If you are considering a career in conservation this is a great way to get started. This 20 week internship begins with a 10 week expedition to develop your understanding of coastal habitat conservation and wide-ranging tropical habitat survey techniques. You will learn how to live and work with a research team in a remote environment and get the experience necessary to complete your internship during the second half of the program. In the second phase you can complete a BTEC qualification in Tropical Habitat Survey Techniques, PADI scuba diving courses, Emergency First Response first aid courses and additional training such as Swahili language classes. You will support GVI staff and assist with the running of the expedition. At the end of the 20 week placement qualifying interns will be offered paid or unpaid work with GVI or with one of our local partners.
* GVI boat handling
* Optional PADI dive courses
* First Aid
* CPR & Instructor training
* Cetacean identification and survey skills
* Turtle identification and survey skills
* Primate identification and survey skills
* Biodiversity assessment skills
* BTEC in Tropical Habitat Survey Techniques
* GVI Introduction to TEFL
* Environmental education
* Health, safety and environment awareness
* Interpersonal skills
* Leadership skills
Located about two and half hours from Mombasa, within the Shimoni archipelago, close to the border with Tanzania, the base is situated on Wasini Island, adjacent to the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Protected Area, protecting Kenya's finest coral reefs. Accommodation is in shared dormitories with bunk beds, sleeping up to 8, in a locally built house with a separate communal 'banda' (traditional thatched hut) for cooking and dinning. Electricity is limited, from solar panels with generator back up, and is reserved for expedition needs. During the coastal forest research you will be at our satellite base in Shimoni, in shared tents, where electricity is available.