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Sea Turtle and Marine Conservation

Affordable Marine and Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Abroad Projects

Are you looking for meaningful travel opportunities that put the focus on marine conservation? Maybe you’re passionate about ensuring the future of the world’s oceans, want to support sea turtle conservation or simply explore the world’s last frontier in a responsible and positive way.

IVHQ’s affordable Sea Turtle and Marine Conservation volunteer projects offer international volunteers with the opportunity to provide vital support to ocean conservation organizations around the world that are focused on the protection of fragile ecosystems and threatened marine species.

Whether you want to gain real-world experience and expand your international perspective on marine biology, or explore the natural world in a meaningful way, ocean conservation volunteer projects are a smart choice. These projects are available year-round and are perfectly suited to volunteers who are up for a challenge and enjoy physical outdoor work.

If you’re looking to volunteer with animals abroad, consider the top sea turtle conservation projects in Bali, Costa Rica or Guatemala. Sea turtles are a fundamental link in marine ecosystems and as a marine life conservation volunteer, as part of the sea turtle volunteer rescue effort you’ll be working to support the protection and rehabilitation of endangered sea turtle species.

If you love being in the water and want to gain a rare perspective of life below the waves, you can give back your time on one of our unique scuba diving volunteer opportunities. You can volunteer in Belize and experience life on a private Caribbean island; spend your days gathering vital raw data and diving in Madagascar; or tackling increasing ocean pollution on the Environmental Scuba Diving project in Portugal.

On all of our scuba diving volunteer projects, you can gain PADI or SSI certification as an add-on before you start your volunteer work.

If you’re passionate about marine protection but prefer to work on dry land, consider a coastal conservation project. These projects give you the chance to support the restoration of key coastal habitats, take part in beach clean-ups and increase environmental awareness through community-led campaigns. Explore these opportunities in Bali, Italy, Madagascar, New Zealand and the Philippines.

Why is marine conservation volunteer work important?

Our oceans are vital to life on earth, they store carbon, regulate the Earth’s temperature, shape coastlines and are an invaluable source of food for humans. Not only that, but the ocean is the last frontier of exploration, it’s a largely undiscovered kaleidoscope of colors and marine life that leave us in awe.

Overfishing, inadequate protection, pollution, habitat destruction and warming ocean temperatures are threatening the Earth’s largest habitat. As a marine conservation volunteer abroad, you can work on projects that protect threatened wildlife, save marine animals, restore balance to vulnerable ecosystems and work with the local communities that depend on them.

You can join Marine Conservation projects and sea turtle volunteer opportunities in South and Central America, the Pacific, Caribbean, Asia and Europe with International Volunteer HQ. Learn more about these opportunities below.

Volunteer Project Review by Sophie Braggins
My husband and I wanted an experience with our children that was meaningful and fun. We chose the IVHQ program in Simeulue, Indonesia because of the focus on supporting local communities in the areas of social enterprise, environment, education and conservation. The tropical climate, white sand beaches, surf breaks and natural beauty of the island made it a very special destination. Our volunteer program was well considered and diverse, which meant our children were super engaged with the experience. The accommodation and facilities allowed us to relax and enjoy some quality holiday time in Simeulue as a family. We would highly recommend this volunteer program.
IVHQ Volunteer - Sophie Braggins
Nationality: New Zealander
Age: 34
Destination: Indonesia

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!