Global Gap Year: Stage 5 - Thailand Conservation
Thailand is a great introduction to South East Asia. It's a beautiful country with pristine beaches, exotic food and golden temples. However, anyone doing international volunteer work in Thailand will go beyond the country that tourists see and discover an incredibly friendly people with a unique culture.
Unlike much of Asia, Thailand was never colonized. Consequently, Thai culture and deeply-felt Buddhism are influential throughout the country; even amid the urban bustle and with the push of tourism. Modern Thailand juxtaposes the influence of the West with its many ancient beliefs and is an excellent place to wrap up the Global Gap experience.
Projects Abroad Thailand is based in Ao Nang near Krabi, a one hour flight south of Bangkok on the Andaman Sea coast.
Participants finish their program as a volunteer on our Diving and Marine Conservation project for four weeks. Unless already certified, volunteers spend their first week becoming certified divers so they can fully participate in the underwater conservation work. In addition to analyzing reef damage and fish populations, volunteers help clear reefs of trash on salvage dives. Out of the water, volunteers undertake beach clean-ups, mangrove reforestation projects and outreach work with local schools.
Volunteers who are already certified divers can begin conservation work immediately without completing the course, or they may take an advanced diving course instead. There are also Teaching and Care work options for volunteers who would like to do volunteer work other than the diving project.