Marine Research and Community Conservation – Timor Expedition
Who: Blue Ventures
Where: Beloi Village, Atauro Island, Timor
Focus: Coral reef surveying and community conservation
When: All year round
Duration: 3-12 weeks | Min. 6 week stay recommended to get the most out of the experience.
Suitability: Divers must be 17+. Volunteers under 17 can participate in non-diving activities (so long as they’re accompanied by an adult). Families are welcome.
Requirements: Volunteers must be PADI Open Water certified (or equivalent) on arrival.
Cost: Varies depending on dive qualification and length of stay. See website for cost estimate.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Volunteer on a remote research and expedition camp and assist our international team of marine biologists and field scientists to perform coral reef surveying in previously un-surveyed waters..
- Learn to identify soft and hard corals, and fish species that indicate reef health.
- Become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver, or take your PADI Rescue course.
- Perform 1 to 2 research survey dives per day.
- Survey seagrass beds, which are a vital nursery feeding grounds for juvenile reef fish.
- Conduct cetacean surveys (depending on the time of year).
- Participate in conservation and environmental awareness projects and activities such as beach clean ups and language exchange sessions.
- Spend 2-3 weeks with a Timorese family and immerse yourself in local culture.
Dive Training: Volunteers must be Open Water certified (or equivalent) on arrival. To survey, volunteers will be trained up to PADI Advanced Open Water level.
PADI Certifications: Further dive courses are available including EFR and Rescue.
Accommodation: Split between Barry’s Place and homestays in the village of Beloi:
- Homestay: 2 to 3 weeks will be spent living local Timorese families in Beloi.
- Barry’s Place: Spacious, dormitory-style cabins with eco-toilets and traditional mandi style shower blocks. Each cabin sleeps up to five people.
Private/ double cabins: Available on request for an additional fee. Cabins come with solar-powered lighting, hammocks, fans, mosquito nets and there is electricity for charging devices.
Food: Three meals a day prepared by local chefs.
Base size: Small groups. Max. 3 volunteers per staff member.
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