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Volunteer & Family Vacations

Oceanic Society has been supporting citizen science and leading international ocean volunteer programs since our founding in 1969. Volunteers continue to play an important role in our programs today, and we invite you to get involved.

Our Volunteer & Family Vacations offer hands-on opportunities for you and your family to participate in conservation-focused research efforts that study a range of threatened species and habitats.

Palau: Shark and Coral Reef Monitoring

Help study shark abundance and monitor coral reef health while diving or snorkeling in beautiful Palau.

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Belize: Ocean Wildlife Volunteer Program

Help scientists monitor coral reefs and gather needed data on sea turtles, dolphins, and manatees in beautiful Belize.

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Belize Family Week

Bring your family to Belize for a volunteer vacation studying dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and more. Suitable for families with children ages 10+.

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Puerto Rico: Coral Reef Volunteer Program

Hone your fish ID skills while helping researchers monitor coral reef health in an important marine reserve in Puerto Rico.

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Kenya: Marine Conservation Seva Yoga Retreat

Join us for a rewarding retreat combining guided yoga with selfless service in beautiful Watamu, Kenya, a coastal haven for ecotourism.

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Whales of Guerrero Research Project

Help study humpback whales and dolphins and explore the unique biodiversity of Southwest Mexico.

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Coral Reef Monitoring at Turneffe Atoll (Scuba)

Join our researchers for an in-depth scuba research program to monitor coral reef health at Turneffe Atoll, Belize.

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Bahamas: Dolphin Volunteer Research Program

Volunteer with our research team in the Bahamas for the opportunity to observe and swim with wild dolphins up-close, in their natural habitat.

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Costa Rica: Leatherback Turtles and Marine Debris Research

Help study the impacts of plastic pollution on leatherback turtle nesting habitat along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast on this family-friendly volunteer vacation.

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5 Gyres Coral Triangle Expedition

Explore the biodiverse marine and terrestrial habitats of the Coral Triangle while sampling plastic pollution with dedicated scientists and ocean enthusiasts on this liveaboard trip from Bali to Komodo Island, offered in partnership with 5 Gyres.

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Sea Turtles to Volcanoes: Exploring Pacific Nicaragua

Special expedition with the Shedd Aquarium

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