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Cuba Coral And Marine Exploration

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Cuba Coral And Marine Exploration

Help with the exploration and collection of data to establish the health of the coral reef in Cuba

Prices from $1,895

The easing of decades of economic embargo over Cuba makes today probably the best moment to appreciate the authenticity of an almost untouched island. As the largest island in the Caribbean, the famous white sanded beaches, breathtaking colonial architecture, traditional music and dance Cuba is a must see destination.

Even more unique is the Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth), the second-largest Cuban Island. Not only is its territory mainly covered by pine forest, but its underwater is populated by rich sea life and a spectacular coral reef. The rising of the water temperatures in Cuba, and the Caribbean in general, in the past 20 years has severely damaged the vitality of part of the marine life.

Volunteering on this project will give you the opportunity to contribute to exploration, data collection and preservation of coral and sea life that surround the area. Your help will contribute to enrich collection of information with valuable data to establish the consequences of the raising temperature of the water together with assessing the more suitable conservation practices. All while immerging yourself into the Cuban vibes and atmosphere.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

·         Gain experience in monitoring coral reefs

·         Learn how to assess the health of underwater ecosystem

·         Discover the beauties of the largest island of the Caribbean

·         PADI scuba diving courses and qualifications available

FAST FACTS

FAST FACTS

Location Isle of Youth, Cuba

Activities

·         Help with the exploration and collection of data to establish the health of the coral reef

·         Assist local staff in their daily practices and activities

·         Record observations of species diversity and abundance

Transport Airport pick up on arrival

Accommodation Shared accommodation in volunteers guesthouse

 

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support

Travel & medical advice & documentation

Kit advice

Discounted medical kit

Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)

 

In-country

Airport pick up

Accommodation

Training guideline provided by staff

In-country emergency support

24-hours international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Accompanied by local staff and researchers, during the project you will assist in the daily routine and diving expeditions. According to the number of volunteers, and the need of the coral reefs, you will have the chance to explore and assess its health and contribute to the implementation of conservation practices.

 

You will also contribute to raising awareness of the best preservation and eco-friendly behaviour practices.

 

 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Once in the field, you will be given all of the necessary tools, information and training required to appropriately assist the staff in their research. This will enable you to improve your ability to conduct research and collect essential data. Depending on the surveys in place at the time of your stay, you will be monitoring and assessing the condition of the reef, participating in the day-to-day awareness raising activities, improving your abilities to go underwater and observe the progress of the coral reef as well as that of the surrounding sea life.

 

This volunteering experience will both increase your awareness of coral and sea life trend and add important contribution to the work of our local staff and researchers.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

 A member of staff from our local partner organization in Cuba will meet you on arrival at Rafael Cabrera Mustelier Airport in Isle of Youth and take you to your accommodation.

 

You will need to arrive on a Sunday  to allow you time to relax and settle in before your project starts on Monday.

 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in a local accommodation, where you will share the room with other volunteers. You will be provided with a clean, comfortable room with all the basic amenities.

 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

During your time on the project, you will be provided with two meals – breakfast and dinner. This will give you the opportunity to by your own food for lunch and appreciate the diversity of the local food while satisfying your personal diet before going on the boat trips!

During your free time you will have the chance to explore local coffee shops, restaurants, and paladares –homemade Cuban restaurant usually run by self employers.

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Once on the island, and depending on the time of the year, the volunteers will have the chance to attend to local festivals – like the local carnival – shop in local shops and markets and appreciate other local activities and exhibitions.

Volunteers are expected to book their flight ticket for the local airport (Rafael Cabrera Mustelier). However the island can also be reached by boat – the trip from  Surgidero of Batabanó (Habana Province) and Isla de la Juventud will take approximately 2h 30mins.

COSTS

1 week $1,745

2 weeks $2,245

3 weeks $2,895

4 weeks $3,445

DEPARTURE DATES

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILTY BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS POPULA PROJECT!

The project runs on the first and third Monday of every month.

Alternative dates are available on request.

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 1 week.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support

Travel & medical advice & documentation

Kit advice

Discounted medical kit

Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)

 

In-country

Airport pick up

Accommodation

Training guideline provided by staff

In-country emergency support

24-hours international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nueva Gerona (GER)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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