Marine Conservation, Thailand

Location: Thailand: Koh Tao

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 1-2 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

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Description

Join a local marine conservation project engaging with both research and restoration dives, learning about conservation initiatives and making a difference to the community conservation efforts.

The programme is structured over 4 weeks, which you can join for 1 week or more as well as any additional time for dive courses you may need. The longer you are able to stay, the more diverse the range of conservation topics and initiatives you can get involved in.

Each week combines lectures with dives and activities with a specific conservation focus. Here is an outline of what’s typically involved, which can vary through the year depending on the research and activities undertaken by the project:

- Reef health surveys
- Biorock coral rehabilitation and coral nursery
- Artificial reef construction / maintenance
- Mooring buoy installation
- Giant clam nursery
- Sea turtle ‘head starter programme’ and releases
- Surveys and monitoring of specific species including seahorses, invertebrates and coral predators such as crown of thorns starfish
- Water testing
- Coral spawning capture and culture programme
- Erosion control

You don't need specific qualifications or experience to volunteer on this project. Volunteers studying or planning future studies in Marine Biology, Conservation, Ecology or Marine Sciences may find this project particularly well suited. Longer term internships are also available, but are limited in availability so we advise applications in advance.

Highlights

* Diving certifications, Open Water & Advanced level (if required)

* Ecological Diver certification

* Ecological Monitoring certification (for volunteers staying 3 weeks+)

* Contribute to a range of local marine conservation initiatives

* Live on a tropical island

Coral Reefs cover less than 2% of the ocean floor but support 25% of all marine life. They are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth, but also one of the most threatened. All over the world reefs are in decline, and with them the fate of over 2 million species and the economies that support millions of people.

By taking part in this project you will be making a major contribution to marine conservation on Koh Tao. As the island has become more popular the environment has come under increasing pressure, so there is a real need for action in order to protect the environment and maintain a balance between nature and the demands on it from diving and tourism, the fishing industry and the Thai community. This is a small project that is having a quick and direct impact on the island's environment.

Qualifications

You do not need any specific qualifications or experience to volunteer on this project.

Volunteers studying or planning future studies in Marine Biology, Conservation, Ecology or Marine Sciences may find this project particularly well suited. Longer term internships are also available but are limited in availability so we advise applications in advance.

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

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Before you go:
-Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
-Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
-Single point of contact - Becky is your dedicated placement manager
-In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
-Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
-Help arranging criminal record checks
-Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
-Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
-Access to special deals and resources
-Fundraising guide and support
-Financial protection for monies paid to Pod

On your placement:
-Conservation volunteering placement
-Accommodation - your own room
-Induction and conservation training
-All dives
-SSI Open Water + Advanced dive courses (unless you are already SSI/PADI Advanced or equivalent)
-Scuba review (if you have a dive qualification but haven't dived recently)
-Conservation course - Ecological Diver
-Conservation course - Ecological monitoring (for volunteers staying 3 weeks+)
-Use of all dive equipment
-Onsite support from local team
-Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
-24/7 emergency back up
-Crisis management plans and insurance

On your return:
-Contact from your placement manager
-Feedback scheme
-Volunteering certificate (on request)
-References (on request)
-Member of the Pod community

Credit Available

no

Volunteer Types
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Biological Research
  • Business
  • Environment
  • Conservation
This Program is open to

Asian, Worldwide, Kiwi, South African, Australian, Canadian, European, American Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Apartment/Flat

Participants Travel to Thailand

Independently

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
Year Founded

2001

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