Become a marine conservation volunteer and explore the world beneath the waves. You’ll learn just how important marine life is, while experiencing the beauty of our oceans with like-minded volunteers.
Marine conservation volunteering with Projects Abroad helps you protect the underwater way of life and everything that goes with it. So whether you’re into sea turtle conservation, or determined to rid the ocean of plastic pollution, we’ll work together to make it happen. Our combined conservation efforts will do things like keep those underwater coral reefs blossoming all year-round!
This is what you can expect to do through marine conservation volunteering:
- Work with marine biologists, environmental scientists, and people from the local community
- Receive PADI Diving Course training and participate in plenty of diving opportunities for volunteers
- Collect data and do scientific research
- Get hands-on marine conservation work experience
We have different marine volunteering abroad programs around the world, from Belize to Thailand. They all focus on an important part of the ecosystem in the nearby surrounding area. It’s also a safe way for you to protect marine life in a sustainable way so future generations can be amazed by this aquatic environment.
We’re here to help you choose the project that lets you pursue your passion for animals and nature. Are your interests drawing you more to savannahs and rainforests? We also offer Wildlife Conservation Projects.
Since we know that going abroad comes at an environmental cost, we started our own Carbon Offsetting Initiative. If you book your flight through our dedicated travel team, we'll offset the carbon from that flight by planting mangroves on one of our Conservation Projects.
Choose a Marine Conservation Program
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Shark Conservation Volunteering in FijiSee this project
- Completely flexible dates
- Anyone aged 16 or over can join
- From 2 weeks
- From $4,730 CAD
Diving & Coral Reef Protection in ThailandSee this project
- Completely flexible dates
- Anyone aged 16 or over can join
- From 1 week
- From $3,570 CAD
What are the best marine conservation volunteer programs?
Our project are the best marine conservation volunteer programs for you if you love swimming, diving, and protecting endangered marine animals. You’ll learn new skills and get your hands dirty (or should we say wet).
We’ll roll out your PADI Diving Training within your first week of being on any project with diving activities, so you waste no time getting down to business. You won’t need any previous experience, just the enthusiasm to torpedo your way under the waves and make a big difference to the little critters that live there.
Looking to complete a Marine Conservation internship abroad? Read our blog on Marine Conservation internships that'll give you practical experience above and under the waves. It'll give you the opportunity you need to kickstart your underwater journey.
As a marine conservation volunteer, you’ll collect data, do research, and help with the protection of aquatic animals and plants. You’ll be making a positive impact for endangered marine animals. Depending on where you choose to go, you’ll volunteer with sea turtles, sharks, or coral reefs, and more.
What skills will I gain from Marine Conservation volunteering?
Besides having a positive impact for the environment and local community, you’ll also develop some of your own skills.
These are some of the skills you can learn through marine life conservation:
- Global competencies like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
- Work experience and knowledge of practical Marine Conservation and environmental sciences
- PADI Open Water and Scuba Diving certificates.
- The ability to work and empathize with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
- Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.
- Our Marine Conservation Projects in Thailand and Fiji give you the chance to become a Divemaster
All of the above will enhance your personal development and your resume.
Why is marine conservation important?
With so much plastic in the world's oceans, we need to make a real effort to protect marine life. Ocean pollution, along with overfishing, threatens already endangered marine animals. Interested in learning more about plastic volunteer programs? Read more about the projects where we actively work to remove plastic from the environment.
It’s easy to sit back and think someone else will take care of the environmental problems, but we have to make small changes happen with our own hands.
How are our Marine Conservation Projects different?
At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to protect marine life and benefit the local communities through our Marine Conservation Projects. We make sure our projects are ethical and support growth in the local environment. Here are some of the elements that set us apart from other volunteering programs:
Be fully supported by staff
On these projects you’ll work alongside professionals, members of the local community, and Projects Abroad staff. You’ll team up with a wider network of volunteers, all working together for shark, coral reefs, and sea turtle conservation.
At each project, a full-time staff member will be with you to support you and the other volunteers. They’ll work with you to make sure you spend your time in a way that genuinely makes an impact and brings value to the project you visit.
Recording our work in a secure database
We created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our projects have. This is a secure and anonymous database that we use to identify specific areas of need. We can also monitor individual projects to track their development.
With these stats, we can see things like how many sea turtles hatchlings our volunteers release into the wild each year.
Projects that have an impact
All our projects are well researched, targeted, and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term.
Not quite what you’re looking for?
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