Thailand Sea Turtle Conservation Adventure

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1. In Brief

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!

Check out our Thailand Sea Turtle Conservation Adventure Video.

  

   

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.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

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.

3. What to expect

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.

4. The reviews

DEFINITELY A 'MUST DO'  | 15 May 2014
The Frontier project was the first of this kind that I participated in. Hence, this experience wa...

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Whilst my time on the island was short, the memories, knowledge and friends made will always stay wi  | 19 Dec 2012
I decided to embark on a mini solo adventure to the island of Koh Phra Thong, where I was going t...

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Amazing Sunrises and Empty Beaches  | 2 Feb 2012
The amazing sunrises, the empty beaches, coffee on top of Hornbill Hill. These are all things I w...

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The Importance of Protecting Animals  | 7 Jan 2012
I really enjoyed my volunteer experience in Koh Prah Thing with Frontier. First of all I learnt m...

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Turtle Power  | 19 Dec 2011
I’ve enjoyed my entire time with the project as the first two Thai volunteers! The fieldwor...

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Hot weather and Hawksbill turtles  | 1 Feb 2010
The weather has been extremely hot but it's nice to be able to cool off in the sea. The field...

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6. Extras

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.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,695

Extra week US$845

DEPARTURE DATES

5th December 2015 until 25th March 2016.

Please aim to arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

Minimum 2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

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

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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