MCP Volunteer Handbook
If you have any questions about volunteering at Marine Conservation Philippines and you cannot find any answers in the FAQ, it is likely you will find them in this handbook. We recommend that all volunteers read this handbook in its entirety before starting their stay at MCP.
last update: April 2023
During your stay at Marine Conservation Philippines, you will most likely be involved with conducting some of our reef surveys. We conduct three different types of survey here. These types are substrate (bottom composition), invertebrate life, and fish life. There is a lot to take in, and you no doubt would like to hit the ground running. If possible, we recommend starting the learning process before you arrive using the provided primers. It gives you a basic understanding of what you are going to be working with.
If you’re really anxious to get started or are part of another organization looking to use our survey methods, you can find full outlines of our methodology here. These manuals give a reasonable overview of the type of survey dives you will be doing during your volunteer stay at Marine Conservation Philippines. To get a quick overview you may wish to start with the primer.
Last update/revision to invert survey manual: June, 2020
Last update/revision to substrate survey manual: June, 2020
Last update/revision to fish survey manuals: June, 2020
Anki Flash Cards
This is a legacy option, and is no longer supported or updated.
In previous years we encouraged volunteer divers to practise before their arrival using a digital flash card system called Anki. it’s a neat little program used to display various decks of flashcards you can use for aiding fast learning of almost anything really. We used it for teaching fish, substrate and invertebrates. Volunteers frequently encountered technical problems however, and often times got frustrated making the program work on their devices. As such this is a legacy option, and we offer no technical support, nor do we update the Anki decks anymore. We instead suggest new volunteers download the survey primers linked above. If you want to take a look at Anki anyway, you will want to download the latest version of Anki from their webpage. It runs on pretty much anything – OSX, Windows, Linux as well as tablets and smartphones.