1 month down, 2 to go! – by Kelsey

After one month being at the project, I’ve done my rescue diver training and now I’m doing my Dive Master Training course. There are many things involved in the course but it’s basically broken into three sections:   Firstly we have the theoretical part, which includes the Dive Guide theory and the Science of Diving […]

Comparing My Summer Programs

Right before I made this trip to Gili Air I was in Costa Rica doing another project in an animal care. There were quite a few people in the program there and the living conditions were very basic. So before I arrived to Indonesia I was asking a lot of questions to know the conditions […]

Fish Out of Water – by Lucy

Sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone to get where you need to be. I was supposed to be here for five weeks and now it has been a little over two months. Going forward with my Dive Master, I have learned a lot about myself as a diver and what I […]

Manta Ray ! – by Kelsey

I come from the middle of North America where there is no coastline, so being really interested in the ocean and marine life is a little unique. During University I studied anything aquatic related that I could and people tended to laugh at the idea of me trying to be marine biologist one day because […]

Turtle ID – by Forrest Lee


Any snorkeler or diver on the Gili islands will tell you that there are loads of turtles here. The Gilis are home to many green turtles and hawksbill turtles which have been listed as endangered and critically endangered respectively, by the IUCN Red List. So although we are called the Gili Shark Conservation, we are […]

How I funded my application – by Gail

So… we all need to face the hard truth that as fun as these projects are, they are not exactly cheap. The expenses of volunteering are the same as if you were coming on a holiday: you need to pay for your transport, food, accommodation and any extra courses you would want to take. The […]

VISA Run Fun – by Lucy

Look, if you’re going to stay here for longer than a month, chances are you’re going to have to deal with your visa. What most people do if they are staying longer than a month is get an extendable visa; this allows you to stay 30 more days on top of the given 30 for […]

Best. Day. Ever.

It was an incredible day above and below the water. The Gili Shark research team headed for our usual 2 survey dives in the morning, but little did we know it there was nothing usual about it. Leaving Gili Islands Divers at 9:00 in the morning, the ocean was as quite as a lake and […]