"I never thought I would learn as much about the oceans, environment, conservation, diving, people and culture. The excitement of diving with the reward of surveying has made me passionate about the oceans. I will definitely be pursuing conservation further at university and in my career".
Kirsty Brown - Expedition Volunteer - Cambodia & The Philippines
Want to find out what Coral Cay Conservation are all about and how you can do your bit for marine conservation? Check out our new video below to see how you can help make a difference!
Coral Cay Conservation is an award-winning leader in volunteer-based overseas conservation expeditions, offering people from all walks of life the opportunity to get involved in our marine conservation projects and make a REAL difference to the preservation of coral reefs and the local communities that depend on them. We’ve been around since 1986 and over the years, we’ve trained up thousands of enthusiastic ‘citizen scientists’ like you to contribute to conservation efforts around the developing world.
Coral Cay Conservation offer an experience like no other. We strive to bring our conservation volunteers the most unique and satisfying expeditions on offer. Whether you’re on a gap year, sabbatical, career break, new diving experience, voluntary work abroad or looking to broaden your horizons and contribute towards something meaningful and rewarding, we have the opportunity of a lifetime for you.
Our internationally recognised Skills Development Programme, will provide you with a solid foundation in tropical marine science and equip you with the skills to get out there and join our teams of volunteers and scientists and collect the information needed to establish marine protected areas and sustainable fisheries programmes.
You don’t need to have any diving or science knowledge to become a volunteer with Coral Cay!
If you’re not already a diver, you can join up as a Dive Trainee and receive FREE PADI Open Water and PADI Advanced Open Water training during the first week of your expedition! All our training happens on site which means that you get to jump straight into the training and experience what you learn in the classroom through practical science dives.
Once you’ve completed your training, you can expect to survey some of the most beautiful but threatened reef areas and contribute directly to their conservation. Coral Cay Conservation is devoted to supporting the needs of local communities who depend on coral reefs for their livelihoods. As a volunteer, you will be involved in our on-going community educational and capacity building projects. These may include presenting a ‘Fred the Fish’ puppet show to local kids at a school or taking part in an open day at our project site.
To find out more about what’s it’s like to be part of a Coral Cay Conservation, check out our volunteer video from the Philippines.
"We have complete confidence in CCC as a highly professional organisation and would recommend the experience to any potential volunteer of any age, who wishes to spend time participating in a truly important environmental conservation activity. While developing new skills and discovering previously unknown personal attributes."
Chris & Joan Foster, a parents perspective.
- Gain an internationally recognised qualification in reef surveying
- Gain hands on scientific research experience on grass roots conservation projects
- Learn to identify over a 100 species and groups of marine and terrestrial organisms
- Be involved in projects with tangible benefits to the local communities
- Get to know the local communities through education and out-reach programmes
- Become PADI dive trained up to Divemaster level*
- Get the opportunity to dive on some of the most beautiful reefs in the world
- Gain transferrable skills which will enhance your CV (team work, self-confidence, problem solving)
*Divemaster training only available to volunteers staying for 12 weeks or longer.