Who: SORCE (Sustainable Oceanic Research Conservation and Education)
Where: Tengolong, Sekotong, Lombok, Indonesia
Focus: Conserve coral reefs & coastal habitats through research and education. SORCE carries out 4 different projects throughout the year:
- Coral reef restoration
- Turtle conservation
- Mangrove plantations
- Large marine animal surveying
When: All year round
Available Qualifications: Marine Science A-Level, Reef Check Eco-Diver, Coral Watch Certification, and Coral Restoration Certification.
Independent Research: Undergraduates and post-graduates can choose SORCE as a location to pursue fieldwork. Projects can be designed to fit university requirements and offer support and on-site resources to help complete these projects.
- Eco-Venture: 1-8 weeks
- Marine Science A-Level: 17 weeks
- Scientific Placement: 6-25 weeks
Cost: Available on request
As a volunteer, you will:
- Help to preserve Lombok’s marine and coastal biodiversity.
- Gather vital information to support the sustainable management of the region’s natural resources and the protection of the marine wildlife.
- Become an experienced and competent eco diver, through undertaking survey dives and by completing on-site Reef Check training.
- Through scuba and snorkelling learn to survey coral reefs, to record coral and algal cover, coral bleaching, fish populations, invertebrates and other intertidal creatures to assess the reef’s health.
- Through scuba and snorkelling learn to survey seagrass beds, to record fish nurseries, invertebrates and other intertidal creatures in order to assess the health of the costal area.
- Record observations on the feeding habits and behaviour patterns of a wide range of marine life.
- Explore and survey mangroves.
- Photograph the local turtle population to build a comprehensive turtle ID database.
- Be lucky and spot migrating pelagics, such as manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks, tuna and dolphins
- Conduct awareness raising activities with tourists visiting the local islands.
- Study the impact of destructive fishing methods, including visits to local fish markets
- Work alongside locals to promote responsible waste management.
Marine Science A-Level
SORCE offers a Marine Science A-Level course accredited by Cambridge International for students of all ages and at all stages in their careers. This course gives a solid foundation for studying and understanding marine ecosystems, and the classroom learning is complemented by hands-on learning and work in our underwater classroom right next door where students can gain practical experience.
- Volunteers wishing to take part in the coral reef restoration project will scuba dive three times a day.
- Dive qualifications are available on site.
- Green divemaster internship available.
Accommodation: Volunteers stay in traditional, sustainably built Bamboo & Alang Alang Huts on the beach, approx, 2 km from the nearest small village. There is mains electricity, a fully plumbed shower and toilet block fed by well water and a large communal space for lectures and socialising.
Sleeping: Each hut has either 2 single rooms with shared balcony or 1 double room. Each room has bamboo-framed beds with spring mattresses, a bedside fan and hanging space.
Food: 3 meals a day – a blend of western and local cuisine – are included in the fee. Volunteers make their own breakfasts and a local chef cooks lunch & dinner every day except Sunday. On Sundays, there is either wood fired pizza (cooked in our very own hand-built pizza oven) or a BBQ.
- Volunteers: Max 12
- Base staff: Base Management and 3 members of the science team
- Local staff: Boat captain and boatman, chef, site maintenance worker, 2 housekeepers, 2 night security and 2 local liaison managers
- Pre-departure support, travel and visa guidance
- On-site qualified first aider
- Medical facilities are a 20min drive away
- The decompression chamber is a 1.5hr drive away
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