Turtle Conservation & Research

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High­lights

Work toward conserving the endangered green sea turtle.
Stand the chance of contributing to several seasonal conservation efforts, including d tropical island biodiversity surveys and coral surveys while snorkeling.
Contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal #14 and #15, Life Below Water and Land and Life.
Experience the truly awe-inspiring islands, beaches, and underwater worlds of Southern Thailand.
Visit the ever-popular beaches of Phuket in your free time.
Take part in crucial conservation efforts by getting involved with turtle research in Phang Nga. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Six of the seven species of sea turtles are classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN Red List as threatened or endangered. The green sea turtle, specifically, is classified as endangered. This volunteer program in Thailand gives you a chance to contribute to conserving green sea turtles, as well as contributing to other ongoing conservation initiatives. These could for example entail being involved in biodiversity and camera trapping surveys, taking part in regular beach cleans, conducting bird and butterfly surveys or teaching environmental education classes. 

In partnership with the Phang Nga Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Centre, CFRDC, and the Phang Nga Navy Base, we work to increase numbers of the endangered green sea turtle. As beaches used by mother sea turtles for nesting are still in recovery, hatchlings are raised in sea turtle conservation and research centres. At these local head-start centres, turtles are reared from hatchlings to a size where they will face less risk of predation upon release.

Here volunteers, assist by cleaning turtle tanks and turtles with scrubbing brushes, treating any wounds that turtles may have with antibacterial and antifungal medical ointments, assisting with collecting morphological data and conducting studies of which resources keep turtles engaged and learning, encouraging cognitive and social development, and, if they are lucky enough to be on the program during a release date, assist with releasing hundreds of young turtles back into the ocean. 

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 No Littering Signs Creation
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
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

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.
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
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
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.
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

Set Start Dates: 

  • 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)
10 weeks
€4,025 ($4,508)
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%)
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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Turtle Conservation & Research

Take part in crucial conservation efforts by getting involved with turtle research in Phang Nga.

$1032/week

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