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    Oyster Worldwide – Marine Conservation in Thailand

    Oyster Worldwide – Marine Conservation in Thailand


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: Thailand
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: July, August, September, October
    • Session Length: Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 11th, 12th, PG, College
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Outdoor Adventure
    • Sub-Categories: Marine Biology, STEM, Wildlife Conservation
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Become a marine conservation volunteer and help conserve the world’s depleting coral reefs in Thailand. Immerse yourself in the underwater world completing daily dives off the stunning Thai island of Koh Phangan. Get involved with a variety of marine conservation projects both in the lab and under the water. Find out more!

    What will I be doing?

    You’ll be working with a marine research organisation performing daily dives (weather permitting!) to help understand the local ecosystem, working to develop and implement reef conservation. You will see directly how conservation is affected by pollution, climate change, and physical damage – and do what you can to improve the situation.

    Project tasks can include, but are not limited to the list below:

    • Taking samples and measurements of the coral mass

    • Marveling at the diverse species of fish up and close,  counting, and observing natural behaviour

    • Taking photographs of the coral and creatures to help record any changes that occur

    • Helping to gather data contributing to governmental surveys and research projects

    • Investigating how much live coral there is and the effects of coral bleaching

    • Completing fish surveys to know which fish inhabit this area

    • Growing “nubbins” (small coral fragments) in aquariums and planting them on the reef

    • Measuring water temperature

    • Coral reef clean up programmes including helping to remove fishing lines and debris


    • Living on a tropical island in one of the most beautiful countries in the world

    • Surrounding yourself with the marine world on your daily dives – heaven for anyone who loves to dive!

    • Thai food – just unbelievably tasty

    • Develop underwater photography and videography skills to provide material for research – and Instagram!


    • Live in the friendly community of Chalok Lum on the island of Koh Phangan

    • Stay in comfortable accommodation on site at the research centre


    • Food is not included

    • There is a fully equipped kitchen and dining area for volunteer use

    • Many find that eating out can often be cheaper, tastier and easier!

    • There are many local restaurants, all supplying excellent well priced local and international food

    • Thai food is based on rice and noodles, spices, and lots of vegetables. It is extremely delicious and you will be spoiled for choice on any menu

    Marine biology conservation internship:

    Opportunity for students of ocean sciences. The marine conservation volunteering project is available to people of all backgrounds, interests and abilities, however there are some extra opportunities available for those who are studying marine biology, biology and oceanography. If this applies to you, and you would like to do this project as part of your studies, check out the internship opportunity information.