Unlike the majority of the world, we are big shark lovers. And living in Indonesia, the center of the Coral Triangle, we should be seeing one of the most diverse collections of sharks found in the world on a daily basis. Yet we don’t. Indonesia is, unfortunately, the largest shark fishing nation in the world. The IUCN states that’s the 1000+ assessed species of cardiligenous fish (sharks, rays, skates,chimearas), 30% are threatened with extinction! We want to make a real difference on the three Gili Islands and its marine reserve. But have a real impact on our environment we need your help!
The Gili Shark Conservation Project is an award-winning conservation and data collection program and the first of its kind in the Gili Islands in Indonesia. We’re situated on the beautiful island Gili Air but we work around all of the Gili islands: Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan. The goal of our shark research project is not just to raise awareness for shark- and marine conservation but also to assist the local community and help the Gilis to become a plastic-free paradise!
We Are Looking For You !
We are always looking for enthusiastic people who want to live in paradise and make a difference during their holiday or gapyear. Help the sharks and the community of Gili Air by giving your time and love. You don’t need to be a shark expert or a diver to join our project, however, a passion and commitment to marine conservation is important. We appreciate all the unique skills that you can bring to our project and welcome people from every corner of the world.
During your stay with us you will learn how to dive / improve your dive skills, become a PADI Scientific Diver, and a PADI Shark Conservation Specialist. We teach you everything you need to know about our research methods including; underwater roving video surveillance, roving survey dives, photographic identification, coral health index surveys, coral restoration, manta tow surveys, land & marine based time-lapse projects, how to analyze and input data, and much more!
Click here to apply for one of the 10 spots in our research team and get to work with a passionate group of marine scientists, instructors, social media experts, and entrepreneurs from around the world!
By Protecting Our Oceans, We Are Protecting Our Future
Our mission is to protect and restore the coral reef environment within the Gili Matra Marine Recreational Reserve and to help to create the first recognized shark nursery ground in Indonesia by 2025.
It’s our dream to be an international marine research center that hosts researchers, scientists, ocean lovers, and shark warriors from all over the world. A place in the heart of our community where we provide education in solving oceans-related issues. A home to people that want to make the world a little bit more beautiful.
We educate, train, and empower local talent to become leaders of the Gili Island’s growing tourism industry and guardians of its natural environment. Furthermore, we created a special scholarship program for Indonesian women to empower and encourage them to have a career in marine conservation. You can learn more about the work of our Coral Catch superwomen here.
What Others Have To Say About Our Work
We are honored that our hard work gets recognized around the world and that we’ve won several awards for our coral restoration project Coral Catch. Are you curious what other Shark Warriors have to say about their experience? Check out their reviews here or have a look at our reviews on GoOverseas, GoAbroad, and Volunteerworld.
View project reviews of Gili Shark Conservation on Volunteer World
Apply Here & Make Your Next Holiday Count
Investing yourself in a conservation project that you care about will change your life forever! Being part of our research team provides you with the opportunity to network and connect with a variety of inspiring individuals. you get to meet people from all different backgrounds who share your passion for the ocean. It’s easy to bond with these like-minded individuals and you’ll immediately become part of a strong community.
You will also become an advocate of the ocean and you will gain the power to educate others and answer questions friends and family may have. It will be a very significant power, as the ocean is, more than ever, needs (y)our help.
Apply today for one of the 10 spots on our team, we promise you; you won’t regret it!