Our projects in Mexico are just south of Cancun on the Yucatán peninsula within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a recognized UNESCO world heritage site. The peninsula comprises the Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo, and is best known for its stunning Caribbean coastline, and is a fascinating place to learn about Mayan culture, try complex and variant dishes, and explore the world’s second largest barrier reef. The program will focus on gaining a better understanding of the local ecosystem in Mexico, and preserving its biodiversity. Other elements that may be examined are water security, climate energy, and access to clean energy.
These projects range in content suitable for students studying academic disciplines such as:
- Biological & Environmental Sciences
- Marine Biology
Example project activities include:
- Coral reef ecology workshops
- Turtle surveys and monitoring techniques
- Marine species identification
- Environmental advocacy/eco-tourism workshops
- Invasive species investigation/removal.
I only knew what I wanted to do as a recent graduate from a B.s in Biology, but I didn’t know how to get there. Then GVI’s Mexico Marine Expeditions came along. They not only gave me training, but a whole new experience and expertise in marine science work; and lots of good friends from around the world. 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. After a year I became the biological and reef monitoring coordinator in an NGO, turning a dream into reality.