Coral Reef Ecology and Conservation Short Term Internship

January 26, 2020
Mahe Island, Seychelles
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Two major bleaching incidents, one in 1998 and another in 2016, have left the coral reefs in parts of Seychelles in jeopardy, with experts predicting that by 2050, there will be annual bleaching events in the region. On this internship, you are able to earn your PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Coral Reef Research Speciality research certificates, as you embark on a journey of exploring, monitoring and conserving the reef population in the area.

A portion of this program involves coral reef rehabilitation initiatives, including the protection of coral nurseries and working to transplant larger corals onto the reef. On average, you will experience one to two dives or snorkels a day during the week. All the data you collect on these expeditions is passed on to our key partners, including the Seychelles National Parks Authority, who use this not only to encourage the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals but also in their broader decisions around the conservation of the region.

On this internship, you will get the opportunity to gain a formal leadership qualification in your time on the program. This not only provides the platform for professional development but is a great addition to your CV, should you wish to apply for positions within the industry after your completion of the program.

If you have a passion for corals, you are developing your skills as a current or future marine biologist or if you’re looking for a research topic to pursue as part of your studies, look no further. GVI’s work on coral research is so specialised that it equips you with all the tools you need, not only to learn while you’re on the ground but to ultimately share your newly acquired knowledge back at home, contributing to the broader conservation of coral reefs around the world.


Learning how to identify fish in the Indian Ocean.

Earn your PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver certificates.

Contribute to coral reef rehabilitation and reef recovery research.

If staying 8 weeks or longer you will complete your Biological Survey Techniques training and qualification.

Earn your GVI ILM Leadership Development certificate, a qualification recognised by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)

Meet volunteers from all over the world, as you start to build your network within the field, and as you learn more about the various cultures around the world from your fellow volunteers.

To find out more about this, and other GVI projects please visit their expedition page!

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