Mexico Marine Conservation Short-Term Internship

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Global Vision International (GVI) Published: October 10, 2017
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Mexico Marine Conservation Short-Term Internship

Program Information

Start your career the right way: with an adventure! Located in the stunning Yucatan Peninsula, enter the marine conservation industry by gaining valuable first-hand experience and contributing to the largest databases in existence to the condition, health and changes of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. In partnership with highly regarded organisations, the skills and knowledge you will learn during your Internship will help contribute directly to the future of this unique eco-system.

Overview

Dive straight into the world of marine conservation with our Internship program situated on the Caribbean coast of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. Our base is situated travelling south along the peninsula coastline, past white sands, palm trees and deep blue waters.

You will live and work in this tropical paradise with the GVI research team. Participants will undergo an extensive training programme, designed to test and improve your diving skills and take your knowledge of the marine eco-system to another level. The theory will be met with practical application, as you and your team work to compile crucial research on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world, its local fish species, as well as seasonal turtle nesting surveys.

As with all our Internship programmes, there will be a strong focus on developing your professional skills and teaching you how to apply them with a holistic approach to marine conservation. Participants will also receive specific leadership responsibilities, a weekly evaluation from your mentor who will be monitoring your progress, as well as a professional reference on completion of the programme.

After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organisations in Mexico, or in other countries around the world where GVI operate. Over 50% of GVI staff are recruited from our alumni database. Qualification for positions is at the sole discretion of Global Vision International.

This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as Amigos de Sian Ka’an, a Mexican NGO famous for their conservation work. Through such partnerships, participants can be sure their efforts are making a serious and measurable impact under the water.

Highlights Include

Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise, live in a beautiful part of a different country, with the opportunity to experience a new culture, food and way of life; learning about the Mesoamerican coral reef and how to identify the wildlife it supports; participating in monitoring dives that explore different sites along the coast; possibly seeing mega-fauna such as dolphins and sharks; snorkelling in cenotes or waterways; searching the beach at night for turtles laying eggs (seasonal); take part in community development and environmental awareness programs; and enjoying fun-dives.

Scuba Diving Requirements and Additional Courses

You will spend the majority of your time on this Internship scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent before you start the Internship.
Non divers can join for 8- and 12-week durations. The 4-week duration is only open for divers already qualified to PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent. For non-divers wishing to attend for 4-weeks, we can recommend local dive centres that will help you qualify before your intended start date.

For further information and to apply please click here for UK website or click here for US website.

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