Frontier was set up in 1989 when, in association with the WWF, we set up a protected marine research park on Mafia Island in Tanzania.  During the next 25+ years, we have gone on to expand our operations, with projects in more than 50 countries.

Although we have adapted to include terrestrial conservation as well as community development programs, marine conservation has always been at the core of our operations.  No similar organisation has produced anything like as much marine survey data and peer-reviewed scientific work as Frontier. Our most recent science report can be viewed here.

You can take part on a Frontier marine conservation placement from one week to one year.  Previous diving experience is not necessary, as we will train you up to a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water so that you can safely take part in surveys and conservation work.

This short video features a day in the life of a marine conservation volunteer on our Fiji project:

We offer diving and marine conservation placements in a variety of countries around the world, and here are a few of our most popular ones:

You can also read a volunteer story from one of our marine volunteers in Tanzania here.

To get involved, visit our website and click “Apply Now”.  Fill in the short application form and one of our advisors will call you back to answer any questions and help you find the perfect marine conservation placement.


‘Spending time in Caye Caulker, getting PADI certified and scuba diving has been an amazing experience. Spending time on the gorgeous reef as well as being able to identify the fish and other wildlife species has been a huge plus. The staff here has made it all worthwhile, they are very supportive and make you feel right at home. All in all this has been a fantastic experience.’ – Dave Lau, Belize Marine Conservation & Diving

The scuba diving was amazing thanks to the incredible variety of wildlife and the really supportive dive officer. I saw some amazing animals as well as getting the chance to complete a survey which will help towards understanding the problems that coral reefs in the area face. We also did an Environmental Awareness Day with the local children.   Apart from the volunteer work there was also the opportunity for some amazing trips.  I swam with whale sharks which was a humbling and once in a life time experience. On the trip I also got to see humpback whales and mobula rays. On Friday nights also got to party with the locals which was a fantastic way to experience some of the local Malagasy culture.’ – Charlotte Aston, Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving

“Over my two month stay I made new friends, learned about the local marine life, and went from never diving to a certified PADI DiveMaster. Mornings were filled with diving and the afternoons with learning fish species and enjoying the Madagascan beach lifestyle.  Never having dived before I discovered a new passion that I now want to further pursue.”AJ Muheim – Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving

“Nearly every day we got a chance to dive with the staff bending over backwards to sort it out for us, they were also very knowledgeable and friendly, with most of them being around my age so there was never a school like feel to it. The staff also encouraged everyone to really get in touch with the environment and better understand why it needs looking after.”Will Black – Tanzania Marine Conservation & Diving

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