Coral Cay Conservation offer volunteer opportunities for the conservation of coral reefs. See some of the most bio-diverse reefs in the Philippines all whilst contributing to their conservation. Since 2008 our volunteer teams have helped the local communities of Southern Leyte to establish 11 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), now we are at a critical phase, identifying whether those MPAs are succeeding. Undertaking evaluation ensures that we are not merely creating 'paper-parks', and allows us the opportunity to undertake education and capacity building work which creates conservation advocates and further ensures an MPA's success.
We will take you through an in depth and interesting Skills Development Programme, where you will learn about coral reef ecology, how to identify our key species, and our surveying protocol. Once signed off you will join our survey teams collecting vital data on the health of the reefs, and assisting us with our community outreach work.
- Live on the shores of Napantao Marine Reserve, a reef boasting approximately 50% hard coral cover, 28% more than the national average
- The data collected by volunteers is a critical component of our approach, and is used to establish Marine Protected Areas.
- Gain your Reef Check EcoDiver certification and join Reef Check dives throughout the Indo-Pacific
- Gain your one day Expedition Care Programme certification, a First Aid course designed specifically for expedition situations
- A portion of each volunteer's fee goes towards our Scholarship Programme, offering free 4 week stays to local Filipinos as part of our Capacity Building efforts.
The volunteers that join us are absolutely critical to our efforts in country. The MPAs which we establish, and the assessment of their success is based on the data which our volunteers collect. Filipinos are extremely positive about the sustainable use of their marine reserves, but are not always sure of how to achieve this, this is where CCC come in. Local communities invite our teams to assess the health of their reef. The data that you collect is then analysed and presented to so that we can work with them to come to a consensus of what management actions are needed to protect their reefs. Alongside this our teams undertake community education to ensure that everyone from the village captains and fishermen, to the children understand the importance of the reef. Each volunteer that joins us contributes to our Scholarship Programme, which offers local Filipinos the opportunity to join us for 4 weeks for free, as part of our capacity building work in country. An effort which builds local skills and ensures that locals can continue to manage their own marine resources when we leave. The programme has proven to be highly effective leading to the creation of locally lead green organisations and career progression in marine fields.