Discovery Expedition in Timor-Leste
As volunteer on a Discovery Expedition in this rarely travelled and exotic island you will collect critical marine inventory data on stunning coral reef sites, some dropping off sharply into the deep blue ocean just a few metres off shore. Whilst the marine stretch in which Timor-Leste is located is a global marine conservation priority, the status of the marine ecosystem is largely unknown to date.
Using data collected by staff and volunteers, baseline data on the marine environment will be collected to inform marine management plans in support of Blue Ventures’ efforts to engage local communities in marine conservation. Additional attention will be paid to seagrass beds, which are vital feeding and breeding grounds for a variety of fish species and megafauna, such as the endangered species of dugongs and turtle species.
Science and Dive Training
Before surveying the waters around Timor-Leste, you will take part in science training sessions to get yourself prepared for underwater research dives. Should you only have your PADI Open Water certification at the time joining us, we will also train you up to PADI Advanced Open Water level, as this is our minimum dive level required. If you’re completely new to the field of diving, it’s not a problem at all, just get in touch with us and we will advise you on how to best get your PADI Open Water qualification.
Besides contributing to our marine conservation activities and seeking out suitable dive sites for surveying, you will be immersed in many other aspects of this Discovery Expedition. As this is exciting new territory for Blue Ventures, there will be plenty of exploratory activities around the island in order to determine community conservation priorities. These may involve aquaculture programmes, language exchanges with local staff members, beach clean ups and environmental awareness programmes.
“For me, Timor Leste is one of the world's unsung destinations. Adventure looms large here, with vine-draped mountains to climb, remote white-sand beaches to explore, and world-class reefs to dive, right from the shore. But the thing I like best of all? It's that you can have these experiences all to yourself. Because Timor-Leste, is less visited, less crowded and less hurried than other countries in the region, it's easy to find a perfect beach to call your own or a stunning reef that's unexplored.”
Timor-Leste has a wide array of possibilities on how to spend your down time. You can go on hikes in tropical rain forests, visit craft centres and local markets to immerse yourself in the vibrant Timorese culture or to buy souvenirs that support local initiatives. Trips to Dili, Timor-Leste’s bustling capital will be arranged and for those who prefer the quiet, visits to remote villages in the mountain area of Timor-Leste can be arranged. If you fancy some more time underwater, you can of course go on leisurely dives, snorkels or swims.
Country Information and Project Goal
Timor-Leste is an exotic island located in the South Pacific and one of the newest countries on earth, achieving its independency from Indonesia only 20 years ago. The country lies above the northern tip of Australia forms part of the world-famous oceanic stretch called the Coral Triangle together with Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the Solomon Islands.
Due to ancient ties of the people of Timor-Leste with the ocean and their reliance on it for food and income; sustainability and environmental protection is deeply embedded in the Timorese culture. However, due to globalisation and climate change, there is now an urgent need for sustainable fisheries management. Data collected by volunteers will inform Blue Ventures about the status of the reef and therefore foster the organisation’s efforts in building local capacity for effective marine management.
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