You can spend anywhere between 3 weeks to 6 months volunteering at ReefDoctor. Become a qualified PADI diver up to Dive Master, gain valuable work experience or study for your dissertation abroad. The ReefDoctor project site is located next to the fishing village of Ifaty so volunteers have direct daily contact with the local Vezo people, thereby also experiencing life of these local communities and their culture.

Your days will be eventful; the work will be challenging, rewarding and fun. Your efforts will be of huge benefit to the continuation of our work and you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have assisted us in helping the local communities protect and manage their precious marine resources for future generations.

Enjoy a life changing experience, make lifelong friends and return with incredible stories and memories.

ReefDoctor offers three different volunteer programmes, depending on the time you can give and type of experience you want to gain:

ReefDoctor EcoDiver (3-5 weeks) – Learn to scuba dive, basic marine species identification courses, experience marine research and conservation in action.

ReefDoctor Research Assistant (6-12 weeks) – Learn to scuba dive, basic to advanced marine species identification courses, training in marine research methodologies, undertake marine research and surveys, assist in other ReefDoctor projects.

ReefDoctor Marine and DiveMaster Intern (6 months +) – Following the ReefDoctor Research Assistant training as above (duration ~ 3 months), interns help the core project staff with the training of other volunteers, train to PADI DiveMaster level, lead survey dives, assist in other ReefDoctor projects. Possibility to be invited to stay longer up to 1 year.


All of the Volunteer ReefDoctor programmes are open to anyone aged 18 and over, from gap-year, graduate / post-graduates students, to generally enthusiastic people looking to undertake hands-on marine conservation. To volunteer you need no prior experience or degree in this field or any diving experience or certification, all we ask is that you’re reasonably fit and healthy – you’ll need to have passed a diving medical before your arrival. Ultimately, our goal is to involve all volunteers in as much of our work as possible, however the longer you stay with us the more varied experience you will acquire.