Marine Conservation Expedition in Fiji

Company : GVI
Duration: 4 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 2500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Learn to dive in the warm waters of Caqalai and get your PADI certifications, while also directly contributing to marine conservation efforts in the region.

These efforts centre around conserving Fiji's delicate coral reefs and marine ecosystems as well as contributing towards enironmental awareness initiatives.

On this expedition, you will receive new insights into the coral reef ecology and conservation issues that tropical marine organisms and the communities depending on these are facing. You will typically dive every day and have the possibility of seeing endangered species such as sharks, humphead wrasse, whales and rays! While on dry land, you will spend some time in the community assisting with environmental education in our partner schools.

Given that you will be spending the majority of your time in the water, we require our short-term participants to be at least PADI Open Water or equivalent qualified. However, if you decide to join us for a duration of 8 weeks+, you do not need to be dive qualified and we will supply you with all the necessary training you need to be certified up to PADI Advanced Open Water. If you are a non-diver but do not have the time to join us for more than 4 weeks, we can recommed local dive centres that will help you qualify before your inteded start date. 

 

Program Activities

  • Depending on the duration of your expedition, you will be trained in either invertebrates, bentics (coral) or fish target species and life forms.
  • Once you are fully trained in species identification, you will be taught serveral survey techniques allowing you to become a memeber of the GVI data collection survey team, building an inventory of the marine species in Moturiki waters. 
  • You will also get the chance to assist in delivering lessons focused on environmental awareness in two chools on Moturiki island and will participatee in community based work, giving workshops and helping to improve the water security by builing for example rain water harvesting infrastructres.

 

Highlights

  • Enhance your scuba diving skills with daily dives!
  • Learn how to conduct underwater surveys in the warm waters of the Pacific. 
  • Immerse yourself fully in the Fijian way of life. 

 

Costs / Benefits

Since we opened our doors in 1998, we have spent over 65% of all funds directly on our projects. It is our mission to support field operations in the long term. Rather than abandon programs that recruit fewer volunteers we strategically invest from our fully staffed sites to help maintain our presence across the globe. The remaining 35% that is not directly invested in our programs covers the cost of volunteer recruitment, the operations of our head office.

Cost for the program by duration:
4 weeks £2,595
8 weeks £3,745
12 weeks £4,895

Requirements

- 18+
- Basic to intermediate English skills
- Criminal Background Check
- PADI Open Water Certification (or equivalent) if joining for 4 weeks
- GVI Medical Form
- PADI Medical Form
- Good physical fitness

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