Location
  • Indonesia
Length
2 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
18
Age Max
99
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Hostel
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget

Pricing

Starting Price
2135
Price Details
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What's Included
Accommodation Activities Equipment Meals Transportation
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Travel Insurance Visa
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 14, 2020
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About Program

Barefoot Conservation is working 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, making a real difference to real people, and a difference that you can be a part of. Our goals are:

• Produce detailed coastal habitat maps of surrounding area for use in advising local government and communities on Marine Protected Areas
• Provide educational programs 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.
• Encourage entrepreneuship to deter unsustainable destructive activities like shark finning or dynamite fishing

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Program Highlights

  • Work with experienced marine scientists on vital marine conservation projects
  • Learn marine biology field skills essential for scientific and marine conservation research
  • Get involved in local community projects
  • Gain recognized scuba diving qualifications, skills and experience

Program Impact

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.

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Program Reviews

9.67 Rating
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  • Fun 9.7
  • Value 10
  • Safety 9.7
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Inga
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I enjoyed every moment of it!

This was my second time on the project and I enjoyed every moment of it. From teaching children English, to being taught Bahasa myself, and from bonding with the fishing community as with the fish themselves. It has absolutely changed my life to see all the marine biology there is to discover and I cannot wait to further my studies in this field and deepen myself into what the ocean still has to offer. The diving in Raja Ampat is amazing and I especially loved diving with the Manta Rays. I highly recommend this project to anyone.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try and bring an underwater camera, as the marine life is amazing!
14 people found this review helpful.
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Brandon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life!

I am so happy I decided to join Barefoot Conservation, it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I can highly recommend this project. It was the best diving I have ever done, seeing so many Manta Rays, sharks, Turtles and so much coral. Met some amazing like minded people who I am sure will remain friends for life. Great staff, safe and professional diving instructor, and if you also love community programs this is the project for you. It is on a remote island so life is pretty basic, not 5 star, but that is what I was looking for. Enjoy!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would try and stay longer next time, 4 weeks just flew by!
14 people found this review helpful.
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Bradley
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mantas! Mantas! Mantas!

Raja Ampat is amazing, so many Manta Rays, even just at the end of Barefoots own jetty. The food, accommodation, staff and science were all really good, I enjoyed the Manta Ray part of the science training the most, and we even added a couple of new manta rays to the Barefoot's manta ray database, that we had ID'd during the time I was there.
I stayed for 4 weeks, but wish I could have stayed longer. Made some good friends who I traveled a bit with after the project. I really recommend this project.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Durian - It is a fruit that is very popular in Indonesia
15 people found this review helpful.

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