Thailand Sea Turtle Conservation Adventure
Where: Small island in the Andaman Sea, 5km offshore from the Phang Nga Province, Thailand
Focus: Turtle monitoring, snorkel reef surveying and community engagement.
When: All year round | Project starts on a Monday.
- Turtles: All year round
- Snorkel Surveying: December – March.
Duration: Min. 2 weeks
Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.
Cost: Available here.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Contribute to the continuing protection and conservation of turtles – Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Green turtles.
- Monitor and patrol vital turtle nesting beaches.
- Conduct behavioural observation on turtles feeding.
- Monitor nest hatching and collect a variety of data on the beaches.
- Take part in the educational programmes for children and adults, in local schools and communities.
- Conduct snorkel surveys of the offshore coral reefs looking out for evidence of reef recovery (December to March only).
- Encourage the local community to move away from harmful practices such as harvesting turtles, and promote future conservation.
- Prepare materials for school education programme on conservation and English lessons.
- Create displays for the community conservation centre.
- Conduct guided tours for visitors.
- Possibly get the opportunity to spend time on the uninhabited Ra Island living in an eco-lodge monitoring beaches and conducting a bird surveys.
- Help out with planting seedlings in the mangrove forest and other restoration work.
Accommodation: Volunteers stay in a homestay in a small Thai village in the north of the island. Electricity is available for a few hours in the evening. Each day volunteers travel to the project sites by boat.
Sleeping: Single or shared rooms depending on volunteer numbers. The bed is a “Thai-style” mattress on the floor with a pillow.
Food: 3 meals a day.
Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.
Transport: Volunteers fly into Phuket or Ranong airport and self-travel to the project village via boat, car or bus using easy to follow instructions.
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