MARINE CONSERVATION

Volunteer with Kaya and you can observe and swim alongside the stunning inhabitants of our seas and oceans while participating in essential marine conservation efforts. Become a marine conservation volunteer, put on a wetsuit or beachwear, and help to protect and restore vulnerable marine habitats and species such as turtles, whale sharks and dolphins.

Marine Conservation Volunteer

As a marine conservation volunteer or intern, you will work with and learn from qualified marine scientists and local specialists who focus their efforts on protecting the seas, marine wildlife and beaches from harm. Depending on your project you may be involved in species identification and tagging, building artificial coral reefs, beach clearing, patrols and more.  Wherever you choose, you will be working in one of the most spectacular places in the world.

All of our marine conservation volunteer projects are doing amazing work, and most are led by well-respected marine biologists and local experts.  From eradicating the invasive lion-fish in Belize, assessing the impact of tourism on dolphins in Tanzania, monitoring species in Mozambique to working with the fisheries and navy in Thailand, our projects cover a range of essential marine conservation work that is sure to inspire you.

Our marine conservation volunteer projects help protect our seas and marine wildlife are constantly under threat from fishing, pollution, tourism, invasive species and changes in our climate. The changes to the climate have led to storms, tsunamis, earthquakes worldwide which have damaged underwater habitats.  Overfishing, tourism and naval activity have led to damage to our seabeds and coral reefs.  And in some areas, species are heading to new waters leading to problems with ecosystems as the food chain breaks down.

Marine conservation volunteer projects available for those who wish to acquire an internationally recognised diving certificate include marine conservation in Thailand, monitoring manta rays and whale sharks in Mozambique or building replacement coral reefs in Borneo.   For those of you who don’t wish to dive and prefer the beach, we have plenty of options including Turtles and Sharks in Ecuador, Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka or beach based turtle activities in Costa Rica.  If you want to further your studies join our marine research internship in Belize.  

Apart from being able to swim, marine conservation volunteers should be passionate about marine conservation, enjoy being outdoors and active.  If you are comfortable in deeper water and can pass some basic medical questions then you will be able to obtain an international diving qualification while participating in essential marine conservation work.  How exciting to be one of the first to spot the arrival of a seasonal species to a region such as the whale shark.  What a fantastic experience! To find out more about how you can help, read our blog on Marine Conservation volunteering.

Join us as a marine conservation volunteer and you can work on sustainable initiatives aiming to recover our coral reefs and to protect our marine habitats and the wonderful species that live under the sea.

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Marine Research and Whale Shark Conservation including Padi Diving Course

Volunteer in Mozambique with hands-on whale shark research, coral reef monitoring, humpbacked whale monitoring and turtle nest surveys.

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Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Volunteer on this Sea Turtle conservation project and protect female sea turtles, their nests and hatchlings on beaches along the coasts of Costa Rica.

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Turtle and Marine Environmental Conservation and Education in Ecuador

Volunteer on this turtle, sharks and marine research, conservation and education project on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador to protect habitats and species.

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Family Volunteering: Marine Conservation on the Thai Island of Koh Tao

Learn to dive as your family contributes to sustainable development for the sea and local communities of the stunning Thai Island of Koh Tao.

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Island Marine Conservation with International Diving Certification

This marine conservation project is perfect for divers or those wishing to learn to dive and contribute to sustainable development for the sea and local communities.

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Island Coral Reef Conservation and Diving in Borneo

Volunteer in Borneo with Kaya and work on an island coral conservation and diving project.

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Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

Volunteer with us on a turtle conservation project in Sri Lanka and help a local team protect five endangered species of turtle.

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Dolphin and Marine Conservation in Zanzibar

Volunteer on a Dolphin and Marine Conservation project on the island of Zanzibar and help preserve the habitats by monitoring tourist and wildlife interaction.

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African Marine and Wildlife Volunteer Adventure Tour

Why not do a bit of everything on this 9 week volunteer and adventure tour that takes you to Mozambique, Swaziland and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Easy 3-step application process

APPLY ONLINE

Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

TELEPHONE INTERVIEW

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

GET PREPARED

When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.

HAVE A QUESTION?

We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us via email if you have any questions or use the chat window in the bottom right.