Coral Reef Restoration

Coral Reef Restoration

Role Overview

The Coral Reef Restoration Volunteer will contribute to an ongoing initiative to improve and monitor coral reef health off the southern coast of the Isle of Youth, Cuba. Volunteers will conduct work in the following areas based on the community’s needs:

  • Coral reef monitoring
  • Coral gardening
  • Fish surveying
  • Seagrass surveying
  • Lionfish monitoring and capture

Volunteers will snorkel to conduct this work, expect for Coral Gardening and Lionfish Monitoring, which require volunteers to scuba dive. Data collected will help support the environmental planning of the protected area. 

Requirements

  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team
  • Physically ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure
  • Physical ability to spend many hours in the ocean
  • Ability to independently collect and register data
  • Must be experienced snorkeler (or certified diver if you plan on diving)
  • Intermediate level of Spanish

Term 

We encourage all volunteers to stay as long as possible to maximize local and personal benefit. Minimum stay is 1 week. We encourage longer commitments by discounting each additional week stayed. Maximum stay is 1 month. 

Accommodation 

Accommodation is provided at Villa Arrecife, our volunteer house and dive center. The
house has two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, and back patio and is located only a
short walk away from the ocean and town center. You will share the house only with
other volunteers. A private chef comes daily to the house to cook all meals—for many
volunteers this is the best food in all of Cuba! There is no internet in Cocodrilo, which
will allow you to completely disconnect and truly immerse yourself in the Cuban culture.

Pricing

The program fee is $750 for one week, $1350 for two weeks, $1850 for three weeks,
and $2250 for four weeks. The fee is necessary to provide food, housing, and transport
and provide upkeep of the facilities. All costs are covered except airfare and personal
expenses. 100% of any funds that exceed your costs of living will go towards the Manos
para Cuba program. Discounts are available for partners and families.

Please contact katie@ioi.ngo to learn more!