Our underwater world is under tremendous pressure - too much garbage and litter, especially plastic is being thrown in, and too many fish are being fished out. Only 0,1 percent of the seas are covered by coral reefs, yet these fragile reefs are home to an astounding 25% of all marine species. The Philippines are the middle of the coral triangle, and with a land mass of 7000 islands it has a unique topography with a collective stretch of shoreline, longer than any other nation in the World. This means that the Philippines are home to more coastal reefs than anywhere else in the world, making it the frontline of the fight for preservation of fragile marine habitats.
As a new volunteer you will start your participation in the program by joining our dive training workshops that gets you ready to participate in scientific diving. If you are not a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver already you will have the opportunity to do the course at the start of your stay. In any case you will spend a few days learning how to participate in the conservation work that goes on at the field base, and as the work we carry out on fragile reefs require divers with excellent skills, we add additional practice dives until you’re ready for the task.
Volunteering is for people who want to get involved and get their hands dirty. Don’t expect any luxury at camp (well, other than the food which is amazing!). Accommodation is charming, but primitive. There are shared bathrooms and almost everything runs off solar power, including the Wi-Fi. There’s an outdoor jungle gym, and the whole botanical garden is more than ten hectares - large enough to go adventuring.
Your adventure starts here.
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