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Volunteer in the Seychelles with GVI and discover endemic flora and fauna, unspoiled beaches and beautiful coral reefs!

With 14 Marine Protected Areas, you can help play a critical role in preserving these areas and protecting the country’s unique biodiversity. Seychelles offers a variety of options to help you make a real impact!

Top Volunteer Projects in Seychelles:

  • Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles: Get your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver qualification when you join critical marine conservation programs on this expedition! Be an active member of the GVI Marine Research team in the Indian Ocean, on the beautiful Seychelles Islands.
  • Island Conservation Expedition to the Seychelles: Volunteers will contribute directly to marine and terrestrial data collection in the area. You will not only live in one of the most beautiful coastal locations in the world, you will also perform critical research within a national park while working with endemic fauna and flora and helping endangered species.
  • African Marine and Wildlife Conservation Expedition: Experience two amazing locations, while volunteering on critical terrestrial and marine conservation projects. Travel to South Africa and the Seychelles and learn how to track animals, study their behavior, conduct mangrove surveys and more while living amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
  • Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship in the Seychelles: This 22 week scuba diving internship in the Seychelles starts with a 10 week marine conservation expedition. Gain a professional diving qualification combined with work experience and marine conservation training.
  • Marine Conservation Short-Term Internship in the Seychelles: Interns get to work on tortoise conservation programs, seasonal turtle nesting research, conduct water turtle surveys, and do seasonal endangered endemic bird monitoring.
  • Lemon Shark and Turtle Conservation in the Seychelles: Help to conserve two of the Seychelles' most important marine species - lemon sharks and turtles. Spend time on the stunning island of Curieuse while you contribute to vital conservation efforts and enjoy living at a remote research station on one of the world’s most beautiful locations.

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For the Marine Conservation Expedition on Mahé, all volunteers require a current PADI Open Water. No additional skills are required, but it certainly helps if you’re already familiar with diving safety protocol and marine / boating experience. You will study either fish, coral or invertebrates and be taught survey methodology. Writing on a slate underwater would be a good activity to practice...

Reviews

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  • Impact 9.1
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 8.9
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.3
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Charlotte
10/10

Paradise Above and Below the Water

If you're looking for a diving experience that takes your breath away then this is the project for you. I am not going to tell you all about the island as a whole as i think this is not something you can get across to people in a letter, instead all i will say is this place is paradise both in and out of the water and everyone has different experiences there but i haven't met anyone yet who hasn't fallen in love with both the island and the project:)
Instead i will give you some advise on what to expect and some advise if you are thinking about joining this project.
Firstly make sure you understand what you are signing up for. I attended Cap Ternay and You have to remember that you are not going to be living in a hotel this is an expedition with shared dorms and bathrooms. There is no hot water (which you wouldn't want anyway as it is very hot here)You work in duty groups which cover cleaning, kitchen, Boat duties and operating the compressor these are done on a daily basis except for weekends. And you are living a fair distance from any local shops / bus stops etc. I personally enjoyed all of these aspects as i was aware of what to expect before i left.
My second piece of advise for anyone going on this project is to read through the training manuals which are given to you in advance before you leave. You will be allocated either fish or coral which will be the subjects you will survey during your time on camp. My main piece of advise is to revise this as much as possible before you leave and if you have time make up some flash cards for them, as i found this the easiest way to learn. The reason i advise this is because when you arrive in this paradise you are taken away by all the beauty of the island and get caught up in meeting new people and learning new skills that it makes revising more difficult than you think. The staff are very helpful in teaching you everything you will need to know but if you can arrive already prepared then it will make the first few weeks on camp alot less busy.
After the first few weeks of getting used to all the duties, getting signed off on your coral or fish spots and once you have passed all your exams you are set to be let loose into the ocean to start you surveys. After this point your days become more free so you have alot more free time during the day. I think personally that 4 weeks is not enough time to really enjoy this program as the first 4 weeks are the busiest and so you don't get the chance to appreciate or put to use all the training you have been given. I was originally on the program for 8 weeks and then extended to 12 weeks when i was out there as i enjoyed the program so much.
I would defiantly recommend this program to anyone wanting to get involved in marine conservation, this program allows you to not only have first hand experience in biological underwater surveys, it also allows you to spread your newly gained knowledge to the next generation of people though weekly teaching sessions with one of the schools on the island. You meet every Wednesday on the local beach with one class and you get to put together your own lessons with them to teach them the importance of saving our oceans.
I have only mentioned a few key aspects of the program as to be honest there are far to many to list. From the whale sharks, dolphins, sharks, scenery and amazing friends you meet i could not have picked a better expedition to go on.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emma
10/10

GVI Seychelles Marine Conservation Internship Curieuse Island

I was extremely fortunate to take part in the GVI Seychelles Marine Conservation Internship - a fantastic opportunity to expand my knowledge, diving experience and contribute to a truly important cause while having a great time, meeting new and wonderful people, and experiencing another part of the world, it's people and culture.

The experiences on Curieuse are difficult to compare to others. Located in the heart of a marine park, the island is virtually uninhabitable except for GVI, a handful of locals, many giant tortoises and the endemic Coco de Mer. Without electricity, generated power, showers every other day and bucket-flush toilets are easy to become accustomed to, especially when surrounded by forest, beach and reef at the doorstep and the ocean to send you to sleep at night. Days are typically filled with fish and coral identification study, id spot and survey dives, and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The reefs are absolutely stunning, supporting phenomenal marine animal and plant diversity and abundance - some of the most beautiful diving I've done!

The staff at GVI, both in the office and the field, are very supportive and helpful. With regards to the office, they assist in keeping program details in order, while in the field, the staff are not only knowledgable, but conduct themselves in a professional matter, while also having fun.

But this experience extends far beyond the internship itself, with many opportunities to become further involved through Ambassador programs, Scholarshis and the Charitable Trust. I encourage you to find out more, google GVI!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Qing
10/10

Conservation Diving In Paradise

A regular day of Marine Conservation in Seychelles starts at 6, with duty groups at 6.15, breakfast at 6.30 and by 7 the first dives are kitting up and heading down to the boats. Throughout the day, everyone will cycle through some classes, duties and dives. There’s always free time in between activities and that time increases as the weeks go by and classes start finishing. Lunch is usually around 12.30 and dinner at 6.30, after dinner all the time is yours. While I was there a week is Sunday to Thursday, as most shops and places around the Seychelles are closed on Sundays it's quite pointless having the weekend then as you can't do anything. Thursdays are BBQ night, which means party time!!!

The weekends, Friday and Saturday are all yours, go into town for some shopping or internet, visit the rest of the island or even visit the other islands, each with its own beauty.

The project accommodation is quite basic, depending on the base you're placed in, it can vary from no running water and limited electricity to running water but only cold and constant electricity. This is a project well worth doing; all you need is an open mind and an interest in diving. You will meet incredible people from all over the world.

The only thing that can put a dent in this project is the weather. Only in extreme conditions are the dives cancelled, but visibility on a bad day could be up to only 2m or less, compared to the endless view you get on a good day.

The best advice I can give is: learn to cook well with simple ingredients, as the meals you it depend on your cooking abilities!! Other than that, just do it!!!! and do it for as long as you can !!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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AmandaCC
9/10

GVI Seychelles Terrestrial Project

I was a volunteer on the GVI Seychelles Terrestrial Project for five weeks. It was the best experience of my life! I loved every minute and every activity. Part of the project was recording turtle nesting activity and this meant we had the oppoutunity to see turtles lay eggs. It was an amazing sight. We also had did nest relocations twice. This is because the turtle did not lay her eggs far enough above the hightide line. The eggs we moved have since hatched and knowing we played a major role in their survival is something I will tresure forever. The work the volunteers did was important and had a large impact to the overall scientific research being conducted. The project was very physical and involved a lot of walking in the sun but every day was different. There were three different scientific surveys we were collecting data for so I never felt that the program was boring. I highly recomend this program if you are looking for a great volunteering oppourtunity in a beautify setting.

Yes, I recommend this program
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naamoum
9/10

Absolutely amazing

I spent five weeks in the Seychelles with GVI. I started off at the base on Curieuse and then moved to the base at Cap Ternay. The living conditions are very basic yet comfortable enough to feel at home. The base on Curiese is more basic than the Cap Ternay one as it did not have electricity or running water. That being said, the accommodations were still decent. The hardest part for me was adjusting to the lack of running water and therefore bucket-flush toilets.
The days usually start off fairly early, between 6 and 7am. Volunteers are put into duty groups for the day and perform these duties before breakfast. Throughout the day there are different lectures or base projects to keep you busy and everyone dives at least once a day providing that they are fit to dive. For the first few weeks, the dives were mostly skill dives for those who did not already have their advanced open water and spot dives to begin learning the different species to be surveyed. As we got more comfortable with the species, practice surveys were conducted with a member of staff. I was there during the month of August and the water was a little chilly so I would definitely recommend purchasing a wetsuit, I had a 3mm one and was fine, but that varies from person to person.
Like I mentioned previously, life on base is very basic. Meals mostly consist of fruits, vegetables, and lots of rice and pasta. We did have barbeques every week which was a nice change for those of us who ate meat.
Overall, I thought the program was fantastic, the staff are all really friendly and helpful, the volunteers were really nice and like-minded which was a good change from a lot of the people I know at home, and the diving was amazing. I had only dived two other sites before arriving in the Seychelles but I can honestly say that it was just breathtaking.
I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who enjoys diving and is passionate about conservation!

Yes, I recommend this program

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