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

With sea levels rising, oceans warming, and masses of pollution all contributing to a loss of marine life, there has never been a better time to consider working as a 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. VIEW PROJECTS

All of Kaya’s marine conservation volunteer projects are doing outstanding and important work. Led by reputed marine biologists or local experts, you could be helping in important duties such as calculating the impact of tourism on dolphins in Tanzania, monitoring threatened species in Mozambique, or even working with fisheries and the navy in Thailand. Whatever your specific field of interest, our advisors can find the perfect location and project to suit you. 

Marine conservation volunteers are in desperate need all around the world; our seas and marine wildlife are constantly under threat from overfishing, pollution, tourism, invasive species, and climate change. Changes in the global climate have led to an increase in storms, tsunamis,  and earthquakes which have damaged marine habitats. Furthermore, overfishing, tourism, and naval activity have led to sometimes irreparable damage to seabeds and coral reefs. Changes to water temperatures means the mass deaths or changing migration of marine wildlife, causing great imbalances in fragile ecosystems.

If getting in the water, and even acquiring an internationally recognized diving certificate is of interest to you, then that is certainly something that Kaya can organize. Marine conservation volunteer projects with diving include marine conservation in Thailand, monitoring manta rays and whale sharks in Mozambique, or building coral reefs in Borneo.

But for those wishing to stick more to the beach and perhaps work with TURTLES, Kaya has numerous marine conservation volunteer projects that could see you working to preserve turtle numbers in stunning locations such as Ecuador, Sri Lanka, or Costa Rica

If you are interested in a future career in marine conservation, or you are looking to further a preexisting career, any of these projects would look impressive on a resume or college application. And our marine research internship [link] in Belize could be a real career kickstarter.

As well as being able to swim, marine conservation volunteers should be passionate about the ocean, its wildlife, and preserving it for the future of the planet. You must enjoy being outdoors, and keeping active, as often these projects include a good amount of activity and physical work. 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, whilst participating in essential marine conservation work. To find out more about how you can help, read our blog on marine conservation volunteering.

Join Kaya as a marine conservation volunteer and work on sustainable initiatives aiming to recover coral reefs, preserve marine habitats, and protect the incredible array of species beneath our waters.

Our Marine Conservation volunteer projects

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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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.