Conservation 101

Short Term Program2 weeksRp16.900.000*
Long Term Program4 weeksRp35.000.000*

*exclude tax 10%

Program:

  • Conservation Project Design
  • Thresher Shark Conservation
  • Mangrove, Seagrass, and Coral Conservation
  • Waste Management
  • Community Outreach
  • Island Hopping (for long term project)

What’s Included?

  • Field accommodation (AC, hot water, ensuite bathroom, 2 single beds each room)
  • Food (3 meals a day)
  • Airport transfer
  • 1 program shirt
  • 1 thresher shark necklace/bracelet
  • Pre-arrival training materials
  • Alor Marine Park entrance fee
  • Seed funding for your project (for long term program)

Not included in program fees

  • Flights and travel costs
  • Travel and dive insurance
  • Daily spending money

Spend 2 weeks in Alor to gain practical experiences and insightful knowledge on the conservation of thresher sharks, mangroves, seagrass, and corals, as well as waste management and community outreach. You will plan and implement your conservation project through the 4-week Conservation 101 program.

Short Term

Day 1: Arrive in Alor before lunchtime. We will arrange airport transfer to Air Dive, where the participant will stay throughout the program. An introductory briefing about the program and Thresher Shark Indonesia’s team will follow after participants have settled in their respective rooms. Dinner will be provided at 07.00 PM.

Day 2: Breakfast at 07.00 AM. The program always starts at 08.00 AM every day. The program begins with a workshop introduction to tropical marine ecosystems and an introduction to Alor’s ecosystem and thresher shark conservation. After lunch, there will be a practical exercise related to the conservation topic discussed before. Daily review and briefing for the next day will be held after dinner.

Day 3: It’s the coral day! In the morning, participants will have a short briefing on coral identification and data collection while preparing the gear and transferring to Alor Besar Village (Sebanjar) to do the fieldwork. After lunch, participants will have the chance to explore the Alor Besar Village.

Day 4: Participants will learn about seagrass ecosystems in the morning followed by fieldwork in Mali, Kabola Village. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to visit the Kabola Village.

Day 5: Today is all about mangrove restoration! A short briefing will be held on mangrove ecosystems, followed by data and conservation approaches. Participants will engage in hands-on mangrove conservation and research experience in Pailelang Village in the afternoon.

Day 6: Conservation project development and management. Morning workshops will focus on the foundations of conservation project development, followed by some practical work in the afternoon.

Day 7: More conservation project development workshops today. A logical framework and practice will be conducted in the morning, followed by evaluating and monitoring some existing conservation projects paired with some practical work.

Day 8: Participants will have introductory workshops on socio-economic conditions in Alor, with the data collection methods. After the workshops, participants will have to design their data collection method and questionnaire. In the afternoon, participants will visit Lewalu and Ampera Village straight away to collect data with their chosen method.

Day 9: It’s a day off! Thresher Shark Indonesia’s team will take the participants to explore the land of Alor, from the coastline to the top of the hill. Cultural and culinary tradition tours can be expected on this day. Wind down after several days of theoretical and practical work!

Day 10: Grant types for the conservation project workshop will be conducted after breakfast, followed by proposal writing introductory workshop and practical work. After lunch, participants will be introduced to our ongoing projects and will have the chance to meet the Thresher Shark Champions teams who handle each project.

Day 11-13: These three days will be dedicated to the proposed implementation in collaboration with the Thresher Shark Champions. Participants will work alongside the Champions for the project of their choice, whether it is the Mangrove project, Waste Management project, or Thresher Shark project.

Day 14: It’s the final presentation day! Participants will have to present the final conservation project that they have been working on for the past 12 days to the Thresher Shark Indonesia team. The day will end with the program-closing dinner party!

Day 15: Participants will depart after breakfast at Air Dive.

Long Term

During these additional two weeks, participants will develop and design their own conservation project proposal and pitch to the Thresher Shark Indonesia team. Seed funding will be provided for the project implementation. The first week will be dedicated to increasing knowledge of proposal writing and designing conservation projects through further workshops and practical works. participants will have a longer time to conduct their own conservation project, and they can claim the project as their own by the end of the program. One day off per week will be given to participants throughout the four-week program.