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Cuba

Coral Reef Restoration

The Coral Reef Restoration Volunteer will contribute to an ongoing initiative to improve and monitor coral reef health off the southern coast of the Isle of Youth, Cuba.

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Ecuador

Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Center

Volunteer at the Galápagos National Park, and get the chance to provide assistance at the tortoise breeding center. You will be a member of the research and zoo keeping

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Cuba

Coastal Habitat Restoration

The Coastal Habitat Restoration Volunteer will support a recently started local habitat restoration initiative that focuses on beaches important for nesting sea turtles.

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Ecuador

Social Media / Graphic Design in the Galapagos

What better way to boost your CV than to add it with international work experience! Get the chance to apply your technical prowess in social media or graphic design through...

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Ecuador

English TA in the Galapagos

You won’t often find a program that combines volunteering and ecotourism in a protected site. IOI Adventures offers you such a rewarding opportunity in Galapagos where

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Ecuador

Ecotourism Internship with Galapagos National Park

Established in 1959 and starting operations in 1968, Galápagos National Park is the first of its kind in Ecuador. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and makes up approximately...

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Turtle Nesting Monitoring in Galapagos

Travel to the island that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, and do more than explore. Help build a better and safer habitat for turtles! This volunteering

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Cuba

Turtle Nest Monitoring

Are you interested about wildlife? Are you especially fascinated with turtles? We have the perfect opportunity for you in Cuba. Join our sea turtle nesting monitoring project...

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Costa Rica

Marine Conservation Volunteer in Costa Rica

The Marine Conservation Volunteer will assist in ongoing sea turtle and ray monitoring projects in the waters and beaches of El Jobo on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica....

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IOI Adventures Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Amazing cultural experience and diving in small coastal Cuban town

My experience with IOI in Cuba was great! They were very organized and I was well prepared for my trip. Their partners in Cuba were outstanding. The leader of the dive program in Cocodrillo is very warm, friendly and confidence-inspiring. All the drivers they partnered with were nice and professional.

I absolutely loved Cocodrilo! The volunteer house there was clean and comfortable, the food INCREDIBLE, and the village people so friendly and FUN!

My only disappointment was not being quite as useful as I was maybe hoping. However, I was there for only 4 days, which is 3 days less then the one week minimum, so it's partially my fault. :p We counted fish, planted coral and picked up trash. I felt like my main contribution was cultural exchange and supporting the reef monitoring program on Cocodrillo.

Program: Coral Reef Restoration

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review January 11, 2018 at 8:50 AM

    Thank you for your comments, Ataipale! Glad you found Cocodrilo to be warm and friendly--we agree :) Unfortunately your travel plans did not allow you to stay for the entire week we recommend. The week minimum allows volunteers to feel like they've made an impact in the community. But I wouldn't worry, I'm sure the few days you were there left an impact on the community and helped promote the cultural exchange IOI feels is so important. You're welcome back anytime!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

Amazing experience

My friend and I who are both scuba certified decided to do this program as we are both interested in keeping our oceans healthy, Cuba and to be honest wanted more scuba experience with a more meaningful purpose. This program did not disappoint. Katie the organizer was incredibly helpful in making sure we felt safe and secure in coming to Cuba despite changes in US Cuba regulations. Our dive master renaldo was knowledgeable, excited and caring. His sister who was our housekeeper/ cook was incredible sweet and a very fun dancer. The ocean life was amazing and the town very small and friendly. Bonus: my Spanish improved tremendously over the week. I would advise though to have at least intermediate Spanish as no one speaks English and some terms in the work are more technical. Overall an amazing experience, I can’t wait to go back.

Program: Coral Reef Restoration

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review January 11, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    Thank you, Atirismar! That's wonderful that your Spanish skills improved. It's true your hosts in Cocodrilo do not speak much English, which forces volunteers to practice their Spanish (an advantage to the program, we believe!). Learning each others languages is an important part of cultural exchange. And please come back! We offer returning volunteers a discount :)

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Coral reef restoration Cuba

This was a great program, in part for learning about the slow but necessary process of preserving, protecting and restoring a coral reef. But more than that, we learned so much about Cuba, a mysterious country to those of us from the US but one that is so full of life, music, and the best people, especially in Cocodrilo.

Program: Coral Reef Restoration

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review January 11, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Thanks, hollyschwarz! By traveling to Cocodrilo you learned more about Cuba than most people do when they visit. Thanks for volunteering with us. We would appreciate any feedback you have about how we can improve. And please come back soon!

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    7

Limited Spanish speaker Experience

I know if I were able to speak Spanish my experience would of been completely different. I did have a good experience but I do think it would of been improved if there was more emphasis on the need to speak Spanish before I arrived.

Program: Ecotourism Internship with Galapagos National Park

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review January 02, 2018 at 8:33 AM

    Thank you for your review. We are sorry you felt like you could not communicate as well as you wanted. We try to have enough English-speaking staff whose job it is to support our volunteers. But we also do want to encourage cultural and language immersion in the local community and feel like the immersion is a strong aspect of our program.

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Cocodrilo

It was absolutely amazing! Reinaldo basically knows the answer to any question having to do with Cocodrilo's environment both land and sea. The program was great, you could tell that it's in it's beginning stages but it has so much potential. I'm looking forward to how it'll be in the future!

Program: Coral Reef Restoration

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review October 13, 2017 at 7:58 AM

    Thanks so much for your positive feedback, Lorely! I'm glad you had a great time and we couldn't agree more--our staff are very knowledgeable and love to teach visitors. Thanks for being one of our first volunteers and we can't wait to have you back!

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