We thank Prof. Steve Smith for this opportunity of collaborating with National Marine Science Centre of Southern Cross University. An announcement from their FB page -
New Colombo Plan Mobility Scholarships for work in Bali
The SCU’s National Marine Science Centre has established a strong working relationship with the Sea Communities initiative at Les Village in northern Bali. Since 2012, working with Australian-based DiVo Dive Tourism, Les Village has developed marine environmental programs to improve sustainability in this lesser-known part of Bali. Initially focusing on coral reef rehabilitation, the community has worked with successive volunteers to develop additional programs that both improve the environment and increase the capacity of locals to deal with environmental issues. This is part of their mission statement:
“… by loving the oceans and the environment, seaside communities can have better, sustainable livelihoods than by destroying Mother Earth. We believe in education through action, bringing volunteers using their hands to rebuild the reef. We believe in empowering the villagers to make a better living in harmony with their land and seas.”
So far, SCU student volunteers have been involved in monitoring a coral rehabilitation project as well as establishing a marine debris monitoring program. Four New Colombo Plan travelling scholarships are currently available to further build these relationships and to develop additional programs that promote sustainable and resilient marine communities. Scholarships are valued at $3000 ($2000 plus an additional $1000 if applicants also undertake some training in Bahasa Indonesia).
Expressions of interest are sought from senior (3rd year) students enrolled in the Bachelor of Marine Science and Management or the Master of Marine Science and Management who would be able to travel to Bali sometime between October 2016 and March 2017.
Please direct your enquiries to Prof Steve Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close at 5 pm on Monday 3 October