Volunteer placement opportunities
Of the wealth of volunteer organisations available for university students, only few offer marine related work experience. Antipodeans Abroad, Earthwatch and AIESEC are organisations operating in Australia that offer marine specific placements.
Antipodeans Abroad is an Australian Company offering student volunteer opportunities with community projects around the world. Antipodeans Abroad offer a work placement in Mauritius which allows you to gain experience in reef conservation and dolphin monitoring. Unibreak info nights are held in Sydney throughout the year. Visit the Antiopdeans web site for further information.
Earthwatch Institute Australia is an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to engage volunteers in scientific research to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Marine expeditions lead you to the coral reefs of the Bahamas, Belize or the Seychelles or you can participate in research on mantas, whales, dolphins or sharks. Visit the Earthwatch website for further information about how you can contribute. You can also phone 03 9682 6828 or .
AIESEC (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) is an international student run organisation that facilitates international internships. Internships include an Environmental/Community Based Tourism Project in Sri Lanka and an Environmental Awareness Project in the Philippines. Please visit the AIESEC website for information on how you can join their programs.
If you are interested in a specific topic of marine science, it is worthwhile approaching your lecturer or organisations that you would like to work with to get advice. You could also augment your marine science network by joining a marine science professional societ such as AMSA (Australian Marine Science Association) or AMOS (Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society)