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Marine Conservation-Volunteer and Save Marine Life Around the World (Gap Year)
Crew wanted: Deckhand
Vessel: Research Vessel
Location: United Kingdom
Logged in: 9 hours ago
MarineConservation-Volunteeran: Working on an expedition yacht and volunteering to Conserve and Protect Marine Life Around the World;
We realise that our projects represent once in a lifetime experiences and at first they could seem like a wonderful way to do some travelling in tropical islands. But our projects are purely for climate change work, conservation and sustainable development and we are looking for crew dedicated to what we do and why. Below we have described what all our team members need in order to join us on projects and we encourage you to pursue joining us, only if you are sure you match these criteria:
It is an essential requirement to be a committed conservationists or have a keen interest in helping others. This is our #1 essential requirement.
Some sailing ability or at least a keen interest. We give lots of training so by the end of the trip you will be a good crew.
Maturity. We need you to have a high level of self awareness (you can be sure it will be tested) – that you balance being sensitive to your own needs so that you stay happy and enthusiastic, with the needs of others so that you can offer mutual support. We need you to know and use your strengths, and manage your weaknesses, including the ability to take feedback for development. If you find this hard to do, this may not be for you..
An easy going attitude (you can be sure it will be tested). Are you really easy going? or does stuff “really bug you” If you sweat the small stuff, this is not for you! We like to get the job done really well and we like to have some fun too but conditions can be very difficult for those not used to working in developing countries or living in small spaces.
Responsibility. You need a strong sense of responsibility. The work can Responsibility. You need a strong sense of responsibility. The work can be tiring and with a boat load of kids on board in the communities some days it can be hard to complete work in a timely manner. We undertake projects with a set of goals in mind and we need each team member to feel equally responsible for us achieving all our goals.
An interest and preferably experience in diving and snorkeling. For our marine jobs this is essential but everyone needs to be versitile and you may be asked to help out with marine surveys, so you should be enthusiastic and confident in the water.
What our volunteers have to say
"This experience with OW has been a huge eye opener for me on so many levels. I have learned so many things, and unlearned a bunch more, and I am infinitely grateful for all the lessons and experiences. I will forever remember this adventure with all of you, and can draw from it in so many aspects of my life. I have learned about personal space, about perseverance, about loving acceptance, about forgiveness. I have seen people and felt cultures I would have never encountered otherwise. I have learned languages and myths, and played with so many cool little ocean creatures and island children. This has given me direction in life (or other directions) and has put every part of my being to the test.Good luck in the future, Charlotte Leger, 2014"