The island of Utila is just off the coast of Honduras and is idyllic. Accommodation will be either in the main house or camping, depending on personal budgets. Volunteers will dive three times weekly as part of their programme and will be PADI trained as required. For those who can already dive there will be options to take more advanced courses including underwater video and film making. The research focus will fall equally on whale shark, turtles and coral reef.
Costs are comparable with normal AWF rates and especially so for the 'camping' option and there is a minimum stay of six weeks.
The capital of Honduras is Tegucigalpa and the total population is around 8 million people. The country's economy is mostly based around the production of minerals, tropical fruit and more recently clothing for the foreign market. The climate around Honduras varies between tropical in the lowlands and temperate in the mountains, it also differs between the hotter less humid central/southern regions and the northern coast. Honduras is considered a "biodiversity hotspot", as it supports numerous plants and animals that thrive within the different environments ranging from rainforests and mangroves to savannas and mountain ranges. The forested area of Honduras provides a home to a wide variety of bats and other forest dwelling mammals, reptiles and birds including their national bird, the Aro macao.