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Advanced Divers Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

Advanced Divers Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

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29 dagar
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Cancun
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Puerto Morelos
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Develop your diving skills to the next level while discovering Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife. As a member of the advanced diving team in partnership with highly regarded organisations, you will be able to skip go and dive right into vital marine conservation projects.

Our marine conservation expedition will take you to the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea, complete with pristine white beaches and tales of lost treasure. Put your advanced diving skills to the test while working on and monitoring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world.

The project will see you sharing accommodation with novice divers and other volunteers. However, your team will consist of fellow advanced divers, who you will be working with on vital conservation surveys such as directly monitoring the overall health of the reef. All the information gathered will go to our partners and play a vital role in sustainability plans for the reefs fragile eco-system. Building on your advanced diving skills, you can look forward to gaining in-depth knowledge on species identification, coral reef and fish monitoring as well as once in a lifetime experiences such as swimming with the endangered Hawksbill sea turtle.

This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as the National Fisheries Ministry of Mexico, local fishing cooperative, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People as well as local and national universities among others. Through such partnerships, advanced diving volunteers can be sure their efforts are making a serious and measurable impact under the water.

Highlights
As a member of the advanced diving team, you will be learning about the Mesoamerican coral reef and how to identify the wildlife it supports. During your regular monitoring dives you may be able to see mega-fauna such dolphins and sharks while exploring different sites along the coast. While on land you could be joining in with community programs; teaching English and raising the environmental awareness in the local community.

Scuba Diving Requirements & Additional Courses
This 4-week minimum program is exclusively for advanced divers, you are required to have an Advanced Open Water PADI qualification, or equivalent. If you don't have this, take a look at our beginner program in Mexico or ask us about upgrading your diving qualifications.

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Advanced Divers Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

About Your Location

Puerto Morelos is on the Rivera Maya, on the Yucatan Peninsula.The Riviera Maya is spectacular, known as one of the best destinations for diving and snorkeling. On its shores lies an extensive coral reef, home to a vast variety of marine species such as tropical fish, stingrays, and even the fascinating whale sharks. There are also incredible natural pools formed by underground rivers along the Riviera Maya enabling you to explore caverns and swim in the crystal clear waters of these natural wonders. The town and seaport are focused around a small fishing village which, like all urban centres on the Yucatan, has seen rapid growth and is now a town with a port. Puerto Morelos is a place to experience the genuine Yucatan that enables you to immerse yourself in the authentic local culture.

Project Life

Situated in the heart of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the site allows for some fantastic diving! Although very rewarding, days can be long and tiring which you should be prepared for.

The main focus of the program is to equip you with professional survey techniques for underwater data collection on the health of the reef. Volunteers will specialize in either fish or coral research techniques during their initial training to prepare for their dives. Training will include learning to identify the various species and learning how to take measurements underwater as well as an introduction into marine conservation. Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to get into the water every day to dive or snorkel, but this is also dependent on the needs of our partners as there are conservation measures in place which will not require you to dive 5 days a week.

Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, lab work, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education sessions or alternative income training depending on local and project needs.

While your living conditions will be basic, our base is located on a property a few hundred meters from the beach. When not working, you can take the opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of the reef and marine species, explore the nearby cities, cenotes, relax with your fellow volunteers or just take in the stunning sunsets that have to be seen to be believed.

When not working, you can take the opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of the reef and marine species, relax with your fellow volunteers or just take in the stunning sunsets that have to be seen to be believed.

Project Details

You will be collecting data in the northern section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, working with our local partners with the aim to:

Form a comprehensive overview of the ecological health of the reef
Participate in the coral restoration efforts with our in country partner
Create a general overview of the populations of fish species in the National Park Reefs of Puerto Morelos
Develop education and awareness programs within the local community
Minimise the environmental impact that visitors and other people have within the national park
Increase in-country capacity within our partners and community members in the area

Overall, our monitoring program in Mexico aims to provide a long-term record of coral and fish species abundance over time to contribute to the long-term survival of the reef.

Aims & Objectives

Designing our projects in collaboration with local organisations and communities to ensure that they are locally driven
Defining clear short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects
Tracking, recording and publishing the impact of each of our projects
Ensuring that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conducted, or intellectual property developed remains the property of local organisations
Building in-country capacity by assisting local organisations in becoming self-sustaining
Ensuring that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work alongside specialised staff.

How This Program Makes a Difference

Over time and with the contributions of volunteers, we have been able to amass a large database on the condition, health and changes of this section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. With all our helpful and hardworking participants we can help our partners move forward providing great support to their work in the other areas of the reef.

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
PADI Open Water Certificate
Police Clearance Certificate
Medical form
Basic level of competency in English
Copy of return flight itinerary
Acceptance subject to availability

Inclusions

Pick-up from Cancun Airport and/or transfer to base location from Puerto Morelos
Welcome meeting
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
Meals while on project
24-hour emergency phone
24-hour in-country support
Access to alumni services and discounts
All necessary project equipment and materials but not your own personal diving gear, the full list of requirements is included in the field manual for example, wetsuit, diving mask, fins etc.
All necessary project training by experienced staff
Community work workshop
Coral reef ecology
First aid & CPR training
Location orientation
Long term experienced staff
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
Use of O2 equipment workshop
Real hands-on experience and learning about the challenges of marine conservation has in this region

Temperature: Wetsuit use varies based on personal preference and how much individuals feel the cold. Jan - March the water is around 24-26 degrees Celsius - depending on how much they feel the cold either a 3mm or 5mm full length suit will suffice. April - June the water is around 27-28 degrees. July - Sep time is around 28-30 degrees and most people dive with just a rash vest and shorts though some people will wear a shorty or 3mm full suit. Nov-Dec is around 26-28 degrees a 3mm full length suit is preferred by most.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.

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Free Time
Volunteering with us not only allows you to participate in programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on the program.

Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with us. Our Yucatan field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Mexico!

Optional Side Trips
As a large and vibrant country, Mexico can seem daunting at first, but here are a few ideas to get you going in the Yucatan Peninsula on your weekends off.

In this region you are spoilt for choice in the number of opportunities to try out different dive sites away from the expedition. Dive or snorkel within the unique cenotes (the underground river systems); dive Cozumel, where the wall dives along the island have been voted as part of the world’s best top ten diving locations; or, for a full weekend, try Isla Holbox, a small island off the north of the peninsula. It’s a beautiful, tranquil place, great for a quiet weekend away. Whale sharks (the world’s largest fish) migrate up near the island from June to September and snorkelling alongside them while they filter feed is a truly breath-taking experience!

Alternatively, if you are looking for a break from the water, make your way to Río Lagartos where flamingos flock and river crocodiles abound; visit Bacalar - known as the lake of seven colours due to the various shades of blue; or visit prime breeding areas for the hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtle (May to October).

Immerse yourself in the surviving Mayan culture of the area and visit remote and untouched Mayan archaeological sites, such as the famous and easily accessible sites of Tulum and Coba, or visit the beautiful and majestic Mayan ruins of Palenque in the Chiapas region. And finally, the colonial city of Mérida is the peninsula’s cultural capital and the local artisans of Izamal will be sure to offer you some souvenirs of your trip.

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Program Accommodation
The facilities at our accommodation are more basic than you are accustomed to - please travel with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to local conditions. Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) dorm rooms with shared bathroom facilities. There is bottled water available for
cooking and drinking only. Cold water is used for showering and flush toilet facilities. Participants share base duties including cooking, cleaning and other chores. You need to bring your own mosquito net and bedding, for example a thin sleeping bag liner.

Pre/Post-Program Accommodation
If you need additional nights before or after your project, you need to book these separately. Just ask your travel advisor for help!

Lokal transport

Arrival
Most volunteers arrange their flights to arrive at Cancun International Airport the day before the program starts. You can request to be picked up from the airport, but please note that the pick-up service is only available if your flight arrives between 08:00 and 20:00 the day before the start date of the program (Friday). Make sure to send the correct flight arrival and accommodation details to us (the night's accommodation must be booked separately at extra cost). The airport transfer is not booked until you receive a confirmation from us.

Alternatively you can make your own way to the meeting point on the program start date (Saturday). The meeting time is in the morning at 10:00 at Hotel Posada del Amor in Puerto Morelos.

Departure
At the end of your program we will arrange for you to be transferred to Puerto Morelos town centre. From here you can make your own way to Cancun Airport or travel further if you wish to explore Mexico a little more. We recommend you do not book a flight out of Cancun until at least 18:00. Please also remember that you need to wait 24 hours between your last dive and flying.

Måltider

Meals while on project are included. Volunteers prepare their own breakfast. During work days lunch and dinner are prepared by a local cook, on weekends participants cook their own meals. Food is a very basic, mostly a vegetarian diet with meat available about once a week. Breakfast is usually porridge, fruit or cereal, lunch is beans, vegetables, pasta and sauce etc. and a typical evening meal includes lentils, pasta, beans, rice and vegetables. Local restaurants are also an option at your own cost during weekends.

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Dive Equipment Rental
If you are renting dive equipment locally, pick it up before meeting the team at the pick-up point on Saturday (project start date) and transferring to the project.

Internet Access
You will have limited access to long-distance communications whilst on the program. Internet is not available on base, but you will be able to reach a store with WiFi within 10 minutes by foot. Please advise family and friends that they may not hear from you on a weekly basis. Mobile/cell phone reception is limited on base. Reception is more reliable in the town of Tulum.

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