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  • Locations: Mahe, Seychelles
  • Program Time Abroad: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: GVI 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Affiliate Provider, Volunteer Click here for a definition of this term Academic Area: Geosciences - Environmental Sciences, Science - Biology
Click here for a definition of this term Language of instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Primary Contact: Affiliate Provider & Exchange Advising (tcabroad@tamu.edu)
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory, Other Classification: Freshman, Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
Marine Conservation and PADI training in the Seychelles
Get your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver qualification as a member of an expedition working on critical marine conservation projects in the pristine islands of the Seychelles.
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Your participation in marine species research will contribute towards providing data to the local government on various conservation initiatives.
Travel to the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean as a a member of an expedition and work on critical marine conservation projects amongst the beautiful islands of the Seychelles.You will contribute towards various conservation-related surveys aimed at providing data to the local government on coral reef research, invertebrate surveys and turtle breeding areas.

From this location we offer short-term volunteering starting from 2 weeks. We also offer internships which would include one-on-one mentoring and training by expert GVI staff and on longer durations can lead to job placements. 

Volunteers can expect the following highlights on this program
  • Learning how to identify fish and coral in the Indian Ocean
  • visiting and diving amongst tropical island
  • taking your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver courses, taking other extra dive courses at discounted rates with local dive shops
  • enjoying fun-dives and searching for the incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as sharks, rays, and dolphins
  • developing the techniques you need to survey coral reefs
  • exploring different dive sites, visiting breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle
  • having an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

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.

The aims and efforts of the expedition have been agreed upon in conjunction with the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, local government agencies and non-governmental organisations to include:
  • Coral reef monitoring and recovery research
  • Invertebrate and fish surveys
  • Sea Turtle breeding areas research
  • Development of an environmental education and awareness program 

**You should keep in mind that projects conducted are dependent on the season and the priorities always remain with our local working partners.

If applying for this program to obtain credit from an institution, GVI can supply learning outcomes and support in the application.
Risk assessment available upon request, please contact GVI for more details. 

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Because GVI is an affiliate provider, Texas A&M students will receive a 10% discount, up to $500 USD on volunteer programs and internships