Why not try this tropical volunteering program, Marine Conservation Philippines. Our program offers you to learn to dive and study marine biology, assist in campaigning and meet likeminded people from all over the world.
Even if you have never dived before, you will start volunteering here by getting licensed through the PADI system of education. As the work we do out on delegate reefs require divers with specific skills, There will be skills and practice dives until you’re ready for the task. Volunteers for over 10 weeks, do multiple courses or go on to do their dive masters. We must advise that this place is not a dive shop and we want people to take part in serious conservation, so please be flexible when it comes to special requirements, as the coordinators and instructors can only do so much on site. We want to help you become a qualified diver so you can help us with our marine conservation research
- Taking part in two dives daily between Monday – Friday.
- Saturdays are for exploring new dive sites
- Participating in seagrass surveys while snorkelling
- Our volunteers take turns doing kitchen duties (There is a chef that does all the cooking)
- Assisting in cleaning reefs
- Beach cleans for plastic and other garbage
- Replanting mangroves
- Maintaining and cleaning dive gear and dive shed once a week
- Filling scuba tanks
- Outreach activities
- Community clubs
- During school term, you may help put lessons together with the projects staff in local schools.
While you stay at our Marine Conservation Philippines projects site, there’s a variety of projects you can participate in. we have so many fun activities here , that you can’t do it all. Some of our projects are constantly going i.e surveying on coral reefs and beach clean ups. While surveying we record the wide range of habitats, species and damage that has been done to coral reefs. Biologists in the projects constantly work on a variety of projects; fish research, reef restoration of species are on the verge of extinction.
We do other work than just diving, with a lot on land as well. We educate many local schools and tell about our work and what goes in our oceans. By raising awareness to our future generations we believe we may help change their future.
The Daily Routine
At the Marine Conservation project in the Philippines, Life starts around 7:00 with breakfast. After breakfast the coordinators will have a brief with the volunteers. This will include scuba courses, and marine research, beach or underwater clean ups or community work. lunch is normally around one or two o clock – if you’re doing work far from our site, you’ll eat your lunch at a local market there. After lunch we often continue with our various activities till sometime in the afternoon. Normally this consists of data entry or various on-site work.
Evening activities vary. Sometimes you will be analysing data gathered on the dives or studying for your next scuba course, but often you’ll just want to relax and unwind with fellow volunteers. After dinner the night is up to you. Movie and game nights are most common, share a drink and share stories around a camp fire. Sometimes you can go on a night dive, do a bit of exercise in our gym or just quietly read a book. Plenty of choices.
When you wish to have days off, you can let us know. Sunday is always a day off. Diving is not allowed by volunteers on Sundays, except for certain circumstances. The reason for this is for 2 reasons– It is important to off-gas from time to time so you don’t get the “friday bends” (a slang term in the dive industry, where divemasters and instructors can load their bodies with gas day after day, until they eventually experience symptoms of decompression illness) Secondly we wish to give our staff a day off as well. On Sundays the kitchen is open, so you can cook your own food
There is not a lot of free time while you are there – You will generally dive twice a day, six days a week. You’re tired by the end of the day! During the weekends however, there is many opportunities for an adventure. You can rent a motorbike – there’s waterfalls, caves, mountain lakes and resorts.