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Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles

Scuba Dive in the Indian Ocean on this critical conservation expedition

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Marine Conservation

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£2,050.00

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Get your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver qualification as a member of an expedition working on critical marine conservation projects in the pristine islands of the Seychelles. Your participation in marine species research will contribute towards providing data to the local government on various conservation initiatives.
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Overview

Travel to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean as a a member of an expedition and work on critical marine conservation projects amongst the beautiful islands of the Seychelles.

You will contribute towards various conservation-related surveys aimed at providing data to the local government on coral reef research, invertebrate surveys, whale shark migration observations, in-water turtle surveys and turtle nesting research.

Highlights Include

Learning how to identify fish and coral in the Indian Ocean; visiting and diving amongst deserted tropical islands; taking your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver courses, taking other extra dive courses at heavily discounted rates with local dive shops, enjoying fun-dives and searching for the incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as whale sharks, manta rays, and dolphins; developing the techniques you need to survey coral reefs,exploring different dive sites, visiting breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle, and endangered giant tortoises; having an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Scuba Diving Requirements

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.

Testimonials

"I had a brilliant time, the staff were really friendly and welcoming and I loved all the diving/Coco de Mer surveys and turtle walks. there was so much variety and a lot to learn – I would definitely go back. This experience has made me change my career to what I love and I’m currently now looking for marine research/science work throughout the world. The GVI experience has made me reconsider what I want from life."

- Lynsey Wheater, (UK)

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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
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • National Park fees and permits

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
  • PADI Open Water

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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
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • National Park fees and permits

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
  • PADI Open Water

Course Life

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.

At the end of each day you will eat, relax and socialise with the rest of the team as you recount your sightings from below the surface. Life on the base will be simple island living, sleeping in basic dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms as well as sharing cooking and cleaning duties around base.

Weekends will be yours to explore the beautiful surrounding area and islands as you immerse yourself in the Creole culture of the Seychelles.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • National Park fees and permits

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
  • PADI Open Water

Course Details

The aims and efforts of the expedition have been agreed upon in conjunction with the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, local government agencies and non-governmental organisations to include:

  • 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

You should keep in mind that projects conducted are dependent on the season and the priorities always remain with our local working partners.

How this project makes a difference:

With substantial contributions from our partners, we are the leading marine data collection organisation in the Seychelles.

Much of this data is used by other organisations in the Seychelles.  For example, the Seychelles government relies on this data to show an accurate picture of the overall health of the local coral reefs when setting and creating new management policies.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • National Park fees and permits

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
  • PADI Open Water

Life on the Internship

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.

At the end of each day you will eat, relax and socialise with the rest of the team as you recount your sightings from below the surface. Life on the base will be simple island living, sleeping in basic dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms as well as sharing cooking and cleaning duties around base.

Weekends will be yours to explore the beautiful surrounding area and islands as you immerse yourself in the Creole culture of the Seychelles.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • National Park fees and permits

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
  • PADI Open Water

Program Details

The aims and efforts of the expedition have been agreed upon in conjunction with the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, local government agencies and non-governmental organisations to include:

  • 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

You should keep in mind that projects conducted are dependent on the season and the priorities always remain with our local working partners.

How this project makes a difference:

With substantial contributions from our partners, we are the leading marine data collection organisation in the Seychelles.

Much of this data is used by other organisations in the Seychelles.  For example, the Seychelles government relies on this data to show an accurate picture of the overall health of the local coral reefs when setting and creating new management policies.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • National Park fees and permits

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
  • PADI Open Water

Project Life

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.

At the end of each day you will eat, relax and socialise with the rest of the team as you recount your sightings from below the surface. Life on the base will be simple island living, sleeping in basic dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms as well as sharing cooking and cleaning duties around base.

Weekends will be yours to explore the beautiful surrounding area and islands as you immerse yourself in the Creole culture of the Seychelles.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • National Park fees and permits

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
  • PADI Open Water

Project Details

The aims and efforts of the expedition have been agreed upon in conjunction with the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, local government agencies and non-governmental organisations to include:

  • 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

You should keep in mind that projects conducted are dependent on the season and the priorities always remain with our local working partners.

How this project makes a difference:

With substantial contributions from our partners, we are the leading marine data collection organisation in the Seychelles.

Much of this data is used by other organisations in the Seychelles.  For example, the Seychelles government relies on this data to show an accurate picture of the overall health of the local coral reefs when setting and creating new management policies.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • National Park fees and permits

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
  • PADI Open Water

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 field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Seychelles!

Included Side Trips

During the expedition, we will usually organise a hike up Cap Matoopa for you to explore the surrounding area after all your hard work on surveys. The last days of an expedition are usually dedicated to taking volunteers to their favourite dive sites to dive just for fun, having completed all the survey work.

Optional Side Trips

On the weekends many volunteers head to Beau Vallon Bay for a well-earned break. The bay is the main tourist area of Mahe with a lovely long beach, hotels and guest houses, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. The dive shops in the area offer many options for all diving needs.

Most people would agree that sitting at The Coral Strand Hotel bar with a cool drink and watching the sun set behind Silhouette Island is an experience not to be missed. Volunteers may have the opportunity to visit the islands of Praslin and La Digue. Praslin is home to the Vallee de Mai (a world heritage site) thought by early explorers to be the original “Garden of Eden”, that is home of the famous Coco de Mer palm tree that produces the huge double nut famous for its provocative shape. La Digue is the picture perfect tropical island, small and intimate with quaint guest houses and arguably the most beautiful beach in the world – Anse Source d’Argent.

Victoria is the capital city of the Seychelles, the smallest capital city in the world. Volunteers often visit to catch up at internet cafes, do a little shopping, or visit the market to soak up the local atmosphere.

Public transport is cheap and frequent and all parts of Mahe can be explored easily by catching a bus. Many volunteers spend happy times bouncing around the island roads on buses taking in the beautiful scenery whilst enjoying the company of locals going about their daily business.

Further Travelling Opportunities

With 115 islands in the Seychelles group stretching over 800 miles, the possibilities of exploring this tropical paradise are endless. The inner-islands, situated closer to Mahe are easily accessible by fast ferry. Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette, Felicity and Sister, to name a few, all have their own unique charms with hotels and guest houses within most people’s price range.

The outer islands such as Desroche, Bird, Dennis, Farquar and the Amirantes group are harder to get to and can only be reached by small plane or charter yacht. Most have small exclusive resorts which can be extremely expensive, but the marine environment and bird life at these outposts of civilization have been barely marked by the hand of man, and as such are in a pristine condition rarely found anywhere in the world today.

The Team

Samantha Howlett
Science Coordinator

Meet Samantha, our Science Coordinator at Cap Ternay. With an MSc in conservation and a wealth of field-based research projects behind her, Sam is an integral part of the team.

Sam’s favourite highlight since being on base? “We got up really early one morning to move the boat before the tide went out, and there were millions of tiny green flashes dancing in the water around us. I’d never seen bioluminescent algae before, it was amazing!”

What does Sam think the volunteers bring to the project? “Many of them have done their own fascinating research projects during their studies and have good ideas on how to develop or improve the work we do here. You end up spending your Thursday BBQ nights animatedly discussing new programs that’ll improve analysis techniques!”

Lee Bush
Dive Officer

Meet Lee, one of our Dive Officers at Cap Ternay. He initially joined GVI as a volunteer on our Dive Master Internship program before being accepted onto our scholarship program and being offered a position on the team.

Lee’s highlights since being on base? “Apart from the amazing things we see on dives like dolphins, white tip sharks and nudibranchs, raising money through the charity challenges with the volunteers for the GVI Charitable Trust is great. We support the President’s Village Children’s Home, and it’s always really rewarding to be able to provide things for them that they otherwise wouldn’t have.”


What does Lee say about the volunteers on the project? “The volunteers contribute hugely to data collection through their monitoring activities. We’ve amassed an amazing amount of data over the last 10 years that the project has been running.”

Lee Cassidy
Science Coordinator

Meet Lee, Our Science Coordinator and Assistant Base Manager in Mahe. A former chef, Lee initially joined us as a volunteer on the Dive Master Internship program before staying on as a part of the team.

Lee’s highlights since working for GVI? “Seeing mantas and whale sharks, as well as getting the opportunity to work with some of the other ongoing research projects in the Seychelles. Diving with the grey reef sharks off Mahé and Praslin has to take the cake though.”

His favourite aspect of his job? “I really enjoy giving the science presentations to the volunteers as a part of their training, and all the diving obviously!” Lee is a dive-aholic, even in his free time, you’re likely to find him diving around the island and working on his underwater photography (which is actually pretty good).

Kate Poss
Base Manager

Meet Kate, our Base Manager in the Seychelles. A former Film Production Coordinator, She joined GVI on an internship in 2012, and we just couldn’t let her get away!

When she’s not skippering the boat, taking the volunteers diving or sorting out admin, Kate likes to go exploring. “I’ll take a local bus to a part of the island I haven’t been to before and look for a new beach to visit or a new hike to go on to see more of this beautiful place. I’ve been living here for over a year and the scenery is still breathtaking and never gets old.”

What’s Kate’s favourite aspect of her job? “My office is the ocean. I get to go out on a boat almost every day, dive and explore the world under the sea. That’s pretty hard to beat.”

Kate Paterson
Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Kate, our mate, she’s great. K-Bear volunteered with us in the Seychelles on her Gap Year in 2012. She liked us and we liked her so naturally we kept in touch and when a Volunteer Coordinator position became available, we knew who to call.

Kate enjoys archery as a hobby, so watch out (!) and likens herself to Rapunzel from Tangled (although we promise we do NOT have her locked in a tower). Her funniest question from a Volunteer? “Do I really have to bring a canoe with me?” The kit list said ‘bring canoe/ dry bag’…

Her favourite aspect of being based at HQ is that there’s just never a dull moment. “Although we do work very hard (promise) we also have a lot of fun, there’s always music going and a lot of laughter. And chocolate, a lot of chocolate…maybe too much. Pffft”.

Emma Miller
Country Expert

Meet Emma, our fiery American redhead. She’s been a diving addict since age 12, which, combined with her studies in sociology and environmental studies, made volunteering on our Seychelles Marine Conservation project perfect for her. “I loved GVI’s combination of diving, marine research, conservation and sustainable tourism”. Obviously we couldn’t let her get away.

‘M&M’ as she’s also known (she’s an addict) makes a mean jalapeño margarita and is often likened to Robin from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ “Only with fabulous red hair!” Our favourite story about M&M – which we have on video – is a monkey stealing her banana in Indonesia, climbing onto her shoulder and proceeding to pee on her whilst eating said banana.

What does Emma love about being at HQ? “During the day everyone is hardworking, committed, and creative.  On the weekends we all get along well and spend our time exploring Cape Town and everything it has to offer!”

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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
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Coral reef ecology
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
  • National Park fees and permits

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
  • PADI Open Water

Our Impact

Location

Mahe and Curieuse

Experience the beautiful Indian Ocean paradise of the Seychelles islands. We operate two bases in the inner granitic islands, both within National Marine Parks next to stunning palm-fringed beaches and forested areas. Our Cap Ternay marine expedition base is located on the NE coast of Mahe adjacent to the spectacular Baie Ternay Marine Park. Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters are rich in wildlife, the setting for terrestrial and construction programs. The paradise of the Seychelles is the ideal location to volunteer, gain new skills on our internships or enjoy a short volunteer holiday in a well-preserved and tranquil tropical archipelago.

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