While many students visit the Riviera Maya every year on their spring break, few are aware of the environmental threats causing harm to this region and the ongoing efforts to preserve it. GVI has successfully been operating ethical and responsible programs for under 18s since 2012. Since then, it has treated health and safety as a number one priority and takes extra measures for its under 18 programs. As such, it is a British Standards 8848 compliant provider and is also accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This spring break, why not join our international team working with local authorities to protect the marine and coastal habitats of Mexico’s Carribean coast.
During your week-long stay in Mexico, learn from local and international conservation experts about current topics in marine conservation like coral bleaching events caused by climate change, the threat plastic pollution poses for the health of ocean life, the necessity for sustainable fishing practices, and the effects of tourism on sea turtle populations as well as other marine life. Collaborate with other teens between the ages of 15 and 17 to learn how our teams contribute to research on these topics and participate in long-term local conservation initiatives. The goal of this alternative spring break program is to give you an in-depth look into the field of marine conservation allowing you to see for yourself if this is something you would like to pursue in the future.
You will also have the opportunity to earn your PADI Open Water Diver certificate, while learning to dive in the warm waters of the Carribean sea. Many of our other teen volunteers have spotted manta rays, sea turtles, and dolphins on their dives.
There might also be time to visit Mexican cenotes and Mayan ruins. Throughout the program meals in the form of authentically Mexican cuisine will be provided and although all teen participants are greeted by GVI staff at their arrival destination, flight chaperoning services are also available upon request. Chaperones provide on-flight accompaniment and in-airport assistance. To book this service please contact one of our enrollment managers.
Get PADI Open Water Diver certified.
Find out if marine biology is a career you might like to pursue.
Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, #14, Life Below Water.
GVI Young Leaders award, a qualification recognised by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
Experience the technicolour underwater landscapes of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef first-hand.
Marvel at Mayan ruins and sample authentic Mexican flavours.
Make new friends with teens from all four corners of the globe.
To find out more about this, and other GVI projects please follow this link to view their expedition page!