Say 'Malo e lelei' to the Kingdom of Tonga - where time rolls to the rhythm of the ocean and life is lived in the slow lane. When you think of Tonga, you probably drift away to white sandy beaches and tropical lagoons. But this is just the beginning of what's on offer in this lush tropical paradise!
1. Live the yacht life
Volunteers who embark on the Floating Marine Research trip will not only be living on board, they’ll keep super busy working in the fully equipped laboratory too! The sleeping quarters are fit for all, super comfy and come complete with all the necessities of life at sea. You'll even have the sound of crashing waves to put you to sleep each night. Don’t stress about cramped spaces either, this 120-ft bad boy can hold up to 24 people at a time. It has an onboard kitchen, washrooms and plenty of spare room for quiet time alone and all the group activities you could imagine. Star gazing and night time snorkelling are on the cards too!
2. Gain Superhero status & save the ocean
Your journey with us will mean something important to our world’s oceans. Volunteer projects of the past have used drones to track humpback whales. This time around volunteers will assist in exploring all avenues to end microplastic pollution in the Pacific. Talk about kicking serious research goals! Mornings will causally start with a dip in the ocean before you prepare to start the day. Then you'll pick a target location and get the equipment ready with the rest of the team. From here volunteers will collect different types of samples from all over. We're talking nearby beaches, rivers, and even the ocean floor. Your afternoons will be freed up so you’ll have plenty of time to head off and explore tropical bliss!
3. You’ll have plenty to spare time to explore
4. You don’t need to be a master of marine research to join
Forget a PhD or for that matter, any existing knowledge whatsoever. It's intense, it’s thrilling and beginners are totally welcome! You'll learn all the bells and whistles of research along the way with a dedicated Science Leader. This includes ticking off all the modules of data collection, how to use the equipment and how to analyse the results. You’ll learn everything from scratch with your Science Leader and fellow volunteers. Everyone will have the chance to participate in environment discussions too!
5. You'll take more than just a keychain home
You'll leave with so much more than a golden tan and some souvenirs. Surrounded by like minded adventurers, you’ll be challenged to step out of your comfort zone everyday. You will leave knowing that you have contributed to banishing microplastics from our oceans and that you've done your absolute all to help a greater cause. Plus, you'll up skill like crazy, gain a heap of confidence and learn a bunch of cultural and language skills from all the friendly locals.