Types of Girls about the Globe – Diving GatG, Marine GatG, Volunteering GatG
Blue Ventures are an award-winning organisation offering environmental volunteering and conservation expeditions. They help rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities.
Assisting international teams of marine biologists, sociologists and field scientists you get to work in tropical areas of the world and learn how to conserve the ecosystem. You don’t need to be a scientist or an experienced SCUBA diver either as all divers are welcome to join their expeditions.
Book here or save 10% (a minimum saving of £17) on their expeditions and dive trips with the Solo Travel Card
Choose from marine conservation volunteering in Belize, Madagascar, or Timor-Leste. You can join year-round from 3 to 12 weeks. A typical schedule looks like this. In Madagascar, for example, once you have passed your science training and reached the PADI Advanced Open Water level you’ll be diving 5 days a week, carrying out at least dive a day to collect reef data. Saturdays are for community conservations work.
If you can’t commit to at least 3 weeks, they also offer short dive trips from 9 days to 2 weeks. Volunteer in Timor-Leste and join them on Atauro Island for a 3 day trip either snorkelling or diving to find out more about their work and experience the culture, hospitality and environment of the land.
For all expeditions you stay in beach-front eco-cabins which have a maximum of four people. As a Madagascar volunteer there is the option to upgrade to private accommodation. Working with local Homestay Associations ensures that the placements also allow you to experience the culture and local way of life and generates additional income for the communities who rely on fishing for their economy.
All conservation volunteers complete an intensive two-week science training programme at the beginning of each expedition. This ensures that you have sufficient knowledge to conduct underwater surveys alongside their marine biologists.
Their expeditions are competitively priced and they offer a high standard of science and dive training. Expeditions include freshly-cooked meals (three meals a day), and 24-hour medical support.
Seen in National Geographic, The Guardian, and the BBC, Blue Ventures work beyond conservation to develop transformative approaches for nurturing and sustaining locally led marine conservation.
“A model for everyone working to conserve the natural life-support systems of our troubled planet.” – Sir David Attenborough.
Blue Ventures Reviews
“It's been a few months since the expedition [Blue Ventures Marine Conservation Expeditions in Belize] and I still find myself thinking about it (and keeping in touch with the other volunteers). Blue Ventures did a great job of making sure there was something for everyone (like interactions with the locals, a visit to a manatee rehab centre, a tour of the local village/cenote/bat cave, and amazing diving, of course!).
The cabanas we stayed in were surprisingly comfortable, and we got to wake up to the sunrise every day (and no bugs!!). Diving was done 1-3 times a day, and the rest of the day was for relaxing, data entry and other tasks, and some of the most intense volleyball games you will ever experience.
It's a huge investment in terms of trips (I'm very cautious about the programs I choose), but I assure you BV is one of the most reputable, conscientious, and exciting programs out there. I surveyed a number of exclusive diving sites, logged 50 dives, became an advanced diver, met the most amazing people, and developed a passion for Belizean fry jacks. Highly recommend!!” – Julia, Canada.