Explore the Caribbean!
All About the Internship
Spend some time on a tiny island in Tobacco Caye, and learn about what is affecting the world’s second-largest coral reef! On this project, where you’ll feed into the work of the Belize Fisheries Department, you’ll learn about conservation challenges and lend a hand, gaining relevant experience in the field. The program includes a 10-day series of Marine Conservation lectures and the chance to practice snorkeling. Interns will learn about coral identification, common Caribbean reef fish identification, and learn about the effect of plastic pollution on our oceans.
Throughout the internship, you will have the opportunity to visit and snorkel in several “cayes” for species identification, surveying, data collection, spearing, and more! This will also include night snorkeling, so you can see marine life at all hours!
- Gain marine science research experience while working with a marine educational institution
- Benefit from a well-rounded marine and conservation program and gain experience worthy of your CV/Resume. Stand out from the crowd!
- Advance your Caribbean reef fish, reef-associated organisms and coral identification knowledge and learn about conservation and ecotourism issues on a Caribbean island
What will you do; what will you learn?
The marine science internship will provide you with a real insight into marine conservation methodologies and allow you to gain real, hands-on conservation work experience. You’ll also have lots of fun snorkeling on a beautiful Caribbean island!
Specifically, you will learn about the role of invasive lionfish in the Belizean waters. You will engage in spearing, collection and dissection. Also, you will contribute to reef cleaning, reef surveying, data collection and analysis. You will also gain experience in chemical water sampling, checking Caribbean king crabs and surveying mangroves and seagrass! Finally, you will have the chance to tour the Carrie Bow Caye Smithsonian Research Institute to deepen your knowledge.
What are the accommodations like?
You will stay in a dorm room in clean, comfortable and charmingly rustic cabana-style lodgings. The island will provide you with plenty of opportunities to relax and “unplug.” Hammock time is a favorite pastime of many!
Getting University Credit
You may be able to gain university credit for your experience abroad. We recommend speaking to your study abroad advisor or academic department to learn more about your options. Many universities offer credit, and may classify our program as an internship, experiential education, a global experience or an academic experience, and here at Kaya we can work with you to meet any specific requirements your university may have.
Your institution may already be affiliated with Kaya to provide these credits, so ask a Kaya advisor for more details first!
Details, Costs and Deadlines
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Duration: 3.5-8.5 weeks
Costs: $3,855 for 3.5 weeks
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What is included in those costs?
- Accommodations: shared dorm room in bunk cabanas
- Food: 3 meals per day
- Airport: scheduled pick-up at Belize City Airport (PGIA)
- On the ground transport: Water taxi to Tobacco Caye
- Access to personal online Kaya Community account including: Pre-departure information pack for Belize; Fundraising Guide; How to Manage your Money Abroad Guide; Learning Reflection Guide
- On the ground training: On-site orientation; Project Induction; Welcome Cocktail Evening
- Support: 24-hour support including emergency contact numbers for the local team
- Excursion planning assistance from local staff (activity prices may be extra)
- Snorkel excursions by boat
- At least three-nights of snorkeling
- Snorkel gear including mask, snorkel and fins (if needed)
- Certificate upon completion of Internship
- Supervision and guidance from qualified professionals
What’s not included?
- Transport back to the airport
- Routine vaccinations
- PCR Tests required
- Open Water or Advanced Diving PADI Qualifications available as an add-on: $615 each
What skills do you need?
Preferred but not essential: Education in marine biology, conservation, environmental studies or a related field. To participate, you must be a confident swimmer with capable snorkeling abilities. You must also be comfortable at sea and riding on boats. The marine science internship is meant for anyone looking to explore work in a scientific or environmental field, or for those who are simply passionate about conservation. We are also looking for enthusiasm, a collaborative work ethic and flexibility. An interview is required for acceptance into the internship.
What about traveling during Covid-19?
As we prepare for a responsible return to travel, our priority at Kaya Responsible Travel is safety. We care deeply about the safety of both our participants and our host communities on the ground. With that in mind, we have developed and implemented extensive plans for selected projects in the Americas, Africa, and Asia where we can safely continue to carry out important work with our participants. You can learn about our reopening plans here.
How Do I Apply?
Apply through Handshake or apply on our website by visiting https://www.kayavolunteer.com/project/marine-science-internship-in-belize.
If you need help or have any questions, reach out to our Placement Advisors, Tom and Jess, at email@example.com.