Giving back

In 2007, a school was built in a nearby local village. This school not only provides tuition for lesser-privileged village kids in North Sulawesi. Because of this, we give them a chance to seek out a career as dive guides or hotel staff. We call it Giving Back.

Dive guide North Sulawesi

An awesome job in scuba diving

We believe investing in our local communities is extremely important, that’s why we educate and train our own dive staff from the ground up. From a young age they learn how to swim first, after which they go through the entire PADI program to become Rescue Diver, Divemaster or maybe even Instructor.

Learning on the job

Our school is located in a village near Manado, where (besides the government-endorsed curriculums) students learn how to work in the tourism industry as well. Most girls will work in hospitality, while most boys want to be “cool” under water, but there is an promising gender overlap between the two.

A Thalassa team member

Guests and friends helping out

Every now and then, we have guests who are just jumping at the chance to teach at our school. This is great for many reasons, not least of which the fact that our kids get to do something fun and productive. Our friends at Shark Guardian love to give lectures on the protection of sharks, for instance.

It breaks their daily routine, promotes creativity and gets them to interact with guests — fun for everyone!

The Kehidupan Anda Foundation

Kehidupan anda is Indonesian for “your life”. It’s the name of a Dutch foundation that handles funding, sponsorship programs and donation efforts for the school.

Sponsoring students, gives our kids the opportunity to further their education more than ever. In fact, a few very generous donors granted university scholarships to particularly eager students.