Marine Conservation Volunteer Experiences - Raja Ampat Diving Project

Marine Conservation Volunteer Experiences - Raja Ampat Diving Project

Posted by Michael Starbuck on 19th Oct 2016

The second story in our series of volunteer experiences comes from Laura. Travelling from the UK, Laura visited the Raja Ampat Diving Project in Indonesia to become a marine conservation volunteer ! If you want to find out more about the project then you can click here, but I’ll just let Laura do the talking from now onwards!

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What would you say was the highlight of your trip?

The highlight of the trip was the day of day simplicities of life. I have a crazily busy job and life in the real world so having no Wi-Fi, limited electricity, and evenings consisting of everyone sitting around a table having dinner together; talking about the day's events was great. We were then able to lie on a jetty, stargazing and listening to people play guitar. It was blissful.

Would you like to venture back to the project or even take on some new volunteering trips?

Absolutely! I loved all aspects of the trip.

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Do you have any expert tips for new travellers?

Embrace the whole experience. From using a bucket of cold water to ‘shower’ to going to church with the locals on Sundays this is so far removed from most people's realities and can be a bit of a culture shock. Embrace it and love it :)

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Did the trip inspire you to help with animal conservation in any other way?

This is my third conservation style trip so it is something I'm keen on doing anyway. I did enjoy the science lectures and putting those into practice.

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Why do you think others need to experience travel?

To push your personal boundaries and limitations. You'll be able to do a lot more than you expect of yourself. Travelling, especially to primitive places helps you to realise your full potential!


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