Expedition Akumal depends on volunteer participation and donations to operate. We do not make any profit, and all funds go directly into the restoration, conservation and education surrounding Caribbean coral reefs.
There are several ways to support us:
For divers / snorkellers / those looking to learn:
Book a tour of the coral nurseries, a dive course or a snorkelling visit to the bay through our partners Akumal Dive Center. Expedition Akumal works by training local dive masters, instructors and snorkel guides in coral reef ecology and in turn, they help with restoration activities. Just ask at reception to speak to manager Alex about the coral nurseries www.akumaldivecenter.com
By choosing Akumal Dive Center, you are supporting their participation in the restoration work, and there might be the chance to visit the coral nurseries!
To make a donation
We work with the Yucatan Environmental Foundation to ensure that all funds are processed correctly and to provide donors with a tax deductible receipt.
Click the link here to donate:
Donations charged through this website for Expedition Akumal restoration activities are processed by Centro Ecológico Akumal’s U.S. fiscal sponsor, the Yucatan Environmental Foundation (YEF), and thus are tax deductible in the U.S. You will first receive an order confirmation and then a YEF tax receipt. If you prefer to send a check, please mail it to YEF, c/o Alex Bradley, PO Box 1813, Port Townsend, WA 98368-0219 and note that it’s for Expedition Akumal.
If you are based in the UK or Canada and wish to make a charitable donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to chat about ways to do this.
Stay at the Hotel Akumal Caribe
Hotel Akumal Caribe founded the project in 2014 and hired a full time biologist to get the research off the ground. Now they continue to support with food, accommodation, and space for our on-site lab, disounted rates for collabators, and help with sourcing materials.
For students / researchers:
Our scientific research is part of the Coralium team at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. You can follow their work here:
If you would like to get some hands on experience, learn scientific data collection, collect data for a thesis or university project, or collaborate on marine research in Akumal, you might consider booking an expedition with Operation Wallacea.
Very occasionally there will be opportunities for motivated students to get involved in our work as interns. Sometimes we are able to offer training courses in the summer months, for example, the coral spawning workshop at UNAM. Feel free to get in touch for information via our contact us page or at email@example.com.
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