Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

China: Marine Conservation Project

Naozhou Island, China


Location: Naozhou Island, China

Duration: Minimum 1 week

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €500 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations


  • Care for endangered wildlife in a beautiful scenic island location
  • Protect local dolphins and turtles, helping to preserve their legacy
  • Educate yourself and others on the importance of ocean conservation
  • Keywords: Ocean conservation, China conservation, turtle conservation, dolphin conservation, wildlife conservation

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This once in a lifetime program takes you out into the South China Sea, on the beautiful island of Donghai. You will be caring for some of China’s most endangered wildlife and spreading awareness of ocean conservation.

Within this one-week conservation programme, you will be helping to take care of turtles and protect local dolphins. The centre is home to approximately 20 disabled turtles, while a separate centre houses healthy turtles that are awaiting release.

You will care for, and discover more about, the five different turtle species living both within the centre and the surrounding South China Sea. These include Leatherback, Green, Loggerhead, Hauxville and Olive Ridley Turtles. Depending upon which time of year you visit, you may be lucky enough to witness turtle eggs hatching. You will get the chance to help escort them safely into the ocean.

The dolphin conservation part of the placement will focus on educating local schools, helping to construct a dolphin museum and rebuilding any damage caused to houses in the annual typhoon. You may even get the chance to see a dolphin from a boat if you’re lucky.

If you love animals, sun and sand, this placement is definitely one for you.

Daily Life

Once you have had breakfast on the first Monday of the placement, you will be transferred to Donghai island. There, you will visit a dolphin and turtle conservation program before stopping to have lunch. In the afternoon, you will be educated about the local area by the staff in dolphin conservation. Then you’ll enjoy a fun BBQ night on the beach.

On the Tuesday, you will be taken out to sea by boat where you will hopefully get to spot dolphins. Afterwards, you will be given the opportunity to fish on the boat. You’ll return to the centre for lunch, then help the local staff in the afternoon to construct the dolphin museum and clean the dustbins on the beach.

On Wednesday, you will continue work on constructing the dolphin museum after breakfast. Then, after lunch you will visit a local school to teach the children about dolphins and what they can do to protect the environment.

Thursday, you’ll be transferred to Naozhou Island after breakfast via public transportation. You’ll enjoy a nice lunch on the island before visiting the turtle conservation centre to help in the afternoon.

Friday, after breakfast you will be given the opportunity to say goodbye to the turtles on the island and simply enjoy a little time before heading back to Zhanjiang after lunch. You’ll be provided a tour of Zhanjiang before sleeping over. You will need to organise your own dinner.

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Travel and Accommodation

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and picked up from the airport, before being taken to your accommodation.

You will be staying in shared accommodation of 2-4 people per room. All bed linen, hot showers and fan will be provided. Your room is lockable and there is free wifi in the public areas.

Being on a fishing island, enjoy plenty of seafood! Vegetarian options also available.

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  • Minimum age 18
  • Passion and enthusiasm for marine conservation
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • Good English skills
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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€500 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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Note: Map coordinates are approximate