Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Learn to scuba dive and assist in preserving the beautiful coral reef off the coast of Pez Maya, Mexico. This protected region has a lot to offer participants looking for an educational experience in a quintessential paradise!
About the Project
Pez Maya is home to a conservation site aimed at protecting the local coastal marine species and their coral reef homes, while also studying their populations. The researchers here devote time and energy to preserving this area of the Mesoamerican Reef located along the 2 mile stretch of Pez Maya coastline. The long term goals of the conservation are to keep this segment unspoiled and unharmed by the increasing development seen in neighboring areas such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
This project aims to introduce and familiarize its volunteers with the biodiversity of this unique ecosystem. Volunteers will be immersed in the natural surroundings of Pez Maya and get the opportunity to explore the region while contributing to the valuable research being pursued at the conservation site. They will learn the importance of natural conservation and eco friendly living, and will be given the opportunity to reach out into the local communities to spread awareness.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Your time at the project will be divided into two segments:
The first three weeks are devoted to training. During this period you will be learning both in the water (about 1 dive per day) as well as in a classroom setting. Your daily schedule will include:
- PADI open water certification (for those not certified already)
- Data collection techniques (both underwater and on land)
- Studying the local species
Following training, you will enter the monitoring phase of your volunteering. This includes:
- 1 or 2 dives a day including data collection underwater on the fish and coral status
- Beach cleans
- Bird transects
- Cooking and daily chores
- Rinsing equipment, filling tanks
- Attending lectures
- Community outreach in environmental education
Apply now to get started on the adventure of a lifetime!