An especially powerful experience is to teach your kids about the importance of helping animals in need.
Caribbean Reef Conservation, Belize
What you need to know
Well firstly they accept kids of from the ages of 10 and up.
You’ll live on an idyllic private island in the Caribbean, umm hands up for this adventure that’s for sure! And to top it all off, you can learn to dive or improve your diving skills if you’ve already ticked this one off your bucket list and you’ll become part of an award winning project and an active research team.
How will you make a difference?
Your family is there to help with on-going surveys of marine life, data collection as well as conservation work. You’ll understand the amazing reef ecosystem in the Sapodilla Cayes. You’ll help to raise awareness of the importance of marine life, another great conservation life-lesson for your kids. The research that is collected helps inform government decisions, specifically with regards to the Department of Fisheries. You could be a part of changing laws for the good of marine life. Now that’s quite something.
The programme costs go directly to the benefit of the local community.
What will you do?
Well you’ll work 5 days per week, and what’s cool is that each day you could come across a new adventure. But you’ll be helping with reef checks, Queen Conch surveys, coral watch data collection, lobster surveys, lionfish population monitoring and control, sea turtle conservation (June to December) as well as community education and awareness. Sounds like one awesome volunteering programme if you ask us.
Of course there will be diving, but it is very relaxed; you can do a mix of reef check survey dives and species dives, wall dives and of course fun dives, and there are generally 2 to 4 dives per day. There are cool early morning and evening recreational dives; what an awesome way to start and end your day. If you’re beginner divers, it’s really a safe place to learn as visibility is about 15 to 40 metres and no strong currents. To take part in the conservation work you’ll need to be PADI Open Water certified and beginners can get this in their first few days. How awesome!
There are normally a maximum of 15 volunteers at a time.
Other Important Information
This project was granted a Highly Commended award by the World Responsible Tourism Awards in the Best Responsible Wildlife Experiences category, so you’ll be volunteering with the best of the best.
During the week you’ll be based on an island, with loads of marine life and you can go kayak out, fish or snorkel around the island. On the reef, you could quite easily spot hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, spotted eagle rays, dolphins and manta rays. If you are lucky, at full moon you might also see whale sharks and the fantastic light show from the String of Pearls. Wow! On the weekends you’ll spend your time in sleepy Punta Gorda or stay in a tropical jungle lodge and you will without a doubt immerse yourself in the local culture. Or you’ll stay in small simple cabanas overlooking the sea. The main building is run on solar power. Bathroom facilities are shared as is the communal area.
Visit their website for more information on this awesome opportunity.