DIVING & MARINE CONSERVATION INTERNSHIP - Obtain advanced diving skills & assist conserving and restoring marine environment!
Fast growing tourism is a serious threat for the Dominican Republic.´s marine flora and fauna. Therefore become part of a development program funded by the United Nations and help to protect the beautiful nature of the Samaná province! Samaná Bay is not only a significant breeding ground and nursery area for humpback whales from all over the North Atlantic; it is also the most important multi-species fishing ground in the Dominican Republic, a growing international tourist destination, and a commercial port. While tourism is an important source of economic activity and financial income, its impact on sensitive coastal-marine ecosystems is of particular concern. A major portion of environmental degradation in coastal areas is attributed to the establishment of large-scale hotel developments in areas of high biodiversity, unregulated tour activities that put at risk reproduction sites for whales and turtles, as well as mangrove deforestation and coral reef damage from diving and boat tours anchors, which in turn decreases the resilience of these coastal marine ecosystems and increases their vulnerability to tropical storms.
You don’t need any Spanish skills! First gain advanced diving skills and certifications including one specialty like ecology diver or rescue diver and then assists with marine based environmental restoration activities, species protection & monitoring activities as well as invasive-species control. This is a great opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the protection of the marine environment while at the same time becoming a passionate qualified marine ecology diver. Your professional training starts at zero and will lead you through three complete levels of qualification (basic, advanced and specialty training)
Our program is part of an effort to tackle an invasive species that has been identified as one of the world’s greatest conservation issues. Destructive lionfish are invading coral reefs in the Americas. Since lionfish (Pterois volitans) first appeared on the eastern seaboard of the United States in the 1980s, the voracious predators have gobbled up coral-reef fish from North Carolina to Venezuela. Officials responsible for protecting reefs have struggled to find ways to control populations and fishing competitions can help to keep the problem species in check. Thanks to this exciting internship you’ll gain valuable and life-changing experiences while at the same time develop specialty diving skills! Even if you do not have previous diving experience, you will learn everything in this 12 weeks marine ecology diver internship while protecting marine flora and fauna. At the end of your stay you walk away with your professional diving certification and amazing experiences in one of the world’s most beautiful marine environment! (Spanish is optional, English is necessary).
Internship activities can include but are not limited to
- 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)
No previous experiences required to participate in the program. A typical Endangered Marine Species Protection and Conservation intern should be interested in protecting flora and fauna, marine-life and diving. He or she needs to be of good health, enthusiastic, proactive, willing to learn and ready for a challenge. Responsibility, commitment, patience and perseverance are among significant qualities. Conversational English skills are required, Spanish is optional, additional languages welcome. This program requires an extra donation of € 30,- per placement week
What is included
- Internship placement
- Volunteer Guesthouse or Family Homestay (single room with two meals per day included)
- Free Wi-Fi and use of washing machine at all Aldeas de Paz facilities
- Placement introduction and hand-outs, supervision, regular briefings and meetings
- 6 free academical Spanish lessons every week
- Certificate and/or written reference or student credit
- Full support and 24/7 backup from local staff
- Local bus terminal pickup
- Information about adventure packages
Volunteer placement or internship
Exclusively as Internship available
A minimum time commitment of 12 weeks is required (can be reduced to 6 weeks only for qualified, advanced divers)
Costs & Benefits
Aldeas de Paz works hard to keep the required financial contribution to an absolute minimum and to offer financial transparency by practicing an open book policy. The calculation of your financial contribution or donation is set up so that the longer you stay the less you give per week. We do this to encourage longer stays, recognizing that longer stays lead to more significant volunteer work and more energy contributed in the form of donated time in place of money! The minimum contribution starts at € 110 per week including double room accommodation at our Aldeas de Paz Guesthouse. Add € 35 to the rate per week for a single room. Minimum donation for the host family stay is € 200 per week and includes a private bedroom and two meals (breakfast and lunch or dinner). For more information about costs and benefits check out our webpage.
Spanish language classes - volunteers or interns receive up to six free language lessons every week. The classes focus on developing communication skills so that students are able to put their knowledge to practical use as soon as they step outside the classroom. Our teaching method enables students to develop four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The idea is to learn Spanish in a natural and spontaneous way, just as students have learned their mother tongue. Our students speak Spanish right from the very first day, using it in typical real-life situations: the basic syllabus is supplemented by special exercises, such as role-play, situational dialogues and work projects. Outside the classroom, the learning process continues as you immerse in the Spanish language and the Dominican culture.
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