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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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Project Life
Project Details
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The Team
Dates & Costs

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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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)
  • 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

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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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

Emily Sibley
Dive Officer

Our Sibbers, is the other side of our Dive Officer team.  Born in the UK but raised in Dubai, Emily seemed to be born to travel and live overseas.  For her, there was no other way to do so than working in diving and marine conservation.  This career started with an honors degree in Marine Biology, which was immediately followed by time volunteering abroad on marine conservation projects in the Indian Ocean, her favorite place to dive.  After one of her good friends returned from the GVI South Africa Wildlife Expedition raving about her experience, Emily took one look at our website, found the Seychelles Divemaster Internship, and the rest is history! She later became an instructor in Bali, Indonesia before returning to the Seychelles since the beginning of 2014.

This career started with an honors degree in Marine Biology, which was immediately followed by time volunteering abroad on marine conservation projects in the Indian Ocean, her favorite place to dive.  After one of her good friends returned from the GVI South Africa Wildlife Expedition raving about her experience, Emily took one look at our website, found the Seychelles Divemaster Internship, and the rest is history! She later became an instructor in Bali, Indonesia before returning to the Seychelles since the beginning of 2014.

Anyone who tries to beat Emily on the ‘who uses the least air’ game on a dive will unquestionably lose…we’re pretty sure she actually has gills.  What will she never travel without?  A towel (cue Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy reference) and her Kindle, since a good book to read makes any airport layover go so much faster.

Ben Hughes
Dive Officer

Dive Officer Ben has been working in the dive industry for the past five years since he completed our PADI Divemaster Internship back in early 2010.  After some time back in the UK, he became an instructor in Indonesia and soon returned to the beautiful Seychelles to work on North Island.
Ben has now returned to GVI because of the amazing experience he had as an intern and the opportunity to contribute directly to reef conservation.

Ben won’t travel anywhere without his camera, which must mean he has some good shots of the time he took a bath with an elephant in Bali or when he got chased by Komodo Dragons in Komodo, Indonesia, but we have yet to see this footage.

Our favorite story about Ben is that he applied to the Divemaster Internship before even learning to swim!  He then spent the next six months in pools, to the point that soon before he landed in the Seychelles he was racing in a three mile charity swim.  We aren’t surprised then that he made a career out of working in the ocean.

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.”

Kathryn Morris
Country Expert

Meet Kathryn, one of our most intrepid outdoors(wo)men. Her plan was to join GVI as a temporary office intern – gaining some work experience while spending time discovering a new country. She liked us so much that she decided to stay!

A lot can be said for Kathryn’s positive outlook on life… Even after telling us about an accidental full-frontal flashing of a Nepalese hotel staff member, followed by projectile vomiting all over a restaurant because of food poisoning, she smiles and says “At least my fellow travellers were entertained!”

Kathryn, aka Giggles, loves being at HQ because of the absence of traditional ‘office wear’ and recommends baby wipes as her one travel must-have to everyone – for that inevitable waterless shower.

James McClelland
Science Officer

Meet James, the other half of our Science Officer team in the Seychelles. James had his first taste of island life whilst studying for his degree in Environmental Science and keeps coming back for more! He conducted his dissertation on the Tioman Island in Malaysia and returned to work in South East Asia shortly after graduating – we’re guessing this is where he developed his insatiable curry habit and incessant need for spice!

James’ pre-GVI career is certainly varied – in addition to the environmental and ecological work as well as a brief volunteering stint on nearby Aride Island, it included masquerading as a Ski Chalet Maid, a Greek Sailor Boy and Postman Pat … and yes there was the occasional run in with a dog!

What’s James’s favourite part of working with GVI? “Wandering out of the staff decking, blurry eyed first thing in the morning, taking a quick dip in the sea before a day spent chasing after the wildlife of Curieuse and our volunteers … what could be better?”

Rebecca Hodgkiss
Science Officer

Meet Rebecca, or Becky as she is fondly known around base camp. Becky is a true child of the world, having spent her childhood in the UK, USA, Norway and Indonesia before completing most of her secondary schooling in Singapore.

Becky returned to the UK to complete MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, but it wasn’t long before she started suffering withdrawal from a severe shortage of Nasi Campur and hot-footed her way back East to conduct her thesis at a primate rehabilitation centre in West Java, Indonesia.

Before joining the GVI team in the Seychelles, she worked in environmental education in Mayasia, was a zookeeper in the UK and volunteered as a Conservation Ranger on neighbouring Aride Island in the Seychelles.

Becky began her GVI journey first as a Scholar before being promoted to one of our Science Officers. Since then she’s been brining not only her awesome skills and knowledge to the GVI Curieuse team, but has been schooling the team on all things vegetarian at their famous BBQ nights!

Daniel Davies
Base Manager

Meet Dan, Base Manager for the GVI Curieuse Island Terrestrial Conservation Project. Since volunteering back in 2006 on his Gap Year on a conservation project in Borneo, Dan has always wanted to see and learn more about the natural environment. With an MSc in Environment &
Development and experience running a conservation research programme in Costa Rica, Dan loves camp life almost as much as he loves his football, hats and coffee.

Dan’s highlights since being on base? “The Early morning bird walks, the off-trail Coco de Mer surveys and evenings chilling and chatting with the whole group are some great aspects; however, with our base being located on the beach of an uninhabited island in the Seychelles, I have to say that sunset’s on camp are pretty spectacular. I look forward to them every day!”

Dan’s favourite aspect of the job? “Having a new group of volunteers arriving on base, getting to know them throughout their time here and sharing this very unique experience with them! Making new friends from all over the world every 4 weeks – Best. Job. Ever!!”

Danny Shand
Dive Officer

Our Dive Officer Duo would not be complete without Danny, who also started his diving career with GVI Mexico back in 2012 where he found diving and marine conservation work was the definitely the direction he wanted in life.  A relentless expat, he grew up in Nairobi and didn’t move back to his “home” country of England until he was nearly an adult, and only a handful of years later he moved to Mexico before finding himself on a flight to the Seychelles.

Now, instead of teaching introductory dives to cruise ship guests, he is involved in everything from Advanced diving courses to species and survey methodology training.  If he could travel with only one thing it would be a mask and snorkel, so living just a few minutes from the water is more than ideal.  This must not have come in handy though when he was asleep in a car in Tsavo West National Park and got charged by a elephant when his friend accidentally honked the horn, and just got away in timeonly looking back does he laugh at this.

His favorite part of working at GVI?  Counting parrotfish; once over a hundred of them crossed his survey tape and we won’t let him forget it.

Andy Hamilton
Base Manager

Base Manager at Cap Ternay Andy has spent years as a professional beach bum and backpacker extraordinaire, with several stretches on conservation organizations in Mexico, Spain, Bolivia, Madagascar and now the Seychelles.  He also spent a year as a Lemur Ranger in Bristol, because why not?

He joined us here in 2014 to work in marine conservation and meet people from all over the world, all the while having an awesome time and having a positive impact on local communities (the fact that GVI operates in some of the most beautiful corners of the world is totally incidental, of course).  Hammertown, as he’s sometimes called based on a shenanigan-heavy town in Canada, will not travel without brightly colored board shorts, and has far too many stories of evil monkeys.

Our favorite is when he was cornered by a troop of monkeys at a Malaysian temple, having tried to persuade a baby monkey to groom his leg hair.  Unsurprisingly, he was chased down the hill when they would not be dissuaded by his frantic flip-flop waving, fearing for his life.  He grooms his own legs now.

 

Mark Griffiths
Science Coordinator

Mark is the other half of our science team at Cap Ternay, having joined us for an eight week expedition in 2013 which soon turned to twelve weeks, then an extra three months as a Scholar, and then just couldn’t leave.  Having recently completed his doctorate in theoretical chemistry, Mark was looking to gain experience in scientific diving rather than just recreational diving and soon got so hooked he completed his Divemaster certification and accepted an offer to stay on base as staff.

For all future travelers the one thing he says he recommends no one goes without is a passport (clever) but really we know it’s a pocket Periodic Table.  Be sure to remind him that his says the American aluminum rather than the British aluminium – he loves it.  Having been deep in academia for years before joining us here, he takes every chance to be out on the boat or underwater and says the view from our beach will never get old.  Base life suits him well, having spent his childhood happier in the woods than in front of a television, though it harder for him to collect chameleons here.

 

Chelsey Bryson
Science Coordinator

Meet Chelsey, or Blipcakes as she’s sometimes called, though we’ve never heard the scoop behind this charming nickname.  As part of Team Science here at Cap Ternay, she has a soft spot for stunning islands, having recently studied marine biology in Hawaii in order to get the perks of living and working in the US without feeling like she was stateside.  Like all of the marine conservation team in the Seychelles, she is a true ocean addict, but also spent several weeks volunteering with GVI in the Ecuadorian Amazon and once got mocked charged by an elephant in Namibia so she’s pretty comfortable in any setting as long as she’s travelling.  She also featured in a Japanese food commercial one morning, which I’m sure you’ve all seen.

Ask Chelsey what her favorite part about working at GVI is, and she’ll say “the people, the place, the sea, the diving…everything.”  She knew she’d be back after her first volunteer experience with GVI, and jumped at the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world while meeting amazing people and having new experiences in the Seychelles.  She can also spin fire, though you might want to stand back.

 

Cheryl Sanchez
Science Co-ordinator

Cheryl joined the GVI Curieuse Island Terrestrial Conservation Project in May 2014. She first became involved with GVI in 2007 when she was a volunteer for the conservation programme in Kenya. Her experience in Kenya sparked her interest in following a career in conservation. She spent several years researching sea turtles on nesting beaches in Florida while pursuing her MSc in Biology. Cheryl has a passion for wildlife and travelling, which has allowed her to get her feet wet in various programmes.

Cheryl is not only constantly fascinated by the wildlife on Curieuse but is also very enthusiastic about teaching and inspiring volunteers. One of the many attractions of the GVI Curieuse program for Cheryl is meeting and working with people from around the world.

 

Alan Grant
Science Officer

Alan joined GVI as the Curieuse Island Terrestrial Conservation Project Science Officer in April 2014. Since completing his degree in Aquatic Bioscience at Glasgow University in Scotland he has spent several years living and working in field stations in a variety of science, management and technical roles in Scotland, the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands. He has always had a passion for tropical island field projects, so following a five year spell as a Park Ranger back home the Curieuse base was an excellent step to take.

Alan loves the challenge of island life, and the more remote the better. When not out in the field he can commonly be found up a ladder, in a water tank or somewhere in the workshop! He also gets a lot of satisfaction out of getting to know the constant stream of new volunteers and sharing his fascination with them of all that Curieuse has to offer, on camp, on the terrestrial surveys, and in and on the water.

 

Emma Miller
Community Officer

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.

Emma worked at HQ for almost two years as our Seychelles Expert, before returning to the tropical waters of the Seychelles as a Community Officer.

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Charitable Trust Climate Offset Contribution

Donate money to GVI’s Chartiable Trust Carbon Offsetting initiative and help reduce the impact of climate change and help communities who are most affected.
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GVI Biological Survey Techniques - Seychelles

This course provides training and experience needed to start planning and running independent surveys in the field and can be applied to any environment around the world.
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GVI Internship Training Fee - Seychelles Mahe/Curieuse

Only available for volunteers who are staying for a minimum of 4 weeks. By doing so, volunteers will receive additional training specifically designed to develop leadership skills and prepare volunteers for a career in the field.
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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)
  • 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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