Mexico

Mexican Marine Conservation Expedition in the Caribbean Sea

This unique expedition takes you to learn scuba diving and earn yourself an internationally recognized PADI diving qualification in the Caribbean waters of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Here you can take part in important marine conservation work on the world’s second largest barrier reef with coral reef and fish monitoring, turtle nesting and crocodile surveys, as well as community education and sustainable tourism development on land. On top of the dive training, volunteers will have the chance to vastly expand their knowledge of this tropical marine environment, learn Spanish and partake in expeditions to the almost innumerable places of interest in this beautiful and historically rich area. This expedition takes place in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a stunning area with diverse wildlife both above and below the waves.

diving in the Yucatan

Ecology Center/Sea Turtles

Work Description: Working with an marine ecology center. Tasks vary seasonally and include monitoring nesting sea turtles, assisting with constructive wetlands projects for waste water disposal, coral reef research, working with local school children on environmental education projects.

Location: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Meals & lodging: Meals and lodging are provided at the project facilities. Costs to be arranged.

Dates available: Year-round

Requirements: Interest in marine and coastal ecology, interest in teaching and working with children.

Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Work Description: Working with biologists at a migratory bird sanctuary and sea turtle nesting area. Tasks vary seasonally and include assisting with investigations of bird and fish populations, monitoring nesting of sea turtles, teaching English to local guides, guiding tours for visiting eco-tourists.

Location: Yucatan Peninsula

Meals & lodging: Volunteers pay $15 per day for meals and bunkhouse lodging, provided at the reserve.

Dates available: Year-round

Requirements: Strong Spanish conversational skills, prepared to live and work in a remote setting, 1 month minimum stay.

Teaching

Work Description: Assisting with teaching at a secondary school. Volunteers may assist with teaching English and/or other basic subject areas (sciences, math, health, history), sports and recreation activities.

Location: Yucatan Peninsula

Meals & lodging: Volunteers live with local host families and pay $5 to $8 per day for meals and lodging.

Dates available: Academic calendar (school on vacation from June to August.)

Requirements: Strong Spanish conversational skills, interest in teaching and working with youth.

Conservation Projects and Research

Work Description: Assisting with conservation and research projects focusing on bird and fish populations. Volunteers collect migratory and behavioral data, monitor fishing permits, construct interpretive trails, design and implement public education projects.

Location: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Meals & lodging: Volunteers pay $15 per day for meals and lodging provided at the reserve.

Dates available: Year-round

Requirements: Strong Spanish language skills, interest in conservation and field work, 1 month minimum stay.

LODGING OPTIONS FOR TRAVELERS TO MEXICO

For potential volunteers traveling to Mexico to find out more about the programs available, there are many different types of inexpensive lodging you may want to consider staying in. A recommended choice is a Mexico timeshare. These affordable units are located throughout the countryside and are spacious enough to fit you and your fellow travelers. They include separate bedrooms, fully furnished living areas, high speed Internet, gourmet kitchens and much more. The friendly concierge staff provide guests with directions and maps, so getting lost is almost impossible. Timeshare resorts also include swimming pools, restaurants and shopping for your leisure needs, making them a bit more unique than an average hotel. These vacation properties should definitely be considered when planning your next trip to Mexico.

 

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