Travel to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and join forces with GVI’s marine conservation expedition, earn your PADI diving certificate while working on and monitoring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Our team works directly on monitoring the overall health of the reef and you will contribute to coral reef and fish monitoring, among many other tasks, developing an impressive knowledge of this fascinating underwater environment.
Please note, this programme offers durations up to 24 weeks. Speak to your Country Expert for more details of extending your stay in-country.
Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise, live in a beautiful part of a different country, with the opportunity to experience a new culture, food and way of life; learning about the Mesoamerican coral reef and how to identify the wildlife it supports; participating in monitoring dives that explore different sites along the coast; seeing mega-fauna such as dolphins and sharks; snorkelling in cenotes or waterways; joining in with community programmes; teaching English and raising the environmental awareness of the local community; and joining fun-dives.
This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as Centro Ecologico Akumal, a Mexican NGO famous for their conservation work. Through such partnerships, volunteers can be sure their efforts are making a serious and measurable impact under the water.
Scuba Diving Requirements and Additional Courses
You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition gaining and improving Marine conservation and Scuba diving skills, helping our partners carry out their marine conservation work. Non-divers can join for 8- and 12-week durations, GVI will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Advanced Diver. The 4-week duration is only open for divers already qualified to PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent. For non-divers wishing to attend for 4-weeks, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.
Also, if you wish to add to your scuba diving skillset, why not take an extra course at a discounted rate or through a nearby dive centre during your free time. Check out available Add-ons under the Book Now button on the right-hand side, or mention to your Country Expert if interested in finding out more.
Volunteering in Akumal was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I get my PADI Divemaster certification, I gained valuable experience, knowledge of the reef ecosystem and friends I am sure I will have for a lifetime. It was so great to help out with projects like coral restoration and community outreach so I could actually see the impact I was making on marine conservation efforts. I would recommend this program to anyone!