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SEYCHELLES MARINE CONSERVATION EXPEDITION

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Strengths

  • Pass the PADI Advanced Open Water and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver
  • Search for the incredible biodiversity of the region, such as sharks, rays, and dolphins
  • Learn to use the techniques required to study coral reefs

Program description

Travel to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean as a member of an expedition and work on critical marine conservation projects amongst the beautiful islands of the Seychelles.

You will contribute towards various conservation-related surveys aimed at providing data to the local government on coral reef research, fish, and invertebrate surveys and assist with the development of an environmental education and awareness program as well as marine plastic pollution cleanups and surveys.

You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent. For non-divers wishing to attend, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.

Missions

Volunteers work approximately 40-45 hours per week, with 2 days off per week, mostly on weekends. 

In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, local NGOs and government agencies, you will participate in the following activities

- 4 weeks prior to your arrival you will receive training to be operational upon arrival. 

- Monitoring and collecting data on coral reefs seasonally to study their condition.

- Study of the different marine species in order to send them to OBIS Seamap which gathers information on marine species from all over the world.  

- Depending on the season, observations on the migration of whale sharks, invertebrates, turtles, plankton, etc.

- Participate in the coral restoration project (collection, cleaning, transplantation to new sites, depending on the season). 

- Training of local partners on environmental research.

- Participate in dives to clean up the seabed

- Environmental awareness and education.

- These different subjects are studied on 24 sites of the northwest coast of Mahé. 

Please keep in mind that the progress of these projects depends on the season and the priorities defined by our local collaborators.

 

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Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • Airport Pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • Supervision
  • Equipment and material

Not included in the price

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • PADI Open Waters

Your accommodation

Life On Base

Our base is located in Baie Ternay Marine National Park, a 3-minute walk from the beach. The building was originally a school that has been transformed into an ecofriendly research base with classrooms for presentations, a recreation room to relax after a day of diving, giant hammocks for more relaxation, and a large grassy area with benches for eating or studying. Life on base is much like a big family and we share cooking and tidying duties on a rotation basis. Those who have completed their intensive survey and dive training, can look forward to a short boat trip to the dive site once or twice about 5 days a week, depending on the quality of weather conditions. On other days, participants conduct either marine debris surveys or environmental education sessions with the local community depending on the project needs at the time. Days start early with boat preparations, or training, and are rounded off with an evening debrief, followed by dinner and time to relax, take in the beautiful sunset, and share stories.

ACCOMMODATION

Participants sleep in dorm rooms of up to 10 people. Bathrooms are shared but splitsex, with showers and flush toilets. The entire building is equipped with electricity.

Activities

Additional information

MEALS

Sample the many flavours of Seychellois cuisine, from coconut water sipped fresh out of the fruit to green papaya salad. All food is provided by us and prepared by participants. Breakfasts include the usual eggs, bacon, toast, pancakes, cereals, and fruit. Lunch and dinner varies based on the tastes of participants at the time. Common meals include curries, stir fries, pastas, pies, and salads.

Many participants also buy their own snacks, like banana chips and dried salted fish.

COMMUNICATION

We are based in a protected natural reserve which means that signal does not cover the entire area. There are spots with good phone cover and we have a phone on base for emergencies. For high speed connectivity, our participants travel to Victoria’s many internet cafes.

TRANSPORTATION

We provide transfers from the airport to our base in BaieTernay National Park, which is about an hour’s drive. The beach is very close to our accommodation so we simply walk down the water to the boats, which are available to take participants out for a dive.

CLIMATE

Seychelles has an equatorial climate, which means sunshine and warm waters year round. Tropical rainfall is common but more frequent from January to May and October to December. Weather is warmest from September through to May, and coolest in the middle of the year, from June to August, and water temperatures reflect these changes too

Conditions

- Vaccines: ask your doctor for advice on rabies vaccine and anti-malarial treatments.

- The registration form to be completed online.

- Passport copy.

- To have your PADI open waters diploma (possibility to do it in one week with a partner school before the project). 

Payment
A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 

Cancellation

A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.

Other

Founded in 1997, our partner NGO coordinates projects all over the world. It employs 150 permanent staff in its local offices, which have already welcomed more than 20,000 volunteers in the field. It works in close collaboration with local organizations on long-term projects. It works closely with local organizations on long-term projects and only under the supervision of community leaders and at their request.

Sustainable solutions, minimal environmental impact 

- Creating sustainable solutions to support self-sufficient communities.

- Access to clean water sources.

- Development of micro-enterprises around food, with a focus on education and agriculture.

- Supporting local schools with school supplies.

- Providing expertise and ideas on energy and electricity issues.

- Implementing studies and educational programs on the marine environment.

 

NGO member of the United Nations 

Our partner organization is a member of the United Nations International Commission on Sustainable Tourism. All of their initiatives and volunteer projects are carried out by experts in collaboration with local people and national governments.

As a non-profit organization, our conservation project is as transparent as possible. Volunteer contributions are used to cover the planning of projects on the reserve (reconnaissance, team recruitment and logistical support), direct field costs (transportation, lodging, staff meals) and finally to support the project itself and its continuity. Without the physical and financial support of volunteers, this project would not have been possible.

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