Marine Conservation Volunteer – Thailand with Pod

Photo credit: Flickr image, Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble.

Fast Facts
A project offered by:
Personal Overseas Development
Based in:Koh Tao, Thailand
Working with:Coral Reefs
Reef associated wildlife

Activities including:SCUBA diving surveys
Artificial reef construction
Biorock coral rehabilitation
Price*:from £695 / €825 / US$1105
Duration:from 1 week
*Please note that pricing may be subject to change (check with operator)

Our 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.

In addition to the regular project focuses there may be special activities such as working with community groups to raise awareness, educational workshops and beach and underwater clean-ups.

If you are a beginner diver on arrival you will spend your first week training and achieving your SSI Open Water and Advanced Adventurer certification. SSI (Scuba Schools International) is an internationally recognised dive standard equivalent to PADI.

During your placement you will also obtain conservation course certificates including Ecological Diver. For volunteers staying 3 weeks or more, the project includes SSI Ecological Monitoring Project (EMP) Certification and manual, EMP is the official monitoring program for Koh Tao. For those looking to specialise you can also take further ecological courses.

There are normally 5-15 volunteers in the team however in the summer the team can be 20-25 volunteers in total. Volunteers work alongside full time staff and long term research interns.

Go to Personal Overseas Development’s website to find out more about this project.