Marine Conservation in Thailand

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Marine Conservation in Thailand

from £795
Duration: from 1 week to 12 weeks
Countries: Thailand
Contribute to marine conservation initiatives whilst living on a tropical island. Make a difference to conservation efforts, whilst learning - includes dive courses & conservation training.

Marine Conservation in Thailand

What will I be doing?

Volunteers work with a conservation research team integrated with the local community, encouraging awareness campaigns and producing valuable published research. Daily activities may include:

* Reef health surveys (Ecological Monitoring Program)
* Biorock coral rehabilitation and coral nursery
* Artificial reef construction / maintenance
* 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 program

If you are a beginner diver on arrival you will spend your first week training and achieving your SSI Open Water and Advanced certification. During your placement you will also obtain conservation course certificates.

You will be based in a relaxed and friendly village on the south side of the island, the project and volunteer accommodation are located close to the beach.

For students looking to do a research project, it is possible to join an internship programme if you stay 8 weeks +

How is the Marine Conservation project making a difference?

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. Research is the only way to get a true idea of what the problems are and what needs to be done to alleviate them.

The Marine Conservation team is active on two fronts; surveying the reefs and collecting data in Koh Tao, as well as implementing a range of restoration projects and community engagement initiatives. They work in partnership with local government authorities and universities to provide data for key decision makers in marine conservation, coastal protection and fisheries in Thailand.

This project was shortlisted for the “Outstanding Project” award at the Global Youth Travel Awards 2015.

Why are volunteers needed?

Research and restoration activities are labour intensive and as such volunteers are a valuable addition to the team. Working under the guidance of the Marine Biologist and experienced interns at the project, volunteers can contribute a great deal to the ongoing research. In addition to this, volunteers with an interest or experience in conservation can bring a new perspective to research.




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Further Details

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Price details:

from £795


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
-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)
-Member of the Pod community


£75 discount for volunteers who combine more than one Pod Volunteer project! For friends/partners sharing a room, discount of £25 per person, per week


All the time

This placement would suit:

Anyone who is interested in diving (no previous experience required)

Do you accept non UK citizens?



“I can advise anyone who loves the sea, wants to help and learn about the marine environment to chose this placement. By doing marine conservation I have learnt so much and we have done so many different things. I think the marine conservation program has a lot to offer us. And I think every moment of the year has something special to offer the volunteers.”

About Pod Volunteer

Pod Volunteer is an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world. We work with long term projects that we know personally and where there is genuine benefit to local communities. Volunteers are needed from 1 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care, education, teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Belize, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Namibia, Nepal, Peru, South Africa and Thailand.

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Thailand Marine Conservation

Thailand Marine Conservation

Learning about coral types
Thailand Marine Conservation

Thailand Marine Conservation

A successful artificial reef construction, thriving with marine life
Thailand Marine Conservation

Thailand Marine Conservation

Preparing 'bottle nurseries' to sink and instigate a new artificial reef structure for coral to grow healthily
Thailand Marine Conservation

Thailand Marine Conservation

Completing a reef survey
Thailand Marine Conservation

Thailand Marine Conservation

The island of Koh Tao
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