2 week Whale and Dolphin Expedition in Timor-Leste

with Blue Ventures

newspaper Marine Conservation Expedition Adventure
location Asia
start date 12 October – 25 October 2020 & 27 September – 10 October 20202 weeks
salary Volunteer project
accommodation includedAccommodation included
food and mealsLocal chefs prepare three meals per day for our expeditions team and volunteers, using fresh, locally sourced produce.
training providedTraining provided

Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organisation offering unique expeditions in Madagascar, Belize and Timor-Leste. Our expeditions provide science and PADI dive training to our volunteers so that they can contribute towards our internationally recognised marine research and community work. Our focus on quality and value for money means that we offer some of the best accommodation, food and service in the sector and safety is a top priority when working above and below the water in remote environments. Our high standards have resulted in numerous awards including winning the 'Best Volunteering Organisation' at the Responsible Travel Awards and winning the 'Best Volunteering Organisation' in the British Youth Travel Awards.

2 week Whale and Dolphin Expedition in Timor-Leste

gap year project highlights Highlights

SCUBA dive and snorkel on the most bio-diverse and vibrant coral reefs in the world
Take part in cetacean surveys led by a whale and dolphin expert
Species you're likely to spot include Spinner, Bottlenose, Striped, Risso’s, Fraser’s and Rough‐Toothed Dolphins; and Blue, Sperm, Cuviers, Melon Headed and Pilot Whales
Meet expert field staff and community members working to protect Timor-Leste’s spectacular waters, and enjoy exclusive conservation and wildlife talks
Relax in exquisitely beautiful surroundings and experience Timorese culture in a rustic hideaway

typical day What's it like

A typical day on this gap year project

A typical day on a Blue Ventures expedition could involve SCUBA diving on vibrant coral reefs, a fascinating lecture or workshop about the diverse marine wildlife volunteers encounter, a traditional Timorese cooking lesson and much more. Days are busy but volunteers also have plenty of time for fun and relaxation, with opportunities for snorkelling, hiking to Atauro's unspoilt beaches or just unwinding in a hammock. There is a strong community conservation element to the expedition and volunteers will get a real insight into how a conservation NGO like Blue Ventures operates in the field.

ideal candidate Project Requirements

Who would be a suitable participant?

PADI Advanced Open Water dive certification

our offer Project Benefits

What we can offer you

The volunteer cost includes comfortable dorm-style accommodation at Barry's Place eco-resort, three meals a day including tea and coffee, daily diving, boat trips, marine science training and use of BCD, regulators, cylinders and weights.


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