Your presence as a volunteer will help to protect some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and coral reef systems. By adopting a holistic conservation approach we are educating the community on local environmental issues and dealing with the social and economic pressures that are leading to the destruction of reefs, and fish, coral and turtle populations. We also aim to encourage an end to unsustainable food systems and development.
Work done depends on the seasons/weather but could consist of conducting biodiversity and butterfly surveys for our partners in Thai Mueang NP and on Kho Koh Khao Island, conducting species identification, assisting staff at a turtle center, leading environmental education classes at local schools, English lessons with research and National Park staff, beach clean-ups, etc.
Facilities will be more basic than you are accustomed to – please travel with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to local conditions. Accommodation is in shared (mixed gender) rooms with shared bathroom facilities at the base camp. There is running cold water available for showers and cooking. Drinking water will be provided. Either flush or bucket flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share base duties, including cleaning and other chores. Accommodation upgrade provided upon request at an additional cost.
Before and after your program, you could visit the remnants of a 160-million-year old rainforest at Khao Sok National Park, home to the world’s largest flower, elephants, leopards, serow, banteng, guar, tigers, Malayan Sun bears and over 180 bird species. Alternatively, you could kayak through estuaries cutting through 200 meter foliaged limestone cliffs, mangrove channels and tidal lagoons while keeping your eyes open for local wildlife. Or experience island life on one of the many Andaman Islands in the region, known for their dazzling marine life as well as their stunning terrestrial beauty – the possibilities are endless!
Staff at the project site will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.
Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel
Volunteers need not have any specific skills, just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local community-based organization's objectives. Reasonable fitness is required as physical activity involved in project work can be made harder by heat & humidity.
A change of environment, climate, food and lifestyle often results in minor, and occasionally more serious, illness. Please inform staff if you feel unwell at any time. The nearest emergency medical facilities are located in Phuket and Takuapa. At the base camp and at work locations, we adhere to a strict code of health and safety. All staff are first aid certified and anyone staying on base receives a health and safety briefing upon arrival.
Volunteers need to meet at Phuket Airport Place, which is a 5 minute drive from the airport, and we will be meeting you there on Saturday, 10:00 AM on the program start date. We recommend that you arrive a day before the program start date to help acclimate and to avoid being late for your project orientation. If you choose to arrive early, you will need to arrange your own accommodation. There are many options for lodging, some listed here:
Airport Mansion Phuket (Booking.com, free airport transfer)
Phuket Airport Residence (airport surcharge or walking distance to airport)
24/7 Hotel (agoda.com, airport surcharge or walking distance to airport)
In order to volunteer in Thailand you should first acquire a Non-Immigrant-O Visa. For most nationalities this must be arranged in advance. Please contact our office for the supporting documentation.
This program is implemented by a trusted organization within the AFSNext partnership community and has our full endorsement. While not managed or operated by AFS, it maintains the same exceptional quality standards, which are set by a network of experienced international non-profits operating within the international education field.