Jeffri works as a program coordinator in the Indo Ocean Project location of Tanjung Bira. He is the program coordinator and handles inquiries, local community engagement, and leading dives.
Having been in similar organizations in Fiji and Indonesia, he adds a dynamic and adaptable blend to the Indo Ocean Project for those wanting to become dive professionals with a blend of conservation.
What is your favorite travel memory?
Traveling to Fiji to conduct my first diving Open water course changed the outlook of my ambitions and what I aspire to change in my own country of Indonesia. Every day was full of surprises and learning from the locals.
Traveling to the beautiful Komodo National Park in Indonesia was what started my professional diving journey and finally realize what the ocean had to offer in life and where i have gained the most experience underwater
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Working with a dynamic and international team has really taught me the importance of adaptability, especially to different cultures and environments.
Working for an industry that I am passionate about has also allowed me to enjoy the process of growth and learning that I require to pursue my future ambitions in life.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
Seeing students return and communicating to us how their involvement in our program has allowed them to pursue their dream jobs in their respective industries is always a rewarding moment by itself.
Even knowing that our program has allowed them to gain more knowledge about marine conservation and started their journey into underwater life is always a satisfactory moment.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
If I could go on any program, I would choose both Penida and Bira programs, although these locations are only 1 hour apart by plane, the conditions of the ocean, marine life, culture, people, and politics are wholly different. Having experience in both projects would expose oneself to the diversity that Indonesia has to offer.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Our company is unique in the sense that it truly emphasizes the research side of marine conservation. This not only contributes to the worldwide scientific data on the marine environment but also assists the local governments in Indonesia who have a lack of scientific data and professionals to understand the importance of the ocean life that they are surrounded by.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
The biggest factor is having a management team that truly cares about the visions and values of a company. Having a team who has similar vision, ambitions, and passions as the organization itself is also a vital factor for any company to conduct itself in an efficient and effective way.
Furthermore, adaptability to the ever-changing conditions and world environment is also essential for future plans for the organization.