What is the Marine Science Internship in Belize all about?
Join a Marine Science Internship in Belize and spend some time on a tiny island in Tobacco Caye. Just 10 miles off the coast of Dangriga in Belize, this marine conservation project works in partnership with Belize Fisheries Department. This internship is the perfect opportunity to learn about what is affecting the world’s second-largest coral reef.
The first 10 days of the internship will be dedicated to a combination of lectures and practical reef snorkeling experiences. Lectures will focus around instruction on Coral Watch materials, Caribbean corals’ identification, common Caribbean Reef Fish identification and learning about the effect of plastic pollution in our local oceans.
Throughout your internship, you will have the opportunity to visit and snorkel in several “cayes” for species identification, surveying, data collection, spearing, amongst many other things. This will also include night snorkeling to get a wider spectrum on marine life at all hours!
The internship will give you an invaluable insight into marine conservation and marine science while enjoying living on a Caribbean island.
Why choose this Marine Science Internship program in Belize?
- Gain marine science research experience while working within a marine educational institution.
- Benefit from a well-rounded marine and conservation program and gain experience worthy of adding to your CV / Resume to help you stand out from the crowd.
- Advance your Caribbean reef fish, reef-associated organisms and coral identification knowledge as well as gain experience on conservation and ecotourism issues on a Caribbean island
Role of the Marine Intern
The marine science internship will provide you with a real insight into marine conservation methodologies and hands-on conservation work experience, while also having lots of fun with great snorkeling on a beautiful Caribbean island. It is a great opportunity to get insight into the bigger picture of the issues surrounding marine ecology and conservation. More specifically, you will learn about the invasion of alien lionfish in the Belizean waters, including spearing, collecting and dissecting them. Also, you will contribute to reef cleaning, reef surveying, data collection and analysis. Not to mention that you will be involved and gain experience with chemical water sampling, checking caribbean king crabs and surveying mangroves and seagrass! Finally, you will have the chance to tour the Carrie Bow Caye Smithsonian Research Institute to deepen your knowledge.
What skills do I need to be a Marine Science Intern?
Marine environment interest is of course a must! Experience studying marine biology, conservation, environmental studies or related field is preferable but not essential. To participate, you must be a confident swimmer with capable snorkeling abilities. You must also be comfortable at sea and being on boats. The marine science internship is meant for anyone wanting to work or study within a science or environmental field, or those passionate about conservation. An interview is required for acceptance into the internship. Finally, enthusiasm and the ability to work within a team and be flexible will be important to get accepted on the program.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR SUMMER 2021
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To compliment your marine science studies with practical experience
To work alongside experienced marine and conservation researchers
To gain marine science research experience
Where will I work in Belize?
About the Location
Tobacco Caye is the perfect location to learn more about fish identification, coral reef surveying techniques and to get involved with our project at the marine station. Waters are generally crystal clear, with great visibility and are qualified as world-class snorkeling! It is the ultimate turquoise waters wonderland for marine conservationists! The island is completely off-the-grid with sustainable living practices through rainwater collection and electricity generated from solar power. Everywhere you look, you will be able to enjoy some nice ocean views.
You will be accommodated in dorm room cabana-style housing that is clean, comfortable and charmingly rustic. The island will provide you with plenty of opportunities to relax and “unplug”. Hammock time is a favorite pastime of many!
What to do in your spare time!
During your time off the project, you have the opportunity to play volleyball, card games, snorkel some more, or get into diving if that’s something of interest. You can also have access to Dangriga by boat to get back to some civilization, visit the nature and jaguar reserve of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary or go down to Hopkins for more beach time with restaurants. Or if time permits, why not venture further out and learn about Mayan culture and history in Belize!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 3.5 up to 7.5 weeks
- Cost: £2469 / $3855 for 3.5 weeks
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- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Tobacco Caye, Belize
- Working hours: Daily
- Project availability: June 30th, 2021 start date
- Arrival day: Wednesday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared dorm room in bunk cabanas
- Food: 3 meals per day
- Airport: scheduled pick-up at Belize City Airport (PGIA)
- On the Ground Transport: Water taxi to Tobacco Caye
- Access to personal online Kaya Community account including:
- Pre-departure information pack for Belize
- Fundraising Guide
- How to Manage your Money Abroad Guide
- Learning Reflection Guide
- On the ground training:
- On-site orientation
- Project induction provided
- Welcome Cocktail evening
- Support: 24-hour support including emergency contact numbers from local team
- Excursion Planning assistance from local staff (activity prices may be extra)
- Snorkel excursions by boat
- At least three-nights of snorkeling
- Snorkel gear including mask, snorkel and fins (if needed)
- Certificate on completion of Internship
- Supervision from qualified professional
- PADI course of Emergency First Response
What is not included
- Transport back to the airport
- Routine vaccinations
- Open Water or Advanced Diving PADI Qualifications available as an add-on: £524 / $615 each.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to 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.
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