Marine Conservation

Volunteer on one of our various marine conservation projects in exotic locations such as the islands of Fiji, Mexico, Thailand and the Seychelles! Contribute your time and skills and help collect important data on turtles from the time they lay their eggs, to the moment when the hatchlings take their first steps towards the sea, conduct surveys on the various coral and fish species in the area and gain a variety of PADI qualifications!

 

GVI also offers Professional Dive Training with our Divemaster Internships, Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Master Scuba Diver Trainer course (MSDT). We give you world-class professional-level training that is transferable to any dive-industry application, distinctively unique as our training is environmentally focused, with extensive conservation understanding and training.

 

No matter whether you are on a gap year from school, a student, on a career break or on an extended holiday, there is important work for you to be involved in, as you make an important contribution to critical marine conservation projects.

 

If you are studying, speak to our Country Experts about receiving academic credit. Our Programmes don’t just give you hands-on practical skills, but can also contribute towards your university or college qualification.

 

Be sure to take a look at these articles reminding us to live responsibly: 3 Things To Remove From Your Bucket List and 7 Ways To Be A More Responsible Diver.

 

 

Our marine conservation projects focus on restoring damaged marine ecosystems and protecting endangered marine species, as well as undertaking critical research to help shed light on those species and systems we don’t yet fully understand. We also work to provide environmental education to local communities, helping them to implement long-term, impactful approaches to conserving their natural heritage. All data gathered by our volunteers is used by our partners and local governments to help improve marine conservation policies and contribute to the long term survival of the reefs for future generations.

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Marine Conservation Expedition in Fiji

Australasia - Fiji - Fiji Islands
Gain your PADI Advanced Open Water qualification in Fiji and assist in the creation of a network of marine protected areas conserving the area's coral reefs and mangrove forests.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 24 weeks

Price from

£2,000.00

"Thank you all for the inspiring and profound impact you had on my person and my career. I feel that this decision is the beginning of something truly extraordinary!" - Clare Curtis (Australia)
Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles

Africa - Seychelles - Mahe and Curieuse
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 islands of the Seychelles

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 12 weeks

Price from

£2,050.00

"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." - Lynsey Wheater (UK)
Marine Conservation

Under 18’s Alternative Spring Break Marine Conservation Experience in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Spend your spring break volunteer trip exploring Mexico’s underwater environment and learning about vital conservation issues, earn your PADI Open Water certification, and immerse yourself in Mexico’s vibrant culture!

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

1 week

Price from

£1,350.00

"o graceful it swam around us for a minute or two and we studied every single fin move motion. It swam in a half circle in front of us then turned around, swam back and disappeared." - Alexander “Sven” Scott (Sweden)
Marine Conservation

Mexico Marine Conservation Short Term Internship

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Start your career the right way: with an adventure! Located in the stunning Yucatan Peninsula, enter the marine conservation industry by gaining valuable first-hand experience and contributing to the largest

Program Type

Internship

Duration

6 - 24 weeks

Price from

£2,045.00

"This has been a stepping stone into a career in conservation that I would not have had access to without the GVI Internship program." - Heather Gilbert (Canada)
Wildlife Conservation
Marine Conservation

Thailand Coastal Conservation Expedition

Asia - Thailand - Phang Nga
Gain a well-rounded insight into Thailand’s environment and communities by assisting hands-on with climate and conservation issues which the region faces

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,045.00

"You are completely immersed in the culture and you experience the real Thailand, as opposed to experiencing the tourist side of things." - Hannah McMurray (United Kingdom)
Wildlife Conservation
Marine Conservation

Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
Contribute to the long-term management and conservation of the coastal rainforests of the Tortuguero National park in Costa Rica

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,460.00

"Surrounded by amazing, rich and diverse rainforest is surreal. Plus, there aren´t many opportunities to meet people from such different walks of life." - Josh Haley (United Kingdom)
Marine Conservation

Under 18's Mexico Marine Conservation Awareness

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Learn about issues facing marine conservation and earn your PADI Open Water qualification in Mexico's pristine Yucatan Peninsula

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

2 weeks

Price from

£1,695.00

"o graceful it swam around us for a minute or two and we studied every single fin move motion. It swam in a half circle in front of us then turned around, swam back and disappeared." - Alexander “Sven” Scott (Sweden)
Marine Conservation

Alternative Spring Break Marine Conservation Program in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Do more with your spring break this year. Travel to the Caribbean and immerse yourself within the world of marine conservation, earn your PADI Open Water certification, and spend time

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 week

Price from

£1,250.00

"People here seem very alive, every hour full with activity and learning, often proactive and always positive. It is a good place to be." - Doug Coughran (USA)
Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship in Fiji

Australasia - Fiji - Fiji Islands
Get your PADI Divemaster qualification and gain in-depth knowledge into the marine ecosystem, working on crucial tropical coral reefs and fish species research

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

£5,750.00

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Marine Conservation

Short Term Marine Conservation Internship in Fiji

Australasia - Fiji - Fiji Islands
Our short-term internship provides you an amazing chance to dive in crystal blue water and discover the rich biodiversity of the South Pacific. Interns assist with research, which will aid

Program Type

Internship

Duration

8 - 12 weeks

Price from

£3,150.00

"Thank you all for the inspiring and profound impact you had on my person and my career. I feel that this decision is the beginning of something truly extraordinary!" - Clare Curtis (Australia)
Marine Conservation

PADI Instructor Internship

Latin America - Mexico - Dive Academy
A comprehensive, well-rounded training programme, taking a PADI Open Water diver to being a highly qualified and specialised PADI IDC and MSDT instructor with our extensive marine conservation expedition.

Program Type

Internship

Duration

30 weeks

Price from

£8,100.00

" Because of my GVI experience, I was able to get a paid job in a marine protected area, doing what I love the most, diving and helping protect the ocean." - Lluvia Soto Jiménez (Mexico)
Animal Care
Marine Conservation

Volunteer with Turtles in Greece

Europe - Greece - Mavrovouni
Discover historic Greece and contribute to the conservation and protection of endangered loggerhead turtles

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£995.00

"The one thing that will stay with me is the work with the hatchlings." - William Hughes (United Kingdom)
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