Work and volunteer abroad specialist BUNAC has launched a new programme of six-month Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster internships – and they’re perfect for anyone with a keen interest in exploring and preserving the underwater world, looking to gain hands-on work experience in marine research, developing their dive skills and earning valuable diving qualifications.

The internships are set in places of outstanding ecological interest, from the Indian Ocean, including the Seychelles, to Mexico and Fiji.

BUNAC has also expanded its Teach Internship programme, which was first introduced in September 2013 and has proved an extremely popular and affordable way to gain a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) qualification, plus CV-boosting overseas teaching experience.

Cambodia, Colombia and South Africa have been added for 2014, with programme durations of one, two or three months – perfect as a mini gap experience for school leavers, new graduates, trainee teachers and more mature career breakers.

Also new for 2014, BUNAC has created multi-project volunteering opportunities in Venezuela and Borneo to its existing portfolio, which covers Nepal, South Africa and the USA. These 6 and 10-week programmes are specifically aimed to help 18 – 27-year-olds get off the backpacker trail and get under the skin of their chosen destination, while enjoying a varied and rewarding volunteer experience on community projects in eco-tourism and conservation.