Welcome to Bahamas -coral reef protection

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Bahamas -coral reef protection

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Introduction

Have you dreamed of living on a Caribbean island? Now is the time to do so.  Chill out among palm trees swaying, the sea that cools you down and a whole bunch of wonderful volunteers who are passionate about saving our reefs. If the reefs disappear, soon will we too. Now is your chance to change the world, save the oceans and stay at the most exotic place you can imagine. Don't miss out on Bahamas!  

Your Role as a Volunteer

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Live and work on a stunning Caribbean island
  • Become an experienced PADI qualified diver
  • Get high quality biology and research training from Gapforce marine scientists
  • Swim with sharks, rays & turtles!
  • Work with Bahamas National Trust on a vital long term project
  • Immerse yourself in the laid-back culture of the Caribbean
  • Make new friends for life!

Learn about marine ecosystems and conservation methods and become an Assistant Marine Researcher

Volunteer Assistant Marine researchers needed! Come to the Bahamas and work with our local partners to protect the coral reefs and provide a sustainable future for this beautiful island. No experience required just the desire to make a difference. Learn to dive with full PADI dive training.

You'll be trained by experienced scientists in how to complete underwater marine surveys and how to identify the many species of animals and coral you'll see including invasive species.

You'll also learn how to monitor marine movements and how to locate breeding and feeding grounds. The underwater world becomes your new home.

Learn to dive/improve your skills

To complete your project work you will need to be a capable diver, so we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water level, and then add in your Emergency First Response qualification for good measure too!

Plus with the amount of diving you'll be doing, and the variety of dive sites in the Bahamas you'll leave a competent and experienced scuba diver with some amazing memories for your time in the Caribbean!

Help out at the local school

During your program we head to one of two local primary schools. Here you'll use your knowledge of marine conservation to teach the young children about the valuable marine life that surrounds their island and how to protect it in the future.

Have fun !

Sundays is your day off, so Saturday nights are party night – usually involving fancy dress!! The group will either plan an event or cook a big meal and there's always plenty of time to relax, swim, sunbathe and get to know the local community. We live on the beach, in our colourful traditional Bahamian house.

 

The Project’s Mission

Create marine parks, assist local communities and teach conservation awareness in primary schools.

The project work to save the reef so future generations will care for the reef and its long term survival.

Our Partner

 We work with a local partner that has big experience in marine conservation. The mission is to save the ocean and the coral reef for the future generations.

How do I book a trip?

You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on info@volunteertravels.com. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip. On this project you need to pay 50% at least three months before departure and the rest one month before departure. It is non refundable.

Your Everyday

Introduction

The project staff will meet you at the airport at Bahamas and together with them you will get a transport to the house you will stay in. During your first day at the project you will get an introduction with information about the daily work, the surroundings aswell as other important advices about your stay. At this project you will get to know welcoming, engaged and open staff that look forward to share their passion about coral reefs and marine wildlife and conservation.

Accommodation and Food

You will live together with other volunteers in a colourful traditional Bahamian house at the beach. You will meet volunteers from all the corners of the world. An amazing oppertunity for cultural exchange between different nationalities and a fellowship of new friends. In each room 4-6 volunteers live together and are seperated by gender. You cook food together and three meals a day is included. A short walk away there is a shop whit snacks and other things you might like to buy.

Requirements

There are no specific requirements to be a part of this amazing project, other than swimming skills. You will need to get a diving certificate; PADI Advanced Open Water if you don't have it. This is possible at the project. With a diving certificate there is a new world under the surface to explore coral reefs, sharks, the most colorful fishes you can find, rays and many other species. Free dives is included in this project when you have a certificate.

Leisure

You are free on sundays and therefor there is a party at saturdays evenings with your new friends. Maybe you want to relax and read a book, or otherwise you can make fun excursions and adventures of your life! The Caribbean is the paradise on earth. Enjoy new islands and new experience.

About Bahamas

Bahamas, Caribbean is the paradise of your dreams. Here you have bright white beaches, turquoise water and amazing coral reefs for scuba diving and snorkelling. Fishes in all colors, like the houses on the islands. Colors dominates the Caribbean and the environment is astonishing and beautiful.  It is easy to get around here. The local people are relaxed and here you live life in"Caribbean time" and with the lifestyle-Don't worry be happy!

Bahamas consist of a group of islands with approximately 700 islands and islets. It covers over 260 000 km² of the Atlantic Ocean. It lays between Florida and Hispaniola. If you want to compare with something, the group of islands Bahamas is approximately 20% bigger than Jamaica. Here lives around 310 000 inhabitants. Most of them lives on the islands New Providence and Grand Bahama.

Nassau is the capital of Bahamas and is situated at New Providence.

The largest island is Andros and the Bimini islands that is situated about 80 km east of Florida. At the island Gran Bahama lays the next biggest city Freeport. The island Abaco lays east of that one. The most southeast island is Inagua. English is the offical language.

Weather

In the Caribbean is a lovely tropical climat with around 25 to 32 degrees Celsius all year round. The countries around the equatur are fortunate, since the weather always is amazing and under the warmest hours of the day, you as the local people can enjoy a cold beverage in a hammock. Here is only two seasons, rain and dry season, but both are very appealing. During the rain season it can rain 10-30 minutes a day but it brings a cold breeze to the hot climat.

Practical

Flight

Flight tickets are not included in the price. Your final destination is Bahamas in the Caribbean. You should book your ticket so that you arrive on the same day that the project starts, that is to say, a Monday. If you would like to go home immediately after the end of the project, you should book a return journey to the Monday after the number of weeks you chose to work as a volunteer. Be sure to check the arrival and return travel date on the ticket.

Visa

Please contact your local consulate or embassy for further information.

Insurance

You are responsible to get insurance to cover illness, injury or theft while working as a volunteer. Travel agencies normally sell travel insurance to complement your flight tickets. For more information about insurance ask your travel agency while receiving a flight ticket. Included in your tour price is a liability insurance which covers you in case you unintentionally hurt someone or damage someone else’s property.

Vaccinations

For any questions about vaccinations, please be sure to ask your doctor or local vaccination centre. It is always good to be covered for emergency cases. Volunteer Travels always recommends Hepatitis A and B, as well as tetanus.

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