Travel to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and work on marine conservation projects among the beautiful islands of the Seychelles through this environmental NGO internship. You will live and work in this tropical paradise with the research team. Benefit from in-depth monitoring and training by our experienced specialists on site, while contributing to the marine conservation of the various sites in the region. For this, you will carry out diving sessions, and participate in raising awareness among communities and tourists.
You will contribute to various conservation-related surveys aimed at providing data to local government on coral reef research. Like all of our internship programs on the environment, the NGO environment internship in the Seychelles allows you to gain university credits while having a positive and lasting impact on the ecosystem of the region.
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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The primary objective of the internship program is to provide you with professional survey techniques for collecting underwater reef health data. The objective of this program is to increase local and global awareness of marine issues and to be able to provide data that will play a key role in making political decisions regarding the future of this marine ecosystem. You will specialise in fish, coral or invertebrate research techniques during your initial training to prepare for your dives. The training will include learning to identify various species and learning to take measurements underwater as well as an introduction to marine conservation. Once the training is completed and depending on the weather conditions, you will be able to perform dives to carry out marine research. In addition to diving, you should expect to participate in other projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and pickups, and environmental education sessions.
Participants of this environmental NGO internship work approximately 40-45 hours per week, with 2 days off per week, most often at weekends.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, local NGOs and government agencies, you will participate in the following activities:
- Training 4 weeks before your departure in order to be operational as soon as you arrive.
- Monitoring and collecting data on coral reefs according to the seasons to study their state.
- Studying the different marine species in order to send them to OBIS Seamap which gathers information on marine species from all over the world.
- Depending on the season, observations on the migration of whale sharks, invertebrates, turtles, plankton, etc.
- Participate in the coral restoration project (collection, cleaning, transplanting to new sites, depending on the season).
- Train local partners on environmental research.
- Participate in seabed cleaning dives
- Environmental awareness and education.
- These different subjects are studied at 24 sites on the northwest coast of Mahé.
Don't forget that the course of the NGO marine environment internship in the Seychelles depends on the season and the priorities defined by our local collaborators.
- 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.
Our partner organisation sits on the United Nations International Commission on Sustainable Tourism. All their initiatives and volunteer projects are led by experts in collaboration with the local population and national governments.
As a non-profit organisation, our conservation project is completely transparent. Volunteer contributions are used to cover on-reserve project planning (reconnaissance, team recruitment and logistical support), direct field costs (transportation, lodging, staff meals) and finally to support the project itself. Without the physical and financial help of volunteers, this project would not have been possible.