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Organization Location: 
Gili Air
Gili Shark Conservation Project

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  • Gili Air, Indonesia
English, Dutch
Organization Description
The Gili Shark Conservation Project is a small grassroots organisation based in Gili Air, Indonesia.

Our mission is to promote conversation efforts through education and research. Collecting abundance data within the zones of the Gili Matra Marine Recreational reserve to assess the health of the environment and act to enhance marine protection and health where necessary.

We are seeking hardworking and enthusiastic participants of any background, ages 18+, to join our research team here in Gili Air.
We host participants from around the world for a minimum of 2 weeks. On average people are staying between 3-8 weeks to really get involved and give back to the project.

The ages of our participants are anywhere from 18-60! But the average is mid-twenties.
We are all working very closely together and have a team/family-like atmosphere at the project. You will be a critical member of the team and may be in charge of various data collection projects depending on your personal interests, goals, and length of stay.

Skills Needed
18 years of age or older, Feeling comfortable in the water, Passion for the Ocean, A big smile! , Speaks English, Can work in a team
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$1,098 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
Gili Shark Conservation Project Average Ratings
Gili Shark Conservation Project was an incredible experience. I did my Dive Master course during this time and learned a lot about myself as a diver and marine conservation. We did survey dives four to five times a week where we record the indicator species, did BRUV drops and inputted data into our online resources. All of the staff and local people around the island are welcoming and it was a fun environment to learn in. You won't find such a rich culture on any other project. I really enjoyed the freedom we were allowed on the project to do what we wanted with our weekends, whether it was more dive experience or traveling to other island in the surrounding area.
Working on a shark conservation project has opened my eyes to many things. I was never as aware of pollution in general, fish numbers in oceans, the reproduction of marine life, the effects we can have on marine life by eating endangered species such as tuna since carrying out shark conservation. I would have been nervous swimming in shark waters but now I see them as less harmful than dogs. They are a creature that most do not understand so they are easily categorised as extremely dangerous. I would have never considered myself a fearful person but after my first diving trip I couldn’t regulate my breathing and thought I’d not be able to dive again. I was so panicked I almost gave up. This frustrated me as I had learned so much about the underworld on the project and I really wanted to...
Working with Lauren was a great experience! She was also my instructor for my rescue and shark conservation course. She is an amazing dive instructor and really knows how to make every volunteer enthusiastic about diving and sharks, while holding great responsibility for our safety. Throughout my time I have learned so much from her during both on land and diving activities. The survey dives were my favorite, and with Lauren as a dive instructor you are almost guaranteed to see a lot of interesting marine life. Her passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge with regards to diving and (shark) conservation helped me as a volunteer to gain more insight into the project and made me feel like I was actually helping and making a difference. All in all, it was the best!