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Why choose Innoceana?

Innoceana is an global marine conservation nonprofit, dedicated to preserving the ocean for future generations by empowering and educating coastal communities, leading collaborative research projects, and harnessing cutting-edge technologies. First registered in Spain in 2017, Innoceana is now a 501(c)(3) in California since 2020, and an NGO in Costa Rica since 2021. Innoceana is a global marine conservation nonprofit


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Highly recommend

I had a very educational and memorable experience with Innoceana’s 7-day conservation expedition. The staff is passionate and knowledgeable. It is clear they enjoy working with one another, but the focus is certainly on the participant and that is felt throughout the course. As a beginner diver, I also appreciated the patience shown by each staff member. The organization is well-equipped, and the accommodations and food were excellent. I would highly recommended the experience to others living in or visiting Costa Rica - and already have! What a great team of people.

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Amazing experience with a knowledgeable organization

The MCEC organization and programs are super impressive and inspirational. I would 100% recommend them for people interested in marine conservation and Costa Rica. I learned so much from their staff who are knowledgeable in the field of marine conservation and scuba diving. The facilities are brand-new, clean, and well organized with the latest equipment. The local towns of Ojochal and Uvita have great restaurants, infrastructure and are surrounded by pristine Costa Rican coastline. Hard to imagine a better experience.

  • Marine conservation and scuba diving
  • Costa Rica’s famous beaches
  • Learn Spanish
  • Potential for rainy weather
  • Not a ton of night life
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Volonteer as a marine biologist

I stayed 2 months at MCEC Innoceana as an intern for my studies in Marine Biology. I had an amazing and wonderful experience thanks to Innoceana ! I participated in many innovative projects that are integrated in the protection of the marine world. I went from theory to practice, on the beautiful Pacific coast of Costa Rica! The whole team is so friendly and especially passionate about the ocean and proud to share their knowledge, and more...
My experience in Costa Rica will remain engraved in my memory !

  • Water quality data
  • Turtle Identification
  • Whales Bioaccoustic
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Best experience of my life!

The marine conservation expedition with Innoceana was incredible! It has been the best experience! I learned so much, diving was amazing, the team was so much fun and I was really sad to leave.
I stayed with Innoceana 4 extra weeks after the expedition and have been able to help them in so many ways, assisting in different areas which has allowed me to understand so much better the work in an NGO.
During my internship with Innoceana, I really felt like I made a difference, like I had an impact on the conservation of the ocean.
Thank you to this beautiful and passionate team of Ocean Warriors!

  • diving in paradise
  • food was delish
  • incredible team
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2 month internship

very good 2 months internship at the mcec, dynamic and attentive team.
Very good experience of diving and discovery of the technical side.
As a student in marine biology, this is the perfect internship.
I was able to put my classes into practice and do some field work.
I recommend it if you have a university internship to do or if you just want to discover more about the ocean.
It is adapted to any level and any profile and any help is welcome.
thank you to all the team for the moments shared and the knowledge acquired

  • 3D modelisation of corals
  • turtles identification
  • bioacoustics of marine mammals


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