By participating in an ecotourism trip in Spain, you will become a part of a global movement of passionate people who strive to manage waste and the impact of human development on the marine ecosystem.
As an ocean conservation volunteer, you will use and improve your marine diving skills while actively participating in the restoration of the Catalonian and marine ecosystem . This is also an opportunity to join a non-profit diving club in various projects with social and environmental impact.
The aim of ecotourism in Spain is to support marine conservation efforts and help fight ocean pollution. Daily tasks may vary depending on the time of year, for example:
- Cleaning the seabed to reduce debris;
- logging the information regarding collected items and waste;
- Remove living marine organisms from collected litter and return them to the sea;
- Document and collect information on fauna - fish and invertebrates - in a monitored biodiversity area as part of a scientific research project;
If your assignment takes place during the summer, you may also have the opportunity to help in summer camps for underprivileged children by introducing them to diving or doing workshops on the sea and the environment.
Feel free to mention in your application if you already obtained any diving certifications. If you already have certifications, you will need to send a copy of them along with your logbook to our local team in Barcelona before the start of your programme.
All participants of the mission in Spain are also required to provide a medical certificate that permits them to dive.
During your stay in Barcelona, you will be staying in a hostel in a quiet area, just 30 minutes from the centre.
In the surrounding area you can find everything you need: local cafes, supermarkets, ATMs, pharmacies and other public services. The hostel is a 5-minute walk from the metro station. The airport is approximately 5 km away..
Accommodation in multiple rooms in a sustainable and social hostel (private rooms also available at an additional cost).
You are provided with two meals a day: breakfast and lunch (local style). Vegetarian, gluten free and lactose intolerant meals are also available on request. A kitchen will be provided for participants at the hostel.
The program is open to beginning divers. The programme fee covers the cost of the required online and in-person training, full scuba diving equipment and volunteer supervision by an experienced diving instructor. All volunteers obtain internationally recognised CMAS (World Underwater Federation) diving certifications. The diving certification you obtain will depend on your diving experience and the length of your stay. The project is supervised by a local diving club, so you are always supervised by an experienced diving instructor.