Get the best of both worlds. Travel to the mangroves, white sands and striking blue waters of Ambergris Caye island in Belize, just a short boat’s ride to the Belize Barrier Reef, one of the most well-conserved areas of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-largest in the world. Here, you’ll complete your training before heading out to carry out marine conservation surveys on the reef. Afterwards, if you meet all requirements, we’ll arrange for you to complete a placement at a dive shop specialising in ecotourism on the Mexican Barrier Reef.
We’ve designed this internship to allow you to get the most out of diving in the Caribbean while working to preserve this precious habitat. Coral reefs are essential to keeping the earth healthy and this section of the ocean features one of the largest reefs in the world. The reef is home to many endangered species, including sea turtles and manatees, but is threatened by a range of man-made factors including the climate crisis, unsustainable tourism and fishing as well as pollution. On this internship, you’ll not only learn how to master diving but how you can best contribute to the conservation of reefs, oceans and other natural habitats.
First, we’ll send you the necessary training materials and you’re encouraged to fully complete these before setting foot in Belize. Once you arrive at our base on the island of Ambergris Caye, you’ll start your hands-on dive and marine conservation training. If you study diligently and pass all assessments to a sufficient standard, you’ll be welcome to join other participants in carrying out surveys of the Belize Barrier Reef.
After 12 weeks of training and work, your skills will again be assessed. If you pass the assessments successfully, we’ll then secure you a placement at a dive shop in Mexico, specialising in marine conservation ecotourism. Here you’ll work with local staff, developing your skills as a divemaster and helping to educate tourists and other aspiring divers on how they can help to protect the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, other coral reefs and the world’s oceans. After 12 weeks of successful work, you’ll have enough exp