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Marine Conservation - Research Assistant

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2 - 24 weken  ·  Leeftijd 16 - 50+

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Highlights

  • Work alongside experienced marine conservation scientists and the local community on vital projects
  • Dive with magnificent Manta Rays every day in the world-renowned diving haven of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, as a Manta Ray Research Assistant
  • Learn essential marine biology field skills and become a certified Reef Check Eco Diver
  • Engage in diverse local community projects, from teaching English to promoting waste management and environmental education
  • Scuba dive in one of the world's best diving locations, gaining recognized qualifications and valuable experience

Vooral geschikt voor

Leeftijd 16+
Alleenstaanden
Koppels
Families
Groepen
50+

Over het programma

Conduct Manta Ray research, Reef Check surveys, and assist with community projects as a Barefoot Conservation Research Assistant!

The Project

Barefoot Conservation is working 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 ...

Over het programma

The Project

Barefoot Conservation is working 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. 

The Raja Ampat project is 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.

Our Goals

  • To conduct marine underwater surveys using the Reef Check methodology, collecting data, for the use in advising local government, local communities and other NGO partners, on the health of coral reefs and the marine life in Raja Ampats Marine Protected Areas (MPA's).
  • Produce a local Manta Ray Identification (ID) database, through underwater manta ray surveys. Sharing collected data with local government and NGO partners.
  • Monitor the number of Crown of Thorns Starfish (COT's) in the region, undertaking COTs survey/removal dives during large outbreaks.
  • 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, Health Clinics, Family Planning, Dental Hygiene and Renewable Energy.
  • Encourage entrepreneurial attitudes to deter from unsustainable destructive activities like shark finning or dynamite fishing.



Dagelijkse activiteiten

Day-to-Day Expedition Life

Your typical day will consist of 2 survey dives and time spent on various community projects in the local community. At Barefoot Conservation we believe it is vital to work in the community, educating, improving equality of life and alleviating poverty, alongside producing ...

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Day-to-Day Expedition Life

Your typical day will consist of 2 survey dives and time spent on various community projects in the local community. At Barefoot Conservation we believe it is vital to work in the community, educating, improving equality of life and alleviating poverty, alongside producing a detailed habit map of the surrounding coral reef/marine life that the community rely so heavily on.

Breakfast will be served at 7am and depending on the weather, and advice from our local dive guides/boat crew, you will either start your first survey dive of the day at 9am or visit the local community to assist on various community projects which the Community Officer will organise.

At the end of each survey dive you will relay the data from your dive slates on to the data recording sheets, for later entry into our database. 

After lunch (12:00-12:30) you will do the opposite of what you did in the morning, so if you worked on community projects in the morning, your undertake survey dives in the afternoon and vice versa.

Dinner is served at 19:00 and, after a short de-brief session on the days activities, the evening is yours to relax, have a cold beer and talk about the amazing marine life you saw or the kind villagers you made friends with, while watching the sunset off Barefoot jetty.

Some evenings may involve an advanced presentation or Indonesian language lessons for those interested and theory sessions for volunteers taking extra PADI scuba courses.

Monday to Friday are reserved for survey dives and Community project work.

Saturday is for fun dives where the Barefoot dive profiles are relaxed slightly, and dive computers can be used for multi-level divers, that are deeper and longer.

Wednesday mornings the team goes to Waisai the capital of Raja Ampat to collect/drop off volunteers and pick up supplies. Volunteers can join this trip to use the internet and buy any extra luxury items in Waisai. Please be aware that the capital only has a population of 6000 and hence is still small, so it does not have hundreds of shops.

Sunday is a complete NO dive day, this is for health & safety reasons and gives your body time to recover from the weeks diving. This gives you some valuable downtime when you can sunbath, play volleyball or football, go for a swim/snorkel, read a book, go for a walk around the island, watch a movie or visit the local village.

Saturdays & Sundays may be used by the Scuba Instructor when teaching extra PADI Scuba courses, however only confined diving (no deeper than 5 meters) can be undertaken on the Sunday.


Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

In your free time it is possible to play volleyball or football, as we often arrange friendly games with the local village we are based in. Volunteers can also go snorkeling, as our house reef is amazing, and you can often spot manta rays at the end of our private jetty!

At the weekend, Saturday is ...

Vrijetijdsactiviteiten

In your free time it is possible to play volleyball or football, as we often arrange friendly games with the local village we are based in. Volunteers can also go snorkeling, as our house reef is amazing, and you can often spot manta rays at the end of our private jetty!

At the weekend, Saturday is reserved for fun diving, so volunteers will get 3 fun dives in (one is a night dive). We often combine these fun dives with a day trip away to Pianemo or another island, taking lunch with us so volunteers can have a picnic on a secluded beach, sunbath, read a book or snorkel. 
Sundays we have a rotation for cooking duties as the kitchen staff do not work Sundays, this means volunteers may have to help cook one of the 3 meals during the day (Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner). When volunteers are not on the rotation, Sundays is free time, so you can chill in a hammock, read a book, play cards or board game, or watch a movie (internet is good enough to access streaming services). 



Voorwaarden

Voorwaarden

Minimum leeftijd: 16 jaar

Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je ten minste 16 jaar te zijn op de startdatum van het programma.

Taalkennis

Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)

Nationaliteitsbeperkingen

Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.

Tijdsinzet

Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 08:00 - 17:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Barefoot Conservation

Volunteers fees go towards:

  • The running of the project
  • The accommodation
  • The food
  • The diving
  • Fuel for the dive boats
  • Transfers to/from the basecamp from Waisai 
  • Facilities maintenance
  • They also help pay the salaries of the 8 local Papuan employees from the village where we are based, who help drive the dive boats, cook the meals, fill the scuba tanks and so on.
  • We also employ 2-3 Indonesian Marine Biologists and 1-2 Indonesian Community Managers, to help run the project, as we feel it is vital to work together with the Indonesia community to help protect Indonesia's coral reefs/marine life, and improve education. Volunteers fees also go towards paying the salaries of these Indonesian staff.
  • Money from the fees also goes towards certain community outreach programs we run in the various villages, like English/Math education, kids dental hygiene, family planning, health care, education on the environment and adult English to name a few. The fees buy vital education equipment for the schools like a computer, letter/number learning games, school books, pencils/pens, rubbers etc..
  • We also make village donations that go towards community lead projects like repainting the village church, repairs to the village power or sports kit for the local kids football team.

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Sorong Airport

The meeting point on your expedition start date is the Darefan hotel which is 5 minutes from the airport. At the hotel  you can relax in the hotel lobby or roof top restaurant while you wait for the 9am ferry to depart for Waisai the capital of Raja Ampat. A Barefoot representative will collect you from the Darefan Hotel at 08:00 to take you to the ferry port, where your catch the ferry (approx 2 hours) to Waisai. Our boat will meet you on arrival in Waisai and take you on the final 60 minute boat ride to your home for the duration of your expedition. NOTE: If you are already travelling in Indonesia before your expedition or travelling in Singapore please contact us for alternative ways to get to Sorong if you do not wish to fly from Jakarta.

Accomodatie

We provide same gender beach bungalows with balconies over the sea. These bungalows are dorm room style with max 4 volunteers in the same room, in bunkbeds. 

We provide same gender dorm rooms, and also have several private beach bungalows with a double or single bed, for any volunteer who prefers not to share a room. There is a small extra supplement for these private beach bungalows.

The project site has western style toilets and limited fresh water to shower/wash in. While the island does have water wells, these are now getting increasing salty, so currently our fresh water comes from our desalination machine or from Waisai each Wednesday, while we find a solution to the communities/islands fresh water supply issue. Due to this and because we are a conservation project on a tropical island so we may at times limit the amount of shower time.  

Eten & Drank

Volunteers are provided with 3 meals a day, breakfast at 7am, Lunch at 12 midday, and dinner at 7pm. 


All drinking water, tea and coffee is also provided. 

We provide 3 meals a day (specific dietary needs can catered for). These meals are at fixed times during the day, so that the day's dive surveying and community projects can be effectively managed. Meals are based upon local cuisine and seasonal availability of locally produced food. Meals are prepared and cooked by local staff, except on Sundays when expedition staff & volunteers will prepare and cook all meals.

While we will endeavor to provide a balanced diet of fresh fruit and vegetables during your expedition, you may wish to consider bringing a supply of vitamin supplements.

Volunteers with specific dietary requirements will be catered for, please indicate these requirements on your booking form.  

Internet toegang

Makkelijke toegang op de project site

Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?

Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?

Vlucht tickets

De dichtste luchthaven is Sorong Airport (SOQ) in Sorong. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Indonesië. VIND GOEDKOPE VLUCHTEN

Reisverzekering

Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Indonesië biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde. KRIJG EEN OFFERTE

Vaccinaties

Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Indonesië dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Indonesië. VACCINATIE CHECKER

Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Our program runs through out the year and we have set start dates each month. For unqualified divers undertaking the PADI Open Water and Advance Open Water courses, the program will start a week earlier then those volunteers who are already qualified to an Advance Diver level.

Please note the PADI course do not include the PADI eLearning and Certification fee which must be purchased separately.


Getting There 

The main airport used to get to Raja Ampat is "Sorong" on the western tip of Papua, this area is extremely safe, is very well built up and set up for tourism. The best way to get to Sorong is:

  • Jakarta to Sorong to Raja Ampat

You can fly from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia to Sorong. As all internal flight to Sorong leave early morning we recommend you look for flights that arrive in Jakarta around late evening (7pm) the day before your expedition start date. This way you will spend less time in transit at Jakarta airport. Operators that fly to Sorong from Jakarta are: AirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Sriwijaya and Garuda Air. (all have stopovers in either Makassar, Ambon or Manado, accept AirAsia and Batik Air which are the only airlines to currently fly direct). We recommend using flight search websites, and highly recommend arriving the day before your expedition start date if possible.

The meeting point on your expedition start date is the Darefan hotel which 5 minutes from the airport where you can relax in the hotel lobby or roof top restaurant while you wait for the 9am ferry to depart for Waisai the capital of Raja Ampat. A Barefoot representative will collect you from the Darefan Hotel at 08:00 to take you to the ferry port, where your catch the ferry (approx 2 hours) to Waisai. Our boat will meet you on arrival in Waisai and take you on the final 60 minute boat ride to your home for the duration of your expedition. 

NOTE: If you are already travelling in Indonesia before your expedition or travelling in Singapore please contact us for alternative ways to get to Sorong if you do not wish to fly from Jakarta.


Dive Trainee start dates for 2024: 24 Jan, 21 Feb, 20 Mar, 17 Apr, 15 May , 12 Jun, 10 Jul, 07 Aug, 04 Sept, 02 Oct, 30 Oct, 27 Nov, 24 Dec.   + 22 Jan 2025

Qualified diver start dates for 2024: 31 Jan, 28 Feb, 27 Mar, 24 Apr, 22 May, 19 Jun, 17 Jul, 14 Aug, 11 Sept, 09 Oct, 06 Nov, 04 Dec, 31 Dec.     + 29 Jan 2025

Beschikbaarheid
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Programmakosten

2 weken (min. verblijf) 1.347€
3 weken 1.716€
4 weken 2.208€
5 weken 2.460€
7 weken 2.890€
9 weken 3.382€
24 weken (max. verblijf) 7.380€
Gemiddelde kosten 490€/week

Programmakosten

490€ per week 2 - 24 weken Leeftijd 16 - 50+

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Duurtijd

2 - 24 weken

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Finale betaling

Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Barefoot Conservation gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.


Ontmoet je organisatie

Barefoot Conservation

Perfect 4.6 rating (35 beoordelingen)

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Over de organisatie

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

Ontmoet je organisatie

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. 

Mission:

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.

Goals:

  • 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.

35 beoordelingen · rating4.6

Kara Stariha rating3.4

2023 at Marine Conservation - Research Assistant

I had an amazing time on Arborek with Barefoot Conservation - I think it's a worthwhile project, with amazing people, and a stunning location. A few things to note though: - There are a lot of things to learn before you add benefit back to the project. You don't really start being useful until 3-4 ...
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 ...
I recently had the opportunity to join the Barefoot Conservation volunteering programme, and I must say it was an unforgettable and rewarding experience. The food provided was simply fantastic. The meals were not only delicious but also varied and nutritious, catering to different dietary ...
Cynthia Walsma rating4

2023 at Marine Conservation - Research Assistant

i've spend 3 weeks on this island and it is fair to say, it is to little. In the first week i learned to dive, and the next weeks i had several test in sea and on land. Eventually I could perticipate in the sience-part for one day. So 3 weeks is truelly too short. Also the community project was ...
I spent 3 weeks on Arborek with Barefoot and I very much enjoyed myself. The island is beautifully remote, the snorkelling and diving are amazing and the people I met were great and I hope to see some of them again. My 2 star rating for certain elements is because there are a few problems with the ...
Was an amazing experience 😍 Would love to come back :) Thanks to the lovely staff! If you go there bring some stuff for the kids in the local elementary school :) (pencils, rubbers etc.) Food is excellent, the life is simple but very nice ...

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