Volunteer Abroad

Seychelles Diving Program with Internship Option

Make a Difference in the World

Have fun Volunteering!

Volunteer in the beautiful Seychelles and make this incredible underwater environment your new home. You will have the chance to collect leading marine data that will be used by organizations and the government in the Seychelles.

Start an incredible Internship!

The Divemaster internship is a fantastic way to improve your scuba diving skills while increasing your knowledge about the ocean and its biodiversity. You will be able to help out a community and contribute to its marine conservation. This is a unique opportunity to gain some practical experience in the dive industry through exploring and protecting a stunning underwater environment. Take your diving skills through to the advanced level and gain an intimate knowledge of the marine ecosystem.

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

Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1 or 2 dives/snorkels each day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after completion of your training. Besides diving, you should expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions, marine debris surveys and removal, environmental education session or alternative income training, depending on local and project needs. You will also be required to complete base duties.

Why Volunteering?

During your stay, you will work on different project cooperating with the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, local government agencies and non-governmental organisations, and including:

  • Coral reef monitoring and recovery research
  • Whale shark migration observations
  • Invertebrate fish surveys
  • Sea turtle nesting surveys
  • Plankton sampling research
  • Helping to train local partners
  • Development of an environmental education and awareness program

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.  For non-divers wishing to attend, we can recommend local dive centers that will help you qualify before your intended start date.

Why an Internship?

During your expedition phase, you will live on the research base in Seychelles. Working days can be long and start early. You will be spending the majority of your internship scuba diving as you will need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water or equivalent before the program starts.

During the second half, your living situation will vary depending on where your work placement is located. On weekends you will have free time to explore the island and get to know the Creole culture.

Work includes a wide range of functions, with the focus on obtaining your dive master qualification and gaining experience working in a dive center.

This work placement is a great first step in a professional diving career. After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for one of our partner organisations in the Seychelles, 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. GVI will supply you with all the training you need to be certified up to PADI Divemaster as well as with additional diving courses.

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
  • You will need a visa on arrival (valid up to 90 days) 
  • For programs longer than 90 days, you will obtain a Gainful Occupation Permit. Our team will help you arrange this, but you will be responsible for a medical fee of approximately $100. 
  • It is recommended that you purchase medical insurance for the entire duration that you are in Seychelles (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
  • National Park fees and permits
  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty
  • First aid and CPR training
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Community work workshop
  • Use of O2 equipment workshop
  • Diving compressor training workshop

Internship Program:

Same as the Volunteer Program, plus: 
  • PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees)
  • First Aid & CPR training and certification
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Final evaluation
  • Weekly evaluation with your mentor
  • Transfer to base location
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Leading biological surveys course
  • Work placement (if successful 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
  • PADI Open Water
  • GOP Medical (Internship)
  • Internal transport to placements
  • Food during the placement portion of your internship

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


The second largest island in the Seychelles, Praslin is  known for its gorgeous stretches of silky sand, curving hills, clear seas and tangled velvet jungle. Also, with all the resorts in the area, good food isn't hard to find!

La Digue

Just like a postcard, La Digue is a true tropical paradise boasting jade-green waters, hills covered with jungle and tall trees and beautiful sandy beaches. About 5km from Praslin, getting around is super easy. Enjoy organized tours, boat excursions and sunny trails for hiking and trekking.


Mahe is home to the country's capital, Victoria, and 90% of the Seychelles' population. Explore the mountainous jungle and snorkel with whale sharks one day, lay out under the sun on the porcelain-sand beaches the next. Mahe is an excellent place to vacation.

Morne Seychellois National Park

Located in Mahe, the Morne Seychellois National Park encompasses about 20% of the Mahe area. There are lots of walking trails and scenic views of central Mahe and the west coast. If you enjoy lots of hiking and trekking, than this is one place you won't want to miss.



Divemaster Internship in Seychelles Prices:

Volunteer Program:

  2016/2017 Prices
4 weeks  CAD 3895
 6 weeks CAD 4845 
8 weeks  CAD 5795
12 weeks  CAD 7695
 24 weeks internship CAD 11400 

Dates available for 2016:

  • 09 January
  • 6 February
  • 5 March
  • 2 April
  • 30 April
  • 28 May
  • 25 June
  • 23 July
  • 20 August
  • 17 September
  • 15 October (except internship)
  • 12 November (except internship)
Dates available for 2017:
  • 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)

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