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Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship in the Seychelles

Enter the global scuba diving industry with a professional diving qualification combined with work experience and marine conservation training

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Internship

Program Focus

Marine Conservation

24 weeks from

$11,400.00

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Boost your professional diving or marine conservation career when you join an internship in the stunning Seychelles. Get your PADI Divemaster qualification and marine ecosystem training, then put those skills to good use when you participate in vital marine research expeditions.
Overview
Life on the Internship
Program Details
Free Time
The Team
Dates & Costs

Overview

Travel to the beautiful Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean where you will train to improve your scuba diving skills while participating on our Marine Conservation Expedition, conducting vital marine research.

On successful completion of the first half of your internship, you will be placed at a local dive centre, undertaking your PADI Divemaster course that will continue throughout the duration of 12 week work placement. During this time you can expand your knowledge of marine conservation and help with general day-to-day operations of the centre.

This internship is the perfect opportunity to enter the world of professional diving and / or marine conservation while living and working in a pristine environment to complete what will be a life changing experience.

Scuba Diving Requirements

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. GVI will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Divemaster as well as with additional diving courses.

After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organisations in the Seychelles, or in other countries around the world where GVI operate. Field work positions can be paid or unpaid, range in duration from one month to one year, and availability varies. Qualification for possible GVI positions is at the sole discretion of Global Vision International.

Testimonials

"Would I recommend it? I most certainly would, even if all you are after is a break from the monotonous 9-5 office job, or one of the stops on a gap year round the world, it is an experience to not only learn something about the natural world, but it is also an amazing place to be able to learn something more about yourself."

- Philip Summerton, (United Kingdom)

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Students

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Coral reef ecology
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Final evaluation
  • Weekly evaulation with your mentor
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Transfer to base location
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Work placement (if successful on training period)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • GOP Medical
  • PADI Open Water

Parents

Why Study Abroad

GVI Difference

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Coral reef ecology
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Final evaluation
  • Weekly evaulation with your mentor
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Transfer to base location
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Work placement (if successful on training period)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • GOP Medical
  • PADI Open Water

Course Life

During your expedition phase you will live on GVI’s research bases in the stunning Seychelles. Working days can be long and start early. Diving days begin with preparing the dive boat followed by a short journey to one of the research dive sites. Other days may involve training on base, community days or beach cleans.

Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels each day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after completion of your training. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs. Days are rounded off with evening debriefs, followed by dinner and time to relax, take in a beautiful sunset and share stories.

On your work placement, your situation will vary depending on location, but you will continue to spend the majority of your days diving in the crystal clear waters perfecting your diving skills, while learning to work within the diving community.

You will have free time on weekends to further explore your stunning surroundings or just relax to take it all in.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Coral reef ecology
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Final evaluation
  • Weekly evaulation with your mentor
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Transfer to base location
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Work placement (if successful on training period)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • GOP Medical
  • PADI Open Water

Course Details

The expedition phase works in conjunction with several local non-governmental organisations as well as the Seychelles Ministry of Environment working on the following priorities:

  • Coral reef monitoring and recovery research
  • Whale shark migration observations
  • Invertebrate fisheries surveys
  • Education of local partners
  • Sea turtle nesting surveys

You should note that projects conducted at any time are subject to change based on the season and the needs of our local partners.

How this project makes a difference:

With substantial contributions from our partners, we are the leading marine data collection organisation in the Seychelles.

Much of this data is used by other organisations in the Seychelles.  For example, the Seychelles government relies on this data to show an accurate picture of the overall health of the local coral reefs when setting and creating new management policies.

GVI places qualified dive masters with local dive centers or within their own conservation team.

Work includes a wide range of functions, with the focus on obtaining your dive master qualification and gaining experience working in a dive center.

This work placement is a great first step in a professional diving career.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Coral reef ecology
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Final evaluation
  • Weekly evaulation with your mentor
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Transfer to base location
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Work placement (if successful on training period)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • GOP Medical
  • PADI Open Water

Life on the Internship

During your expedition phase you will live on GVI’s research bases in the stunning Seychelles. Working days can be long and start early. Diving days begin with preparing the dive boat followed by a short journey to one of the research dive sites. Other days may involve training on base, community days or beach cleans.

Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels each day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after completion of your training. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs. Days are rounded off with evening debriefs, followed by dinner and time to relax, take in a beautiful sunset and share stories.

On your work placement, your situation will vary depending on location, but you will continue to spend the majority of your days diving in the crystal clear waters perfecting your diving skills, while learning to work within the diving community.

You will have free time on weekends to further explore your stunning surroundings or just relax to take it all in.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Coral reef ecology
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Final evaluation
  • Weekly evaulation with your mentor
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Transfer to base location
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Work placement (if successful on training period)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • GOP Medical
  • PADI Open Water

Program Details

The expedition phase works in conjunction with several local non-governmental organisations as well as the Seychelles Ministry of Environment working on the following priorities:

  • Coral reef monitoring and recovery research
  • Whale shark migration observations
  • Invertebrate fisheries surveys
  • Education of local partners
  • Sea turtle nesting surveys

You should note that projects conducted at any time are subject to change based on the season and the needs of our local partners.

How this project makes a difference:

With substantial contributions from our partners, we are the leading marine data collection organisation in the Seychelles.

Much of this data is used by other organisations in the Seychelles.  For example, the Seychelles government relies on this data to show an accurate picture of the overall health of the local coral reefs when setting and creating new management policies.

GVI places qualified dive masters with local dive centers or within their own conservation team.

Work includes a wide range of functions, with the focus on obtaining your dive master qualification and gaining experience working in a dive center.

This work placement is a great first step in a professional diving career.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Coral reef ecology
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Final evaluation
  • Weekly evaulation with your mentor
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Transfer to base location
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Work placement (if successful on training period)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • GOP Medical
  • PADI Open Water

Project Life

During your expedition phase you will live on GVI’s research bases in the stunning Seychelles. Working days can be long and start early. Diving days begin with preparing the dive boat followed by a short journey to one of the research dive sites. Other days may involve training on base, community days or beach cleans.

Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels each day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after completion of your training. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs. Days are rounded off with evening debriefs, followed by dinner and time to relax, take in a beautiful sunset and share stories.

On your work placement, your situation will vary depending on location, but you will continue to spend the majority of your days diving in the crystal clear waters perfecting your diving skills, while learning to work within the diving community.

You will have free time on weekends to further explore your stunning surroundings or just relax to take it all in.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Coral reef ecology
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Final evaluation
  • Weekly evaulation with your mentor
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Transfer to base location
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Work placement (if successful on training period)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • GOP Medical
  • PADI Open Water

Project Details

The expedition phase works in conjunction with several local non-governmental organisations as well as the Seychelles Ministry of Environment working on the following priorities:

  • Coral reef monitoring and recovery research
  • Whale shark migration observations
  • Invertebrate fisheries surveys
  • Education of local partners
  • Sea turtle nesting surveys

You should note that projects conducted at any time are subject to change based on the season and the needs of our local partners.

How this project makes a difference:

With substantial contributions from our partners, we are the leading marine data collection organisation in the Seychelles.

Much of this data is used by other organisations in the Seychelles.  For example, the Seychelles government relies on this data to show an accurate picture of the overall health of the local coral reefs when setting and creating new management policies.

GVI places qualified dive masters with local dive centers or within their own conservation team.

Work includes a wide range of functions, with the focus on obtaining your dive master qualification and gaining experience working in a dive center.

This work placement is a great first step in a professional diving career.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Coral reef ecology
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Final evaluation
  • Weekly evaulation with your mentor
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Transfer to base location
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Work placement (if successful on training period)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • GOP Medical
  • PADI Open Water

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Below is some information on trips and travel options in the Seychelles.

Included Side Trips

During the expedition, we will usually organise a hike up Cap Matoopa for you to explore the surrounding area after all your hard work on surveys. The last days of an expedition are usually dedicated to taking volunteers to their favourite dive sites to dive just for fun, having completed all the survey work.

Optional Side Trips

At the weekends many volunteers head to Beau Vallon Bay for a well-earned break. The bay is the main tourist area of Mahe with a lovely long beach, hotels and guest houses, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. The dive shops in the area offer many options for all diving needs.

Most people would agree that sitting at The Coral Strand Hotel bar with a cool drink and watching the sun set behind Silhouette Island is an experience not to be missed. Volunteers may have the opportunity to visit the islands of Praslin and La Digue. Praslin is home to the Vallee de Mai (a world heritage site) thought by early explorers to be the original “Garden of Eden”, that is home of the famous Coco de Mer palm tree that produces the huge double nut famous for its provocative shape. La Digue is the picture perfect tropical island, small and intimate with quaint guest houses and arguably the most beautiful beach in the world – Anse Source d’Argent.

Victoria is the capital city of the Seychelles, the smallest capital city in the world. Volunteers often visit to catch up at internet cafes, do a little shopping, or visit the market to soak up the local atmosphere.

Public transport is cheap and frequent and all parts of Mahe can be explored easily by catching a bus. Many volunteers spend happy times bouncing around the island roads on buses taking in the beautiful scenery whilst enjoying the company of locals going about their daily business.

Further Travelling Opportunities

With 115 islands in the Seychelles group stretching over 800 miles, the possibilities of exploring this tropical paradise are endless. The inner-islands, situated closer to Mahe are easily accessible by fast ferry. Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette, Felicity and Sister, to name a few, all have their own unique charms with hotels and guest houses within most people’s price range.

The outer islands such as Desroche, Bird, Dennis, Farquar and the Amirantes group are harder to get to and can only be reached by small plane or charter yacht. Most have small exclusive resorts which can be extremely expensive, but the marine environment and bird life at these outposts of civilization have been barely marked by the hand of man, and as such are in a pristine condition rarely found anywhere in the world today.

The Team

Daniel Davies
Base Manager

Meet Dan, Base Manager for the GVI Curieuse Island Terrestrial Conservation Project. Since volunteering back in 2006 on his Gap Year on a conservation project in Borneo, Dan has always wanted to see and learn more about the natural environment. With an MSc in Environment &
Development and experience running a conservation research programme in Costa Rica, Dan loves camp life almost as much as he loves his football, hats and coffee.

Dan’s highlights since being on base? “The Early morning bird walks, the off-trail Coco de Mer surveys and evenings chilling and chatting with the whole group are some great aspects; however, with our base being located on the beach of an uninhabited island in the Seychelles, I have to say that sunset’s on camp are pretty spectacular. I look forward to them every day!”

Dan’s favourite aspect of the job? “Having a new group of volunteers arriving on base, getting to know them throughout their time here and sharing this very unique experience with them! Making new friends from all over the world every 4 weeks – Best. Job. Ever!!”

Danny Shand
Dive Officer

GVI Mexico back in 2012 where he found diving and marine conservation work was the definitely the direction he wanted in life.  A relentless expat, he grew up in Nairobi and didn’t move back to his “home” country of England until he was nearly an adult, and only a handful of years later he moved to Mexico before finding himself on a flight to the Seychelles.

Now, instead of teaching introductory dives to cruise ship guests, he is involved in everything from Advanced diving courses to species and survey methodology training.  If he could travel with only one thing it would be a mask and snorkel, so living just a few minutes from the water is more than ideal.  This must not have come in handy though when he was asleep in a car in Tsavo West National Park and got charged by a elephant when his friend accidentally honked the horn, and just got away in time…only looking back does he laugh at this.

His favorite part of working at GVI?  Counting parrotfish; once over a hundred of them crossed his survey tape and we won’t let him forget it.

Andy Hamilton
Base Manager

Base Manager at Cap Ternay Andy has spent years as a professional beach bum and backpacker extraordinaire, with several stretches on conservation organizations in Mexico, Spain, Bolivia, Madagascar and now the Seychelles.  He also spent a year as a Lemur Ranger in Bristol, because why not?

He joined us here in 2014 to work in marine conservation and meet people from all over the world, all the while having an awesome time and having a positive impact on local communities (the fact that GVI operates in some of the most beautiful corners of the world is totally incidental, of course).  Hammertown, as he’s sometimes called based on a shenanigan-heavy town in Canada, will not travel without brightly colored board shorts, and has far too many stories of evil monkeys.

Our favorite is when he was cornered by a troop of monkeys at a Malaysian temple, having tried to persuade a baby monkey to groom his leg hair.  Unsurprisingly, he was chased down the hill when they would not be dissuaded by his frantic flip-flop waving, fearing for his life.  He grooms his own legs now.

 

Liv Moudy
Dive Officer

Dive instructor Liv had a background in conservation in the UK before first becoming a part of the GVI family in 2010 when she joined our Divemaster Internship in Mexico.  She then stayed in the Yucatan to become an instructor and spent the next couple of years in Mexico, St. Eustatius, and Turkey in the dive industry.  She came back to GVI to gain broader knowledge about marine conservation, to travel, and to meet new, like-minded people, and so is now the one to whip your dive skills into shape before you start prepping for the underwater research!  Watch out.

Our Livasaurus can identify most any bird by sight or sound, but she’s most famous for being faster than Mel Gibson, Freddy Prince Jr., and Shaun White in the Las Vegas go-cart track.  They’re probably still there trying to beat her record.  She also nearly drove off a cliff when a tire exploded on a four-day-old company truck (not GVI’s, for the record) while she was driving on a rough volcano track but rest assured, not even that could knock our go-carter off track.

 

Mark Griffiths
Science Coordinator

Mark is the other half of our science team at Cap Ternay, having joined us for an eight week expedition in 2013 which soon turned to twelve weeks, then an extra three months as a Scholar, and then just couldn’t leave.  Having recently completed his doctorate in theoretical chemistry, Mark was looking to gain experience in scientific diving rather than just recreational diving and soon got so hooked he completed his Divemaster certification and accepted an offer to stay on base as staff.

For all future travelers the one thing he says he recommends no one goes without is a passport (clever) but really we know it’s a pocket Periodic Table.  Be sure to remind him that his says the American aluminum rather than the British aluminium – he loves it.  Having been deep in academia for years before joining us here, he takes every chance to be out on the boat or underwater and says the view from our beach will never get old.  Base life suits him well, having spent his childhood happier in the woods than in front of a television, though it harder for him to collect chameleons here.

 

Chelsey Bryson
Science Coordinator

Meet Chelsey, or Blipcakes as she’s sometimes called, though we’ve never heard the scoop behind this charming nickname.  As part of Team Science here at Cap Ternay, she has a soft spot for stunning islands, having recently studied marine biology in Hawaii in order to get the perks of living and working in the US without feeling like she was stateside.  Like all of the marine conservation team in the Seychelles, she is a true ocean addict, but also spent several weeks volunteering with GVI in the Ecuadorian Amazon and once got mocked charged by an elephant in Namibia so she’s pretty comfortable in any setting as long as she’s travelling.  She also featured in a Japanese food commercial one morning, which I’m sure you’ve all seen.

Ask Chelsey what her favorite part about working at GVI is, and she’ll say “the people, the place, the sea, the diving…everything.”  She knew she’d be back after her first volunteer experience with GVI, and jumped at the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world while meeting amazing people and having new experiences in the Seychelles.  She can also spin fire, though you might want to stand back.

 

Cheryl Sanchez
Science Co-ordinator

Cheryl joined the GVI Curieuse Island Terrestrial Conservation Project in May 2014. She first became involved with GVI in 2007 when she was a volunteer for the conservation programme in Kenya. Her experience in Kenya sparked her interest in following a career in conservation. She spent several years researching sea turtles on nesting beaches in Florida while pursuing her MSc in Biology. Cheryl has a passion for wildlife and travelling, which has allowed her to get her feet wet in various programmes.

Cheryl is not only constantly fascinated by the wildlife on Curieuse but is also very enthusiastic about teaching and inspiring volunteers. One of the many attractions of the GVI Curieuse program for Cheryl is meeting and working with people from around the world.

 

Alan Grant
Science Officer

Alan joined GVI as the Curieuse Island Terrestrial Conservation Project Science Officer in April 2014. Since completing his degree in Aquatic Bioscience at Glasgow University in Scotland he has spent several years living and working in field stations in a variety of science, management and technical roles in Scotland, the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands. He has always had a passion for tropical island field projects, so following a five year spell as a Park Ranger back home the Curieuse base was an excellent step to take.

Alan loves the challenge of island life, and the more remote the better. When not out in the field he can commonly be found up a ladder, in a water tank or somewhere in the workshop! He also gets a lot of satisfaction out of getting to know the constant stream of new volunteers and sharing his fascination with them of all that Curieuse has to offer, on camp, on the terrestrial surveys, and in and on the water.

 

Kate Paterson
Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Kate, our mate, she’s great. K-Bear volunteered with us in the Seychelles on her Gap Year in 2012. She liked us and we liked her so naturally we kept in touch and when a Volunteer Coordinator position became available, we knew who to call.

Kate enjoys archery as a hobby, so watch out (!) and likens herself to Rapunzel from Tangled (although we promise we do NOT have her locked in a tower). Her funniest question from a Volunteer? “Do I really have to bring a canoe with me?” The kit list said ‘bring canoe/ dry bag’…

Her favourite aspect of being based at HQ is that there’s just never a dull moment. “Although we do work very hard (promise) we also have a lot of fun, there’s always music going and a lot of laughter. And chocolate, a lot of chocolate…maybe too much. Pffft”.

Emma Miller
Community Officer

Meet Emma, our fiery American redhead. She’s been a diving addict since age 12, which, combined with her studies in sociology and environmental studies, made volunteering on our Seychelles Marine Conservation project perfect for her. “I loved GVI’s combination of diving, marine research, conservation and sustainable tourism”. Obviously we couldn’t let her get away.

‘M&M’ as she’s also known (she’s an addict) makes a mean jalapeño margarita and is often likened to Robin from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ “Only with fabulous red hair!” Our favourite story about M&M – which we have on video – is a monkey stealing her banana in Indonesia, climbing onto her shoulder and proceeding to pee on her whilst eating said banana.

Emma worked at HQ for almost two years as our Seychelles Expert, before returning to the tropical waters of the Seychelles as a Community Officer.

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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • Diving compressor training workshop
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Coral reef ecology
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Final evaluation
  • Weekly evaulation with your mentor
  • National Park fees and permits
  • Transfer to base location
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Work placement (if successful on training period)

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • GOP Medical
  • PADI Open Water

Our Impact

Location

Mahe and Curieuse

Experience the beautiful Indian Ocean paradise of the Seychelles islands. We operate two bases in the inner granitic islands, both within National Marine Parks next to stunning palm-fringed beaches and forested areas. Our Cap Ternay marine expedition base is located on the NE coast of Mahe adjacent to the spectacular Baie Ternay Marine Park. Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters are rich in wildlife, the setting for terrestrial and construction programs. The paradise of the Seychelles is the ideal location to volunteer, gain new skills on our internships or enjoy a short volunteer holiday in a well-preserved and tranquil tropical archipelago.

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