Friday, April 4, 2014

Volunteer in Belize

TIDE students with Shark Stanley and Friends during last year's CITES campaign.
We received a message recently from our Shark Stanley partners, TIDE, down in Belize.  Caroline wanted to make us aware of a new program they have this summer, and wanted to make sure people interested in gaining field experience knew about it.
Last year I was really proud to support Shark Defenders and Shark Stanley on the run up to CITES. What a success story! I’ve not been lucky enough yet to see a hammerhead in the wild, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity any day now!

I’m still working in Belize, where I supported the Shark Stanley campaign last year, based at a local non-profit organisation called TIDE. The work TIDE does encompasses both terrestrial and marine environments, in one of the least developed regions in Central America – it’s such a beautiful place to be!

This year I’m busy developing a new volunteering opportunity for TIDE to help us with our ever expanding research and monitoring requirements. The program will give participants hands-on, authentic experiences in tropical conservation methods, encompassing all the habitats the region has to offer from lush mountain forests to the wonderfully colourful coral reefs!

Ridge to Reef Expeditions is perfect for anyone wanting to gain valuable field experience, and explore one of the most exciting regions in the area. We are launching with our first team expedition this summer so things are getting really busy here at R2R camp! I’ve been busy doing promotional work, prepping the field stations and ordering our new diving equipment. Today I met with a local scientist who will help me to develop the new monitoring programs – we are all particularly excited to be starting the first large scale study of manatee populations in southern Belize! Every day is jam packed and completely different to the last, which means there’s never a dull day.

Follow Ridge to Reef Expeditions' progress on our Facebook page. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s interested in getting involved!
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