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Thailand - Coastal Marine Conservation in Phang Nga

Come to Phang Nga, Thailand and discover the stunning but delicate marine and coastal ecosystems that need protection from human encroachment. You'll be involved in hands-on activities ranging from sea turtle conservation and biodiversity surveying to community education and teaching English.



$2,090

 

Fast Facts

Location of ProjectPhang Nga, Thailand
Project Length2 weeks - 12 weeks
Arrival AirportPhuket, Thailand (HKT)
Volunteer WorkMarine and wildlife conservation, environmental education and community work
Number of Participants16
Age18 - 80

What's Included

AccommodationShared rooms at the volunteer base
Food2 - 3 meals per day
SupportLocal in-country team and 24 hour emergency support
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details are sent following registration
Orientation Introduction and training program including lectures and field experience

What's Not Included

Flights, insurance, personal expenses, transportation from/to Phuket Town/airport, visa (if required)
 

Location

Situated along the Andaman coast, Phang Nga is a spectacular region renowned for its magnificent scenery and geographical wonders of limestone rock formations jutting out from beneath the sea and sunken caverns.  Its clear waters and abundance of marine life make it a top destination for snorkelers and scuba divers but its enchanting beaches also appeal to those looking for a laid-back atmosphere with where cultures meld together.  A short bus ride from the base, Phang Nga Bay is probably most famous for some of its many tiny islands including Koh Tapu where the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun was shot.  

 

About the Project

This project takes a holistic approach to conservation.  It focuses on protecting the delicate coastal and marine ecosystems that are suffering because of economic pressures and natural destruction.  In addition, the goal is to educate local villagers, hotel workers, dive shop owners and others about environmental issues and how to avoid destroying the coral reefs and fish and turtle populations while encouraging sustainable economic ventures and food sources.

 

Volunteer Work and Contribution

The volunteer activities that you will be involved in will vary because much of the work is seasonal.  From November through April, the main tasks will revolve around sea turtle conservation and beach cleanup.  From May through October, the rainy season, the work will focus on terrestrial conservation and surveying biodiversity in National parks. You will also be involved in tourist management activities. Regardless of the time of year, you will have the opportunity to participate in community work, environmental education and even teach English to National park rangers and the general community.

A typical day: You will day will start around 6am as you head out to conduct biodiversity surveys or work on another project.  You will have lunch around noon and then go back out to the "field" for an afternoon project.  You will be brought back to the volunteer base in the early afternoon and will have free time until dinner is served around 6pm.  

 

Living Arrangements

Accommodations: The rooms at the volunteer base are quite basic and although there is no air conditioning there are fans for your use.  The rooms are shared with up to 15 other volunteers and have electricity.  There is a shared bathroom with cold running water.   

You may upgrade to a private room with air conditioning for an additional fee.

Food: You will be provided with most meals while volunteering.  Breakfast is available daily at the volunteer house and consists of coffee, tea and cereals.  You will either be given lunch or a stipend to buy lunch at a local restaurant.  From Sunday through Wednesday, local women will cook you traditional Thai dinners with meat and vegetarian options. On Thursdays, you will have the opportunity to cook on the facilities on base. During the weekends, if you remain at the base, you will be given a stipend for 2 meals on Saturday and 1 on Sunday.  You can also buy groceries and cook or barbeque at the base.

Internet: Available at internet cafes (10-minute walk from the base).

Laundry: You can use local laundry places in town.

 

Travel Highlights

Thailand is full of things to discover.  Divers shouldn’t miss out on the spectacular coral reefs of the Similan & Suring Islands.  You can relax on stretches of sandy, white beaches or paper yourself at one of the many inexpensive spas.  Trek along the Khao Lak coast and find hidden waterfalls.  Head to Phuket to if you want to party the night away or indulge in adventure water sports.  Animal and nature lovers will enjoy a trip to Khao Sok National Park, home to monkeys, tigers, elephants, birds and reptiles.  Visit nearby Krabi Province and climb to the top of the Tiger Temple or kayak through mangroves.  

 

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Be open-minded and flexible
  • Desire to contribute to the project goals and community
  • Police background check (must be officially translated into English)

Here's an excerpt of Chloe's experience:

 

 

"As conservation volunteers, the team I worked on saw early mornings and plenty of data entry in the afternoons. We worked at two separate sea turtle conservation efforts weekly and also taught classes that combined conservation concepts and English vocabulary to the local primary school classes every week. Two of the most fulfilling, enriching things I’ve ever done in my life..."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!
 

 

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