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Learn how to dive and explore our unique underwater environment that very rarely experienced
Experience Khmer lifestyle, food and events with our local community and Khmer team members
Direct action through dedicating your time to the protection of the marine environment through on the ground field conservation
Discover Cambodian both land and underwater wonders
Meet people with a huge variety of background and from all around the world
We have a unique marine environment here and some of it has never been surveyed before. We can guarantee you you'll make a genuine difference to its conservation. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 16+
Seul voyageur

We are currently working on multiple activities directly in line with marine conservation and research. For all the below projects, we give you full training and support to get you up to a level where your data can be used within our reports and publications. Usually, our volunteers are involved in multiple activities within different projects, hence the followed multiple description. However, we always give the possibility to focus on one project if the volunteer wants it.

Ø  The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project: Cambodia's first long term marine mammal research program. The Project was initiated in September 2017, with support from the Dolphin Division of Cambodia's Fisheries Administration. The project's primary aim is to collect data on abundance, distribution and residency to delineate and protect critical habitats for the Irrawaddy dolphin in Cambodia's Kep Archipelago.

Ø  Shellfish Reef restoration: This project has the potential to greatly improve the whole ecosystem by filtering the water, creating fish aggregation zones, building anti-trawling devices and possibly providing an alternative livelihood to illegal and small-scale fisherman by increasing the quantity of Oyster and Mussel beds in Kep province. We are deploying more than a hundred underwater structures, demarcate with bamboo fish aggregation devices, around the new Marine Fisheries Management Area.

Ø  The first seahorse assessment and population mapping of the Kep Archipelago, in collaboration with Project Seahorse and Tse-Lynn Loh (Postdoctoral Research Associate).

Ø  Reef monitoring program: Our reef surveys aim at determining the level and consequences of human-induced impacts on coral reefs, based on the indicators developed of Reef Check International. To do so, we are monitoring the marine ecosystem through 3 types of survey: fish, invertebrate and substrate survey. We are conducting those surveys every year around 3 different islands within Kep Archipelago (Koh Seh, Koh Angkrong, Koh Makprang).

Ø  Outreach project: our education project aims to bring the subject or marine ecology into local communities. To do so, we work in partnership with local schools where we run sessions on different marine topics to capture student’s imagination through creative and engaging activities.

Ø  Seagrass Project: This project aims to map the extent, species composition and abundance of seagrasses across the Kep archipelago. Starting at Koh Seh, the seagrass project works to better understand seagrass ecology over different temporal and spatial scales, including assessments of species growth rates, reproductive cycles and response to damage. Working with the seagrass squad you would contribute toward directing protected area zone management, identify biodiversity hotspots and threat-spots, and inform strategies for meadow expansion.

 At the same time, we are providing multiple research possibilities for anybody with relevant experience (or enough time preparation before arrival here) intending to stay for an extensive period. For these potential projects, we are looking for people with initiative, leadership and creativity. If it is something you would be interested in, you would have to design the whole project from A to Z. We would be here to support you and give you advice if needed of course. This is the opportunity to be your own project director, challenge yourself outside the box and be a scientific pioneer in this field

As you might have realized already, most of our activities happen underwater, for which you need a minimum of Advanced Adventurer (SSI), Advanced Open Water Diver (PADI) or equivalent certification. If you do not have those certifications yet, you will be at the best place to earn them as we have highly qualified and experienced diving team on the island.

The diving course fees are extra over the volunteer contribution as follows:

-    SSI Open Water Diver and SSI Advanced Adventurer course combined US$550 

-    SSI Advanced Adventurer (provided you already hold an Open Water Diver card) US$300.

Once again, we are not a business and we are reinvesting all the money we can find to save the archipelago and its unique ecosystems. We guarantee you will see clearly where your money goes once you arrive. If you can’t afford those fees, let us know how you can make positive changes to the ocean in Cambodia and we will try to work something out. Please remember though it is your contribution that keeps the wheels turning and allows not only you but also us, to continue making a difference and changing the tide of destruction that affects our Oceans.

Journée Typique

The typical day always depends on the specific missions we have to complete plus the weather and diving conditions. We organise a new schedule every Monday that fits what we need to accomplish for the week. Volunteers participate both in land activities (presentations, artificial reef building, dolphin surveys, beach cleaning etc.) or underwater ones if the visibility allows it (scientific surveys, artificial reef deployment, fun diving etc.).

Activités de Loisir

We are the only ones that live on this island. As long as you respect everyone that lives within our community, you are free to do what you want, play volleyball, complete personal work, read in the hammocks, explore the jungle, dive and snorkel, garden, building anything you need etc. Your only limit is your imagination, it is truly a beautiful place to spend your time whilst making a difference to ocean conservation.

Plongée /
plongée en apnée
Des sports
Sports Nautiques
Yoga /


Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 16 ans quand le programme commence.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (niveau moyen)
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
Independent, dedicated to ocean protection, open-minded, curious
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi de 09:00 - 17:00

Services inclus

Services de Marine Conservation Cambodia

The current costs for staying with us vary depending on your length of stay, your experience and what you can personally offer to our project. 

The weekly fee covers all of your boat travel to and from the island, accommodation, food, diving (if you are advanced qualified, excluding courses) and other direct expenses needed to support you during your stay. It also includes a small amount that goes to cover project costs such as the Khmer staff wages, running and maintenance costs such as boats, electricity, water and materials needed to conduct the research.

We do NOT use any of your fees to cover administration costs, advertising costs or foreign staff wages.

For stays longer than 2 months, contact us to work out a cost that can be discussed to suit your budget whilst still allowing us to operate effectively.


We are the only ones that live on our remote island. It was a desert island before we arrived, we literally built everything here, from the pier to the bungalow to the volleyball court. There is no restaurant, no shop etc. We've built our village between the ocean and the jungle. We are all living in beach bungalows (maximum 6 people, most of the time 3 or 4) with bucket showers and bunk beads.

Aliments & Boissons

We have two amazing Khmer chefs that cook both Western and Khmer food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Drinks are also provided by MCC (except for alcohol).

Accès à Internet
Accès limité sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme. Le transfert de l'aéroport n'est pas inclus dans les frais non plus.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) à Phnom Penh. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Cambodge.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Cambodge te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Cambodge, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Cambodge.

Dates et Prix


Informations sur l'arrivée

The closest airport is Phnom Penh Airport. Once your there, you've got several options to join Kep city, where you'll take the boat to come on Koh Ach Seh.

Bus from Phnom-Penh city centre to Kep : roughly $12 ticket ; duration 4h

Then you need to get our boat to reach our island. Arrivals are done every Sunday. Our boat leaves at 3:00 pm from Rabbit Island Pier in Kep Town. You do not have to purchase a boat ticket for this. Only our boat travels to Koh Ach Seh.

janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
2 - 50 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
2 sem (durée min.)
$1 000
3 sem
$1 200
4 sem
$1 400
8 sem
$2 600
50 sem (durée max.)
$8 000
Coût moyen
$330 /sem

Merci de noter que les prix ci-dessus sont des prix estimés et qu'ils sont soumis aux fluctuations des taux de change. Marine Conservation Cambodia t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
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Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Marine Conservation Cambodia durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Support & Médiation
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Les frais de programme sont perçus directement par Marine Conservation Cambodia.

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Marine Conservationist

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