Marine Conservation Volunteer Program in Trinidad and Tobago
International Volunteer’s Marine Conservation project provides volunteers with the unique opportunity to help restore and protect the coral reef population that provides over 120 species of wildlife a protected refuge to call home. There is also an opportunity from March - August to assist in the protection of the endangered Turtle population. Volunteers will gain experience in scuba diving, marine conservation and turtle conservation efforts while supporting reef life and the local animal population that depends on this diverse ecosystem to survive.
- Programs start every second and fourth Monday of the month
- Affordable fees from AU$992 for 1 week
- Includes accommodation, breakfast only, orientation and 24/7 support
Help restore Tobago’s vibrant coral reefs and marine life
Discover Tobago’s gorgeous beaches and abundance of nature
Stay in volunteer apartments with other volunteers Crown Point
This program is ideal for:
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
The coral reefs of Tobago are an unsung treasure that need to be protected. Globally coral reefs are being damaged by a range of human factors, including global warming, which is leading to the rise in the average sea-surface-temperature. The Caribbean alone has lost 50% of its coral reefs in the last 50 years and the conservation of such a natural underwater marvel is more important now than ever.
On top of that, marine debris represents a significant threat to the ecosystem and is having a devastating impact on marine life in Trinidad and Tobago. Volunteers are able to help to reduce these effects by using scuba diving skills to help with important conservation efforts. During certain times of the year, there is also opportunity to provide support to the local endangered Turtle population, along with education and outreach opportunities for the local community through engagement with various youth programs.
These initiatives include:
Bucco Reef Conservation
- Assisting in efforts to protect the over 120 species of marine life
- Learning about environmental issues and developing solutions to support the regeneration of the reef
- Gathering research and data as it relates to the changing biodiversity of the reef and it’s ecosystem
- Conducting outreach and awareness campaigns
Turtle Conservation (April - August)
- Locating nesting turtles and monitoring their behavior
- Collecting turtle eggs as a measure of protection
- Constructing and maintaining hatcheries to protect eggs from predators
- Tracking, counting, and tagging seas turtles
- Assisting with daily beach patrols *Please note, the Turtle Conservation work occurs nightly from 8 PM until the early hours of the morning.
Education and Outreach
- Working with local children over the Easter and summer holidays to help engage them in learning about marine conservation
- Developing program guides and learning materials for the community
Please note, while preferences can be noted on your application, the work assigned to you will be entirely dependent on the needs of the placements at the time you are volunteering, so we ask volunteers to be open and flexible when it comes to placement assignments.
Why do Marine Conservation volunteering in Crown Point with IVHQ?
As a Marine Conservation volunteer in Trinidad and Tobago you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Supporting local efforts to protect marine life
- Learning about environmental issues and solutions
- Developing your communication skills
- Gaining scuba and marine conservation experience
- Immersing yourself in Caribbean culture
- Discovering Tobago’s stunning coral reefs
- To join this program independently volunteers must be at least 18 years old. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 and have parental consent to join the program.
- All volunteers over the age of 18 must have a clear criminal background check. For those under the age of 18, 2 character reference letters will suffice in lieu of a background check.
- All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance.
- All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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The IVHQ Trinidad and Tobago volunteer program is based in Crown Point, a small coastal village on the island of Tobago. This is the smaller of the Twin Islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.
The island of Tobago is known for its stunning white sand beaches, turquoise waters, abundance of wildlife, and delicious seafood. The island is mainly untouched by mass tourism, making it an amazing place to reconnect with nature. There are more than 260 species of birds on the island, a diverse range of vibrant coral reefs to explore, and an abundance of waterfalls and rainforest you can hike through.
Crown Point is where orientation and general administration is carried out by our local team. Volunteer placements are between 15 - 30 minutes on public transportation from our program location.
Arrival and orientation
The Trinidad and Tobago Program has available start dates on the second and fourth Monday of each month, and volunteers can choose from a duration of 1 - 4 weeks.
We ask that you arrive at A.N.R. Robinson International Airport the Sunday prior to your start date. Your airport pickup is included in your program fee, and the local team can provide a pickup anytime on Sunday. The airport is approximately 15 minutes from the volunteer accommodation.
Orientation is provided by our Trinidad and Tobago team and begins first thing Monday morning. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Trinidad and Tobago – an introduction to the country, Trinidad and Tobago customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.
Your volunteer placement will begin the following day (Tuesday).
Volunteer schedule example
You will be taken to your placement by a local team member and introduced to the placement staff.
You may have a morning or afternoon shift, or both, and can expect to work a minimum of 3 hours, Monday through Friday. Please note that the schedule below is an example schedule only. Start time and daily workload depends on your chosen project. A typical daily schedule would be as follows:
|7:30 AM||Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.|
|8:00 AM||Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project.|
|12:00 PM||Break for lunch.|
|1:00 PM||Work at the placement commences if you have been assigned with an afternoon shift.|
|3:30 PM||You are free to travel back to the volunteer house to relax, go sightseeing or do some shopping.|
With weekends free, you’ll be able to explore all that Tobago and neighboring islands have to offer, including the country’s distinctive food, music and culture.
Weekends can be spent exploring Tobago, island hopping or joining an add-on tour. The local team will also have great recommendations for things to see and do locally, which they will discuss with volunteers as part of orientation.
Accommodation and WiFi
Volunteers are accommodated in 1 bedroom apartments that reside within a local B&B complex, and each apartment can fit up to 2 individuals. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds, and bed linen is provided. Each apartment includes a western-style bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, small dining and lounge area.
Please note, this is a public accommodation. Our local team will accommodate IVHQ volunteers in small apartments together, but it is possible that you may also be sharing the common spaces of the apartment complex with independent travelers. The accommodation is cleaned twice weekly, but you will be responsible for keeping your personal space tidy.
Laundry facilities are not available on-site, but can be accessed in town (approximately 15 minutes driving) at a cost of approximately US$6 ($40TNT) per load.
Volunteers are provided with light breakfast items in a self-serve manner each day, which include toast, cereal, tea, coffee and creamer. You are welcome to purchase your own groceries to supplement these items for your personal preferences.
Volunteers are responsible for their own lunch and dinner each day. You will have access to your own kitchen in the accommodation, and groceries can be purchased locally so you can prepare your own meals. There are a few restaurants within walking distance of the accommodation if you’d prefer to eat out. We recommend budgeting around US$10 - 30 per meal if you choose to eat at a local restaurant or cafe.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||AU$992 Equivalent to AU$142/day|
|2 weeks||AU$1633 Equivalent to AU$117/day|
|3 weeks||AU$2217 Equivalent to AU$106/day|
|4 weeks||AU$2768 Equivalent to AU$99/day|
- Breakfast only
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
- Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
- Certificate of International Volunteer Service
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately AU$526) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in AUD.
- A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, lunch and dinner meals, public transportation to and from your placement each day (approx. US$10 per day) and return to the airport when your program finishes.
- Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Trinidad and Tobago generally find US$200 - $300 per week to be sufficient for additional expenses.
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Safety and support
IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.
- All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
- All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
- All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
- All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Essential country information
|Capital||Port of Spain|
|Population||1,412,090 country population|
|Currency||Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TT$)|
Weather and climate
The climate of Trinidad and Tobago is tropical, with high relative humidity. The coolest months are December to February, when the average minimum temperature ranges from lows of 71 °F (22°C) and highs of 86 °F (30°C). The warmest months are August to October, which have an average maximum temperature of about 89 °F (32 °C).