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Thailand Sea Turtle Conservation Adventure

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Thailand Sea Turtle Conservation Adventure

Combine practical conservation work with extensive conservation education workshops in the local community in an attempt to protect and conserve the beautiful and mysterious sea turtles.

Prices from US$1,395

Thailand has continued to be one of the most tempting destinations for those who are seeking a combination of enchanting natural surroundings, alluring culture, and incredible biodiversity. Breathtaking silvery beaches lapped by warm, crystal clear waters are complemented by friendly locals, mouth-watering local delicacies, and an ancient and fascinating historical heritage rooted in Buddhist origins. In its waters live a fantastic array of marine creatures and snorkelling and scuba diving in Thailand is a truly unforgettable experience. However, some of the island's most charming marine creatures – sea turtles – are under threat. Join our conservation programme and help contribute to the continuing protection of these wonderful animals, whilst enjoying all the fun of a gap year or year out abroad!

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture
  • Help to protect the magnificent sea turtle
  • Gain lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Thailand
Activities Monitoring & patrolling beaches
Conducting behavioural observation on turtles feeding
Assist nest hatching
Collecting a variety of data on the beach
Preparing materials for school education programme
Transport You must make your own way to the project site
Accommodation Home stay


 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food
Local orientation
Comprehensive project training
Project equipment and materials
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The fate of sea turtles in Thailand is looking bleak as it currently stands. The three species that are found here are all suffering population declines, in particular the Olive Ridley turtle. This theory underlines the pressing need for addressing this issue, and hence the turtle conservation project has been founded here. The annual decrease in turtle nests has come about through a range of significant factors, including high levels of egg harvesting in the last 20 years, the consumption of turtle meat, the hunting of turtles for their shells, and habitat destruction through natural and human causes.

The project has been running here since 1996, and is very well established. The project is fully registered at the National Research Council in Thailand, and has combined an extremely thorough conservation strategy with effective education programmes in local communities. The project has actually resulted in the elimination of egg poaching activities by local people, and some turtles which local fishermen have caught in their nets have even been donated back to the project.

Working towards sustainable conservation

Your environmental education and awareness-raising work will focus on encouraging indigenous people away from harmful practices such as harvesting turtles, and encourage marginalised communities to recognise that rational use of these resources are key to their preservation for the future. You will live the Thai lifestyle, and will be making a significant contribution to the recovery of the region from the devastating after effects of the tsunami. The project staff have worked closely with local communities to aid them in their recovery and to build towards a sustainable strategy for the biological and economic stability of this incredible place. This truly is an incredible chance to make a difference, whilst having an unforgettable experience that you will never forget!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

The work on the project is multifaceted, combining a programme of practical conservation work with extensive conservation education agendas. In parallel to the scientific work that is being carried out, an educational programme has been instigated for children and adults, in local schools and communities, making this an ideal project for those who wish to contribute to a sustainable conservation strategy.

The work involves;

  • Monitoring and patrolling beaches
  • Conducting behavioural observation on turtles feeding
  • Assisting nest hatching
  • Collecting a variety of data on the beach
  • Preparing materials for school education programme on conservation and English lessons
  • Preparing display’s for the community conservation centre
  • Conducting guided tours for visitors

If this is your first time doing conservation work, don't worry! It will only take a short while for you to feel totally at home on camp and confident with the science work. Although the work is intense you'll find that living in such a beautiful and inaccessible environment alongside friends who share your passion for conservation will be the experience of a lifetime!

You may also have the unique opportunity to spend a week on the uninhabited Ra Island. As a small team you could monitor beaches and conduct a bird surveys. During your stay on Ra Island you would be based at an Ecolodge.

You'll find your team to be a fun, dynamic mix of ages and experiences, with members who all share a passion about travelling in developing countries and saving endangered life. Your staff will be young, friendly individuals who are highly experienced in their field and many have also volunteered on a Frontier project earlier in their career.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

The project is located in the Phang Nga Province in south Thailand, on a small island 5 km offshore in the turquoise Andaman Sea. You will fly into Phuket or Ranong airport and then make your own way to the project village via boat, car or bus. We will provide you with easy to follow instructions prior to your departure to enable you to plan your journey.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Whilst you are volunteering on this incredible project, you will be living the authentic Thai lifestyle, staying in a small, charming village in the north of the island. The original village was destroyed almost entirely in the tsunami, and has been rebuilt in a safer location through charity donations. By staying in the village and eating local produce, you are supporting the continuing rejuvenation of the community. You will be living with a friendly Thai host in their home within a small village. There will be other volunteers staying with families nearby and, depending on availability; you may be sharing a room with a similarly minded project worker. Your bed will be a "Thai-style" mattress on the floor with a pillow. There is a local Thai lady in the village, who will be happy to provide a laundry service for you at a reasonable price and there are also two small shops where you can buy supplies such as snacks and toiletries. It is also a good idea to bring a mobile phone and purchase a local SIM card before you get to the island which you may be able to top up locally. Electricity is available for a few hours in the evening. Each day you will travel to your work sites by boat.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Whilst staying on the project, you will enjoy the luxury of having your meals cooked by a local staff member, who will rustle up some of the tantalizing delicacies that form the basis for Thai cuisine. Some dishes to look out for are; fragrant steamed rice, exquisite vegetable curries made with locally grown produce, or freshly caught seafood. Whilst you are sure to enjoy the delicious range of food that will be provided for you, make sure you stock up on luxuries that you can't live without, such as hot chocolate, before you set off for the project site.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you can explore the local area and absorb Thailand's captivating culture. Explore golden temples, with their ancient Buddhist carvings and magical atmosphere. Try some more adventurous activities, such as mountain biking through the stunning landscape, white water rafting, diving, sailing or sea canoeing. Enjoy a Thai massage, which really will give you a new sense of serenity! As you can see, there will be no shortage of ways to occupy your time off.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,395

Extra week US$695

DEPARTURE DATES

Please aim to arrive on a Monday.

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Internal ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Comprehensive project training
  • Project equipment & materials
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Phuket (HKT)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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