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Who can volunteer?

You love everything about the ocean – the waves, the reefs, the lifestyle. Your perfect day is a day spent in the water. You are passionate about conserving the marine environment for future generations and willing to make sacrifices in order to do so. You are not above hard work for a good cause. You are excited to continue your education in marine science. You realize that reading from textbooks is a good place to start, but that nothing can replace hands-on field experience. You do not want to sit and watch as life passes you by. You want to change the world, but don’t know where to begin. Begin with the Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project.

A day in the life of an ALMP Volunteer:

Watch the sun rise over the open Pacific ocean while enjoying a fresh fruit breakfast.

Join in on a team meeting to discuss the day’s goals.

Break into buddy teams and organize your research gear for the day.

Spend the day SCUBA diving, reef walking or snorkeling in one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons.

Return to camp and clean gear as the catch of the day is prepared for supper.

Relax and enjoy your unparalleled view as the sun slips below the horizon.

Partake in an evening bonfire; read a good book; or stargaze the evening away.

Go the sleep with the knowledge that today you made a difference.

In this moment, you are changing the world.

The process for joining the Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project

Register your interest here.

Receive the ALMP application package.

Submit your application to us.

WIthin a few days you will be accepted onto the programme and invoiced for the expedition.

Upon receipt of payment we confirm you on the expedition.

You will also receive your survey study guide so you can start to learn the fish, corals and other organisms you will be identifying on the surveys.

You will be required to book your international and domestic air travel before the expedition starts.

Then it is a matter of preparing yourself for several weeks in the tropical South Pacific diving, snorkelling and swimming in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Duration :

3 weeks to 5 weeks depending on the expedition

Expedition Type :

Marine survey using snorkel and scuba

Location :

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Fly to :
Autitaki, Cook Islands via Rarotonga Cook Islands.
Expedition dates :
Cost :

3 week expedition : NZ$1950

Whats included :
All accomodation and meals* for the duration of the expedition
All scuba equipment required for diving
Training in marine survey techniques
All transfers to and from the airport and the accommodation lodge in Akaiami
Daily survey dives and snorkelling
Lodge style accommodation on Akaiami Motu
Weekly opportunities for community engagement
*Social meals away from the expedition base not included
Contact :

Ph +682 22450
Our office is on Cook Islands Time CKT GMT-10


Available for Skype calls on request

The Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project is a project of the Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative. PICI is a Non-Profit organisation based in the Cook Islands working in areas of environmental research, conservation and education. Our philosophy is that for conservation to work it must be driven by the local communities that live in these remote islands. To that end the Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring Project intends to use science to develop a long term data set to assist with the management of the Aitutaki Lagoon by the people of the island.
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