But really, just being able to share stories and laughs makes working worthwhile.’

Holly Date
Field Staff

Meet Holly, one of our field staff members in Pez Maya. She initially joined GVI as a volunteer on our Dive Master Internship program and stayed on as a part of the team. She works as one of our diving instructors and teaches on the leadership program.

Holly’s favourite part of working on base? “I love teaching the volunteers to identify the different fish species. Seeing them as excited as I was when I first watched the pictures from the books swimming around in front of me is great!”

Holly’s highlights since working for GVI? “We’ve seen big groupers, stunning rays and nurse sharks, and getting to see the turtles up-close is always favourite of course. In my spare time I get to visit cenotes and go snorkelling or explore the Mayan ruins.”

Valeria Hernandez Urraca
Field Staff

Meet Valeria, one of our field staff members who heads up our community projects in Pez Maya. Valeria also teaches the volunteers their Point Intercept methodology and coral communities for the reef research project.

What does Valeria like about being on base? “I love being surrounded by nature, the dolphins here are amazing and we’ve even seen whale sharks and jaguar. One of the best things is watching the full moon rise on nights when the sand is phosphorescent.”

How do volunteers help Valeria on the projects? “We couldn’t run without the volunteers. They help me a great deal with the community work, assisting with lessons and activities, they also help with the critical reef monitoring by collecting data.”

Alejandro Vazquez
Program Coordinator

Meet Alejandro, Our Program Coordinator in Playa del Carmen. He started out with GVI as one of our National Scholarship Program participants in 2007. With a degree in Tourism Management and a passionate commitment to improving our world, we just had to keep him!

Alejandro’s favourite aspect of his job? Our Partners. “The opportunity to partner with organisations that share our goal to make the world better is amazing, also seeing the way volunteers connect with the children and the huge effect they have on their development, even over a short period of time. They’re a great resource for the children’s education.”

When he’s not working or giving morning French lessons, Alejandro likes to explore the local area, visiting the Mayan ruins and national parks, or relaxing at the beach.

Cynthia Arochi Zendejas
Program Coordinator

Meet Cynthia, our Program Coordinator in Mexico. She started out with GVI as one of our National Scholarship Program participants in 2006. Her skills and enthusiasm just made it too hard to let her get away!

The most interesting things she’s experienced during life in the field? “Watching the turtles hatching! Also finding jaguar tracks and being able to participate in community tours.” Apart from those, Cynthia also loves arranging and participating in the fun Charity Challenges with volunteers.

What does Cynthia think volunteers bring to the projects? Since our goal is to provide support to local organisations which don’t have the human or economic resources to achieve their conservation or sustainable development objectives, our volunteers play a key role by being the hands needed, or helping to fund raise for those projects.”

Ruaidhri Le Mage
Expedition Manager

Meet Ruaidhri, our Expedition Manager at our Pez Maya base in the Yucatan Peninsula. ‘Rhu’ as he’s better known, joined GVI as a volunteer on the Dive Master Internship and just never left…

Having spent 8 years as a chef prior to joining us, Rhu says the most challenging thing about living on base is the mostly vegetarian diet, although waking up 20m from the Caribbean Sea and seeing amazing marine life like manta rays, Caribbean sea spiders and bull sharks makes it all worthwhile.

What does Rhu think volunteers bring to the project? “We couldn’t do what we do without the volunteers, they’re essential for not only the vitally important monitoring of the reef, but also the general day to day running of the base.”

Lluvia Soto
Country Director

Meet Lluvia, our Country Director for Mexico. With a history in environmental education, she initially joined GVI as a participant in our National Scholarship Programme, and we just couldn’t let her go!

Her favourite experience since she joined GVI? Diving with dolphins. ”We were on our way to a dive site when a pod of dolphins came along and started jumping in and out of the water alongside the boat. They stayed with us for the entyre dive, getting really close and were looking at us. It was of course, my best dive ever!”

What does Lluvia think volunteers contribute to the projects? “The work that the volunteers do is extremely important; if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be able to run the projects. The different activities they do like collecting data on the reef, delivering environmental education lessons, helping out running the toy libraries, all help our partners to achieve their goals.”

Daniel Ponce-Taylor
Director of Programs

Meet Danny, our Director of Programs. Although he’s based in Playa del Carmen, Danny oversees the development and running of all of our field operations. He started out with GVI as our Country Director in Mexico and quickly became an invaluable part of the team.

Although being Director of Programs is a pretty demanding job, Danny manages to find time to do the other things he loves in-between. He’s an avid photographer and is always training for a triathlon or ironman.

What’s Danny’s favourite aspect of his job? “Starting new projects – we get lots of request for assistance and it’s difficult to decide when funds are limited. The evaluation process and those initial talks with local partners are very interesting. Seeing projects grow from an idea to full programs is very exciting. I also love the relationships you create with local organisations, they become friends and we jointly work to achieve the project aims.”

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GVI Biological Survey Techniques - Mexico Yucatán

(GBP250/USD425/EUR300/AUD425) (8 week minimum duration) GVI biological survey techniques course provides training and experience needed to start planning and running your own surveys in the field; and can be applied to any environment around the world.
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Mexico Yucatan EFR and PADI Dive Rescue Training

(GBP265/EUR318/USD451/CAD451/AUD451) (Minimum 8 week duration) Combines both EFR and Rescue courses providing good skills for anyone wanting to progress in their diving career and be better prepared to deal with emergency situations.
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Mexico Yucatan EFR Training

(GBP45 /EUR54 /USD77 /CAD77 /AUD77) (Minimum 4 week duration) First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case, and everyday situations. Skills needed for the PADI Rescue Diver course.
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Mexico Yucatan PADI Dive Rescue Training

(GBP240/EUR288/USD408/CAD408/AUD408) (Minimum 8 week duration) Expands on what you already know about preventing problems and managing them if they occur whilst diving or getting to/from dive site. The Rescue course requires EFR (or equivalent) training.
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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Transfer to base location
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under GVI’s research permit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Some equipment is not included

Our Impact

Location

Yucatan

GVI run a number of research bases on the Yucatan Peninsula from the remote jungle to stunning tropical beaches. Bases are situated travelling south along this beautiful peninsula past white sands, palm trees and deep blue waters.

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