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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

Code: SCMH0227N
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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

Samantha Howlett
Science Coordinator

Meet Samantha, our Science Coordinator at Cap Ternay. With an MSc in conservation and a wealth of field-based research projects behind her, Sam is an integral part of the team.

Sam’s favourite highlight since being on base? “We got up really early one morning to move the boat before the tide went out, and there were millions of tiny green flashes dancing in the water around us. I’d never seen bioluminescent algae before, it was amazing!”

What does Sam think the volunteers bring to the project? “Many of them have done their own fascinating research projects during their studies and have good ideas on how to develop or improve the work we do here. You end up spending your Thursday BBQ nights animatedly discussing new programs that’ll improve analysis techniques!”

Lee Bush
Dive Officer

Meet Lee, one of our Dive Officers at Cap Ternay. He initially joined GVI as a volunteer on our Dive Master Internship program before being accepted onto our scholarship program and being offered a position on the team.

Lee’s highlights since being on base? “Apart from the amazing things we see on dives like dolphins, white tip sharks and nudibranchs, raising money through the charity challenges with the volunteers for the GVI Charitable Trust is great. We support the President’s Village Children’s Home, and it’s always really rewarding to be able to provide things for them that they otherwise wouldn’t have.”


What does Lee say about the volunteers on the project? “The volunteers contribute hugely to data collection through their monitoring activities. We’ve amassed an amazing amount of data over the last 10 years that the project has been running.”

Lee Cassidy
Science Coordinator

Meet Lee, Our Science Coordinator and Assistant Base Manager in Mahe. A former chef, Lee initially joined us as a volunteer on the Dive Master Internship program before staying on as a part of the team.

Lee’s highlights since working for GVI? “Seeing mantas and whale sharks, as well as getting the opportunity to work with some of the other ongoing research projects in the Seychelles. Diving with the grey reef sharks off Mahé and Praslin has to take the cake though.”

His favourite aspect of his job? “I really enjoy giving the science presentations to the volunteers as a part of their training, and all the diving obviously!” Lee is a dive-aholic, even in his free time, you’re likely to find him diving around the island and working on his underwater photography (which is actually pretty good).

Kate Poss
Base Manager

Meet Kate, our Base Manager in the Seychelles. A former Film Production Coordinator, She joined GVI on an internship in 2012, and we just couldn’t let her get away!

When she’s not skippering the boat, taking the volunteers diving or sorting out admin, Kate likes to go exploring. “I’ll take a local bus to a part of the island I haven’t been to before and look for a new beach to visit or a new hike to go on to see more of this beautiful place. I’ve been living here for over a year and the scenery is still breathtaking and never gets old.”

What’s Kate’s favourite aspect of her job? “My office is the ocean. I get to go out on a boat almost every day, dive and explore the world under the sea. That’s pretty hard to beat.”

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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