Mexican Marine Conservation Expedition in the Caribbean Sea


Mexico: Tulum


Learn to scuba dive on this unique and fascinating expedition and earn yourself an internationally recognized PADI dive qualification in the Caribbean waters of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Take part in important marine conservation work on the worlds second largest barrier reef, participate in reef monitoring surveys, turtle nesting and crocodile surveys, as well as community education and sustainable tourism development projects in the local communities. In addition to the dive training, you will have the chance to learn a great deal about this tropical marine environment, learn a little Spanish and partake in expeditions to a wide variety of exotic destinations in this beautiful and historically rich area. You will be based at the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, and learn about the diverse wildlife living both above and below the waves.

How this program makes a difference?

The data GVI obtains at the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve provides an invaluable baseline to assess the health of reefs found in pristine locations. Since the inception of this expedition, and with the assistance of their partner organizations, GVI have amassed one of the largest existing databases related to the condition, health and changes of any section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. This data is now being used by GVI and its partners to promote the management of the reserves resources in a more sustainable manner.


* Live and work on a remote jungle base
* Learn to scuba dive
* Participate in monitoring dives
* Get your PADI Cavern Diver training
* Learn about the reef and how to identify fish and coral
* See dolphins, sharks or manatees
* Participate in night monitoring of turtles laying eggs
* Enjoy cultural visits to Mayan ruins
* Learn some basic Spanish

Program Duration

5-8 Week


Throughout the year


Please visit the website for upcoming start dates.


* PADI Dive Qualifications (Included)
GVI provides an exceptional standard of training in many internationally recognized qualifications. Included in this expedition are PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water, the GVI PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty, and an optional PADI Cavern Diver certification.

* Optional PADI Qualifications (Additional)
There are 2 additional PADI certifications you can choose to participate in, but do note that these require additional payment to the local dive centers: PADI Dive master and Rescue Diving including Emergency First Response Certification.

* BTEC in Biological Survey Techniques
Gain a BTEC qualification with GVI in a range of habitats in Mexico. Become qualified to manage successful scientific research projects around the world. Add this training qualification to your program package for GBP 250/USD 500. Inquire with GVI for more information.

* College credit
Colleges throughout North America have granted college credit for this GVI Expedition. Consult the College Credit page in the Resources section of the GVI website for more information.

* Internships and Field Work
By participating in a 10 week expedition you will be eligible to apply for an Internship or Job working in the field with GVI.

Intern Types

  • Animal Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Biology(General)
  • Zoology & Wildlife Sciences
  • Marine Science


  • English

Cost in US$:

USD 3,355 for 5 weeks

Program Fees Include:

The Volunteer contribution includes all your food and accommodation plus PADI dive training as outlined above.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Animal Welfare
  • Community Organizing
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Consciousness-raising
  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Global Warming
  • Marine Conservation
  • Natural Resources
  • Research
  • Water
  • Wildlife Surveying

Age Range


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living

Typically Participants Work

in Groups of 16-22

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

1-2 weeks

Institution Affiliates:

World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation