Volunteer Expeditions

14
Jun

WCN: Ethical ecotourism is good for conservation

Blue Ventures is included in a list of ethical conservation-focused ecotourism providers in a piece by the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN). The following WCN Conservation Partners and organisations in WCN’s extended network offer ecotourism opportunities: - Blue Ventures hosts a range of marine conservation expeditions and is developing community-based homestays. Read the full piece from WCN: Ethical ...
2
Jun

The World Bank: Meet the innovator battling plastic waste in Timor-Leste

For World Oceans Day 2019, The World Bank released an interview with Blue Ventures' Dive and Science Assistant Jemima Gomes. The focus of the interview was the problem of marine plastic pollution, and the community response on Atauro Island. I come from a fishing family. As a child I helped my father pull in the ...
25
Apr

Blog: Witnessing the unknown: coral spawning in Timor-Leste

Our Timor-Leste volunteers stumble upon one of nature’s most mysterious reproductive events. Read the full post: Witnessing the unknown: coral spawning in Timor-Leste
16
Apr

The Dugong & Seagrass Conservation Project: Timor-Leste

The Dugong & Seagrass Conservation Project have produced a film showcasing the community-based conservation work of Blue Ventures and Conservation International in Timor-Leste. The power to preserve sea grass and dugong habitats is being put into the hands of those who know them best: local communities. The government of Timor-Leste in partnership with Conservation International ...
28
Feb

Blog: Becoming a Divemaster

Marine conservation volunteer Aleksander Gakovic shares the personal journey of his time in Timor-Leste. Read the full post: Becoming a Divemaster
30
Jan

Blog: Amos and Mima: the journey to Divemaster

Blue Ventures’ Dive and Science Assistants in Timor-Leste have achieved PADI Divemaster certification and are now inspiring locally led conservation efforts in their communities. Read the full post: Amos and Mima: the journey to Divemaster
5
Jan

Exploring Timor-Leste

Blue Ventures has released a new Explore Photo Story with photos and text from Timor-Leste volunteer Anne-Lise Blanchet. Anne-Lise tells the story of her marine conservation expedition experience, illustrated by stunning photos of the cetaceans, scenery, coral and culture that can be found on Atauro island. Discover a remote corner of the coral triangle in Exploring ...
30
Nov

Blog: Caribbean career break

IT professional Mark Jones decided that he needed to take a break from his day to day and do something completely different for a couple of months... Read the full post: Caribbean career break
29
Oct

Geographical: The modern explorer

In a piece published in The Royal Geographical Society's magazine, Katie Willis – the Society’s vice president for expeditions and field research – looks to international collaboration as the key to successful expeditions and field research for any 21st century venture. Blue Ventures' founder Dr Alasdair Harris organised research expeditions in Madagascar as an undergraduate ...
26
Jul

Blog: Spider tortoise spotting: monitoring one of Madagascar’s endemic species

Madagascar volunteer Ieva Kazakeviciute recounts her experience monitoring the critically endangered spider tortoise. Read the full post: Spider tortoise spotting: monitoring one of Madagascar’s endemic species
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