Barefoot Conservation

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Marine Conservation and Community outreach program's in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Barefoot Conservation is a new and exciting, not-for-profit organisation that takes a fresh look at marine conservation and community awareness.

Our focus is grass roots conservation and community action. Our aim is to engage, educate and empower the local community to make sustainable conservation ...

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Barefoot Conservation is a new and exciting, not-for-profit organisation that takes a fresh look at marine conservation and community awareness.

Our focus is grass roots conservation and community action. Our aim is to engage, educate and empower the local community to make sustainable conservation a way of life, not just a project.

We feel this holistic approach to conservation will give you/us a greater depth of experience and understanding. Through community projects we gain vital insights into the needs and values of the community and how marine conservation efforts can be integrated to benefit local people.  

Our conservation strategy is to help the local community build their resilience to climate change, globalization, and the economic and ecological choices the region will inevitably face.

A major part of our scientific work is our marine research program. This will monitor and assess the impact of climate change, over-fishing, and pollution on the marine environment and the people whose livelihoods depend on it. The information we gather will be used by the local government, local stakeholders, community and NGO's to implement measures to prevent and mitigate ecosystem degradation.

What sets us apart from similar non-profit dive volunteer organisations (other than the stunning pristine untouched paradise location!) is that volunteers see exactly where their contribution to the community is going, and the ratio of your fee that goes into the community is very high. The part of your expedition fee that doesn’t cover diving, insurance, food, accommodation, transport, fuel and minimal staff wages (most of our staff, even the CEO, work for free!)  will be spent on community projects. For example, this money may go towards building a new kindergarten & village community centre. Or your money combined with others may buy new school books, toothbrushes/paste for dental hygiene or medicines which are vital for education and health in the communities. You will then help distributing these in the schools/villages and be able to stay in touch with the children you have helped educate.

Barefoot Conservation only employs full time Indonesian teachers from the region, to teach in the classrooms of 4 different village schools. These teachers, along with the help of our volunteers, write the lesson plans, run the lessons together, and work closely with the children all year round, so they can form a good teacher to student relationship. These local teachers who are fluent in English, work with the children from grades 1 to 6, so they can build on this relationship, year on year.

Some of the money will go toward wider community based projects like our Ocean Warrior project, educating the local children & community on how to keep plastics out of the ocean or kids dental hygiene program. 

Our community projects work to alleviate poverty and create entrepreneurial solutions to ensure conservation is a viable and attractive economic alternative to current practices such as shark finning and/or dynamite fishing. By raising awareness of, and helping implement, strong ecotourism and sustainable fisheries management, we can ensure that the community and visitors benefit from the remarkable marine resources for generations to come.

Under our Indonesian Universities Scholarship Programme, we invite Indonesia's future marine biologists to work and study with us for free. This provides a wonderful opportunity for synergy between international volunteers and Indonesian students, sharing ideas and building a cohesive environmental ethic for the future. 


Barefoot Conservation's mission is to work in partnership with the Raja Ampat local government, local Papuan Communities and stakeholders, to protect the coral reefs of Raja Ampat and the communities that rely on them.

This partnership is bonded by a willingness to make a real difference, and the understanding that research, survey dives and Marine Protected Areas cannot work unless accompanied by education and the sustained alleviation of poverty.

Our projects are designed to work at a grass roots level, thus making a real difference to real people, and a difference that each volunteer can see and be a part of.


  • Undertake Reef Check & Manta Ray surveys in the surrounding area for use in advising local government and communities on Marine Protected Areas (MPA's).
  • Undertake educational programmes on environmental issues, sustainable fishing techniques (if necessary) and the economic benefits of MPA's.
  • Increase quality of life and alleviate poverty in local communities, through our community projects (Education, Waste Management/Clean Water, Health Clinics, Renewable Energy).
  • Encourage entrepreneurial attitudes to deter from unsustainable destructive activities like shark/manta finning or dynamite fishing.

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Simon Barden

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Barefoot Conservation recensioni

Klara Helene Stephan rating5,0

2024 at Marine Conservation - Research Assistant

I had the pleasure of participating in a volunteering program with Barefoot Conservation, unfortunately only for a short time. Nevertheless, I quickly felt comfortable and connected within this wonderful community. The staff are not only super nice but also extremely helpful. It's impressive what ...
Marie Pilette Jannet rating5,0

2024 at Marine Conservation - Research Assistant

Words fail me to describe how this adventure has given me everything I was looking for. I've had an extraordinary time with wonderful people. I've discovered marine creatures that I'd never seen before and, above all, I've learnt so much about myself. I'd like to thank the staff, who are absolutely ...
Tobias Mosterd rating4,8

2024 at Marine Conservation - Research Assistant

I've been here for 4 weeks now and it has been nothing but amazing. I've learned so much from the marine biology lectures, practice dives and the actual research dives. I really feel like I am helping the environment here (beach cleans, research and learning) and giving back to the community ...
ramona schmid rating2,4

2024 at Marine Conservation - Research Assistant

1.Stern: Schnorcheln, Bestaunen von Grossfischen, Mantas möglich.. 2.Stern: Für das enthusiastische Engagement der jungen Biologen, die z.T. als Projektleiter oder Praktikanten für 3Monate bis ca.2 Jahre bleiben. Sie vermitteln viel über das Riff , führen ein in das Internat. Survey ...
Thomas Heckl rating2,2

2024 at Marine Conservation - Research Assistant

Unfortunately, the programme does not deliver what is promised on the website. But the important thing is that this is not down to the staff and scientists at the camp. They do their best to cope with these poor conditions. The rental equipment is old, broken and inadequate. The number of tanks is ...
It's hard to express how fantastic a time I have had here. My stay has been for 12 weeks, which, when I booked it felt like a very long time. But it has flown by, and it's upsetting that now, that time is coming to an end. I have learnt new things everyday, been able to meet amazing people, and ...

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Life Below Water