Plastic Pollution & Conservation

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High­lights

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+
Singles
Couples

OverviewTravel 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 GVI program to Bangkok or Chiang Mai.

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. 

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! 

Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports

Require­ments

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
required
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 Global Vision International (GVI)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 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

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • 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. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.

Accommodation
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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival


  • 2019
  • 19 Oct 2019
    26 Oct 2019
    02 Nov 2019
    09 Nov 2019
    16 Nov 2019
    23 Nov 2019
    30 Nov 2019
    07 Dec 2019
    14 Dec 2019
    21 Dec 2019
    28 Dec 2019
  • 2020
  • 04 Jan 2020
    11 Jan 2020
    18 Jan 2020
    25 Jan 2020
    01 Feb 2020
    08 Feb 2020
    15 Feb 2020
    22 Feb 2020
    29 Feb 2020
    07 Mar 2020
    14 Mar 2020
    21 Mar 2020
    28 Mar 2020
    04 Apr 2020
    11 Apr 2020
    18 Apr 2020
    25 Apr 2020
    02 May 2020
    09 May 2020
    16 May 2020
    23 May 2020
    30 May 2020
    06 Jun 2020
    13 Jun 2020
    20 Jun 2020
    27 Jun 2020
    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

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
1 week (min. stay)
€1,685 ($1,887)
2 weeks
€1,945 ($2,178)
3 weeks
€2,205 ($2,470)
4 weeks
€2,465 ($2,761)
5 weeks
€2,725 ($3,052)
6 weeks
€2,985 ($3,343)
7 weeks
€3,245 ($3,634)
8 weeks
€3,505 ($3,926)
9 weeks
€3,765 ($4,217)
11 weeks
€4,285 ($4,799)
12 weeks (max. stay)
€4,545 ($5,090)
Average fees
€1,032 ($1,156) /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%)
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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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Plastic Pollution & Conservation

Lead beach cleans, analyse data collected, conduct plastic awareness workshops in the local community, and assist with sea turtle conservation in Thailand.

$1032/week

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