Category: Volunteer Expeditions

Our award-winning expeditions offer international volunteers the opportunity to contribute to our marine research and conservation work at our remote dive camps in Madagascar and Belize.

Tinan ida iha Timor-Lorosae: A year in Timor-Leste

In January 2016, Sean Clement was arriving in Timor-Leste for the first time, and now he reflects on a remarkable year on Ataúro Island that has laid the foundations for a bright future.

/ Mar 22, 2017

From Ataúro to Raja Ampat: a homestay adventure

Homestays offer a way for coastal communities to diversify and strengthen alternative livelihoods, providing a clear and measurable link between protecting the environment and the economic benefits that tourism can bring.

/ Mar 1, 2017

Water between the rocks: a volunteer’s experience of Sarteneja

Before heading off to the gorgeous but isolated Bacalar Chico Dive Camp, Blue Ventures’ Belize volunteers spend some time in the coastal village of Sarteneja for a more immersive experience of the country’s people and culture. This is Tom Smart’s...

/ Jan 4, 2017

Christmas in Andavadoaka: a focus on what’s important

Our Field Scientist Catherine Pigeon and our Madagascar volunteers have been talking to villagers and Blue Ventures staff about how Christmas is celebrated in Andavadoaka.

/ Dec 21, 2016

Jared’s journey: gaining new perspectives on life above and below the water

Recent marine conservation volunteer Jared describes his experiences of cultural immersion, stunning diving, and the broadening of his perspectives of the world.

/ Oct 26, 2016

A cetacean migration! The whales and dolphins have arrived.

Our Timor-Leste expeditions are based in Ataúro Island, which just happens to be a global hotspot for cetacean sightings. Sounds like a whale of a time!

/ Oct 5, 2016

Coral Bleaching: A volunteer’s perspective

Our Madagascar volunteer Sophie Plant has now witnessed coral bleaching first hand, an experience she found shocking, but also inspiring.

/ Sep 7, 2016

El Niño explained: The global weather phenomenon that contributes to coral bleaching

Our Andavadoaka volunteer Sophie Plant, who has now seen coral bleaching firsthand, shares her knowledge on the role of El Niño in global bleaching events

/ Aug 3, 2016

The Caribbean Spiny Lobster: our Belize volunteers learn from an expert

From fishery closures to how to measure a carapace, our volunteers found out everything they could ever have wanted about the Caribbean Spiny Lobster!

/ Jul 5, 2016
Spinecheek anemonefish hovers above a bleached anenome in Timor-Leste

Corals in crisis: Monitoring the third global bleaching event in southwest Madagascar

This summer Blue Ventures volunteers and staff in the remote fishing village of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar have been enjoying warm waters and calm weather. However, beneath the waves the picture is less idyllic. Where once we dived on reefs...

/ Jun 13, 2016

Talking Tara Bandu: witnessing a marine milestone on Ataúro

Witnessing a marine milestone for locally led conservation in the Coral Triangle

/ May 13, 2016

Exploring Dili – diak ka lae?

Good or not? As our team in Timor-Leste gets ready to welcome our first volunteers, Sean reflects on his first few weeks in his new home town. Good, definitely good.

/ Mar 18, 2016

Life as a BV volunteer in Belize

Michael volunteered with Blue Ventures in Belize in November 2015. Find out about his experience from hitting the books to hitting the water.

/ Jan 25, 2016

Welcome to Timor-Leste!

I’m in Timor-Leste to collect images and video of our new base and to help get Greg up to speed with all things Blue Ventures. He’s only been in his new role for 2 weeks and is already up to...

/ Jan 12, 2016

From the classroom to the field: Malagasy marine science students join Blue Ventures’ Expeditions

In the early hours of a crisp morning in Toliara, two Malagasy marine science students, Andry Razakandrainy Andriamanjato and Max Lahitsiresy Gasimandova, eagerly wait to hop into a car full of international volunteers destined for their new home in Andavadoaka...

/ Sep 7, 2015