Gili Shark Conservation

Shark Conservation Assistant Research Diver

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Our mission is to promote shark conservation and conduct citizen scientific research essential for effective marine conservation management worldwide. Join us on now!
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
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50+

MAKE YOU NEXT HOLIDAY COUNT! 

Are you looking for the ultimate holiday adventure in Indonesia?  Join our shark conservation team on Gili Air and become a researcher! We’re a small team, taking care of marine conservation and shark research around the Gili Islands in Indonesia.

We offer packages from 2 weeks upwards including 8 dives a week, your next PADI diving certification, accommodation in a beautiful hidden gem, delicious food and a lot of knowledge about shark research and marine life.

You’ll be a full part of our research team, helping to support marine conservation and the local community on Gili Air. Besides our work for shark conservation, we have several projects on land and in the water, to support the local community and create a plastic free paradise. We are working closely together with national and international organisations and collaborate with scientists like Dr. Mark Bond and Dr. Christine A Ward-Paige. 

Typical day

OUR DAILY LIFE

We collect abundance data from around the three Gili Islands to build a case strong enough to propose to the government to make the Gili Matra Marine Reserve the first recognizes shark nursery ground in Indonesia.  We have multiple projects that work towards this goal like including underwater video surveillance, roving survey dives, underwater clean up dives, photographic identification, a time lapse project, benthic and fish survey dives and community outreach. 

As a member of our research team  you spend 5 days a week from 8AM till 5PM with our research team. Our mornings are spent mostly exploring the magical underwater world and our afternoons are spend either in the office inputting and analyzing the data or in the field doing community work. 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.

Office time doesn’t mean that you will be sitting in an office all day. The ocean and the whole island is our office (lucky us!) so we could literally be anywhere. We are a very ambitious organization with big dreams. To make sure we reach our goals, every day has a theme so you and the other members of the research team know exactly what to focus on.

Back to School on Tuesday:

On Tuesdays we focus on expanding your knowledge. We do this by giving presentations and workshops, playing different games and watching documentaries together.

Become a Scientist on Wednesday & Friday:

On Wednesdays and Fridays it’s all about science and marine life conservation; watch the BRUV, analyze & input data, study the different methodologies we use and prepare the bait for the BRUV. In our office no one gets teased for being a geek, science is the new rock & roll!

Get in the Field on Thursday:

On Thursdays we head out into the field to visit our community outreach projects. People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that normally do. But to make the change you need go outside the office and sometimes even out of your comfort zone. We teach people why it’s so important to look after our ocean and give them the tools to keep our beautiful island green & clean.

Spread Awareness on Saturday:

On Saturdays we try to give something back to Gili Air and the wonderful community here; we call it Give Back Saturday. We organize beach clean ups, underwater clean ups, recycle workshops and activities for children at the primary school. We’re always trying to come up with new and creative ways to help the community and promote conservation efforts – working together to change the perception of sharks one person at a time.

Details on Arrival

Have you been accepted into the Gili Shark Conservation Program? Congratulations, now it’s time to start planning your trip. We recommend that you arrive on the island on a Sunday or Monday so you can start your first week on the correct rotation. 

You can either book your flight to the Lombok International Airport (LOP) or to Denpasar, Bali (DPS). Either way – just let us know your flight details and we’ll organise pick up and transfer to Gili Air.

All the cost for your transportation is included in your package so you don’t need to pay for anything. Please send us a copy of your flight itinerary so we can organize your pick up and transfer.

Free-time activities

Our project week runs Tuesday-Saturday allowing you to explore the Gili Islands, Lombok, and Bali on your weekends.

With both tourist attractions and off the beaten track destinations close by you will always be planning your weekend adventures. The Gili Islands are a dive destination, however yoga and a variety of water sports as snorkeling, stand up paddleboard, surfing, subwing, and many more are a key component to the lifestyle in Gili Air. Gili Trawanagan is a busy tourist island with shopping and lots of nightlife. Gili Meno is the quiet ‘Honeymoon Island’ with beautiful white sandy beaches.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

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)
Required Documents
Dive medical
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You need to be able to swim and be comfortable on boats.

All other skills are welcome! We encourage our participants to give back any way they can.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 16:00

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Gili Shark Conservation (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Gili Shark Conservation
  • Your PADI Open Water Diver Course or you next level of certification ( PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course or PADI Rescue Diver Course). 
  • PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty Course
  • PADI Scientific Diver Distinctive Specialty Course
  • 8 dives a week including rental equipment and guides
  • Shared accommodation in a beautiful secret hidden gem
  • Our private driver will pick you up from either the airport in Lombok or Bali
  • Return boat ticket from Bali / Lombok to Gili Air
  • 3 meals a day during project days (Tuesday till Saturday)
  • Program T’shirt
  • Visa Support 

Airport Pickup at Ngurah Rai International Airport

Arriving in Bali 

Our lovely driver Wayan will pick you up from the airport. If you arrive before 9AM you can travel to Gili Air the same day. Our driver will bring you to the port in Padang Bai and from here you can jump on the boat to Gili Air. If you arrive after 9AM we recommend you to book a hotel for the night close to airport or Padang Bai. Our driver will pick you up the next and bring you to the port from where the boats are leaving to Gili Air. The boat will make 3 stops in total, 1 stop in Lombok, 1 stop in Gili Trawangan and 1 stop in Gili Air. It depends on the other customers in which order they make the stops, so make sure you jump off on the right island.

Arriving in Lombok 

It doesn’t matter what time you arrive in Lombok you can always make it the same day to Gili Air. Our lovely driver Bagus will wait for you at the airport and bring you to Teluk Nara. From the airport its around 1.5 hour drive depending on the traffic. In Teluk Nara a private speedboat is waiting for you and will drive you to Gili Air in 10 minutes. 

Accommodation


Dorm Room Hotel
Food & Beverages

  • Breakfast - we start the day together in one of our favorite places on the island; Coffee & Thyme. They offer a wide range of choices like . eggs any style, toast, pancakes, fresh fruit and yogurt and yummy coffee.
  • Lunch and Dinner - you can receive an optional weekly lunch and dinner allowance and enjoy the many international and local restaurants on the island. Provided during project days, Tuesday till Saturday.
  • We cater to all dietary needs.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar. 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,998
3 weeks
$ 2,748
4 weeks
$ 3,489
5 weeks
$ 3,998
6 weeks
$ 4,498
7 weeks
$ 4,998
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,498
Average fees
$ 843 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Gili Air/Indonesia between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Gili Shark Conservation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Indonesia.
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 Gili Shark Conservation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia South-Eastern Asia Indonesia  Gili Air, Gili Indah
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