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In short, the price covers:
Most importantly of all, the chance to work alongside our dedicated on-site Filipino team, as part of a ‘grass-roots’ marine conservation organisation.
Any applicable pre-departure materials and support
Home-stay accommodation in a local community household
Breakfast & Lunch each day
Comprehensive in-country logistical support
Full support and guidance from our locally employed team as you work closely with the local community.
...and a free t-shirt!!
This expedition puts a strong emphasis on close collaboration with a local coastal community, as they strive to develop sustainable management of their marine resources.
We believe that meaningful, long-term marine conservation begins on land.
Our holistic approach engages the local community through a variety of channels, fostering their active involvement in issues that impact the health of their marine environment. We have developed five core programmes that form the basis of all our expeditions:
Each of these programmes are implemented through a number of activities. For example, our Biodiversity Programme incorporates Crown-of-Thorns Seastar control, artificial reef development, & seagrass monitoring.
For each programme, volunteers work alongside our local team on agreed, dedicated projects that further our vision.
Full details of these programmes can be found on website.
- Join a dedicated, ‘grass-roots’ project working to drive meaningful conservation initiatives at the local level
- Take ownership of a dedicated project, working with our local team to maximise your impact
- Gain valuable experience and insights to set you on the path to a career in marine conservation.
- A unique, immersive experince of the Filipino culture and way of life.
- Opportunities outside expedition to dive with Thresher Sharks at the world famous dive site - Monad Shoal!
Our approach is to engage the local community at all levels, to build trust and a strong working relationship. We work closely with fisherfolk, school, local government, businesses, peoples associations and we know that in bringing them together to take collective action can bring about meaningful change.
Whilst we do not believe that our impact can be truly measured by any 'metrics' of our individual activities, but by their collective impact across the community, here are some examples of our achievements:
Over 200 people participate to remove in excess of 4000 Crown of Thorns sea-star from local reefs.
Over 500 Grade 5 children taught a specially created Environmental Education Syllabus.
Official partnership signed with Philippine Department of Education, acknowledging the Grade 5 syllabus.
Over 350,000 kg of waster collected, segregated and removed over last 5 years.
Official partnership signed with local Government Unit to consult on waste management issues on island.
20 new Homestay accommodations created hosting over 370 people.
Over €30,000 earnt by Homestay families
280 members of local savings clubs save over 2.3 million Philippine pesos.