Diving and Marine Conservation Internships
The Diving & Marine Conservation Project in Thailand takes place along the beautiful Andaman Sea coast near Ao Nang and the surrounding islands. Interns receive PADI certified scuba diving courses and take part in breath-taking dives amongst the coral reefs.
Work as part of this internship involves researching and protecting the coral reefs, tropical forests and coastal areas. You can help with community education, beach and ocean clean-ups and reforestation work. The diving is some of the best in the world and you’ll have the chance to observe a wide variety of marine life – including turtles, rays, harmless reef sharks and hundreds of species of multi-coloured tropical fish.
You do not need previous experience to take part in this project and you will receive training to enable you to fully participate in all the activities, research and surveys. This project is perfect for anyone interested in marine biology, environmental issues, preserving our eco-systems and protecting the planet. You will learn new skills and gain hands on experience under the supervision of experienced staff.
Volunteers on this project can get involved in a wide variety of activities, such as:
- Reef Check Surveys
- Dive Against Debris Surveys
- Ocean Conservancy Data Collection
- Reforestation Work
- Community Outreach and Education
- Beach clean-ups
A work schedule is established each week so you know what is happening and when. The schedule varies, depending on the time of year, the weather and the number of volunteers on the project.
Volunteers normally work five days a week, so you will have two days off to relax, travel or get involved in some of the many other activities the area offers. We try and give you the weekends off, but occasionally this may change due to the weather conditions or tide times. It is important to be committed to all work aspects of the project, the work can be physically demanding and the days often start early to avoid the heat of the sun.
One of the first things that you’ll be doing is learning how to scuba dive. We will train you up to PADI Open Water standards, helping you to learn the fundamental theoretical and practical aspects of diving. As a PADI certified diver you can participate fully in the underwater conservation work.
Volunteers with an existing dive certification equivalent to the PADI Open Water qualification receive the PADI Advanced course. Volunteers joining us for at least 4 weeks from July 1st 2015 will also receive the Projects Abroad Survey Diver certification card. This is a PADI authorised specialty course which includes full training in underwater survey and research techniques.
Our partner, Projects Abroad, undertakes important practical and scientific work on the coral reefs, tropical forests and removes harmful rubbish from the coastline – minimising human impact on both the marine and coastal environments.
Our conservation and survey methods are designed in line with international environmental organisations’ systems and standards. The data is entered into several online database systems which are used across the world by experts in these fields. These include collecting vital data on the health of the reef, marine and coastal areas, educating the public about the value of marine ecosystems and the current crisis affecting marine life and other indigenous species. We also aim to create a global network of volunteer teams trained in Reef Check’s scientific methods who will regularly monitor and report on reef health worldwide.
Mangrove and lowland forests are disappearing more quickly than inland tropical rainforests and, so far, with little public notice. Healthy forests are key to a healthy marine ecology. We work to monitor and replant forests in the Krabi Province to prevent further destruction and assist with on-going reforestation work.
The project’s rubbish and debris collection and recycling initiatives are conducted in line with Project Aware’s Dive Against Debris Survey and the UNESCO funded Ocean Conservancy Beach Debris Survey.
In the long term, we hope our work will produce ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions. We want to stimulate local community action to protect the remaining pristine reefs and rehabilitate damaged reefs and tropical coastal forests worldwide.
You will live in bungalows surrounded by lush mangrove forests, shared with up to 4 other Projects Abroad Conservation interns and volunteers of the same gender. Each bungalow has its own private bathroom. The rooms are cleaned regularly and have electricity and hot running water. Meals are provided in a communal restaurant area. On days when you are out diving all day or working on a land based project for example, lunch will be provided on the boat, at the work site, or a packed lunch may be organised for you.
The volunteer accommodation is located in Ao Nammao just south of Ao Nang, about ten minutes’ drive from the centre of town. We provide transport to take volunteers to-and-from the work sites. To get into the town centre in your free time it is easy to hire a tuk tuk or catch the local bus.
Additional Program Info
This Diving and Marine Conservation internship on BridgEd powered by Projects Abroad can be done for a duration of 4 weeks or 8 weeks, with the choice to extend on a per-week basis
4 weeks – INR 243,000
8 weeks – INR 341,000
Extra week – INR 24,500
The fees charged are used to cover the cost of your experience on our programs abroad. This fee covers:
- Travel to and from the airport
- Travel and health insurance
- Food and accommodation
- support and guidance as well as 24-hour emergency back-up from our local office in your destination
- all information before and during your time with us overseas
These fees do not include flights and visas where applicable.
- Prep Work 0
- Work Ex. 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes