Become a diver and protect the coral reefs on the Gili Trawangan island in Indonesia.
Who are we?
Gili Eco Trust, or Yayasan Ekosistem Gili indah, is an NGO based on Gili Trawangan. It was founded in 2000 to protect the coral reefs around the Gili islands from destructive fishing. In 1999 local fishermen founded the SATGAS to patrol the waters around the three Gili islands. At that time there was a lot of dynamite and cyanide fishing, destroying all the coral and killing the aquatic life inhabiting the reefs. Coral reefs had been left in a disastrous state after the intense El Niño in 1997-1998. The local population reacted and started to organize patrols around the islands in order to eliminate and educate against the bad fishing practices. An agreement was concluded between the fishermen, defining the legal techniques of fishing, limited to certain authorized zones, with the purpose of putting an end to dynamite and cyanide fishing practices.
What is the volunteer job about?
Learn about our coral reefs and the artificial structures set up to save them. Successfully restoring Gili Trawangan’s reefs since 2002 we have the following upcoming dates of our intensive 2 week Biorock course:
We run a two-week intensive reef restoration course at Trawangan Dive centre. During the course you learn extensive marine ecology, substrate identification and complete training for the Reef Check Eco Diver. Assessing the health of natural reefs around the Gili Islands using transect surveys and collecting data to complement long term data on reef health. The second week consists of learning the basics of Biorock technology, designing and creating your own Biorock structure, implementing its sinking and transplanting broken fragments of coral onto it.
What is the minimum age for volunteering with us?
What is the minimum length of stay?
When can you join us for this job?
What are the requirements?
PADI Advanced open water (or equivalent) or above and competent buoyancy skills
What is the price?
What is included?
What is not included?
Best is to plan to do the course first and then join us in all our maintenance dives. And be able to take some guests on Biorock snorkelling tour
If you have questions please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read more on our work on http://www.giliecotrust.com