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Volunteer Vacations

Oceanic Society has been supporting citizen science and leading ocean-oriented 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 Vacations offer hands-on opportunities for you to participate in conservation-focused research efforts that study a range of threatened species and habitats.

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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Whales of Guerrero Research Project

Volunteer to study humpback whales and several dolphin species in a little studied area of Mexico.

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Belize Family Week

Bring your family to Belize for a volunteer vacation studying dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and more.

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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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St. George’s Caye Sea Turtle and Manatee Research

Help scientists gather needed data on endangered sea turtles and Antillean manatees in St. George's Caye Belize.

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St. George’s Caye Coral and Conch Research (Snorkeling)

Work together with researchers to monitor coral reef ecosystem health and conch populations at St. George's Caye, Belize.

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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.

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Belize: Bottlenose Dolphin Research

Join researchers on a week-long program to study bottlenose dolphins in Belize. No prior research experience is required.

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Kefalonia, Greece: Art and Nature Family Program

Explore the intersection of art and conservation on this unforgettable family-friendly expedition to the beautiful Ionian Islands of Greece.

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SEE Turtles

SEE Turtles is an Oceanic Society-sponsored program that works to protect sea turtles through ecotourism. By participating in one of their sea turtle-focused volunteer vacations in Latin America, you can gain hands-on experience while supporting field-based conservation.

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Ulithi Atoll Community Conservation Program

Support community-based efforts to conserve coral reefs and sea turtles in remote Micronesia.

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