Diving & Marine Conservation for Teenagers

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Coordinator | Bethany
Coordinator | Bethany
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Learn to dive, observe corals and plant mangroves.
Work alongside dedicated professional conservationists and a group of volunteers your own age.
Get a globally recognised PADI diving qualification included in the price and complete underwater surveys.
Explore Thailand’s culture and cuisine.
Build lasting friendships with other teenagers from all around the world.
Jump into clear blue waters and discover the underwater world that awaits you. Join our teenagers on our volunteer conservation programme in Thailand! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 15+


This project is perfect if you are looking to do something different during the summer holiday. It will also suit you if you’re interested in pursuing a career in conservation. This project is specifically designed for teenagers, and we have a set itinerary in place and extra staff support available.

You’ll spend your short volunteering trip with passionate conservation staff, who actively protect and help the local environment everyday! The best part? You get to tap into their knowledge and experience, using it to learn more about conservation initiatives in Southeast Asia. 

You don’t need experience for this project. A willingness to help, learn and explore is all we ask of you! Within a week, you’ll receive your PADI Open Water course qualification, so you can dive and help with underwater work. Our diving instructors will be with you throughout the training and during each dive.

Typical day

On arrival in Thailand, your adventure as a Diving & Marine Conservation volunteer begins! After your induction, our staff will fit you for your scuba gear, explain our work in the area, and start you on your marine conservation work. Here’s what you’ll get up to:

  • Learn to dive and then take part in survey dives with professional divers
  • Beach clean-ups along Ao Nang’s coastline
  • Plant and transplant mangroves as part of reforestation efforts
  • Give awareness talks in the local community  

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Learn to dive and then take part in survey dives with professional divers

You’ll start this project by learning to scuba dive! You get a PADI Open Water course qualification included in the price, and training from our qualified instructors. You’ll learn underwater sign language, correct breathing techniques, how to clear your mask and the importance of equalizing pressure. Once these skills are mastered, your conservation work begins!

Coral reefs are known to house the largest diversity of marine life. You’ll work with staff to gather data regarding general reef health.

As you gently drift past coral and shoals of fish, you will record what you see and add your findings to our database. The information you gather is shared with national parks, helping meet long-term goals.

Beach clean-ups along Ao Nang’s coastline

Thousands of cigarette butts alone litter Ao Nang’s beaches. These small discarded items kill local marine and plant life. And they’re only one example of the kind of litter that can be found on one of Thailand’s beaches.

You and your fellow volunteers will walk along beach coastlines, collecting and disposing of rubbish that is found. Data from these clean-ups is then shared with the local authorities to show them why we need regular and proper waste management in the area.

Plant and transplant mangroves as part of reforestation efforts

Dig your hands into muddy coastlines for a good cause. By helping plant and move mangroves, you’re working towards long-term conservation efforts in the region.

Mangrove forests are among the most productive and biodiverse wetlands on earth. However, these coastal forests are among the most threatened habitats. Each mangrove you plant in the mud or move to a better area, helps the mangrove forests survive.

Give awareness talks in the local community

Give talks or get creative with puppet shows to teach local children and adults about the importance of proper waste management and protecting the environment. Your group may also be asked to create posters and signs to encourage recycling.

Free-time activities

You’ll explore Thailand’s culture and cuisine, and build lasting friendships with other teenagers from all around the world.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 15 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
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 Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

  • PADI diving course

  • Diving equipment rental

Airport Pickup at Krabi Airport

You can choose to fly to either Krabi Airport (KBV) or Phuket Airport (HKT). One of our local staff members will meet you at the airport when you arrive, and they’ll be holding a Projects Abroad sign.

If you fly into Phuket, you will be asked to pay a supplement fee for your round-trip airport transfer. You will also usually spend one night in Phuket before travelling to your accommodation with a member of local staff.

Some volunteers choose to travel to Krabi overland, especially if you’re travelling around Thailand before joining one of our projects. This is not a problem. We will put you in touch with one of our local staff to arrange meeting you at a hostel or the bus station in Krabi for example.

From the airport, hostel, or bus station, you’ll be taken to your accommodation in either Krabi or Ao Nang. You’ll have time to rest and recover from your flight. This journey will take about 20-30 minutes, depending on your accommodation. Projects Abroad covers the cost of your transport to and from your arrival airport.


You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers during your stay in Ao Nang. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your time together.

On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good 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 Krabi Airport (KBV) in Krabi. 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

Choose Dates - Duration
28 June 2020 to 11 July 2020 - 2 Weeks
28 June 2020 to 25 July 2020 - 4 Weeks
12 July 2020 to 25 July 2020 - 2 Weeks
26 July 2020 to 08 August 2020 - 2 Weeks
26 July 2020 to 15 August 2020 - 3 Weeks
09 August 2020 to 22 August 2020 - 2 Weeks
20 December 2020 to 02 January 2021 - 2 Weeks
17 January 2021 to 30 January 2021 - 2 Weeks
14 February 2021 to 27 February 2021 - 2 Weeks
27 June 2021 to 10 July 2021 - 2 Weeks
27 June 2021 to 24 July 2021 - 4 Weeks
11 July 2021 to 24 July 2021 - 2 Weeks
25 July 2021 to 14 August 2021 - 3 Weeks
25 July 2021 to 07 August 2021 - 2 Weeks
08 August 2021 to 21 August 2021 - 2 Weeks
19 December 2021 to 01 January 2022 - 2 Weeks
02 January 2022 to 15 January 2022 - 2 Weeks
16 January 2022 to 29 January 2022 - 2 Weeks

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,320 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad 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 Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Diving & Marine Conservation for Teenagers

Jump into clear blue waters and discover the underwater world that awaits you. Join our teenagers on our volunteer conservation programme in Thailand!


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