Projects Abroad | Marine Conservation

Thailand: Plastic Pollution and 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 throughout the 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:

  • Assist directly with minimising the impact of marine litter in Thailand,
  • Build the capacity of local people to operate their own long-term sustainable development projects.
  • Promote environmental awareness by working with local students,
  • Work on conserving the endangered green turtle and learn about threats to sea turtle populations,
  • Contribute to biodiversity research to aid in the conservation of formally protected areas.
  • During November to March to gain coral reef monitoring and fish Identification skills,
  • Explore the beauty of Thailand’s southern region, including its idyllic islands and numerous National Parks.
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Introduction

Plastic pollution is one of several environmental threats facing this region in Southern Thailand.This program contributes to local conservation of this area and globally to Sustainable Development Goals #14 Life Below Water, and #14, Life On Land, as set by the United Nations.

The main focus of this program will be minimising the effects of plastic pollution through conducting and promoting regular beach cleans, collecting and analysing data on coastal and marine debris, as well as promoting plastic pollution awareness and environmentally friendly behaviours in the local community and among international visitors.

In addition you will also be contributing to other conservation initiatives along with our staff and other participants from around the world. This might include working at turtle research and conservation centers and conducting biodiversity surveys of nearby islands, including bird surveys, regular beach cleans and teaching environmental education classes, for which full training will be provided. From November to March you might also get involved in coral reef health and fish abundance and species surveys while snorkeling on the coast of Phang Nga.

Throughout the project, get to know fellow international participants, and gain in-depth insight into what life is like in southern Thailand, from traveling by Songthaew, a local shared taxi service, to exploring Thai cuisine with every meal. During your free time, visit the popular tourism destination of Phuket or go island hopping around Phang Nga.

Daily Life

The main focus of this program will be minimizing the effects of plastic pollution through conducting and promoting regular beach cleans, collecting and analyzing data on coastal and marine debris, as well as promoting plastic pollution awareness and environmentally friendly behaviors in the local community and among international visitors.

Activities will 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.
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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 the volunteer’s 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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*** 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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