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Marine Conservation Expedition in Timor-Leste

Pays d’action: Timor oriental, Asie
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat, Expéditions
Dive and research the Coral Triangle, home to the highest diversity of marine life on planet earth and contribute thereby to the conservation of this unique eco system as marine conservation volunteer!

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

Are you passionate about marine conservation? Are you an avid Scuba diver and want to use your diving skills in a meaningful way? Have you always wanted to travel to a remote country rich in history and culture, which is located at the heart of the Coral Triangle, home to the highest diversity of marine life on planet earth? Then this project could be the one for you!

Your role as a marine conservation volunteer
After a couple of weeks of dive and science training, provided by scientists and experts in the field of marine biology, conservation and Scuba diving, volunteers support marine data collection on the rarely researched reefs around the expedition base. Data collected helps the organisation, partner NGOs and conservation organisations to understand the nature and current state of the reef and seagrass beds, which provides the base for future conservation efforts. Activities can include:
- Scuba diving training up to Divemaster level
- Marine science and conservation training provided by field scientists
- Research diving (1-2 times a day, five days a week)
- Marine data collection on seagrass beds for dugong conservation and other marine habitats
- Marine conservation outreach activities at local markets and other community events
- Language exchange sessions with local staff members to build their capacity in the English language and volunteer’s understanding of Tetun
- Assisting English lessons in local schools
- Whale watching and monitoring (during whale season between September and December)

Project goals and how you contribute
Timor-Leste lies in the Indo-Pacific and is part of the worldly renowned Coral Triangle. This highly biodiverse ecosystem is not only beautiful but provides millions of people with food, medicine, protection from storms, and revenue from fishing and tourism and hence conserving it has become a priority. The current state of the reef and surrounding seagrass habitats need to be understood in order to enable conservation organisations, local governments and local communities to create effective marine management plans which in turn help reduce the pressures of globalisation, climate change and overfishing. Volunteers provide additional manpower to help collect data and also provide alternative sources of funding to conservation and local communities as they foster tourism in an area where tourism is otherwise scarce.

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

A science-led social enterprise which runs volunteering expeditions to nurture their marine conservation charity with additional man power and to provide alternative sources of income to the communities they work with.
The organisation works where the ocean is vital to people, cultures and economies, and where there is a need to support human development. They develop transformative approaches for preserving marine biodiversity and livelihoods that benefit people everywhere.

The impact of COVID-19 on our expedition
Our priority during this challenging period has been taking all necessary steps to protect the safety and well-being of our expedition volunteers, staff, and the host communities we strive to support.
We have been closely following advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and have made the difficult decision to cancel all our marine conservation expeditions until it is safe to consider returning international volunteers to our host communities.
The financial and logistical impact this will have on our conservation programmes and ongoing expedition operations will be significant, with large losses now inevitable which place the very existence of this programme in jeopardy. We are doing all we can to mitigate this impact and we appreciate your understanding and support during this time.
What does this mean for the future of our expeditions programme?
As a UK-based international tour operator, we are unable to take further expedition bookings until the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidance against overseas travel for UK citizens is removed. Recommencement of business will then take place subject to country-specific travel and public health guidance, as well as adequate logistical and insurance cover for our operations to proceed safely.
When are the expeditions likely to be back up and running?
We are not currently able to offer an accurate timeline on when this might be but this is now unlikely to be in 2020.
Our expeditions will now enter a period of reflection and strategic planning but we will endeavour to keep everyone updated with our progress across our social media channels and on our website.
You can still register your interest for future expeditions below and we’ll email updates as and when we have them.
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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Timor oriental, Asie
Type d'activité :
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 4 semaines / 1 Mois
Maximum: 3 mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
4 semaines/1 mois : 2110 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 3050 €
3 mois : 3980 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
A tout moment
Age minimum :
17 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Maîtrise de langues :
Volunteers need to have a good understanding of the English language as all dive and science classes as well as all on boarding materials are in English.
Qualifications particulières :
Volunteers need to be PADI Open Water certified by the time joining the project due to the nature of the reefs around expedition base, which prohibit this basic level of dive training. Those who wish to join but aren't certified yet can arrive a few days early and take out their Open Water training in Dili, Timor-Leste's capital.
Hébergement & repas :
Volunteers are placed in locally constructed volunteer huts to share with their fellow volunteers. Barry's Place is located right by Beloi Beach and local chefs prepare three freshly sourced meals per day. During 2017 the organisation is adding a homestay component to their project to foster intercultural exchange and economic benefits for local communities.

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  • Recevez immédiatement un e-mail avec le site web et le n° de téléphone de l’organisation de volontariat
  • Recevez gratuitement notre guide avec une check-list à imprimer
  • Un guide de conversation en cadeau, si vous vous inscrivez plus tard
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