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.
What's not Included
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.
Work done depends on the seasons/weather. Activities include conducting biodiversity surveys for our partners in the national parks and on 2 diverse islands, including setting up camera traps and collecting pictures. Cleaning beaches, conducting species identification, assisting local staff at a turtle centre by cleaning tanks, leading behaviour enrichment surveys, and collecting morphological data on turtles, to identify infections they may have, leading environmental education classes at local schools, beach/park clean ups etc.
We participate in Mangrove cleans along with working to monitor and assess tourist behavior and impact on the environment in these areas. This involves traveling through the mangroves by boat, canoe or foot to monitor fish and wildlife, while also cleaning up rubbish. You will receive educational presentations to accompany your various conservation activities. During the dry season, November to April, we conduct coral monitoring surveys, to assess the damage of nearby coral reefs, and help to support local conservation efforts.
A typical day: You will day will start around 6:00AM 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 6:00PM.
Please take note of this project's 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)
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.