Coral reef conservation
Operation Wallacea (2)
Coral reef conservation
Weekly cost (approx USD):
Direct benefits you gain:
field research skills
gain qualification and/or credit
remote scenic location
undertake your own research
Noteworthy conservation points:
development goals (supporting local community)
publishes peer-reviewed science
Wooden hut (with electricity) shared with another volunteer
When does the project run?
June to August
electricity, drop toilets, bucket shower, doctor on site, local shops, food included, refillabe drinking water, intermitent phone signal, mosquito net included in huts, basic linen provided
How long can I stay?
Minimum 2 weeks. Maximum 8 weeks.
Details of the day-to-day life on the project:
**There are many different programs running with opwall for varying amounts of time. The price listed here may change upon further enquiry**
Hoga is a beautiful tropical island in the Wakatobi National Park. The set-up is like a small community, everyone (staff, volunteers and students) living in huts on stilts down small pebbled walkways through mangrove-like forest just next to the ocean. Everyone eats at set meal times and communally in the dining hut area. There is A LOT going on, school trips coming weekly. PhD, masters and undergrad students all working on their dissertations as well as some resident marine biologists working on their next project. Dive boats go out multiple times a day along the reef wall at Hoga, there is great biodiversity which is rare these days unfortunately. However there isn't a lot of big marine life (sharks etc.) although rare sighting of dolphins, eagle rays, turtles do happen! The whole project is off the beaten tourist trail and it is a real adventure for volunteers and staff a like! Even so because of the amount of students (up to 200 some weeks!) you don't feel isolated and there are so many scientists and professional divers you can talk to and get information from. For staff you have a couple of meetings a week and take shifts doing radio duty for the dive boats going out that day and help in the dive shop (when you aren't diving) as there is a lot of turnover for the dive gear. Phone signal is intermittment and there is no wifi. Each week there is a 'social night' for everyone where staff and students have a few beers and a party as the next day there is no diving and a lot less is going on than during the rest of the week!
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