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Coral Reef Restoration
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Coral Reef Restoration

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    5

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    7

Rewarding and fun, but wish we could have more cultural interaction and more impact

We were one of the first volunteer groups at this site, so IOI is still getting the program fully organized. We enjoyed our volunteer activities - cleaning the coral scaffolding, coral cleaning, ocean trash removal, invasive species removal - but there was not enough of these activities. They only occupied a few hours each day at most. We also would have liked to interact with local people more during our stay.

  • IOI Adventures responded to this review August 04, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    We try to provide volunteers with a balance of activities and free time. Usually we have volunteers work for a few hours in the morning and provide them with the afternoons free to explore. But we are happy to adapt that based on the volunteers' desires if they wish to work full days.

    The people of Cocodrilo are very excited to host volunteers, but because the town has only recently open to foreigners (and in general the insular nature of Cuba), having volunteers from other countries in their community is very new. This makes for a unique experience for volunteers and as Cuba continues to open up, volunteers' interactions with locals will improve. Cubans are known for being extremely nice and genuine, and the people from Cocodrilo are no exception!