Diving for Teenagers in Mexico

Scuba Diving & Marine Conservation for Teenagers in Baja California, Mexico

Learn to dive, battle climate change and help protect critical ocean resources with other teenagers in Baja, Mexico

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  • Help protect critical coastal resources along the Gulf of California.
  • Work alongside dedicated professional conservationists and a group of volunteers your own age.
  • Get a globally recognised scuba diving qualification included in the price and complete underwater surveys and research dives. No previous diving experience needed!
  • Live in a beautiful guesthouse with other teenagers equally passionate about saving the environment.


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Is Diving & Marine Conservation in Mexico for teenagers right for me?

This project is perfect if you are looking to do something different during your holidays. It’s also great if you’re interested in pursuing a career in conservation, or just love the outdoors.

We specifically designed this project for teenagers aged 15-18, and we have a set itinerary in place and extra staff support available.

You’ll spend your short volunteering trip with passionate conservation staff, who actively protect and help the local environment everyday! The best part? You get to tap into their knowledge and experience, using it to learn more about conservation initiatives in Mexico.

You don’t need experience for this project. A willingness to help, learn and explore is all we ask of you! Within a week, you’ll receive your scuba diving qualification, so you can dive and help with underwater work. Our diving instructors will be with you throughout the training and during each dive.

So why not travel to a beautiful part of the world this year, make new friends, learn to dive and help protect our oceans?

A group of volunteers take a trip by boat in Mexico

Here is a breakdown of the work you will do:

Learn to dive and gain a certified scuba diving qualification

You’ll start this project by learning to scuba dive! You get a scuba diving course included in the price, and training from our qualified instructors. You’ll learn underwater sign language, correct breathing techniques, how to clear your mask and the importance of equalizing pressure. Once these skills are mastered, your conservation work begins!

Take part in underwater snorkel and dive surveys with professionals

You’ll take part in underwater activities along the coast surrounding the city of La Paz and the Espiritu Santo Island. During these survey expeditions, you’ll record valuable information about the indicator species you see. Indicator species give scientists a vital look into the health of the ecosystem and food chain, so they can determine if and where this chain is breaking down.

You’ll take part in snorkel dives until you finish your dive training. This means you can still take part in the conservation work during your first week while you’re getting to grips with the diving.

Collect scientific data, and observe and monitor marine species 

A critical part of this project is collecting scientific data. This data is used to support studies done by local universities. The methodology varies from project to project, for example, how you identify fish underwater may be significantly different to how you observe and monitor coastal birds on land. You’ll be exposed to multiple scientific methods, which will greatly expand your research skills.

Explore the surrounding region on a weekend trip

All our High School Special projects involve a weekend trip included in the price. You’ll travel together with your fellow teenagers and our local staff.  This will give you the chance to explore an incredible part of the world, and take a well-earned break at the midway point of your trip.

We also organise evening activities to make sure that you get to know all of your fellow volunteers.  It’s a great way to unwind after a hard day of snorkeling and diving!

Where in Mexico will I be based?

You’ll be based in La Paz, in Baja California Sur, a state in northwest Mexico. You’ll also work in surrounding areas such as Isla Espirtu Santo and Bahía de la Paz while doing internationally relevant research and conservation work.

As its name implies, this town is also referred to as the City of Peace and is known for its beautiful calm beaches and artistic style. There are plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities and stunning beaches to discover.

Luchthaven transport, vluchten en visums

Na aankomst op de vooraf bepaalde luchthaven, zal een medewerker van Projects Abroad je persoonlijk opwachten. Meer informatie over de verschillende luchthavens, oriëntatie en visums kun je op onze Mexico Aankomstprocedure pagina terugvinden.

What is the goal of Marine Conservation work in Mexico?

The main goal of this project is to protect the threatened natural resources of Baja California. We also aim to counteract the encroachment of human expansion and its effects on the surrounding environment. 

In Baja California, there are several urgent issues affecting the environment, namely:

  • Pollution
  • Overfishing
  • Environmental changes due to global warming (like harmful algae blooms)

The work you do - such as collecting valuable data on marine populations - contributes directly to mitigating the impact of these problems. We also share the data we collect with local universities, to support studies and research efforts.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Onze impact

Elk jaar helpen duizenden jongeren en stagiaires om een verschil te maken over de hele wereld. Tijdens hun ervaring in het buitenland dragen ze bij tot de duurzame doelstellingen die we elk jaar vooropstellen, met de bedoeling om een duurzame impact te maken op de gemeenschappen.

Om alle verwezenlijkingen te verzamelen, ontwikkelen we elk jaar een Jongerenreizen Impact Report. Lees meer over alle projecten en hun impact in het afgelopen jaar.

Food and Accommodation

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad High School Special volunteers during your stay in Mexico. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers, make new friends, and share experiences.

On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer of the same sex and approximate age. 

Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe. Your programme fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Veiligheid en ondersteuning

Jouw veiligheid heeft onze hoogste prioriteit. We hebben verschillende procedures opgezet zodat jouw ervaring in het buitenland zorgeloos en veilig verloopt. Onze Projects Abroad staff is 24/7 beschikbaar, zowel door de week als tijdens het weekend, om je te ondersteunen en begeleiden. Zij zorgen ervoor dat jij je altijd veilig en comfortabel voelt. Mocht je ergens tegenaan lopen, dan zijn ze altijd beschikbaar om je te helpen.


Lees meer over veiligheid en ondersteuning.

Bij jouw inschrijving vragen we een aanbetaling te doen van slechts €295, wat wordt afgetrokken van de totaalprijs.

Wil je graag meer dan een project doen? Bel ons dan op 049 7799909 en we kijken graag of een korting mogelijk is.

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