This project is for anyone.
The conservation expedition is for couples, families, groups and anyone who wants to help protect part of the planet. We try to make a difference, the fish think so, the corals grow and we have protected a lot of turtle eggs that would otherwise have been sold for food. From 3 days to 3 months we have packages for everyone to join the expedition. Click here for more info on how you can join the conservation expedition.
Age limit of 16y with parental permission, 10-15y in organised groups.
The expedition stays in tents on the beach, but is not at all basic. All tents are under large canvas awnings so they are both cool and dry with lots of storage space around the tent. The tents have electricity, fans and comfortable air beds. Each dome tent is designed for two but most volunteers have a tent to themselves. Only school groups normally share tents. Couples who share a tent usually get a double bed and storage tent for their bags. The tents are used only for sleeping, we have an excellent classroom and a hanging out place with amazing sea and sunset views.
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The tents have mosquito screens but the island has few mosquitoes and almost no sand flies.
All meals are included but snacks and drinks are available all day on a self serve basis. Our on-site project leader and staff will look after your needs and arrange your days activity. Diving is not essential but most people will snorkel especially to help survey for turtles. A lot of reef restoration preparation work takes place on land and in water skills are not needed by everyone. Schools and groups are welcome to book and reserve for exclusive use. Typical diver group programme
A dive qualification is not required for this project – snorkellers are welcome. For stays of 2 weeks or more we will provide you with your Open Water qualification. Advanced Diver Qualifications are included after a period of UW skill building typically during stays of 4 or more weeks. If you are already a qualified diver, there are opportunities for you to increase your skills with additional courses, and you will be able to help with the surveys of the deeper reefs as well as have more dive hours underwater carrying out conservation activities.
Strong swimming abilities are preferred as you’ll be spending most of your day on the dive boat, snorkelling or diving underwater and a love of the outdoors is essential! If you have a passion for endangered species, diving and conservation this project is the one for you.
TRACC is also offering short marine science courses for divers and an “A” level course in Marine science (Cambridge examinations Board) for volunteers or Gap year Students who want practical experience and a qualification to help with future university courses or their career.
Beautiful deserted beaches
This project is also looking for volunteers with communication skills who are interested in the media (Photos or Video), graphics and writing to work on this and the dolphin & shark projects promoting the work being carried out to the local media and an international audience.
Families and Groups
Yes and Yes! Families have enjoyed camping and children are most welcome. We can cater for groups of adults or children, Diving or snorkelling groups both enjoy themselves and for our conservation activities the more manpower the better! Max group size is 20. For groups, we can teach diving during a 6 day stay. Our diving groups experience a wide range of dive sites and spend a lot of time in the water. Our turtle volunteers conduct a snorkel survey for turtles every day and the coral replanting activitiesare suitable for snorkellers: see the IBM blog
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