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Join a two-week volunteer and tour experience in Thailand! Work with sea turtles, assist with community aid initiatives and explore the highlights of this fascinating country!
 
Program Highlights:
  • Contribute directly to sea turtle conservation
  • Ethical wildlife volunteer tasks and interactions
  • Assist in the renovation of community buildings
  • Enjoy a week of guided tours/trips throughout southern Thailand
  • Make friends with fellow international volunteers from all over the globe
Your Schedule at a Glance (Two-week commitment):
 
Arrival Day, Saturday: Arrive into Phuket International Airport (HKT). Volunteers will be picked up from the airport and taken to the project location of Ban Nam Khem. Participants will settle into their new home and receive a welcome presentation and project orientation.
 
Training Day, Sunday: You will receive training from experienced staff members on the program. There may also be the opportunity to visit a local market with the team.
 
Week 1
Monday - Friday:
Volunteer work begins. As a volunteer you can expect to get involved in basic renovation work (painting, decorating, basic house improvements) as well as turtle research and conservation. Here you will be helping in the turtle center by scrubbing the tanks to ensure that the turtles have a clean environment to live in, washing the turtles with an antibacterial solution to reduce levels of infection, and also applying antifungal and antibacterial treatments to any wounds that the turtles may have. You can also expect to take part in beach clean ups as well as enjoy Thai language classes.
 
Saturday - Sunday: Weekends are free; an opportunity for volunteers to rest before the next week of adventure begins!
 
Week 2
Monday - Friday:

There will be an itinerary set by the field team members for your week of adventure; they will be there with you every step of the way!
 
We will send you your set itinerary prior to your arrival. Examples of activities you may be involved in include visiting Khao Sok National Park and the stunning Cheow Larn Lake, visiting local beaches in Kao Lak area and exploring the local area (sea kayaking, swimming, boat tour, exploring caves, beach time.) There will be loads of opportunities to buy souvenirs.
 
Possible evening activities may include visiting local markets, and partaking in cooking classes.
 
Day 15, Saturday: Volunteers will be taken to Phuket International Airport for departure.  


Please note: Schedule is subject to change.
 
For parents: Because this project is specifically designed for teenage volunteers, there is a high level of supervision by well-trained staff and conservation experts.GoEco can recommended specific airlines and flights to group participants together. Recommended airlines will offer a chaperone service, airline-provided flight chaperones who will accompany volunteers on their flight from their city of departure to their program. This chaperone service must be arranged with the airline itself, and the cost varies by airline.
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Location of the Project:  Various locations, Thailand
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Project length:  2 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Phuket International Airport (HKT)
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Volunteer Work:  Marine conservation, renovation
Age:  15-17
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 18 international volunteers. (This project requires a minimum of 4 participants; any less and the project will not take place.)

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared rooms in hotels
Food:  Three meals per day
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Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days
Orientation:  A complete orientation is provided upon arrival.
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses.
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, and its enchanting beaches also appeal to those looking for a laid-back atmosphere where cultures melt together.  A short bus ride from the base in Ban Nam Khem, 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.
 
During the second half of this program, volunteers will get to explore Thailand’s southern region, including its jungle, rural villages and more beach areas.
Volunteers will work during their first week of the program. Participants will  partake in both renovation work and sea turtle research and conservation in a local fishing village. 

Volunteer tasks may include:
  • Painting and decorating village homes and community buildings
  • Basic home improvements such as maintaining fences
  • Scrubbing the turtle tanks
  • Washing the turtles 
  • Applying antifungal and antibacterial treatments to turtle wounds
  • Participating in beach clean-ups
Internet
Internet:  Volunteers can use the Internet in nearby cafes. WiFi may be available for an extra fee in the hotels.
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry services are available at the hotel in Phang Nga for an additional fee. Volunteers can choose to hand wash their clothes.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers will stay in shared, single-gender hotel rooms with shared bathrooms where hot water is available.
Food:  Three meals per day are included. Please inform us in advance of any dietary needs. Gluten-free diets may be difficult to accommodate while traveling during Week Two.
Please take note of this program's minimum requirements:
  • Age 15-17
  • Parental consent
  • Basic level of English
  • Desire to contribute to the project goals
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