Contribute to marine conservation of the Fiji archipelago, and gain university credits while participating in this biodiversity ecology internship. Participate in the collection of data on the marine ecosystem of the region through diving sessions and observe the different species around the base. Join an international and multicultural team, and have a unique professional experience at the other side of the world!
The PADI qualification is one of the many skills you will acquire through this internship offer in ecology and biodiversity. Participants undergo an extensive training program and gain in-depth knowledge of the marine ecosystem through data collection and research on tropical coral reefs and fish species. As with all of our environmental internship programs, the Fiji Marine Conservation Project provides an opportunity to gain university credits while having a positive and lasting impact on the region's ecosystem.
Please note: this mission involves a lot of scuba diving, which is why trainees must either follow a PADI course on site (from 8 weeks), or be certified to participate in the project (see services tab).
Join an international team for this ecology and biodiversity internship, which focuses on the collection of marine data on underwater research dives. These results are then made available to local communities and organisations to better assist them in decision-making. The project aims to bring a long-term positive impact to local communities through strategies designed to ensure food security for future generations.
As part of this program, you will actively work on data collection with and for the local community. Participants will learn about coral reef ecology and the conservation issues facing tropical marine organisms and the communities that depend on them. You will likely spend time in the water every day in a dynamic marine ecosystem. There is a good possibility to see endangered species such as sharks, rays and whales. On land, you will spend time in the community helping with environmental education in two schools.
This program includes leadership training, designed to develop your management skills and give you a head start on other candidates. Each week, you will learn about a specific concept related to leadership and teamwork and complete an assignment on the topic. You will be guided through the process by your assigned mentor on base. At the end of the course, successful candidates will receive a certificate and a personal recommendation.
It includes a more in-depth follow-up with a theoretical part that adds to the practical experience in the field. In addition to receiving the necessary ECTS credits to validate your year, at the end of the program you will obtain an international certification recognised and delivered by the University of Richmond, in the United States. You will have two online course modules to complete before the field mission, to prepare you for the project. During but also after the internship, you will benefit from professional support: a specialised internship supervisor will monitor your work and give you a final evaluation, and you will benefit from access to a portal of job offers in NGOs as well as a recommendation from your internship supervisor on LinkedIn.
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Participants will be immersed in an island environment with other participants and host organisation staff. The island is surrounded by a vast network of marine reefs that offer participants the opportunity to observe dense and unique underwater life, and guarantee an in-depth seabed exploration experience.
They have already welcomed more than 20,000 volunteers in the field. In Fiji, they work closely with local organisations on long-term projects. They work only under the supervision of the community leaders and at their request.
- Creating sustainable solutions to support self-sustaining communities.
- Ensuring access to clean water sources.
- Developing micro-enterprises around food, with a particular focus on education and agriculture.
- Supporting local schools with school supplies.
- Providing expertise and ideas on energy and electricity issues.
- Implementation of studies and educational programs on the marine environment.