Reef Conservation International (ReefCI) gives you the opportunity to learn about reef ecosystems and help conserve and protect the reef by directly helping us with our marine conservation projects all while having a fun holiday/vacation!
People coming on this type of volunteer experience have a shared passion for diving and ocean conservation, which makes for great group dynamics. We give the general diver a unique opportunity to learn about and help conserve the marine environment while having a fun volunteer experience. Our trips are for both experienced and non-experienced divers and those wishing to become certified divers. Everyone contributes regardless of their background or experience. The research methodologies we teach are very simple and you will learn all you need to know in our training sessions prior to each dive. You will be spearing the invasive lionfish and participating in our other conservation dives and making a difference!
Marine Conservation Projects
We have several ongoing marine conservation projects underway at ReefCI. Hence, each week/day will differ but you will be helping in many of the following ongoing projects:
Invasive Lionfish: Population monitoring and control (spearing and dissecting lionfish). Watch this short YouTube video to experience Lionfish Spearing with ReefCIand remove this incredibly invasive species that is destroying native coral reef ecosystems.
Biodiversity 101: Fish and coral identification dives to increase one’s knowledge and understanding of reef ecosystems.
Lobster and Queen Conch Surveys: Help collect data used to set commercial fishing limits. Watch this YouTube video on our Lobster Surveys to see what it is like.
Coral Reef Bleaching: Record coral reef bleaching and discover how we can protect our reefs from a warming planet.
Beach Cleanups: Weekly beach and island trash/plastic removal on islands of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Depending on the season and ocean conditions you might not take part in all of these activities above but it is a good bet that you will experience most of them. Check out this short video, Volunteering with ReefCI, to get an overall feel for what you will experience.
About ReefCI: A Registered NGO/Non-Profit
ReefCI has been developing and working on a wide variety of marine conservation projects to protect the Belize Barrier Reef and ocean ecosystem for over 14 years. ReefCI is a registered non-profit in the USA as well as a registered NGO in Belize. Since 2006, ReefCI through our volunteer citizen-scientist projects, has fought to protect the ocean and improve coral reef ecosystems. However, ReefCI cannot do it alone, we need your help. Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.
How We Are Funded
Our work is funded through environmentally minded eco-volunteers, like yourself, who come to our unique island in Belize to assist in our marine conservation projects and protect the underwater world we love. Without your help and funding, ReefCI would not be possible. Our volunteers truly are the change they wish to see in the world. Join us and make a difference!
Environmental and Social Goals
ReefCI has been and will continue to be focused on our hands-on conservation projects that protect the millions of species that rely on healthy functioning marine ecosystems. ReefCI firmly believes that hands-on education and activism is a key component in maintaining a sustainable future for humankind. To that end, ReefCI provides the experiential learning through our volunteer-based conservation projects, which will enable global citizens to impact decisions about conservation and world issues. We encourage everyone to become a part of our community of people who care about the future of our planet’s oceans.