Global Vision International (GVI) specializes in award-winning, high quality, and high impact conservation and community development programs throughout the world. Founded in 1997, GVI places 2,000+ people abroad on volunteer and intern programs each year. Its projects are designed toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, allowing volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to contribute to responsible projects. GVI partners with prolific organizations such as Save the Children, The Red Cross, WWF, SANParks, and The Jane Goodall Institute, as well as smaller, community-based organizations with grassroots initiatives.
GVI offers several scuba diving programs, beginning with a marine conservation program for high school students under the age of 18, wishing to learn the basics in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. For older students, it offers marine conservation and PADI divemaster internships in Thailand, Mexico, and Seychelles. Keep diving and reach the pinnacle of your career with its flagship program in Latin America, a program that transforms you into a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. GVI programs include in-country support, airport pickup, all project equipment and materials, project training by experienced staff, orientation, meals, and safe, basic accommodations. Keep reading to learn more about these exciting opportunities.
Travel to the cultural hotspot of the Yucatan Peninsula with GVI and get a taste of life as a conservationist or marine biologist. Discover the underwater world and develop your skills as a scuba diver on this placement designed for high school students who already know how to dive and are seeking PADI Advanced Open Water certification. If you’re interested in learning how to dive, check out the marine conservation awareness program here.
This program aims to make you a more comfortable and confident diver while allowing you to research coral and fish species. Your data will contribute to the long-term survival of the reef while becoming educated about local and global issues. Swim with turtles and dolphins in the warm turquoise waters of Mexico while you raise environmental awareness, and help to minimize the impact. Keep up the adventure on the weekends. You’ll have a chance to explore ancient Mayan cities and ruins, trek tropical jungles, and may even visit a cenote, an underground river. This placement lasts two with a fee of $3,590. Learn more here!
Launch your career as a professional scuba diver or marine conservation scientist when you embark upon a PADI Divemaster and marine conservation internship with GVI. This internship places you in Thailand, Mexico, or Seychelles, and consists of two 12-week placements that will expand your knowledge of marine conservation, as well as commercial scuba instruction. During the first half of your internship, you’ll conduct coral reef and marine life surveys, participate in training sessions and beach cleanups, assess marine debris, and more, depending upon the project’s needs. You’ll dive or snorkel five days a week as you conduct research. The second half of your internship places you with a conservation team onsite, where you’ll continue to learn and earn your PADI Advanced Open Water, Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Specialty, Rescue Diver, and Dive Master certifications. This provides practical experience in the marine conservation field as you assist with daily operations and research. Choose from one of several exciting and exotic internships below!
Join GVI in Seychelles on a PADI Divemaster and marine conservation internship where you’ll work on coral reef monitoring and recovery, survey invertebrates and fisheries, research sea turtles, and help to develop an environmental education and awareness program. Long-term objectives of this program are to:
- Provide a consistent collection of data of the reef system on behalf of the Seychelles National Parks Authority
- Increase the scientific output and awareness of the project through the publication of findings
- Support the President’s Village Children’s Home aim of providing a safe and friendly environment for children under the age of 18
- Increase in-country capacity by providing training in environmental education
- Minimize the environmental impact at Cap Ternay
- Raise awareness of environmental issues among volunteers and visitors
During your expedition phase, you’ll stay at GVI’s research base, with basic living conditions designed to leave as small of a footprint as possible on the environment. Spend days off swimming and snorkeling in the Indian Ocean, or hiking to Mount Curieuse to admire the stunning panorama. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai, or head to Beau Vallon Bay, the main tourist area with hotels and guest houses, shops, and restaurants. Fees for this six-month internship program start at $10,795. Learn more and sign up here!
Compile crucial research as part of a marine conservation team on Mahe Island and then southern Thailand in the Indian Ocean with GVI. This intensive 24-week internship will provide you with superior instruction in scuba diving and you’ll earn your Divemaster Certification from PADI, as well as specialty diving training. Your internship begins in Africa in Seychelles before transferring you to Asia, advancing your scuba diving skills at incredible coral reefs. You’ll gain independence and develop a leadership style that could lead to a successful career working with GVI or its selected partner organizations in Thailand. During the work placement portion of your internship, you’ll assist with the daily running of a dive center in Thailand, handling clients, crewing on the dive boats, and assisting in the water.
As a member of the Seychelles team, your tasks will vary from undertaking reef surveys, collecting science data, and preparing dive equipment on the expedition. In Thailand, you’ll focus on developing your scuba skills to achieve your Divemaster qualifications. Accommodations are basic but comfortable, and all meals are included. Free time in Thailand can be spent sightseeing and enjoying the scenery of the Andaman region. There are islands, parks, caves and more to visit. Tour the Krabi Province and climb more than 1,200 steps to the Buddha statue there. Visit Than Bok Khoranee National Park, or go shopping and clubbing in the popular city of Ao Nang. This internship’s fee begins at $10,495 for 24 weeks. Read more and register here.
Join GVI in Mexico for an intensive, 24-week internship that will improve your diving skills to Rescue Diver status and beyond, while training you as a marine conservationist. Work is conducted at GVI’s Akumal base, where you’ll help collect data on the health of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. At the end of your first 12 weeks, you’ll be assessed to measure your progress. Then you’ll proceed to train as a PADI Divemaster. At the conclusion of this internship, you may apply to work with GVI or one of its partners in another country. Field positions, both paid and unpaid, may be available to you for one month to a year, depending upon availability and your skill level.
The goal of this internship is to help develop you as a leader and a role model, with credentials that will boost your career. You’ll dive every day and conduct research on the coral reefs in the area, as well as marine life. You’ll take part in training sessions, and help to clean beaches. You’ll also assist with environmental education sessions, training the people of the community to conserve their natural resources. This is a hands-on opportunity to experience and learn more about the challenges of marine conservation in the Yucatan Peninsula. Long-term objectives of the project in Akumal are to:
- Provide data to GVI partners on the health of the reef
- Contribute to a coastal management plan
- Create a better understanding of the reef system
- Raise environmental awareness
- Minimize the impact of tourists and other people
- Increase in-country capacity within GVI partners and community members
Spend your free time diving or snorkeling the cenotes of the Yucatan, or dive in Cozumel, where wall diving is the best in the world. If you’re ready to travel inland, make your way to Rio Lagartos to watch flamingoes and river crocodiles. Sightsee the Maya ruins and archaeological sites, and visit the colonial city of Mérida. This six-month internship starts at $9,245. Read more and apply here.
Commit to a future that has you teaching scuba divers around the world with GVI’s flagship program, the PADI Instructor Internship. This 30-week program places you in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for a comprehensive, well-rounded training that develops you into a highly qualified and specialized PADI instructor with marine conservation training. This professional program sets you apart and is transferable to any dive industry application. Your training means you’ll be able to work and teach globally and with confidence with specific diving, marine conservation, biology, and work experience. Your internship will be spent on the following training:
- Marine Conservation Training – 12 weeks
- PADI Divemaster Course (Internship and Placement) – 12 weeks
- Instructor Development and Master Scuba Diver Trainer courses – 6 weeks
Before you start the internship, you will need to be qualified to at least PADI Open Water, or equivalent. The cost of this 30-week internship is $15,600. Learn more and register here.