Program Details

By choosing to join Caribbean Reef Buddy you will be undertaking the following: -PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water dive courses. -Speciality training in digital underwater photography. -Speciality courses in coral and fish identification. -Lionfish
Location:
Caribbean, Caribbean
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Animals, Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Become a Caribbean Reef Buddy volunteer and join us on the beautiful island of Carriacou near Grenada. Learn to dive in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and play a full and active part in exciting marine conservation projects. You can volunteer with Caribbean Reef Buddy for 2 to 4 weeks from June to August every year. Individuals, groups and students conducting research projects are all welcome. The cost for beach front accommodation, breakfast and evening meals, PADI dive training and supervision by our resident dive professionals and biologists starts at £820.

By choosing to join Caribbean Reef Buddy you will be undertaking the following: -PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water dive courses. -Speciality training in digital underwater photography. -Speciality courses in coral and fish identification. -Lionfish containment, including hunting, analysis and data collection. -Speciality training in reef survey protocols. -Training in equipment maintenance. -Turtle monitoring with our friends at Ocean Spirits in Grenada. All of the above courses and training will ensure you are well prepared to join us in our conservation and monitoring projects and help us to protect and preserve the beautiful reefs around Carriacou. All diving equipment and research / project equipment is provided by us.

The coral reef systems around Carriacou comprise a beautifully special and biodiverse marine ecosystem on which the population of this island relies. Though still teeming with life, increasing stress due to over-fishing and invasive species could ultimately threaten their collapse! Through reef monitoring and data collection, a better picture can be obtained concerning stressors to the reef ecosystem and strategies by which they can be mitigated. We work together with universities and individual researchers around the globe that share our goals to protect this beautiful and productive ecosystem. Working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and United Nations Environment Porgramme (UNEP), Caribbean Reef Buddy have helped established an Elkhorn coral nursery. A new and exciting project, it is hoped that ‘out planting’ of coral fragments will commence later this year with donor sites providing a degree of protection for the vulnerable coastline on the north of the island.
Setting Description:
Carriacou is the sister isle of Grenada. Just 13 square miles in size, Carriacou is surrounded by beautiful beaches of white, golden and volcanic black sands. Coral reefs surround the island, providing a base for our beautiful sandy beaches - Carriacou is perfect for beach walks, snorkelling and sun bathing. The weather is warm and sunny all year round with air temperatures ranging from 23°C (73°F) during winter to 30°C (86°F) maximum in the summer, and sea temperatures never falling below 26°C (77°F). Carriacou represents the authentic Caribbean, you will find no glitzy resorts or tourist traps on the island, just warm and genuinely friendly people who are simply pleased to see you! We are sure you will fall in love with the island, the culture and the people.
Cost:
Costs are dependent on previous diving qualifications and the duration of stay. Costs start from £820 GB pounds for an Advanced Open Water diver for 2 weeks and £1190 GB pounds for a diver with PADI Open Water. For volunteers with no previous diving experience the 2 week programme is £1560 GB pounds. The 4 week programme is £2280 with someone with no diving experience, £1910 for a diver with PADI Open Water and £1644 for a diver with Advanced Open Water. Extra night accommodation on Carriacou

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