Volunteer to restore damaged coral reefs and protect turtles, or take a marine science A-Level in Borneo, Malaysia.


Who: TRACC (Tropical Research and Conservation Centre)

Where: Pom Pom Island, Borneo, Malaysia

Focus: Protecting sea turtle and restoring coral reefs destroyed by blast fishing. As a volunteer you will:

  • Learn how to repair the damage to coral reefs to encourage reef sharks, rays, turtles and other forms of marine life to remain in the area. TRACC has planted over 75,000 coral fragments over 6 years, drastically improving the surrounding reefs.
  • Patrol the island to find nesting green and hawksbill turtles, collect and relocated the eggs to the island hatchery, then release the baby turtles back into the ocean.
  • Carry out coral transplants using an innovative methodology allowing corals to grow 25x faster.
  • Take part in fish ID and invertebrate ID workshops and carry out underwater surveys of the reefs.
  • Take part in beach and reef clean-ups to ensure the ongoing natural beauty of the area.

When: All year round. Peak turtle nesting season is from May to September.

Duration: 2 weeks up to 4 months.

Suitability: 18+. All training is included so no previous dive experience necessary.

Marine Qualifications: Marine A-Level (more detail below)

Scuba Diving: PADI courses available from Open Water to Rescue. A Divemaster Internship is available at certain times of the year and for a minimum stay of 12 weeks.

Cost: Visit TRACC for current prices.

Marine A-Level

TRACC’s Cambridge Marine Science intensive A-Level course is recognised world wide, and allows you to complete an entire A-level in approximately 14 weeks.

The Marine science A-level is split into two parts; the AS-level and the A2 level:

  • AS level investigates the scientific study of the sea and its related ecosystems.
  • A2-Level looks at human activities and how we impact and rely upon the ocean.

Cost: Contact TRACC for more information.



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