Travel to Belize’s small tropical island of Ambergris Caye, the closest you can get to the Belize Barrier Reef without finding yourself in the ocean. Here, you’ll train to become a professional diver and coral reef researcher before heading out to carry out underwater surveys of this precious marine habitat. You’ll also assist our team with other marine conservation initiatives, building up your portfolio of skills that’ll be key to your future success.
Get ready to kickstart an exciting new career in professional diving and tropical marine conservation. Take a trip to the second-largest reef system in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. You’ll be working to research and preserve one of its most valuable sections, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Belize is a leader in conservation policies and has banned certain harmful commercial fishing practices and even oil drilling off the coast. The result is that the clear, warm Caribbean waters flourish with parrotfish, eagle rays, sea turtles and a vibrant array of corals including the eye-catching elkhorn coral. Manatees and whale sharks also frequent these waters.
Unsurprisingly, ecotourism is an important part of the country’s economy. However, the authorities are also aware that they need to manage it effectively so that it doesn’t negatively impact the environment. You’ll learn all about how this is done and it’s challenges on this internship.
You’ll also learn how authorities manage other threats, such as the coral bleaching resulting from climate change, invasive species such as the lionfish and the pollution caused by nearby farms.
Your internship will get started before you even set foot in Belize.