Home FREE SHIPPING | CONTACT US









Volunteer

Internship General Information

 

  1. Internship Objective
  2. Volunteer Objective
  3. Intern / Volunteer Responsibilities
  4. Our Educational Philosophy
  5. Requirements
  6. Costs
  7. Academic Credit
  8. Application Procedures
  9. Application Deadlines

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Manta Rays Hawaii

Internship Objective

While most photography or cinematography schools will teach you about f-stops, shutter speeds, editing and story board composition, our objective is to show you a whole "new world"; the underwater world of Hawaii, where "the rules" are altered by the physical properties of water, human physiology and marine life activity. Work product is based on many variables that most "land-based" people cannot imagine.

Besides stepping into the magnificent underwater world and interacting with some of the most beautiful creatures in existence (like Dolphins, Manta Rays, Humpback Whales and Turtles), we will show you:

 

 

  1. How to Snorkel and Scuba Dive with an emphasis on photography and videography
  2. How to identify and passively interact with Hawaiian marine life like: Dolphins, Manta Rays, Turtles, Fish and etc.
  3. How to operate a small business in a resort/vacation environment
  4. How to market yourself and your products
  5. How a photo/video production company markets itself
  6. How images are prepared for client review
  7. How to balance task load with free time to avoid "burnout"
  8. The extent to which work on basic office tasks must be done vs. producing imagery
  9. Copyright, registering and protection of imagery
  10. What equipment you need, (what you don't) and how to decide what to buy based on the current level of technology in computer and Photo/Videography

 

You'll have the opportunity to learn some or all of the above depending upon the length of your stay as an intern or volunteer, the nature of your personal goals, and the extent to which you are comfortable in the ocean environment.

Back to Top

 

 

Volunteer Objective

The volunteer program differs from the internship program in that it is more experience-oriented rather than educational. Typically, our volunteers are rather short-term (1-2 weeks) so this limits our opportunity to train and educate. Our objective is to expose our volunteers to as many forms of marine life as possible.

Volunteert Manta Rays Hawaii

Back to Top

 

 

Intern / Volunteer Responsibilities

You will be required to assist us in support of recreational level scuba diving activities and snorkeling with the goal of obtaining underwater video and still imagery of marine life, divers and snorkelers.

We want to stress out that although this is "fun", it is also hard work.

You will be asked to Snorkel and/or Scuba Dive with us and/or provide surface support to us in a collaborative effort to achieve business or community service objectives by engaging in:

Volunteer Manta Rays Hawaii

 

Underwater Projects by:

  1. Going on expeditions with us to film Dolphins, Whales, Turtles, Manta Rays, and other marine life (scuba diving is optional)
  2. Transporting cameras for us as needed (underwater and surface)
  3. Loading and unloading boats with our scuba diving and camera gear
  4. Verifying tank pressure and gas contents (% O2)
  5. Setting up scuba gear
  6. Desalinating photo, video and scuba equipment
  7. Leak testing new camera housings
  8. Providing underwater lighting (where appropriate)
  9. Acting as a safety diver (optional)

 

Volunteer Manta Rays Hawaii

Post-Production:

  1. Doing non-linear video-editing
  2. Processing incoming orders for videos, stills and print advertising copy
  3. Preparing and Duplicating of DVDs and Online Downloads
  4. Maintaining our video- and still archives

 

Logistical:

  1. Coordinating with local boat operators to schedule dives and provide image acquisition coverage
  2. Help us to maintain our website
  3. Assuring that batteries are charged for our underwater cameras, lights, vehicles and all support equipment

 

Educational:

  1. Taking part in scuba education courses (assist and participate)
  2. Assist us in monitoring Manta Ray, Dolphin and Turtle activity by keeping accurate records of times, locations and numbers, etc.

 

Other:

  1. Assist with packing and shipping of items sold
  2. Where applicable, provide foreign language translation (if this is an area of expertise)
  3. Shop for inventory supplies

 

Volunteer Manta Ray Hawaii

We recognize that not all of our interns and volunteers will desire to scuba dive because of personal preferences or a medical condition. These individuals will find themselves participating in our land-based programs as listed above ("Post-Production", "Logistical", "Educational" and "Other").

All interns will rotate between all phases of business (non-diving) operations above listed. Depending on the length of your stay as a volunteer you will be involved in as many projects possible.

Back to Top

 

 

 

 

Our Educational Philosophy

With regards to scuba diving we use PADI’s proven educational system.

Volunteer Manta Rays Hawaii

 

Classroom

The Ocean Wings Hawaii, Inc. internship or volunteer programs are primarily "hands on" programs. For the most part, we do not require our interns and volunteers to do a lot of "book work". Some exceptions are the Scuba courses, but even in these instances, much of the actual work with the textbook is self-paced, independent study and this can be done before you come to Hawaii. Those that choose to participate in Scuba certification programs are expected to read the materials and complete the knowledge reviews that are located in the books before the course begins in Hawaii.

After you are selected for the internship or volunteer program and decide you would like to participate in a scuba certification program, we will send you the textbooks or guide you to an online study website. When you arrive on the island, we will go over the knowledge reviews with you to determine if there are any areas of weakness. If there are, we prescriptively teach to those areas that you may not fully understand. This is the best use of time. There is no point in lecturing to you about topics you have demonstrated an understanding of. Once the knowledge reviews are complete, we usually administer a written examination. In most cases, only a 70 % score is required to "pass", but any questions you missed will be discussed with you until you understand the correct answer. Generally speaking, the scuba academics are easy for most people.

 

Volunteer Manta Rays Hawaii

 

Pool / Ocean

Our goal is to get you into the water as soon as possible (if this is what you want to do). This is why it is desirable for you to do the independent study before you come to Hawaii (if possible). We practice a "Dive Today" philosophy and most of the entry-level Scuba courses we teach allow us to put you in the pool or ocean (shallow depths) the first day. We will teach you some basic skills and allow you to "test drive" the Scuba gear under the direct supervision of a Scuba Instructor. For most people, this experience is all the motivation they need to complete their independent study.

 

 

 

 

Hands on

Our video and photo production business is dynamic. There is production work to do every day. We plan to involve you in these activities right away. Similarly, we are in a constant state of snorkel and dive planning as well as gear preparation and maintenance. Our intent is to give you valuable experience with all phases of our operation; from video and photo production work to snorkeling and Scuba diving.

Back to Top

Volunteer Manta Rays Hawaii

 

 

Requirements

Participants are required to be at least 18 years of age.

Applicants with Scuba certification and good swimming ability are of value to us, but you can also participate if you appear to have sufficient interest or aptitude as it pertains to other business/aquatic activities. In other words, no experience is necessary.

The desirable candidate must have a positive attitude, a strong willingness to learn and be "coachable".

Once you have submitted your online application and you are selected, you will be sent briefing materials and suggested background reading material to fully prepare you for your internship or volunteer program. You then make your own travel arrangements (at your own expense) to coincide with the start date of your program. Your application will tell us if you intend to participate in any of our Scuba certification programs.

The minimum stay for an internship is 4 weeks, for volunteers is 1 week.

Back to Top

 

 

Costs

There is no charge for the internship or volunteer program, however there are expenses for housing, food, scuba certification courses and scuba gear rental.

We provide our interns and volunteers with accommodations near the editing studio. The ocean is about 15 minutes away by car or scooter.

Our preference is that our interns and volunteers remain near to our various operations so that there are not logistical complications.

Volunteer Manta Rays Hawaii

We believe that interns and volunteers should concentrate on their responsibilities rather than on finding a place to live, shopping for food and, in general, trying to survive. Hawaii is a difficult place to find reasonably priced accommodations.

 

Transportation

No transportation is necessary to and from work, because you live close to the studio; which is the starting point for every excursion. You might want to rent a car or scooter during your stay to get you to various places in your free time. We are always willing to give you a ride to town/beach if it fits our schedule, but for longer trips around the island, you will need your own transportation.

 

Fee Schedule for Accommodations including Food (Room & Board)

Volunteer Manta Rays Hawaii

Internship

 

4 weeks (minimum stay)
6 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks
$ 2,500
$ 3,750
$ 5,000
$ 6,250
$ 7,500

Volunteers

 

1 week (minimum stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
$ 1,000
$ 2,000
$ 3,000
$ 3,500

 

Please calculate the room & board fee accordingly for longer stays.

Payment for Room and Board and Courses

50 % of the amount of the program is due and payable 60 days in advance of your program (by cashiers cheque, money order or wire transfer). The remaining 50 % is due and payable 30 days before your start date.

Once we receive the first part of the payment, we will send you an orientation pack including information on how to prepare for your trip to Hawaii as well as information for your courses.

 

Scuba Gear Rental

If interns and volunteers elect to scuba dive and don't have scuba gear, we will charge a gear-rental fee of $ 35/day of diving for wetsuit, regulator, BC's, fins, mask and snorkel.

 

Application Fee

In addition, we charge a non-refundable application fee of $ 25 for every individual who wants to be considered for participation in our internship or volunteer program. The $ 25 application fee separates those that are serious about coming to Hawaii and those that may simply be curious about it.

 

Deposit

Once you are accepted, we require a $ 300 deposit to reserve your slot, which will be applied to the total costs. Please note that the deposit is nonrefundable; however, it may be transferable should you no longer be able to participate in your scheduled time frame.

Health Insurance

Participants are required to have their own health insurance.

Volunteer Manta Ray Hawaii

Availability

We want our interns and volunteers to be available 5 days a week from 8-12 hours/day (on the day- or night shift) with rest and lunch breaks.

You will be working hard to support our activities. On your days off, you will need time to relax, as well as explore the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.

 

Volunteer Manta Rays Hawaii

Academic Credit

Interns that seek academic credit must make arrangements with their university or college. Students will need to speak to their university counselor or academic advisor to make these arrangements. Typically, we provide a letter that summarizes your internship activities before or after the program, or we simply refer inquiry about our activities to website content.

Back to Top

 

 

Application Procedures

It's easy.

Four simple steps and you might be on your way to Hawaii where you will experience the beauty of the underwater world by observing Dolphins, Green Sea Turtles, Manta Rays, Humpback Whales etc. Just complete the Online-Application. It will guide you through the process.

Once you have submitted your application and we have processed it, we will notify you by phone or email that we have received it and our selection committee will review your application.

 

More Information

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section for more information. We try to cover as many questions as we can to give you an idea of what it would be like to intern or volunteer with us in Hawaii.

Feel free to contact us: info@mantarayshawaii.com

Back to Top

Volunteer Manta Rays Hawaii

 

 

Application Deadlines for Interns and Volunteers

Deadlines are according to the following chart:

 

Program Start Date

Application Deadline

January 1

October 1

February 1

November 1

March 1

December 1

April 1

January 1

May 1

February 1

June 1

March 1

July 1

April 1

August 1

May 1

September 1

June 1

October 1

July 1

November 1

August 1

December 1

September 1

 

 

Back to Top