Marine conservation training in Mexico
Marine conservation training in Mexico
Marine conservation training in Mexico

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This training in Mexico offers you a professionalizing experience abroad in marine conservation in order to work in the protection of the environment. Acquire skills in marine biology and start your NGO career. This project is also part of the RealStep training courses called careers, allowing you to benefit from theoretical learning before the project, practical on the ground and real support on site and afterwards to find a job in an international NGO.

NGO Project Coordinator
Protected site manager
At-sea observer
Local developer


Puerto Morelos


Intermediate English


Description of the program

The Mexican coasts will be your place of immersion for this extraordinary training, in order to know and better understand how to protect the marine world. The base is in the heart of the Caribbean coast, in the Yutucan peninsula, only a few meters from the beach.

The marine ecosystem is particularly rich, Mexican waters are home to a wide variety of species. The reefs are numerous, the mangrove forest extensive, representing an exciting object of study, which explains the presence of many conservation and marine research organizations in the area. It is an ideal place to work in the protection of the environment!

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Like all of our training courses for working in the environment abroad , this project in Mexico allows you to benefit from complete learning while contributing to the preservation of the region's ecosystems.

This project is part of the so-called career training:

This vocational training program is part of the so-called “career” projects. In addition to the mission that you carry out on site, it allows you to benefit from real support, and to access the position of project coordinator in 6 months. Here you combine theoretical training with practical learning, with online modules to be completed after the end of the mission. At the end of the program, you obtain an international certification recognized and issued by the University of Richmond, in the United States.

The accompaniment is therefore present upstream, on site but also downstream of the project. During the course of the mission, you will also have a remote project to carry out: you will have to solve a problem with other partner organizations in marine conservation, environment, animal protection... A coach will follow you and support you to help you in the best possible way in the resolution of these problems, and at the end of the project you will have access to a platform of job offers in NGOs, to which you will be eligible thanks to your professional training.

Remote projects included in professional training will be carried out AFTER having carried out the mission in the field.

If your training lasts 4-11 weeks, you will work on a remote project for a period of 4 weeks after completing the field assignment.
If your training lasts 12 weeks or more, you will work on 2 remote projects for a duration of 8 weeks after completing the field mission.

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Conditions on the job guarantee

Take a closer look at all the specificities of this training as a career program !

Training to work in environmental protection

In Mexico, you will live with members of our partner NGO and undergo a comprehensive training program to work in environmental protection. The objective is to develop your skills, such as those of diving, as well as your knowledge in marine biology and the conservation of this ecosystem.

The theoretical learning from which you benefit upstream will be put into practice on site by carrying out data collection, to contribute to the studies and research of the center alongside specialists. Your object of study is in particular the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, known as the second largest barrier reef in the world.

The local team entrusts you with various responsibilities in order to best develop professional skills, such as leadership, which is assessed each week by a mentor who follows you throughout the training. This is a professional reference that you can mention at the end of the program. Also get exclusive training in team management and leadership.

The impact of the research conducted by the center is national in scope, due to the various partnerships with local NGOs. In fact, our partner organization communicates the results of the studies to several governmental organizations such as the National Fisheries Ministry of Mexico, local and national universities, local fishing cooperatives, among others. Participants have a real impact on the environment, which is both positive and lasting.

Your tasks:

Workdays are fast-paced, and can be tiring and long, but extremely rewarding.

  • Contribute to marine conservation with national partners;
  • Monitor the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and restore coral;
  • Study the marine ecosystem, study the health of species and reefs;

This mission includes a unique training on coral reef restoration. More specifically, it is the cloning of coral through the fragmentation, installation, monitoring and evaluation of marine coral nurseries.

The different missions and their frequency depend on the needs of the structure as well as the weather conditions.

A training day can for example include a diving session, studies and laboratory work, basic training, beach cleaning or days with the local community. Every evening there is a debrief with all the team members and participants, followed by dinner and some free time where you can watch the sunset over the beach while sharing your experiences.

PADI Training

Scuba diving is an important part of marine conservation training in Mexico, so improving skills in this area is equally important. Non-divers, everything is planned! The local organization provides the necessary training to be eventually certified PADI Advanced Diver, for a complete training to work in the protection of the environment.

Host organization

Founded in 1997, our partner organisation coordinates participatory science projects around the world. It works in close collaboration with local organizations.
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They work only under the supervision of the community leaders and at their request.

Sustainable solutions, minimum impact on the environment:

- 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.


United Nations member organization

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.


Strong points

Learn from the experts in the field
Take part in environmental research
Benefit from constant support
Take a PADI dive course
Follow-up by a Career Coach
Access to Job Board

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