Projects Abroad | Marine Conservation

Thailand: Coral Reef Research and Coastal Conservation

Phang Nga, Thailand

Description

Location: Phang Nga, Thailand

Duration: 2-12 weeks commitment

Start Dates: Project starts on a Saturday with set start dates between November to March each year. Check with us when applying.

Cost: from £1,495 for 2 weeks. Check the Costs tab for further information.

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

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

Benefits:

  • Contribute to coral reef and coastal conservation.
  • Work toward United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14, Life Below Water.
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear, turquoise blue, tropical waters of Thailand’s Andaman Sea.
  • Experience the vibrant underwater world of Southern Thailand, spotting sea turtles, octopuses, and anemones.
  • Explore the region in your free time, going on recreational dives, island hopping around the bay, or visiting some of the many National Parks.
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Introduction

Coral reefs are an important underwater ecosystem, offering a means of filtering excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, a protection against the effects of tropical storms, and a means for fish populations to regenerate after fishing. The corals in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand are affected by overfishing, and, like most of the world’s corals, by regular coral bleaching events which are the result of climate change and the warming of waters around the world.

Each year, during Thailand’s dry season, November to April, our staff, interns, and volunteers don flippers, mask, and snorkel to conduct coral conservation research in the Andaman Sea. By joining this coral conservation research volunteer project you will assist our research teams with conducting surveys of the coral reef, recording the health of the corals and the abundance of marine life. This data is submitted to the Thai government to assist with making decisions about adding stricter protection measures for specific marine areas, potentially limiting tourist visits and fishing activities. Volunteers can also assist with submitting this data to a citizen science project.

Daily Life

This program only runs from November to March, and is not a diving program.

  • All surveys are done by snorkeling.
  • Even though the dry season should run roughly from November to April, there are still unexpected storms during this time which may mean snorkeling surveys are cancelled last minute.
  • Snorkeling takes place once a week, weather permitting.

Other activities you should expect to get involved with 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.
  • 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.
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Travel & Accom.

Accommodation is in dorm style rooms, with en-suite bathrooms, running cold water. The maximum number of volunteers per room is 6. Please note that sometimes, the rooms are mixed gender. Participants share all base duties, including cleaning the common area and the resource room and other daily chores. Drinking water will be provided.

From Sunday to Thursday, dinner and lunch is prepared for the group by cooks from the village. On Friday and Saturday volunteers and staff prepare their meals together. Breakfast includes bread, toast, margarine, milk and oats. Lunch and dinners are usually local rice and noodle dishes with curries and stir-fries. Expect to eat a lot of rice! We offer 3 meals a day but extra snacks and drinks are at your expense.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Signed medical form
  • Good English skills
  • 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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Costs

Duration Price
2 weeks £1,495
4 weeks £1,895
6 weeks £2,295
8 weeks £2,695
10 weeks £3,095
12 weeks £3,495

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 20% deposit.

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes;

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pickup
  • Orientation
  • In-country support
  • All project activities.
What’s not included:
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Vaccinations

Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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