Marine Conservation in the Heart of the Indonesian Coral Triangle

Posted by WorkingAbroad Projects on Tuesday, 21st January 2014

Divers research the coral reefs in the Indonesian Coral TriangleOne part of running an organisation like WorkingAbroad is that you inevitably become a career consultant; we receive many e-mails daily about what one should do in order to have a “career” in the environmental and humanitarian fields.  After all these years wearing the consulting hat and having seen volunteers starting their own projects around the world, the most important advice that summarises what you “need to do” to have a career in these fields is: follow your bliss (quote taken from the academic and mythologist Joseph Campbell).  Nothing sums it up better, following your bliss, does not mean you are floating in the air in your pyjamas, it means you are willing to give up parts of your life and go in the direction of your bliss; in the direction of what you most love doing - and if you are reading this and you don’t know what your bliss is, what makes you get up in the morning, then, today, is the right day to find out. 

Pristine beaches and  untouched nature surrounds the area of Raja Ampat where marine volunteers are basedIn many ways, all these programmes and volunteering schemes we are seeing around the world, are people taking their dreams seriously and realising them.  The new programme we are starting in Indonesia is one such example: it offers a rare opportunity to live in, experience, and help to protect a remote corner of paradise. You are based on a live aboard dive boat, looking out over the Dampier Strait which regularly sees pods of dolphin and porpoise, turtles, marlin and manta rays passing by. There’s no shortage of life beneath the surface either, where the coral reefs are teeming with life. From sharks to blue ringed octopus and decorator crabs (not forgetting the pygmy seahorses) the check-list of things to find goes on and on.  If you love diving and your want to learn what it is like to protect one of the rarest coral ecosystems in the world, then this programme will provide you with a five star experience and education you do not find in any University.  Which means you’ll learn to understand - the reality - of communities trying to have a sustainable relationship with their environment.

These programmes do have a cost and there is an investment on your part to be made, but you will get more out of your hard earned money and time than by simply travelling from one guest house to the next.  If you are someone who longs for the water, who dives, who has an interest in coral protection, then come along and learn to conduct a marine life survey, learn to collect data, help scientists protect this precious underwater marine park. 

By Andreas Kornevall

Author: WorkingAbroad Projects

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