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Introduction

Imagine yourself swimming in a turquoise, salty ocean. Its a clear day and you can feel the sun heating your back while you´re floating on the surface, looking down thorough your cyclopes. Then you see it. A huge shadow coming towards you. Even though its movement are slow, the big body closes up fast. It´s a whale shark. This wonderful, kind, threatened creature is curiously circling around you. Imagine this to be your everyday life. Are you dreaming of spending your days out at the sea and to swim next to whalesharks? Passionate about conservation? Then we believe our new marine project in Mexico would be perfect for you!

Your Role as a Volunteer

Except from just swimming next to whale sharks you will also do some fun and interesting work. You will be assisting project staff with a variety of tasks, including:

- Photographic identification of whale sharks - Community involvement and environmental education on whale sharks in Mexico - Monitoring of the marine species (genetic sampling , scars analysis , etc.) - Environmental monitoring ( sea conditions , factor affecting the abundance, profiling , plankton sampling)

and of course much much more ....

The Project’s Mission

The project is a nonprofit organization established in Baja California, Mexico, that is solely committed to conservation, elite scientific research, education and the community based support and direct public awareness for the protection of Whale Sharks in Mexico.

Our Partner

Whale Shark Research Project founded in Baja California, Mexico is involved in conservation, research, education and community -based support for the protection of whale sharks in Mexico.

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.

Your Everyday

Accommodation and Food

You will live with other volunteers in a volunteer house, girls and boys separately.  You all buy groceries in the local store and prepare the food together for an assembled dinner.  You are likely to meet volunteers from all over the world which inevitably means new friends and a cultural exchange (and sometime chock). Local staff are looking forward to share their passion for whale sharks and marine conservation with you!

Requirements

There are no specific requirements to be a part of this amazing project, other than swimming skills. When monitoring whale sharks you will be snorkeling, hence there are no requirements for divers license.

However, if you wish to take an PADI Open Water certificate you can join a course in the nearby situated divers center. There are also possibilities for an advanced license for those whom already have a divers certificate. Divers will discover a new world under the surface with the chance of exploring sunken shipwrecks, coral reefs and rookery of sea-lions.

On this location there are whalesharks around for most months a year, with high season from November to March. Low seaon, where there will be no whalesharks to spot is from May to August.

about-mexico" >About Mexico

Mexico has a lot to offer and you will be able to enjoy tasty food, crystal clear water and many friendly people. If you want to discover more of Mexico, you can visit the vibrant capital of Mexico City and explore ruins of the Aztek and Mayan kingdoms. Perhaps you prefer to hike in the mountains, go paddleboarding or golfing? All this and more is a possibility in your spare time!

Practical

Flight

Flight tickets are not included in the price. Your final destination is La Paz, Mexico. 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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