"Interesting research and conserving this beautiful and important environment"
Benjamin Peters, Bachelor Graduate, Germany
At the end of my Bachelor degree I really became interested in research of marine environment and its conservation. So far, I was only experienced in the theory of marine ecosystems and I finally wanted to see what’s it like down there and enjoy some practical experience. This internship gave me the opportunity to work on current projects underwater, that showed me interesting ways of doing research and conserving that beautiful and important environment. And while doing interesting stuff under water you improve your diving skills and see lots of colorful fishes. The accommodation and the community in this sleepy and slightly smelly village, make you feel home as soon as you arrive. This is a community of people where communication, cooperation and a good atmosphere is natural. Not only serious briefing before diving and carrying out data is of great importance, but also having a delicious barbecue or Thai food at the beach with a tropical climate and a nice sunset.
"It’s invigorating to be surrounded by the tight-knit community"
Juliana Renzi, Bachelor Graduate, University of Arizona, USA
My internship has been transformational. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I got off the pier in Thong Sala, but after a day I recognized the unique opportunity provided here in the sleepy fishing village of Chaloklum. The project offers interns the opportunity to experience marine biology by immediate application in the field, while still incorporating the fundamental theory necessary to be an effective conservationist. Everyone at the station is unbelievably supportive and oriented towards making interns self-sufficient from the first day. It’s invigorating to be surrounded by the tight-knit community, which is united around a common goal: helping the Gulf of Thailand. I can feel myself becoming more confident in and out of the water with each passing day.
"I thoroughly enjoyed myself and have gained so much knowledge"
Rhiannon Davies, Undergraduate, University of Exeter Cornwall
Thank you very much for everything that you guys have done. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and have gained so much more knowledge and skills from what you have taught us all. I felt like I was leaving a piece of me behind when I left this morning, especially since you both made it feel so homely and enjoyable.
"I came with no dive experience and now have over 25 logged"
Rebecca Lehman, Bachelor Graduate, Colorado College, USA
This has been an incredibly inspiring and formative experience for me. From the moment I arrived, I was welcomed into a family of people who care deeply about the work they do, and each other. The course has given me the most up to date methods and knowledge in the fields of marine conservation and research so I can go forward more confident and able. I came with no dive experience and now have over 25 logged and am pursuing my rescue diver certification. I am falling more in love with diving, and Koh Phangan each day!