Blue Ventures offer discounted volunteer expeditions for medical professionals who can provide health, safety and general treatment for our marine conservation and research programmes in Madagascar and Belize.

Period Minimum 6 weeks

Location Madagascar and Belize

Start date as per expedition schedule


The position of Volunteer Expedition Medic for our Madagascar and Belize Marine Expeditions involves providing health care to all staff and volunteers as well as emergency medical treatment and overseeing CASEVAC if the need arises. The role also requires maintenance of medical supplies, introductory lectures and briefings for our expedition team and the enforcement of on-site health and safety measures. There may also be the requirement to supervise medical students on elective.


To qualify for the discount the volunteer must be a qualified doctor, nurse or paramedic. A & E experience, a knowledge of dive related illness and a dive qualification is desirable but not essential.  Keeping accurate records is also essential and reports are submitted frequently to the home base.

All Volunteer Expedition Medics must have medical indemnity cover for their time with Blue Ventures, Blue Ventures cannot provide any liability or indemnity cover for volunteers.

Package (prices as of 1st June 2013)

A 6 week expedition, including all food, accommodation, transfers to our field site (when travelling on our expedition dates) and daily dives is offered at£1,450 for Madagascar and £1,550 for Belize.  Extended stays of 12 weeks are offered at £2,350 for Madagascar and £2,550 for Belize, 18 weeks at £3,000 for Madagascar and £3,350 for Belize.  For dive courses there is an extra charge of £100 for Open Water and £75 for Advanced Open Water.  All participants, must get trained up to Advanced Open Water to be able to take part in research dives.

This opportunity offers experience in expedition medicine in a tropical environment and the practical challenges of delivering long term development programmes in a remote location in a developing country. The Volunteer Expedition Medic will take part in normal day to day running of the camp and will have an opportunity to do all of the marine research surveys and work within the local community of our volunteer programme. Briefings are provided prior to departure and the candidate will have expert back up from the UK.

As the Expedition Medic’s role is voluntary there may be more than one Medic on any expedition as Blue Ventures aims to provide opportunities for as many volunteers as possible. Having more than one Medic on site also brings down the cost of indemnity cover considerably which you are responsible for purchasing for the duration of your stay.

Volunteer Expedition Medics can also extend their dive training at our expedition sites. A 25% discount is offered to Medics on all dive courses up to but not including Dive Master which will be charged at the full price of £395. Manuals for all courses will be the responsibility of the individual as everyone must have their own copy to carry out the course.

If you would like to get a better insight into the day-to-day life of a medic in Belize, please click here.

To join a group as Volunteer Expedition Medic please complete an online application.

For any enquiries please contact us.

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