Barefoot Conservation Raja Ampat Project
Who: Barefoot Conservation
Where: Arborek Island, Raja Ampat, East Indonesia / West Papua
Focus: Coral reef surveying and scuba diving
When: All-year round | Rainy season: May – September
Duration: 2-12 weeks (min. 3 weeks if dive trainee) | Recommended 4-6 weeks to get the most out of survey diving and community work.
Suitability: Over 18s
- Non-certified divers: 3 weeks from GBP 1595.
- Advanced certified divers (or above): 2 weeks from GBP 1095.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Learn to scuba dive on world-class reefs, and become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver.
- Learn coral reef ecology, and how to identify fish, corals, invertebrates and plant life species
- Gather survey data, as part of a dive research team, on the health of the reefs in order to help in the establishment and ongoing monitoring of MPAs (Marine Protected Areas).
- Help to create a Geographic Information System (GIS) map of the reefs.
- Teach English to school children and other community members.
- Take part in river and beach clean ups.
- Get involved in community projects such as the renewable energy programme, climate change research, the community medical clinic, and education on environmental issues and eco-tourism.
PADI Dive Training: All non-qualified divers will be trained up to a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water before starting the science programme.
PADI Certifications: PADI EFR, Rescue and Divemaster courses available.
Divemaster Internship: Min. 12 weeks stay recommended.
Accommodation: A traditional, basic, remote island base on the beach.
Sleeping: A mixed-sex dormitory bungalow with bunk beds.
Food: 3 meals a day cooked by local staff, except Sundays which are self-catering.
Base size: Small number of volunteers.
Support: Airport pickup, 24-hour on-site support.
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