This is a special four week program offered by Marine Conservation Philippines, offered only to participants who are already experienced scuba divers, who who are ready to start training with the scientists and biologists after a quick check out/refresher dive. (On arrival you will need to be PADI advanced, and have scuba dived within the last twelve months and have 20+ dives logged) If this is not possible, or if you're not a diver yet, you can instead join one of the longer programs (6 weeks or longer) where you can learn diving, and/or do two scuba courses and get some diving experience for two weeks, before starting in the conservation program.
So why volunteer? Well, our underwater world is under tremendous pressure - too much garbage and litter, especially plastic is being thrown in, and too many fish are being fished out. Only 0,1 percent of the seas are covered by coral reefs, yet these fragile reefs are home to an astounding 25% of all marine species. The Philippines are the middle of the coral triangle, and with a land mass of 7000 islands it has a unique topography with a collective stretch of shoreline, longer than any other nation in the World. As such this place is home to more coastal reefs than anywhere else in the world, making it the frontline of the fight for preservation of fragile marine habitats. As a volunteer, you can help fight for these incredible amazon jungles of the sea.
Volunteering is for people who want to get involved and get their hands dirty. Don’t expect any luxury at camp (well, other than the food which is amazing!). Accommodation is charming, but primitive. You’ll be living in a beautiful clearing in the woods, sharing a hut with a few other people. The garden around you has mulberries, pineapples, mangoes and bananas and there’s usually around a dozen different nationalities on base. There are shared bathrooms and some different hang out areas, where you can play games, there’s an outdoor jungle gym, and the whole botanical garden you’ll be living in is more than ten hectares - large enough to go adventuring.
Your adventure starts here.