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Join our Conservation & Environment project in Ao Nang and the first thing that you'll be doing is learning how to scuba dive. We will train you up to the level of Advanced Scuba Diver, helping you to learn the fundamental theoretical and practical aspects of diving in the beautifully clear warm waters of the Andaman Sea. This allows you to dive to depths of 30m and participate fully in the underwater conservation work. If you have the advanced scuba diving qualification already, you can start on the underwater reef research work straight away and choose to gain the next qualification as a Rescue Diver. We work in partnership with Kontiki Dive Centre which employs fully qualified instructors and dive masters. Kontiki are a 5* PADI dive centre and have been operating in Thailand since 1989. By observing and analysing reef damage and fish populations, you'll be helping to find the best ways to protect marine life from the dangers of increased tourism and human negligence. The diving is some of the best in the world and you'll have the chance to observe a wide variety of marine life - including turtles, rays, harmless reef sharks and hundreds of species of multicoloured tropical fish. We are collecting information on the development, deterioration and overall condition of coral reefs and fish populations in the area. This information forms part of a wider database which will be used across the world by experts in this field. Unfortunately, the water around the reefs contains large volumes of litter discarded from fishing and diving boats and our volunteers collect waste materials on salvage dives and dispose of it correctly once back on land.
In addition to our coral reef monitoring and salvage recovery work, our conservation programme also involves some very important land-based activities that are vital to conserving the coastal ecosystems of the region. We undertake beach clean-ups, often in conjunction with local schools, to ensure that these areas - some of the most beautiful beaches in the world - remain pristine. We also replant mangrove forests. Mangrove forests are among the most productive and bio-diverse wetlands on earth, yet these unique coastal forests are among the most threatened habitats. They may be disappearing more quickly than inland tropical rainforests and, so far, with little public notice. Healthy mangrove forests are key to a healthy marine ecology. Help is needed to monitor the mangrove forests in Krabi province to prevent further destruction and assist with reforestation projects in this beautiful yet fragile area of Thailand.
Major Job Responsibilities:
Skills & Qualification: Volunteers do not need previous experience to take part in this project, although anyone who does have any relevant skills will be very welcome and will be able to take on a more specialized role. All volunteers should, however, be active, and be prepared for working in the specified project fulfilling the responsibilities.
Food: We will ensure you are provided with 3 square meals a day.
Accommodation: Local host-families are carefully selected because they are friendly, welcoming and will go out of their way to look after our volunteers. Where we can't provide host families we place our volunteers together in secure accomodation.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no firm deadline for applications. Some countries and projects require at least three months to process an application, arrange for visas, and advise you properly on how to prepare. Other countries can be processed in as little as three weeks. Whenever you are thinking of traveling, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Having more time to prepare makes it easier for you to fundraise, and for us to advise you on preparations. It also makes more options available for tailoring a program to your individual interests and preference.