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Coastal and marine life preservation in a small village

Cocodrilo, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

Thirty air-minutes from Cuba’s mainland lies the majestic Island of Youth, the Isla de la Juventude – previously known as the Treasure Island, the name favorited by writers, for its documented history of pirate attacks. Its beaches and protected waters are some of the most vibrant ecosystems in the Caribbean. Discover the island’s political, cultural and ecological secrets while working on marine life and coastal habitat preservation at a pristine beach in the tight knit community of the 320 residents in Cocodrilo village.

  • A typical lunch (muy delicioso!)

  • The reefs of Cocodrilo

  • Your ride to Cocodrilo

  • A spotted eel

  • Your accommodations

  • Cocodrilo beach

  • A typical lunch (muy delicioso!)

  • The reefs of Cocodrilo

  • Your ride to Cocodrilo

  • A spotted eel

  • Your accommodations

  • Cocodrilo beach

  • A typical lunch (muy delicioso!)

  • The reefs of Cocodrilo

  • Your ride to Cocodrilo

  • A spotted eel

  • Your accommodations

  • Cocodrilo beach

  • A typical lunch (muy delicioso!)

  • The reefs of Cocodrilo

  • Your ride to Cocodrilo

  • A spotted eel

  • Your accommodations

  • Cocodrilo beach

  • A typical lunch (muy delicioso!)

  • The reefs of Cocodrilo

  • Your ride to Cocodrilo

  • A spotted eel

  • Your accommodations

  • Cocodrilo beach

  • A typical lunch (muy delicioso!)

  • The reefs of Cocodrilo

  • Your ride to Cocodrilo

  • A spotted eel

  • Your accommodations

  • Cocodrilo beach

  • A typical lunch (muy delicioso!)

  • The reefs of Cocodrilo

  • Your ride to Cocodrilo

  • A spotted eel

  • Your accommodations

  • Cocodrilo beach

  • Plant new trees to aid reforestation efforts
  • Remove invasive species
  • Conduct birdwatching surveys to collect avian diversity data
  • Observe marine life to conduct fish and seagrass surveys
  • Pick up trash underwater
  • Capture Invasive species (lionfish)
  • Minimum age of 18 years

    In order to join the program, you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date.

  • Intermediate level of Spanish

    In order to communicate with the people of Cocodrilo, whose English is basic at best, we require that volunteers speak intermediate Spanish.

  • Must be an experienced snorkeler if you plan to snorkel
  • Transfer from Havana to ferry or airport

    There are two ways to get to Nueva Gerona (from which you will be taken to Cocodrilo): either a domestic flight or a ferry boat. We will meet you at your house in Havana to take you to the airport or ferry to Nueva Gerona (Isla de la Juventud).

  • Accommodations in Cocodrilo

    Accommodations are provided at the volunteer house and dive center. It has two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and back patio, and is located a short walk away from the ocean and town center. You will share the house with other volunteers.

  • Food in Cocodrilo

    You will be provided with three meals a day – cooked in-house by a private chef! Many volunteers have remarked that this is the best food in all of Cuba!

  • Airfare

    We recommend buying a round trip flight to Havana (La Habana) from your home country. The program starts on Sunday, so please make sure you arrive at Havana at least one day prior and fly back the day after your last day at Cocodrilo.

  • Travel insurance

    When you enter Cuba, you may be asked by the immigration officer to provide of health insurance that covers you while in Cuba.

  • Physical shape

    You should be physically fit and prepared to work outdoors with potentially high temperatures and element exposure.

  • ATMs

    US credit or debit cards are not accepted in Cuba and, in general, cards from other countries do not work. Bring enough cash (USD or euros) to cover the entire time in Cuba. We recommend at least $100/day when you're not volunteering plus $200 more for souvenirs or emergencies. When volunteering, have about $100/week to cover any emergencies or personal expenses like purchases from the town store or extra dives (about $30 per dive). USD or euros can be exchanged for Cuban pesos (CUC, the Cuban convertible peso) at the airport upon arrival (which we recommend) or at most hotels in Havana.

  • Visa

    Cuba requires all visitors to enter with a tourist visa. Tourist visas must be purchased at the airline counter when you check in for your flight. Prices of visas will vary depending on the airline (from $20 to $100). Tourist visas are only valid for 30 days, so make sure your trip is less than that.

Min duration:

1 week or longer

Price:

$995

For 1 week per person

Price: $995 / 1 week

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