Plastic Pollution & Conservation

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Coordinator | Bella
Coordinator | Bella
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.


Assist directly with minimising the impact of marine litter in Thailand.
Build the capacity of local people to operate their own long-term sustainable development projects.
Promote environmental awareness by working with local students.
Work on conserving the endangered green turtle and learn about threats to sea turtle populations.
Contribute to biodiversity research to aid in the conservation of formally protected areas.
Lead beach cleans, analyse data collected, conduct plastic awareness workshops in the local community, and assist with sea turtle conservation in Thailand. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Travel to Thailand’s Phang Nga Province, known for its scenic natural beauty and an abundance of endemic wildlife and marine species. Plastic pollution is one of several environmental threats facing this region.

On this program you will contribute locally to the conservation of this area in Thailand and globally to Sustainable Development Goals #14 Life Below Water, and #14, Life On Land, set by the United Nations.

The main focus of this program will be minimising the effects of plastic pollution through conducting and promoting regular beach cleans, collecting and analysing data on coastal and marine debris, as well as promoting plastic pollution awareness and environmentally friendly behaviours in the local community and among international visitors.

In addition you will also be contributing to other conservation initiatives along with GVI staff and other participants from around the world. This might include working at turtle research and conservation centers and conducting biodiversity surveys of nearby islands, including bird surveys, regular beach cleans and teaching environmental education classes, for which full training will be provided. From November to March you might also get involved in coral reef health and fish abundance and species surveys while snorkeling on the coast of Phang Nga.

Throughout the project, get to know fellow international participants, and gain in-depth insight into what life is like in southern Thailand, from traveling by Songthaew, a local shared taxi service, to exploring Thai cuisine with every meal. During your free time, visit the popular tourism destination of Phuket or go island hopping around Phang Nga. You could also travel further either before or after your  program to Bangkok or Chiang Mai.

Health & Hygiene:

The work we contribute to across the globe remains important and new measures allow our participants to continue to join our programs and continue impacting positively on their world and the communities we work with. Changes to our existing protocols have been made by our health and hygiene team to strengthen our health and hygiene protocols and ensure that international standard safeguards are in place to protect our participants, staff and host communities. Please inquire for more information on the protocols. 

Typical day

The field activities involve working at our partner turtle research and conservation centre; assisting with animal husbandry, enclosure enrichment studies and maintenance. You may also be involved in biodiversity and camera trapping surveys on nearby naturally pristine and barely habited islands. Along with this, you will be involved in regular beach cleans, bird surveys and teaching environmental education classes. From November to April, you may also be involved in coral reef monitoring. Your participation in these various projects is very much dependent on the needs of our project and our project’s partners and alters seasonally. Work with turtle research and conservation centre takes place year-round, as do beach/ community cleans and education classes in local schools. Furthermore, once a month we visit our satellite base camp on nearby islands for camera trapping research. 

It is important to remain flexible as program schedules may change based on weather conditions as well as needs of our project partners.

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! 



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.
Other Skills
Basic to intermediate English skills are required as this is the spoken language on the program.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by 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 provided online 8 weeks prior to program start: 
  • 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

We will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. 

Our GVI base is located in the small fishing village of Ban Nam Khem, about one and half hours from Phuket airport, and about half an hour from the tourism resort town of Khao Lak. The village offers participants the chance to experience living in a real Thai community, tucked away from the usual busy hotspots. 

The base is only a ten minute walk from the beach and a fifteen minute walk from the centre of the village where you can find little markets and street food vendors. Our participants share the home, including a space to learn or relax, with GVI staff and other participants from all around the world. Rooms are shared with a maximum of 6 participants per room. Each room has a bathroom with showers and flushing toilets.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
This program gives participants the opportunity to experience authentic Southern Thai cuisine, while still having the chance to share some of their own favourite meals from back home. Breakfasts might include toast, cereal, and, of course, a wide arrange of Thailand’s tropical fruit. On some days participants can prepare eggs and pancakes. From Sunday to Thursday night lunches and dinners are prepared by local chefs,  and on the weekends, participants can prepare their own meals.
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 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. 

  • 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
  • 29 May 2021
  • 05 Jun 2021
  • 12 Jun 2021
  • 19 Jun 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 03 Jul 2021
  • 10 Jul 2021
  • 17 Jul 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 31 Jul 2021
  • 07 Aug 2021
  • 14 Aug 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 28 Aug 2021
  • 04 Sep 2021
  • 11 Sep 2021
  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 25 Sep 2021
  • 02 Oct 2021
  • 09 Oct 2021
  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 23 Oct 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 USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,032 /week

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

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