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  • Locations: Suva, Fiji
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Maymester, Spring, Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: GVI 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Maymester 2025 01/01/2025 02/15/2025 TBA TBA
Fall 2025 03/15/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Biology, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Internships, Marine Science, Service Learning, Zoology Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Hotel, Independent Housing, Residence Hall Program Type: Field Study, Internship Abroad, Study Abroad, Volunteer Abroad
Program Description:
Fiji Marine Conservation Divemaster Internship
Enter the global scuba diving realm by acquiring a professional diving qualification on this program, while gaining work experience in the marine conservation field.
Marine conservation internships contribute to your professional development and enhance your access to careers in marine biology, conservation, and the diving industry. As an intern, you collect data to help establish community-managed Marine Protected Areas in Fiji.

Project Focuses
Marine conservation interns will be trained in the identification of invertebrate, fish or benthic (coral) target species and life forms. Once fully trained in species ID, volunteers will be taught several survey techniques allowing them to become a member of the GVI data collection survey team building an inventory of marine species in Moturiki waters. Once Interns are making progress on their science training they will get the chance to work on important community projects in local villages working to improve water, sanitation and hygiene as well as the opportunity to teach children about environmental conservation during rotating weekly school visits on Moturiki Island. Marine Conservation interns will be spending time getting to know the local community and their traditional villages. The interns will spend 3 months on the marine conservation expedition gaining their PADI Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Responder and Coral Reef Research Diver certifications, complete the GVI Leadership Training Course and internship assignments followed.

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Fiji is an archipelago of over 300 islands located in the Pacific Ocean. This destination offers more than the classic island paradise experience. Yes, it has long stretches of pearly white beaches lined with palm trees and a warm, clear and blue-tinted sea. But its waters are home to nearly half of the world's known coral species. This makes for endlessly fascinating diving and snorkelling experiences among its polychromatic underwater wonderlands. The country is also a leader in sustainability and ecotourism, effectively managing its natural resources and economically benefiting from this investment. By volunteering in Fiji, you’ll be able to experience the natural abundance of Pacific environments while learning how to best preserve them.

Fiji Marine Conservation
Program Highlights
  • Completion of the first professional level in the PADI system.
  • The opportunity to dive some of the top dive sites of Fiji. Collecting data with and for the local community.
  • Spending time in local villages and schools to share conservation information and improve WaSH assist in various elements of community support.
  • Learning about coral reef ecology and conservation issues facing tropical marine organisms and the communities that depend on them.
  • Spending time in the water every day in a vibrant marine ecosystem. Possibility of seeing endangered species such as sharks, rays, humphead wrasse and whales.
  • Opportunities to travel around Fiji over long weekends once per month.
If applying for this program to obtain credit from an institution, GVI can supply learning outcomes and support in the application.

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