• Philippines
4 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Host Family
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
Full breakdown can be found on our website.

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!!
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Some Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Airport Transfers Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
Aug 29, 2022
Nov 25, 2022
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About Program

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:

Zero Waste
Economic Resilience
Fisheries Engagement.

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.

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Program Highlights

  • 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!

Program Impact

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.

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  • Value 4.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience in my life !

My volunteering with people and the sea was amazing! I stayed with them for 2 months (and I wish I could have stayed longer). I was able to learn so much about the world of an association. I focused more on the seagrass project but I was able to participate in all the other projects. What I liked is to see the link between the scientific projects and the social ones. Moreover, the whole team of people and the sea has always been there for me. The fact that I stayed with Filipino families really allowed me to integrate into their culture which I really appreciated. In conclusion, I am sure that the work I was able to do during these two months will contribute to the development of people and the sea's projects. This was my objective.

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Yes, I recommend this program

The most rewarding experience.

I never knew what to expect - it was my first experience of volunteering.
It was one of most unforgettable times!
The team were warm, welcoming and yet always professional. The expeditions were well organised, and activities always well explained.
Really important, the team listened to what my skills and experiences were, and tried to find ways to make use of that. I felt I really made a contribution, and that is so important.
While my programme was a land-based one, I did do one month of diving. The tuition was superb, and the attention to safety always a priority.
And, I met some amazing people!
Go join them - you won't regret it!

  • Truly engaging
  • Safety is a priority
  • Friends for life!
12 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Between environment and community: highly recommended experience!

My expedition with People and the Sea is an unforgettable memory to me (:

During three months I had the chance to obtain my divemaster with a great instructor as well as interesting coral reef science training with enthusiastic science staff members.

I could also participate in different projects with the community: weekly clean-ups around Malapascua, educative activities with the kids at school, organization of the waste management and monitoring of the catch of the local fishermen.

The staff was always ready to solve a problem and meanwhile have a great time!

Living in homestay families added something special to my stay on Malapascua. I had the chance to be part of three different families and felt welcomed in all of them. Interacting with the families members allowed me to understand more about the Filipino culture and feel home even at the other side of the world.

I can only recommend to volunteer with People and the Sea to everyone who wants to get involved in marine conservation and at the same time have a wonderfull experience in a beautiful social environment.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I would have the chance to go back on Malapascua and change something... I would extend my stay for longer than three months!
29 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Intern at Pepsea

I was an intern for 6 months at People And the Sea (Pepsea) and it was a fantastic experience. This association has become for me like a second family. This experience made me grow and allowed me to discover many things like scuba diving, breathtaking landscapes and a very close and friendly community of phillipines.

Before my experience with Pepsea, I had never been trained in diving. Therefore, in the first days, our diving instructor made me pass my diving levels and it was great. Our Science leader has trained us in one of the categories: Invertebrates, fish and corals. This training is on land as in diving.
What is also fantastic is that we participate in missions on land, so we see the two aspects of the association: marine conservation and life with the community. So it allowed me to learn their language and understand they live.

my adventure was complete and rewarding, I highly recommend this experience.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was when we helped pass a test to future dives masters. Our instructor asked us to be as boring as possible. what we have of course, "invert our fins together, completely exchange our regulator, leave while they explained the exercises to us, panic during an event ..."
I think we have never consumed as much air as during this dive.
28 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An experience of a lifetime

I interned at People and the Sea to collect data for my MSc thesis. The experienced team were so supportive and helpful throughout my time there and I met some amazing friends. I feel like I have made a genuine contribution towards conservation under their guidance, while also having so much fun and improving my diving skills. I completed over 50 dives and saw the most beautiful marine inhabitants ranging from tiny nudibranchs to thresher sharks as well as an array of tropical fish and stunning corals. Malapascua is a beautiful island with a very welcoming community who are eager to share their culture and experiences. I couldn't recommend this programme enough!

26 people found this review helpful.

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