The easing of decades of economic embargo over Cuba makes today probably the best moment to appreciate the authenticity of an almost untouched island. As the largest island in the Caribbean, the famous white sanded beaches, breathtaking colonial architecture, traditional music and dance Cuba is a must see destination.
Even more unique is the Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth), the second-largest Cuban Island. Not only is its territory mainly covered by pine forest, but its underwater is populated by rich sea life and a spectacular coral reef. The rising of the water temperatures in Cuba, and the Caribbean in general, in the past 20 years has severely damaged the vitality of part of the marine life.
Volunteering on this project will give you the opportunity to contribute to exploration, data collection and preservation of coral and sea life that surround the area. Your help will contribute to enrich collection of information with valuable data to establish the consequences of the raising temperature of the water together with assessing the more suitable conservation practices. All while immerging yourself into the Cuban vibes and atmosphere.
· Gain experience in monitoring coral reefs
· Learn how to assess the health of underwater ecosystem
· Discover the beauties of the largest island of the Caribbean
· PADI scuba diving courses and qualifications available
Location Isle of Youth, Cuba
· Help with the exploration and collection of data to establish the health of the coral reef
· Assist local staff in their daily practices and activities
· Record observations of species diversity and abundance
Transport Airport pick up on arrival
Accommodation Shared accommodation in volunteers guesthouse
Before you go
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
Airport pick up
Training guideline provided by staff
In-country emergency support
24-hours international HQ back-up
A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.