Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation,
Increased amounts of tourism have caused the marine national parks and their species in the Islands surrounding Thailand to suffer. Based on the Thai island of Koh Tao, this marine conservation project is perfect for experienced divers or those wishing to learn to dive. The local community of Koh Tao, in association with the best dive schools in the area, developed a project to help and protect the coral reefs within the national park from the damage caused by tourism and global warming.
You will learn to dive alongside your conservation activities, for which you'll work closely with experts. Volunteer roles include building artificial reefs, culturing a giant clam nursery and undertaking regular monitoring activities in the waters surrounding the island. Volunteers are also encouraged to spend most days diving and familiarising themselves with the marine life of Thailand.
The regular monitoring you undertake identifies changes in the numbers and health of the marine life to detect areas of concern, which can then be reacted to. Work done on this project has raised general awareness of marine issues and it looks to volunteers to become ambassadors of good diving practice.The success of this project to date has seen government environmental agencies use the data gathered to make policy decisions.
Each day will involve a morning lecture with the team to discuss your action plan for the day. Planning and carrying out the actions is great experience of teamworking, analysis skills, and shows your ability to take responsibility and follow instruction. Not only that, but the course includes Scuba School International (SSI) qualifications, which vary depending on your level of experience.
If you're looking for a project in a stunning island location, where you can learn a new skill or develop your diving passion, then this project is definitey for you.
All projects are self-funded, but include accommodation, food, airport transfer and training. Click to apply and a project advisor will be in touch to discuss price and availability.
The Arches, North Campus Incubator
Telephone 1: 0161 8706212
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