Marine Conservation & Restoration Assistant

founded in 2019
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Coordinator | Kara
Coordinator | Kara
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• Get hands on field experience through lectures and practical training in marine research and conservation techniques and protocols from highly qualified professional marine biologists
• Unlimited SCUBA Diving (within safe limits) and optional Dive courses - Open Water to Divemaster (depending on length of stay)
• Your own private room in traditional, sustainably built accommodation
• Opportunities to get involved with and learn about Underwater Photography, Wildlife Photography, Recreational Archery, Yoga, Basketball and several beach sports!
• Sunday-Fundays with awesome fun dives followed by Fresh Pizza cooked in our very own Turtley awesome Pizza Oven!
SORCE Marine Conservation Assistants will participate in all Marine conservation activities from building MARS blocks on land to populating them underwater and more! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Join us in paradise for the experience of a lifetime! Help us preserve and protect the vibrant and diverse coral reefs that will be your classroom and playground during your time here.

We develop sustainable community-backed methods for the protection and restoration of marine ecosystems and aim to provide a climate for ecological awareness within both local and international communities, achieved through scientific action and public engagement. Our ties with local grassroots organisations and departments of local government means that we can ensure our projects are having a genuine and lasting impact. 


  • To gather vital raw scientific data through a number of initiatives including: Reef Health Surveys, Nudibranch data collection, Turtle ID, Shark & Megafauna abundance surveys and Reef Check surveys.
  • To restore historically damaged and degrades reefs using various artificial reef building, deploying and population methods.
  • To regenerate damaged seagrass meadows
  • To implement a local plastic recycling project
  • To restore and increase the size of Mangrove forests by out-planting various species through community events
  • To produce a local Turtle ID database through underwater surveys and photography, sharing data with local government, Yayasans and stakeholders.
  • To produce a comprehensive catalogue of Nudibranch species in the Gita Nada MPA


Everyone who joins us receives practical, theoretical and SCUBA (for the underwater activities) training for all research & conservation activities. So, with your help we can continue to work tirelessly towards our ultimate goal - to restore and protect the marine environment, creating healthy, productive and valuable ecosystems for the benefit of all stakeholders and future generations.


Typical day

*Please note: Schedule activities and timings will vary depending on tide & boat access


Monday – Arrival/departure - DRY DAY

Once you arrive you will receive a tour of the site and taken to your accommodation.

If you arrive before lunchtime you will join us for lunch then proceed with Orientation in the afternoon. If not then Orientation will be part of Tuesdays schedule.


Tuesday to Saturday - Work week!

Morning activities: 8.30 – 12.30 Activities including lectures, conservation & survey dives, Artificial reef building, data analysis, Mangrove seed collection and planting, beach cleans

Afternoon Activities: 14.00-17.00 Activities including lectures, conservation & survey dives, Artificial reef building, data analysis, Mangrove seed collection and planting, beach cleans


Sunday – Funday

Fundive & leisure activities, relaxation, games, followed by a nice cold beer and Pizza, or Homemade Burger, or tasty Lasagne depending on the week, we have options for meat eaters and vegetarians/vegans.


Breakfast: 7.00 - 8.30

Lunch: 13.00

Dinner: 18.00


Evenings are your own or you may want to join us for a movie night on the big screen, maybe toast some marshmallows around the bonfire, what about a games night? We have a multitude of board & card games to choose from, you can also watch a Documentary with us!  

Free-time activities

Even though we are in a secluded spot on the South West corner of Lombok there are still many things to do in your free time! 

At SORCE you can Swim, Snorkle, Dive, go paddleboarding, kayaking, try Archery, use the Jungle Gym, play basketball, or just chill in a hammock! 

Locally you can go horse riding, explore the local Islands (Gilis), visit local villages, local restaurants, rent a bike and go further afield the famous Surf spot Desert Point is just down the road!

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
To participate in the Marine Conservation program, you must have PADI Open Water Dive Certification or equivalent, we also recommend PADI Advanced Open water Certification, don’t worry if you are not qualified you can get certified while you are here!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by SORCE

We do recommend a minimum of 2-4 weeks to get the most out of your stay, but if you do have limited time we can accommodate 1 week stays.

All of your money goes straight back into the running & upkeep of our facility, conservation project materials and wages for the local staff.

What's included?

Your fee covers the cost of accommodation, meals, fresh drinking water, orientation, local staff salaries, diving equipment*, project materials & equipment, boat fuel costs, training and 24/7 in-country program support during your entire stay.

*Please bring your own Mask, Fins and Dive computer if you do not have a Dive Computer you can rent one for the duration of your stay.


Beautiful lockable single room in our traditional sustainably built bamboo huts, each hut has two rooms with a shared balcony area.

Each room has a large bamboo bed, sprung mattress, pillow & fresh cotton bedding (changed weekly), mosquito net, handmade bedside table, fan, small clothes rail and a handmade bamboo rack for your belongings and blackout curtains for your window and doors.

Don’t worry if you are coming with a friend or partner, we do have double/twin rooms upon request.

There is an external shower/toilet block with private cubicles for the use of everyone.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

We provide Breakfast Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Each meal is prepared by our local cooks, there is a mix of local Indonesian cuisine and western food using fresh locally grown produce. Most meals have either rice or noodles with beans and vegetables. Most meals are vegetarian with meat meals (chicken or beef) a couple of times a week, there will be a tofu/tempe variation for vegetarians.

On Sunday Funday we have a special treat, a 4 week rotation of Pizza, Homemade burgers & chips, Lasagne with garlic bread & salad, and Roast Dinner with Yorkie puds!

Breakfast is a choice of porridge or toast with jam Tuesday to Sunday and  pancakes on a Monday

We can cater for Vegans, however due to logistics and availability it can be difficult to cater for all dietary requirements but given enough time we do try to cater for everyone. Please be aware that you are in a developing country in a remote part of the world so flexibility is necessary.

There is a small tuck shop where you can purchase snacks, fruit, nuts and local chocolate treats if you wish.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Lombok International Airport (LOP) in Praya. We assist you to find cheap flights to Indonesia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Indonesia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Our Projects run throughout the year and Monday is our Arrival/Departure day.

Please bear in mind that if you are not already a qualified diver this will take a minimum of 4 days to complete before you can join in on any of the underwater activities.

Getting here:

Lombok International Airport (LOP) is the closest airport, we can organise Airport transfer through local trusted drivers who will pick you up from the Airport (approx. 1hr 30min trip) and bring you to where our boat can collect you and take you on the 10 min trip to our facility. This is an additional cost (approx. £25 or $30) that you can pay to your driver directly  through us.

If you are already in Indonesia and are travelling from Bali or elsewhere by boat we can also organise a driver to collect you from either Bangsal (Gilis port) or Lembar (main port) we can advise you of this cost if you decide to arrive by boat.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 26 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
9 weeks
17 weeks
26 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$514 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. SORCE will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with SORCE during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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