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Coastal Marine Conservation

Phang Nga, Thailand

Agency | GoEco

Come to Phang Nga, Thailand and discover the stunning but delicate marine and coastal ecosystems that need protection from human encroachment.

Location

Situated along the Andaman coast, Phang Nga is a spectacular region renowned for its magnificent scenery and geographical wonders of limestone rock formations jutting out from beneath the sea and sunken caverns.  Its clear waters and abundance of marine life make it a top destination for snorkelers and scuba divers but its enchanting beaches also appeal to those looking for a laid-back atmosphere with where cultures meld together.  A short bus ride from the base, Phang Nga Bay is probably most famous for some of its many tiny islands including Koh Tapu where the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun was shot.  

About the Project

This project takes a holistic approach to conservation.  It focuses on protecting the delicate coastal and marine ecosystems that are suffering because of economic pressures and natural destruction.  In addition, the goal is to educate local villagers, hotel workers, dive shop owners and others about environmental issues and how to avoid destroying the coral reefs and fish and turtle populations while encouraging sustainable economic ventures and food sources.

Volunteer Work and Contribution

The volunteer activities that you will be involved in will vary because much of the work is seasonal.  From November through April, the main tasks will revolve around sea turtle conservation and beach cleanup.  From May through October, the rainy season, the work will focus on terrestrial conservation and surveying biodiversity in National parks. You will also be involved in tourist management activities. Regardless of the time of year, you will have the opportunity to participate in community work, environmental education and even teach English to National park rangers and the general community.


Typical day

You will day will start around 6am as you head out to conduct biodiversity surveys or work on another project.  You will have lunch around noon and then go back out to the "field" for an afternoon project.  You will be brought back to the volunteer base in the early afternoon and will have free time until dinner is served around 6pm. 

Free-time activities

Thailand is full of things to discover.  Divers shouldn’t miss out on the spectacular coral reefs of the Similan & Suring Islands.  You can relax on stretches of sandy, white beaches or paper yourself at one of the many inexpensive spas.  Trek along the Khao Lak coast and find hidden waterfalls.  Head to Phuket to if you want to party the night away or indulge in adventure water sports.  Animal and nature lovers will enjoy a trip to Khao Sok National Park, home to monkeys, tigers, elephants, birds and reptiles.  Visit nearby Krabi Province and climb to the top of the Tiger Temple or kayak through mangroves.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Be open-minded and flexible
- Desire to contribute to the project goals and community
- Police background check (must be officially - translated into English)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

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Accommodation and food are included in the fees

Accommodation
The rooms at the volunteer base are quite basic and although there is no air conditioning there are fans for your use.  The rooms are shared with up to 15 other volunteers and have electricity.  There is a shared bathroom with cold running water.   

You may upgrade to a private room with air conditioning for an additional fee.

Internet: Available at internet cafes (10-minute walk from the base).
Laundry: You can use local laundry places in town.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with most meals while volunteering.  Breakfast is available daily at the volunteer house and consists of coffee, tea and cereals.  You will either be given lunch or a stipend to buy lunch at a local restaurant.  From Sunday through Wednesday, local women will cook you traditional Thai dinners with meat and vegetarian options. On Thursdays, you will have the opportunity to cook on the facilities on base. During the weekends, if you remain at the base, you will be given a stipend for 2 meals on Saturday and 1 on Sunday.  You can also buy groceries and cook or barbeque at the base.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$2,190.00
4 weeks
$2,690.00
6 weeks
$3,190.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,690.00
Average fees
$743.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Phang Nga/Thailand between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Thailand.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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