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When you volunteer or intern with GVI in Mexico, you’re in for a truly unique experience in a setting known on the Yucatan Peninsula. Puerto Morelos is part of the 120 kilometer tourist corridor, located between Cancun and Tulum. It has a diversity of ecosystems ranging from the low evergreen jungle, the low swamp jungle, the savanna, the flooded palmar, the coastal dunes, the mangroves, the cenotes, the beaches, the marine grass and the coral reef. The reef of Puerto Morelos is part of the Mesoamerican Reef System (MBRS), considered the second largest reef barrier in the world and home to thousands of species of flora and fauna.

If you are looking to enter the world of scuba diving or wanting to gain some diving experience to add to your PADI stripes, then this is the perfect location for you. The local reef is an essential feeding and breeding site for a vast variety of aquatic life. Our local research efforts help to create environmental awareness and promote the longer-term sustainability of this important resource. While diving, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and sharks, as well as the notorious lionfish.

GVI also operates several community development programs in Puerto Morelos. All our community development projects are done in collaboration with community partners, and project goals are set and held accountable to the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals. On one of our community development programs you will learn how to conduct training workshops, work towards improving the quality of education in the region, promoting animal welfare where possible, encouraging the members of the community to live in a way that is more environmentally conscious, facilitating space for local participants to learn about the preservation of natural heritage.

Download our program brochures