You will be spending the majority of your time on this internship in the water, scuba diving, so you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent before you start the internship. You will need one logged night dive before your Divemaster certification can be processed. Due to the restrictions of diving within a protected reserve we are unable to conduct night dives on base. You can arrange your night dive before arrival or even in Playa Del Carmen or Cozumel during one of your weekends off.
Your work placement will be conducted at our Akumal base. During this time you will complete your PADI Divemaster certification whilst continuing to collect data on the health of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.
You will take on increased responsibilities and gain the knowledge and ability to conduct your own Coral Watch surveys from start to finish, including data entry. You will gain a working knowledge of Project AWARE and how you can collect data for them. You will also have the option of helping to arrange fundraising events for them. You will be shown how to service dive equipment, compressors and boat engines under the supervision of our dedicated maintenance officers.
The data you collect will contribute to the conservation of the marine environment of the Yucatan Peninsula. This means that you can be sure that even after you leave the programme your involvement will have a lasting impact.
Akumal's short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfill our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Akumal:
- Provide data to our partners on the overall health of the reef, to be used for coastal management, and to have a better understanding of the Mesoamerican barrier reef system.
- Raise environmental awareness within the area and local community.
- Minimise the environmental impact that visitors and other people have within the bay area.
- Increase in-country capacity within our partners and community members in the area.