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ReefWatch Marine Conservation

    Sea You Later: Stay In The Beautiful Andamans By Volunteering With This NGO

    Jayati posted on 28 September

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    Looking to travel but with a cause? Look no further as an NGO in the Andamans, ‘Reef Watch Marine Conservation’ is offering a volunteering programme to people for two-three weeks in the pristine islands, as it first appeared on CNT.  All you need to do is, carry your sunblock, and love for sea-animals.

    Who Is It For?

    For anyone who loves beaches, saving marine life, and of course, volunteering and making a difference. ReefWatch is an NGO that engages with creating awareness about the benefits of ocean, marine life conservation and more.

    As a volunteer, you will be stationed on Chidiyatapu, which is an island in South Andamans. You will get to assist ReefWatch in helping organising classes for the village kids, help in cleaning the island, pitch in with data management or any other project where you feel your skills may be useful. Apart from this, you can also get involved with multimedia projects such as creating a documentary for them, photographing marine life, or help them with updating the website.

    You can also join the workshops on conservation, and how you can contribute, or have discussions on marine life and coral reefs. It’s not just all work and no play, though. You will get guided tours of the island and get to go on hikes along with other volunteers and staff members.

    Why Should I Go?

    It’s a brilliant opportunity for college kids and people who’re looking to take a break from their hectic work life. Everyone is welcome because you don’t necessarily need to have a background in marine conservation.

    They have three programmes: a general volunteering programme {you need to check the projects that are available}, a dive master naturalist programme {this one will cost approximately around INR 2,00,000, and you need to be an exceptional swimmer}, or join in for their school or corporate programmes {which can be customised}.

    The food and accommodation though will not be free, will be especially subsided for the volunteers – so, win-win.

    Anything Else?

    They have field volunteering opportunities and that is usually between October 1 to May 30. The minimum period of this volunteer program is at least two to four weeks which can be extended depending on the nature of the project.

    To volunteer, you can email email nayantara@reefwatchindia.org or admin@reefwatchindia.org with your cover letter, and why you’re looking to volunteer with them.

    Find more here.

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