Volunteer Abroad

Mexico Diving Program with Internship Option

Dive into Adventure!

Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise! Live in a beautiful part of a different country, with the opportunity to experience a new culture, food and way of life. Learn about the Mesoamerican coral reef and how to identify the wildlife it supports. Participate in monitoring dives that explore different sites along the coast. Witness mega-fauna such as dolphins and sharks while discovering and experiencing much more!

Have fun Volunteering!

Work side-by-side with local partners in the northern Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and help make a difference within the local community by volunteering abroad! The communities that we work with do not have access to the necessary resources needed to carry out regular data collection, which makes your work so important. As a member of an international team of volunteers in partnership with highly regarded organisations, you can be sure your marine conservation efforts are making a serious and valuable impact.

Start an incredible Internship!

Get your PADI Divemaster qualification and boost your career when you join a scuba diving and marine conservation internship in Mexico’s picturesque Yucatan peninsula. Undergo an extensive training program and gain in-depth knowledge into the marine ecosystem, and then put this knowledge to work when you join a team to compile crucial research on tropical coral reefs and fish species.

  • Program durations vary from 4 weeks to 12 weeks for Volunteers, program duration is 24 weeks for Interns
  • Many departure date options
  • Accommodations are included
  • Weekends off
  • International experience
  • Orientation when you arrive

Your Typical Day

You will first complete an initial training phase so you can learn to accurately identify locally targeted fish species. Training will involve snorkel and dive points with staff as well as learning benthic coral and invertebrate.

You will get the chance to dive/snorkel at least 1-2 times each day, 5 days a week. you will also be involved in additional projects and activities including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal and other local project needs.

Why Volunteering?

You will work with our local partners with the aim to:

  • Form a comprehensive overview of the ecological health of the reef
  • Determine the species and breeding success of sea turtles (seasonal)
  • Develop the expedition base as an “Ecological Research and Awareness Centre”
  • Develop education and awareness programs within the local community

Overall, our monitoring program in Mexico aims to provide a long term record of coral and fish species abundance over time to contribute to the long term survival of the reef.

Important Note: You will spend the majority of your time on this expedition scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water or equivalent. Non divers can join for 8- and 12-week durations; we will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Advanced Diver. The 4-week duration is only open for divers already qualified to PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent. 

Why an Internship?

The program includes 12 weeks training on a volunteer program followed by a 12-week work placement with one of our partners. We secure placements at local dive centers along Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Dive centers are carefully vetted to ensure you have the best training and work experience opportunities.

Our work on the expedition phase of this Internship aims to assess the health of the Mesoamerican barrier reef system. We focus on Data collection for Fish and Coral species. Our goal is to increase local and global awareness of Marine issues and provide data used for policy-making decisions.

During this Internship you will earn recognized qualifications including:

  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • PADI Rescue Diver certifications
  • PADI Dive Master certifications
  • First Aid & CPR training (Emergency First Response Certification)
  • Biological Survey Techniques

After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for one of our partner organisations in Mexico, or in other countries around the world where our partners operate.

Important Note: You will spend the majority of your time on this internship scuba diving and as such you need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water or equivalent before you start the internship.

To be eligible for the program:

  • You must be 18+ years old
  • You must be fluent in English
  • You must be a Canadian citizen and resident with a Canadian Passport (valid for at least the entire duration of your stay)
  • Must have a clean criminal background history
  • No special visa is required to enter Mexico
  • It is recommended that you purchase medical insurance for the entire duration that you are in Mexico (if you would like to purchase through us - we offer a great insurance policy at a low premium)
  • Must have full time availability throughout the volunteer contract

After you are accepted into the program, we will send you a Welcome Letter which will outline everything you need before you go.

What's Included:

Volunteer Program:

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone number
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in country support
  • Transfer to base location
  • Live and work in a protected reserve surveying deserted reefs under our research permit
  • PADI Open Water (for 8 and 12 week volunteers) and Advanced Open Water
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • First aid and CPR training and certification
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Introduction to teaching techniques
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop

Internship Program:

Same as the Volunteer Program, plus:

  • Weekly evaluation with your mentor
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master Certifications (not including PADI professional fees)
  • Final evaluation
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Work placement (if successful on during the first 12 weeks of the internship)

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Extra local excursions
  • Meals (during work placement)
  • PADI Open Water
  • Some equipment is not included
  • Internal transport to placements
  • Food during the placement portion of your internship

Mexico has some of the most amazing scenery and lots of history. Here are some places to consider visiting while you are there.

Mexico City

Considered one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, there are many things to see and do! Some attractions visited by tourists are the historic centre, National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Palace of Fine Arts and Alameda Park.


With its near perfect weather, modern amenities and natural beauty, there is a reason why Cancun is one of the top tourist destinations. Relax on the beach, take in the sights and soak up all this wonderful place has to offer.

Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. If you are looking to spend your days scuba diving and snorkeling, you found the perfect place! Considered a top ecotourism destination, the natural environment is protected and preserved and outside the major tourist destinations the land remains relatively underdeveloped. 

Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast is the strip running through the centre of Veracruz and is one of the major tourist destinations in the region. The main beaches on the coast are Playa Paraiso, Boca de Lima, Playa Oriente, Cabo Alto, Playa Verde and Miramar.



Mexico Diving Program Prices:

Volunteer Program:

  2017 Prices
4 weeks   CAD 3411
6 weeks   CAD 4171
8 weeks    CAD 4931 
12 weeks  CAD 6451
24 weeks internship  CAD 9690

Dates available for 2017: see same dates as Fiji Diving Program
  • 7 January
  • 4 February (except internship)
  • 4 March (except internship)
  • 1 April
  • 29 April (except internship)
  • 27 May (except internship)
  • 24 June
  • 22 July (except internship)
  • 19 August (except internship)
  • 16 September
  • 14 October (except internship)
  • 11 November (except internship)

Important Note: