Coral Reef Conservation Research

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Coordinator | Natalie
Coordinator | Natalie


Snorkel in the crystal clear, turquoise blue, tropical waters of Thailand’s Andaman Sea.
Experience the vibrant underwater world of Southern Thailand, spotting sea turtles, octopuses, and anemones.
Explore the region in your free time, going on recreational dives, island hopping around the bay, or visiting some of the many National Parks.
Work toward United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14, Life Below Water.
Contribute to coral reef conservation research in Southern Thailand. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Coral reefs are an important underwater ecosystem, offering a means of filtering excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, a protection against the effects of tropical storms, and a means for fish populations to regenerate after fishing. The corals in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand are affected by overfishing, and, like most of the world’s corals, by regular coral bleaching events which are the result of climate change and the warming of waters around the world. 

Each year, during Thailand’s dry season, November to April, GVI staff, interns, and volunteers don flippers, mask, and snorkel to conduct coral conservation research in the Andaman Sea. By joining this coral conservation research volunteer project you will assist our research teams with conducting surveys of the coral reef, recording the health of the corals and the abundance of marine life. This data is submitted to the Thai government to assist with making decisions about adding stricter protection measures for specific marine areas, potentially limiting tourist visits and fishing activities. Volunteers can also assist with submitting this data to a citizen science project.

You will also be taking part in other conservation activities such as aiding in conserving the endangered green sea turtle as well as for example being involved in biodiversity and camera trapping surveys, taking part in regular beach cleans, conducting bird and butterfly surveys or teaching environmental education classes. 

Typical day

Typical Day - Monday:


08:00 -12:00 Navy Base Turtle Husbandry

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch at the Navy Base

13:00 - 15:30 Enrichment and Data Collection at Navy Base

18:00 Dinner at the Base


Typical Day - Tuesday:

06:30 - 10:00 Bird Survey

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch at the Base

13:30 - 15:00 Interns Meeting / Data Entry

15:00 - 16:30 Snorkeling and Coral Reef Research

17:00 - 18:00 Thai Lesson

18:00 Dinner at Base

Free-time activities

You will be based in Phang Nga Province, working at centres and schools in and around the area (transportation will be provided  to daily work placements). Traveling around the local area is quite easy with cheap and reliable buses between all major towns. 

Any additional or recreational travel will be at the volunteer’s own expense, so this should be budgeted for accordingly. 

In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area. In this time you could take part in GVI side trips, relax at the program base or visit the numerous beaches, islands, caves, and national forests for which the region is famous. Before and after your program you could visit the remnants of a 160-million-year old rainforest at Khao Sok National Park, also home to the world’s largest flower.  Alternatively, you could kayak through estuaries cutting through 200 meter foliaged limestone cliffs, mangrove channels and tidal lagoons while keeping your eyes open for local wildlife. Or experience island life on one of the many Andaman islands in the region known for their dazzling marine life as well as their stunning terrestrial beauty – the possibilities are endless! 
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Global Vision International (GVI)


  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting


  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Phuket International Airport
Airport pick-ups can be arranged from 12:00 AM - 06:00 PM the day before your start date, please request this from the GVI office. 

From Phuket Airport you can find several hotels that are within a 5-minute walking distance. Our recommended hotel, Phuket Airport Place offers free airport pickup that you need to book at the time of booking the room. Please note that GVI will not be able to provide transport if you book in Central Phuket, Phuket Town or Patong Beach. Please stay near the meeting point which is near the airport.
Accommodation is in dorm style rooms, with en-suite bathrooms, running cold water. The maximum number of volunteers per room is 6.  Please note that sometimes, the rooms are mixed gender. Participants share all base duties, including cleaning the common area and the resource room and other daily chores. Drinking water will be provided.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
From Sunday to Thursday, dinner and lunch is prepared by cooks from our village. On Friday and Saturday volunteers and staff prepare their meals together. Breakfast includes bread, toast, margarine, milk and oats.  Lunch and dinners are usually local rice and noodle dishes with curries and stir-fries. Expect to eat a lot of rice! GVI offers 3 meals a day but extra snacks and drinks are at the volunteer’s expense.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Phuket International Airport (HKT) in Phuket. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Due to the current situation you have the flexibility of changing the destination and start dates for this program at no extra cost. This added flexibility can be utilised until 31 December 2020.

Set dates with guaranteed departures:

  • 04 Jul 2020
  • 11 Jul 2020
  • 18 Jul 2020
  • 25 Jul 2020
  • 01 Aug 2020
  • 08 Aug 2020
  • 15 Aug 2020
  • 22 Aug 2020
  • 29 Aug 2020
  • 05 Sep 2020
  • 12 Sep 2020
  • 19 Sep 2020
  • 26 Sep 2020
  • 03 Oct 2020
  • 10 Oct 2020
  • 17 Oct 2020
  • 24 Oct 2020
  • 31 Oct 2020
  • 07 Nov 2020
  • 14 Nov 2020
  • 21 Nov 2020
  • 28 Nov 2020
  • 05 Dec 2020
  • 12 Dec 2020
  • 19 Dec 2020
  • 26 Dec 2020
  • 02 Jan 2021
  • 09 Jan 2021
  • 16 Jan 2021
  • 23 Jan 2021
  • 30 Jan 2021
  • 06 Feb 2021
  • 13 Feb 2021
  • 20 Feb 2021
  • 27 Feb 2021
  • 06 Mar 2021
  • 13 Mar 2021
  • 20 Mar 2021
  • 27 Mar 2021
  • 03 Apr 2021
  • 10 Apr 2021
  • 17 Apr 2021
  • 24 Apr 2021
  • 01 May 2021
  • 08 May 2021
  • 15 May 2021
  • 22 May 2021
  • 30 Oct 2021
  • 06 Nov 2021
  • 13 Nov 2021
  • 20 Nov 2021
  • 27 Nov 2021
  • 04 Dec 2021
  • 11 Dec 2021
  • 18 Dec 2021
  • 25 Dec 2021

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
1 week (min. stay)
€1,685 ($1,854)
2 weeks
€1,945 ($2,140)
3 weeks
€2,205 ($2,426)
4 weeks
€2,465 ($2,712)
5 weeks
€2,725 ($2,998)
6 weeks
€2,985 ($3,284)
7 weeks
€3,245 ($3,570)
8 weeks
€3,505 ($3,856)
9 weeks
€3,765 ($4,142)
10 weeks
€4,025 ($4,428)
11 weeks
€4,285 ($4,714)
12 weeks (max. stay)
€4,545 ($5,000)
Average fees
€1,032 ($1,135) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Vision International (GVI) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Vision International (GVI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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