You can spend anywhere between 3 weeks to 1 year 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 in local communities and their culture.

Your days will be eventful; the work will be challenging, rewarding and fun. Your discoveries will be of huge benefit to the conservation of these fabulous coral reefs and you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have helped protect these precious natural 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 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 surveys.

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, assist in all ReefDoctor projects, become a volunteer programme coordinator and train to PADI DiveMaster level.


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.