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Thailand Sea Turtles, Coral Reef & Community

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Thailand Sea Turtles, Coral Reef & Community

As you soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the warm hospitality, help to preserve sea turtles and their nests along the beaches, and monitor the coral reefs in clear oceans.

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!

  

   

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in true Thai culture
  • Help to protect the magnificent sea turtle
  • Help to preserve the delicate ecosystems

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
Snorkel surveys
Mangrove reforestation
Environmental education programmes
Transport Boat/car/bus journey to project site
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
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 WILL I BE DOING?

You will be working alongside experienced scientific research staff, monitoring the three main turtle species on the island – Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Green turtles. This will involve basic if lengthy beach patrols, snorkel transects, observing feeding behaviours and helping to identify nests and assist hatchlings. Depending on the stage in the hatching season, you could be seeing the hatchlings emerge under a starlit tropical sky during the night shift or seeing them taste their first rays of the resplendent Thai sun during the day. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the Hawksbill turtle which has been seen swimming although its nests have never been found so far!

In addition to the important turtle work you will take part in the tortoise and freshwater survey, measuring and identifying species. You will also be conducting snorkel surveys of the offshore coral reefs looking out for evidence of reef recovery. There may be the opportunity to work in the luxuriant mangrove forests helping with seedling planting and restoration work. While busy with your daily activities you can watch out for an array of fantastic local wildlife including creatures such as hornbills, Sea Eagles, Monitor Lizards, Pangolins, deer and Long Tailed Macaques.

As you soak up the atmosphere of the project village and enjoy the warm hospitality, you will be giving something back by sharing your knowledge and skills with the local people. Just as you will no doubt pick up a few words of Thai from your host family, you will be teaching them and the community basic English and helping to educate them about the importance of their environment and the valuable conservation work that is being carried out. You'll also give presentations to tourists and visitors about the project goals and activities and promote environmental good practice and the importance of turtle and reef conservation.

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.

An example of a day in the village could be:

05:30 - Transfer by boat to beaches, monitor the beaches, whilst enjoying a beautiful sunrise

09:00 - A breakfast picnic on the beach in the cool morning air

09:30 - Sea observation with binoculars, looking for dolphins, sea turtles and other animals

13:00 - A delicious home-cooked Thai meal in the village

15:00 - Another chance to spot a graceful dolphin or perhaps simply a swim or snorkel in the sea or a walk on the beach or travel to surrounding islands to search for turtle nests

17:00 - English lessons and swapping stories with the villagers

19:00 - Dinner in the village, then some more time to enjoy the beauty of the island or perhaps a nap to restore energy before monitoring the hatchlings during the night shift

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?

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?

In this hot climate, it is essential to drink water throughout the day so be sure to carry a large water bottle with you. You will be provided with three delicious authentic Thai meals a day which will be prepared by one of the local villagers and vegetarians can be catered for.

The coconut plays a prominent role in many southern dishes with its milk tempering the heat of chilli-laced soups and curries, its oil used for frying, and its grated meat serving as a condiment. There is an abundance of fresh seafood from the surrounding waters including fish, prawns, lobsters, crab, squid, scallops, clams and mussels. Cashew nuts from local plantations are eaten as appetisers or stir-fried with chicken and dried chillies, while a pungent flat bean called sator adds an exotic, if somewhat bitter, flavour much admired by southern diners.

Thai is one of the world's most exciting cuisines, and if you're willing to experiment, you'll be richly rewarded. Contrary to popular belief, not all Thai food is fiery hot, and there are plenty of tasty dishes suited to the Western palate. This hybrid cuisine has been influenced by soups and noodle dishes from China, curries from India and satays from Indonesia. Most dishes incorporate four elements: sweet, sour, salty and hot flavours.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

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Two very quick weeks in Thailand  | 20 Jan 2012
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Useful tips for a great project and unique island  | 13 Mar 2010
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No time for TV!  | 9 Feb 2010
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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.

The project season runs from  December 2017 to the end of March 2018 and is available throughout the Christmas period.

DURATION

From 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

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • 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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