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Gili Air
Gili Shark Conservation
  • Gili Air, Indonesia
Organization Description
Our Mission: To promote shark conservation and conduct citizen scientific research essential for effective marine conservation management worldwide.

Gili Shark Conservation project is a grassroots conservation and data collection program seeking hardworking and enthusiastic volunteers who want to live and work in paradise and make a difference on their holiday. It is the first of it’s kind in the Gili Islands, and takes an active part in conservation issues in the three Gilis; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.

Based in quite and relaxed Gili Air, this is a dive intensive program but no previous diving experience is necessary. You will be responsible for conducting survey dives and BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video) underwater data collection for The Global FinPrint Project lead by Dr. Mark Bond (Florida International University). We also conduct an island wide shark and ray abundance data collection, beach and underwater clean ups, community work with the local schools, and community events to help the Gili Matra Marine Reserve and the environment of Gili Air. You can expect to work 5 days a week for 5-7 hours. You will be working as underwater researchers and representing the project in the community therefore you must be professional at all times.

Indonesia has been ranked as the number one shark fishing nation in the world for decades, there are not a large number of sharks left in the local waters but this is where they need your help the most! Make a real difference in the data collection program and through local awareness events to help save sharks

Week 1: Training
Orientation, dive course, scientific diver course, Shark Diver course

Week 2+
8+ roaming survey dives (including sunrise, day, and night dives), 4 BRUV dives, land based activities (data input and analysis, project development and planning), community outreach day, Bahasa Indonesian language classes, beach clean up and underwater clean up dives, general MPA maintenance and monitoring

Accommodation: the volunteer researchers live in a shared accommodation in one of the nicest villa's on the island, Villa Nangka. Shared accommodation with three meals available daily at scheduled times and a communal kitchen. We also arrange airport pick up and transfer to the project from Lombok or Bali international airports.

Must be 18+ years to apply, limited space is available. No previous diving experience is required but you must know how to swim. Please contact us for more information!
Skills Needed
18 years of age or older, Be able to swim, Marine Biology experince is valued, great attitude and ready to help!
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$989 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Volunteer Hostel
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Homestay


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