About the Reef Conservation Project
The Coral Reef Conservation Volunteer project in Cuba has been established to further empower the remote community of Cocodrilo, located on the south coast of the Isle of Youth, through sustainable means.
Coral Reef & Coastal Habitat Restoration
The Coral Reef & Coastal Habitat Restoration Volunteer will contribute to an ongoing initiative to improve and monitor coral reef and coastal health off the southern coast of the Isle of Youth in Cuba. Volunteers will conduct work in the following areas based on the community’s needs:
- Coral reef monitoring
- Coral gardening
- Fish surveying
- Seagrass surveying
- Lionfish monitoring and capture
- Trash removal
- Invasive species removal
Volunteers will snorkel to conduct this work, except for Coral Gardening and Lionfish Monitoring, which require volunteers to scuba dive. Data collected will help support the environmental planning of the protected area. You will be in the water for about an hour every day. Volunteer activities on land will fill the remaining 3-4 hours of the morning and are based on the needs of the community.
Sea Turtle Monitoring
Volunteers might get the chance to also assist with sea turtle monitoring during nesting season (May to October). It takes place at El Guanal Beach, on the southern coast of the Isle of Youth. The beach is remote, located in a protected area, and is mainly visited by Green and Loggerhead sea turtles. As a volunteer, you will walk the beach and collect data on the nesting turtles, nests, and eggs, and contribute to a recently started local sea turtle conservation initiative. You would be working during the night (10pm-4am).
As a volunteer on the Coral Reef Conservation Volunteer project in Cuba, you need to be able to speak intermediate level of Spanish. Certain tasks of the project requires volunteers to be certified in scuba diving. If the volunteer is not certified, you will still be able to assist with other tasks on the project that will be done snorkelling or on land. You need to have the ability to work independently as well as in a team. Physically able to work outdoors with potentially high sun and temperature exposure, and to walk long distances on the beach.
The Coral Reef project in Cuba can accommodate families with up to four people at a time. The older the children are, the better for the tasks at sea and being able to swim would be ideal. Families with younger children (not able to swim) are also welcome, but the tasks at hand would then not be snorkelling and alike. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.