While settling into the island lifestyle, you will undergo an initial training phase where you will learn to accurately identify locally targeted fish or coral species. Training will involve snorkel and dive point outs with GVI staff as well as learning benthic coral and invertebrate. Depending on weather conditions, we aim for everyone to have 1-2 dives/snorkels each day, 5 days a week, during which you will conduct underwater surveys after you complete your training. Besides diving, you can expect to be involved in additional projects and activities, including training sessions; marine debris surveys and removal; environmental education sessions or alternative income training depending on local and project needs at the time. Accommodation will be basic dormitory style, with shared bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and communal areas. Camp duties such as cooking and cleaning will be shared on a rotational basis. On weekends you can explore the local area, relax on the pristine beaches or simply take it easy at base camp with your fellow volunteers.
Throughout your stay in Thailand, the various projects you participate in will very much depend on the needs on the ground and the time of the year. From November to March, you may be involved in sea turtle research and conservation. The rainy season of May to October sees more terrestrial and community work such as mangrove research and planting, biodiversity surveying in nearby National Parks and environmental education. Volunteers may also have the chance to take part in various environmental education workshops with the local community, stressing the importance of protecting our natural environment. Accommodation will be small but comfortable with shared facilities, with enough space for people to relax together or in private. If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while in Thailand, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.