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Ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer with the Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines?

 

Our volunteer blogs are first hand accounts of LAMAVE volunteer life; from day-to-day experiences to those unforgettable moments.  


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  • Wala Plastic (No Plastic) – Alex Scott

    Including the Philippines, I’ve been lucky enough to have visited several countries within Southeast Asia and have a lot of love and respect for each and every one so far. Settling into the pace of life here can take a while, but once adjusted it is often more fun, chaotic and beautiful than the tightly Read More
  • Meet the LAMAVE Scholars – introducing Jalica Dealca!

    Meet our scholars! Each LAMAVE research project has at least one Filipino Scholar who is sponsored to join our team. These are our amazing LAMAVE Scholars! This time we hear from Jalica Dealca who is currently working with our whale shark research team in Donsol. Here’s what the Filipina conservationist had to share with us… Read More
  • Living in a land of coconuts, rainbows and unicorn glitter – Lou Hoskin

    WANTED: Volunteers to live and work in the Philippines, studying sharks on a remote tropical island and generally living in a land of coconuts, rainbows and unicorn glitter Erm... where do I sign? Before joining the BRUV team I could count my total number of elasombranch encounters on one hand. I’d seen a couple of Read More
  • Meet the LAMAVE Scholars – first up is Kathy Mauyao..

             Meet our scholars! Each LAMAVE research project has at least one Filipino Scholar who is sponsored to join our team. These are our amazing LAMAVE Scholars! First up is Kathy Mauyao who is currently working with our whale shark research team in Southern Leyte. Here's what the Filipina conservationist had to share Read More
  • Top Gear crossed with Science and National Geographic – Nathan Ledger

    I joined the LAMAVE BRUV Project sometime near the end of March after a friend (out here on the Otter Project) messaged me on Facebook telling me of a last minute space on the project if I was interested, it took all of 2 seconds to make up my mind so I quit my job Read More
  • Smile! – Mariana Hill

    Walking in the street by my home in Mexico I can be as lonely as in a misty forest. Things are different here in the Philippines; everyone says ‘hello’ or calls my name. When I first arrived in Donsol local people commented that I never smiled, that I was lulong (crazy). But I am shy! Read More
  • Docu-mantarays with the community – Henry Appleton

    Who does not enjoy a good nature documentary? Nobody! At least this is the case on Saturday nights at the project site of LAMAVE’s Bohol fisheries project. Every Saturday we erect our home-made screen and set up a projector to show a documentary to the local community and thank them for their kind assistance in Read More
  • The One, The Only, The Mother – Marcus Parker

    Thank you for stopping by. What I am going to discuss next may shock and astound you. The faint of heart are advised to take their seats now. The ocean holds many mysteries, mysteries we have not even begun to unravel. One of those mysteries has captured everyone’s attention at LAMAVE: whale shark biology. There Read More
  • Field diaries from a manta and Microplastics researcher – Elitza Germanov

    What sort of images come to mind when you think of “marine conservation”? Blue waters and swimming through beautiful seascapes populated by endearing sea creatures? Well, yes, sometimes marine conservation does look like this if we are lucky to have the opportunity to work with a species in its natural habitat and that habitat is Read More
  • First day in the water – Jenny Hardy

    It’s an overcast and breezy, yet warm, morning. I’m standing on the sea’s edge, looking out across the water imagining and anticipating what’s to come – I’ll be swimming with whale sharks for the first time today. This amazing revelation doesn’t quite hit though – my alarm woke me at 6:30 in the morning, after Read More