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Work or study at sea and explore diverse marine life in one of the best diving locations in the world!

Intern & Volunteer in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are made up of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Little Cayman, the smallest of the three islands, boasts some of the most incredible dive sites in the world. Crystal clear Caribbean waters, home to reef sharks, turtles, octopus and an abundance of tropical fish; it is a diver’s paradise! With a population of approximately 200, you can experience truly unspoiled landscapes and explore the uninhabited wilderness as a Kaya volunteer or intern in the Cayman Islands.

If you’re looking to step into the field of marine biology or contribute to important marine conservation efforts, whilst exploring one of the most tranquil destinations in the world, then join one of our internship or volunteer projects in Little Cayman. You can work with dolphins and other amazing sea creatures through our marine biology internships and gain invaluable experience in another culture.

Study at sea and spend your spare time exploring what the islands have to offer; like the Cayman Crystal Caves, national parks and deserted beaches.


  • You can become an intern or volunteer in Cayman Islands on one of our projects for anywhere between 2-12 weeks.
  • Kaya’s internship and volunteer projects are available to start throughout the whole year.
  • All of our projects work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Kaya provides all volunteers and interns with accommodation for the duration of their trip.


Here are some important facts about the Cayman Islands:

  • Population – over 68,000 people spread across the islands, with Little Cayman having as little as under 200 inhabitants.
  • Language – English is the office language
  • Religion – Christianity
  • Currency – Cayman Islands Dollar (CI$)
  • Climate – Tropical Marine climate, with rainy summers (May-Oct) and dry mild winters (Nov-Apr)


The Cayman Islands are one of the very few spots in the world where you can swim with wild stingrays! There is a place called Stingray City where you can peacefully swim, feed and take the most amazing photos with these sea creatures.


How can I work with marine life in the Cayman Islands?

If you’re looking to work with dolphins, turtles and many more marine creatures, you have come to the right place! On our volunteer projects in the Cayman Islands your day to day tasks will be varied, from analyzing data to field and laboratory activities. You will have the chance to gain practical experience working with marine life through our programs.

Do I need any certification to take part in marine biology internships?

Yes, an open water SCUBA certification is required for our marine research internships in the Cayman Islands. If you need any help applying for the documents necessary, our Kaya placement advisors are happy to help!

Is it safe to work with marine life?

There are always some risks working with live animals or marine life, however, our onsite project managers are fully trained in health and safety best practices, including first aid. If you need more reassurance before choosing a marine volunteer program in the Cayman Islands, read our general safety information or reach out to our Kaya advisors!

Do I need a visa to work in Cayman Islands?

Yes, all non-residents must have a work permit to work in Cayman Islands. But, the good news is your employer does this for you, so all you need to do is pay the fee, provide your information and we’ll handle the rest! If you need more information on applying for a permit, consult the Cayman Islands government website or ask a Kaya advisor!

What can I do in my spare time on the Cayman Islands?

When you’re not taking part in projects as a marine conservation volunteer or research volunteer, there are plenty of things to do in the Cayman Islands! You can take time to explore the different islands and Cayman Island beaches.

Marine Science Education Internship in the Cayman Islands

Join this fantastic Marine Science Education Internship in Little Cayman and experience life on a tropical island whilst contributing to meaningful conservation work!

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Marine Science Research Internship in the Cayman Islands

Join this amazing Marine Science Research Internship in Little Cayman and get some real insight into marine conservation in the Caribbeans!

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Easy 4-step application process


Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.


Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.


Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.


When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.