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DIVING and MARINE CONSERVATION INTERNSHIP - Become a skillful ecology diver and help protect the beautiful marine environment

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ENDANGERED MARINE SPECIES PROTECTION & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION 

Your diving training starts at zero and will lead you through two complete levels of qualifications. Gain basic and specialty training certification before you assist with marine conservation tasks. Thanks to this exciting diving internship where you help with important day to day tasks at a diving center & school and where you will learn diving while protecting marine flora and fauna, you’ll gain valuable and life-changing experiences! Even if you do not have previous diving experience you will obtain important diving skills, while gaining insight in what it means to operate a diving center and also help safe the marine environment!

“Walk away with professional diving certifications and amazing experiences in one of the world's’ most beautiful marine environment!”

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Samaná Bay is a significant breeding ground and nursery area for humpback whales from all over the North Atlantic and the most important multi-species fishing ground in the DR. While tourism is an important economic activity its impact on sensitive coastal-marine ecosystems is of particular concern. A major portion of environmental degradation in coastal areas is attributed to large-scale hotel developments in areas of high biodiversity and unregulated tour activities put at risk reproduction sites for whales and turtles. Mangrove deforestation and coral reef damage in turn decrease the resilience of these coastal marine ecosystems and increase their vulnerability to tropical storms. Additionally destructive lionfish (Pterois volitans) are invading coral reefs in the Americas and has been identified as one of the world’s greatest conservation issues. Our program is part of an effort to tackle an invasive species and help reverse coral reef damage!

  • Certified diving training (basic level, advanced & one specialty) as part of the 12 weeks diving internship
  • Help with day to day work at the diving station including helping with maintaining and preparing diving equipment and facilities, assisting with logistics and office work
  • Give a hand with installing a pirate museum
  • Assist instructors with attending diving students and clients
  • Gain the following diving certifications: Open Water, Advanced Diving and one specialty like Rescue Diver, Marine Ecology or Hunter/Collector Diver
  • Assist actively with the monitoring, protection and restoration of coral reefs and endemic fishes as well as the control of invasive species (from week 9 to 12 after gaining advanced diving qualifications)

Requirements 

No previous experiences required to participate in the program. A typical intern should be interested in diving and protecting flora, fauna and marine-life in general. He or she needs to be of good health, enthusiastic, proactive, willing to learn and ready for a challenge. You are expected to bring your own personal mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit (shorty/3mm) with you. (Scuba diving equipment is provided) Important Notice: This program requires working five flexible working days per week. (it is not a typical Monday to Friday week) Besides diving activities you are expected to fulfill daily up to five mandatory scheduled working hours of non-diving related work at the diving station. We expect that interns adapt to program needs with flexibility, responsibility, commitment, patience and perseverance, among other significant qualities.

What is included

  • Volunteer or Internship placement 
  • Accommodation of your choice
  • Welcome Service at the airport and transport to your placement location
  • Free Wi-Fi and use of washing machine at all our facilities 
  • Placement introduction, training, supervision, briefings and meetings 
  • Free Spanish lessons on a regular base 
  • Certificate and/or written reference or student credit 
  • Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff  

Volunteer placement or internship

Exclusively as Internship available

Language skills

Conversational English skills are required, Spanish is optional, additional languages welcome

Time Commitment

A minimum time commitment of 12 weeks is required 

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Land

Dominikanische Republik

Dauer

bis 3 Monate

Programmart

Sonstige

Einsatzgebiet

Bildung, Frieden, Gesundheit, Handwerk/Technik, Kultur/Medien, Landwirtschaft, Sonstige, Soziales, Umwelt-/Naturschutz

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