Marine Expedition Volunteer Program, Mahe Island Seychelles

Travel to the crystal clear waters of the Seychelles in the warm Indian Ocean and contribute to critical marine conservation projects. Use your knowledge of life sciences and marine species to assist the Seychelles government and local NGOs.


  • Assist the Seychelles government who are reliant on accumulated marine data to show an accurate picture of the overall health of the local coral reefs for the creation of management policies.
  • Enjoy coral reef monitoring and recovery research, whale shark migration observations, invertebrate fish surveys, sea turtle nesting surveys, plankton sampling research, training of local partners and more.
  • Delight in fun-dives and search for incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as whale sharks, manta rays, and dolphins and visit breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle.
  • Take your PADI Advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research Diver courses and learn how to identify fish and coral species, visiting and diving amongst deserted tropical islands.
  • Go on one or two underwater dives or snorkels daily to conduct underwater surveys, and be involved in additional projects such as marine debris removal, environmental education and training sessions.

Volunteer Reviews

“I had a brilliant time, the staff were really friendly and welcoming and I loved all the diving/Coco de Mer surveys and turtle walks. there was so much variety and a lot to learn – I would definitely go back. This experience has made me change my career to what I love and I’m currently now looking for marine research/science work throughout the world.”   Lynsey Wheater, UK

“The diving and environment were absolutely fantastic. Learning new things and gaining knowledge and experience in a completely new field. Meeting new people from a variety of nations and sharing new experiences together. Overall just trying something new and learning from positive passionate staff who clearly love what they do and are willing to share their knowledge and experience with the volunteers.” – Finbarr O’Mahony, Ireland

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • Airport pick-up and drop off, as well as all work-related transport
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 24 hour support on every project from long-term experienced staff
  • PADI qualifications; Advanced Open Water and Coral Reef Research Diver Speciality
  • Workshops, including Coral Reef Ecology, Community Work, Diving Compressor Training, First Aid, CPR and O2 Equipment
  • Full training and all required resources to make an impact
  • National Park fees and permits
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Visa-related fees
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Items of a personal nature, including gifts, snacks and alcohol
How your volunteer fee is used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

About the Destination

Seychelles is a beautiful tropical paradise complete with white sandy beaches, blue waters and warm weather. The locals are a blend of race, culture and religions with a history steeped in African, European and Asian descent. Their vibrant culture can be seen throughout the art, cuisine, music, dance and architecture of the local island life.

The Seychelles’ climate is always warm never reaching extremes of heat or cold. The temperature rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C.

Life on the base will be simple: island living, sleeping in basic dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms as well as sharing cooking and cleaning duties. Meals are prepared by volunteers on a rotational basis.

Make a difference while soaking up the sun on this beautiful stretch of African coastline. Join for a gap year program or volunteer working holiday and experience the amazing benefits of volunteering to make a difference.

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