A Projects Abroad volunteer collects data on a Diving and Marine Conservation volunteering project.

Marine Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

Help us protect marine life and the environment while experiencing life in Thailand

Picture yourself in Thailand, drifting gently underwater in the Andaman Sea, while breathing easily with the help of the scuba gear strapped to your back. Imagine doing this while contributing to important marine conservation work in Thailand. You can do this on our Marine Conservation Project in Thailand!


This project is a great opportunity to add experience to your resume, and it shows your interest in global environmental affairs.


On our Diving and Marine Conservation Project, you’ll work with experienced and passionate conservationists. In your first week, we’ll help you get your PADI diving certificate. If you’re already certified, you can do a more advanced course. Once you’re qualified, you’ll take part in conservation activities like underwater surveys and coral propagation initiatives. You’ll also do work on land, like mangrove reforestation.


We’re based in Ao Nang, where you’ll live with other volunteers in comfortable bungalows at our base camp. There will be plenty of free time to explore the beautiful beaches of Ao Nang, taste delicious Thai cuisine, or take trips to nearby islands.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

One Week

Placement Location:

Ao Nang (Read More)

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation at Conservation base Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

  • PADI diving course

  • Diving equipment rental

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Two volunteers are seen measuring a sea turtle and collecting data whilst on a diving and marine conservation work experience project in Thailand.

Is Marine Conservation volunteering in Thailand right for me?

If you love the outdoors, and want to help marine life and the environment, this project is for you.


Thinking about a career focused on conservation? This project will boost your resume, and show that you are committed to protecting our planet. It will also set you apart in your future applications and interviews, and help you develop personal skills.


Everything you do in Thailand contributes to preserving marine life so that the environment can thrive. For example, we plant mangroves to fight against carbon emissions, and we educate local communities about the impact of mangroves.


If you’re worried about not having the right skills or experience, there’s no need. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, and our staff are available 24/7 to help with anything you need. Every dive that you and other volunteers go on is supervised by qualified Diver Masters.


This project runs year-round, and you can join for as short as a week. But, we always recommend volunteering for longer to get more out of your project and to have a greater impact.

What Marine Conservation work will I do in Thailand?

You’ll support local conservationists who are actively protecting marine life. You’ll also take part in educational campaigns. Here are some of the tasks you can expect:


  • Learn to dive and take part in survey dives with professional divers
  • Beach clean-ups along Ao Nang’s coastline
  • Plant and transplant mangroves as part of reforestation efforts
  • Raise awareness in the local community

Your work will be divided into four main categories:


Learn to dive and take part in survey dives with professional divers


In your first week as a marine conservation volunteer in Thailand, you’ll learn how to dive. You’ll be fitted for a mask, flippers, and a wetsuit. Qualified divers will teach you:


  • Underwater sign language
  • How to breathe with an oxygen tank
  • What to do if you lose your diving regulator (mouthpiece)


Training takes place in the base camp’s pool. By the end of your first week in Thailand, you’ll have your own PADI Open Water Diver course! This means you can officially take part in underwater conservation work with the team. In the long run, your volunteer work will contribute to protecting coral reefs.


Beach clean-ups along Ao Nang’s coastline


Trash is harmful to marine life and other wildlife. You’ll team up with other volunteers from around the world to collect and correctly discard trash found on Ao Nang’s beaches. You’ll find common forms of trash on the beach, like thousands upon thousands of cigarette butts.


Your observations during beach cleanups will be recorded and shared with local officials. This information can then be used in education and for long-term conservation plans in the area.


Plant and transplant mangroves as part of reforestation efforts


You will take part in mangrove reforestation work at least once a week. This activity is a lot of fun, and it’ll get quite muddy, so bring some old clothes. Your efforts contribute to a significant long-term impact. Mangrove forests protect Thailand’s coastline from erosion and they fight against carbon emissions. They’re also the home for many other plants and animals.


Using your hands, you’ll dig up young mangrove plants to transplant them to areas where they can spread their roots. You’ll also plant saplings.


Raise awareness in the local community


Education is a important part of conservation. You’ll get the opportunity to plan lessons or talks about the importance of protecting our oceans. Use your creativity to come up with fun and interesting ways to educate others. You’ll prepare lessons or talks about the importance of protecting our oceans.


You’ll then take these lessons to local schools. In the past volunteers have done puppet shows and have sung songs with the children about recycling and other ways of protecting marine life. You could also present some lessons to the local community, or inform them about the work you’ve been doing.


If you're interested in taking an extra dive course to become a qualified Divemaster, see our Divemaster Add-on.

Who are our project partners?

Who are our project partners?


We use the PADI dive courses as our basic dive training program. You will study and train during your first few days in Thailand.


After just one week, you’ll be ready to work in the Thailand conservation team with through underwater research. This period of training forms an important part of your conservation work.


We are committed to preserving and restoring the marine and coastal environment. We have partnered with multiple local and international organizations. These include:


  • Project AWARE
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • Mangrove Action Project
  • The Phi Phi National Park
  • The Department of National Parks
  • Kasetsart University


Our partnerships with both local and international groups shows our commitment to marine conservation in and around Thailand.

Where in Thailand will I work?

Ao Nang

We’re based in Klong Heang in Krabi province, which is a short distance from Ao Nang beach, and a short drive from Krabi town. The nearest beach is about a 15-20 minute walk from the base camp.


You’ll live in bungalows which are shared by a maximum of four volunteers at a time. They have electricity, air conditioning, and hot showers. The shared bungalows are same sex only.


You’ll dive in the Andaman Sea, and will participate in activities along Ao Nang’s beach coastline. Education campaigns will be in local schools nearby.  


There will be plenty of free time to relax by the pool at the base camp, or go into Krabi Town to shop, visit a restaurant, or explore.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Thailand Arrival Procedures page.

Two volunteers are seen diving and collecting samples whilst on their marine conservation work in Thailand with Projects Abroad.

A typical day as a Marine Conservation volunteer in Thailand

A normal day will typically begin around 7am and end at 4pm. Your day is packed with activities that benefit the local environment, and the community. You’ll have breakfast with the other volunteers and staff at base camp. Then, we’ll organize for transport to pick you up for your day’s work activities.


Each week will follow a set schedule. There will be mangrove restoration and beach cleanups once a week. Diving activities and surveys take place three times a week.


We also set time aside for workshops, or for you to study for underwater surveys or dive courses. You’ll be expected to help with outreach work and conservation education programs in schools.


As a marine conservation volunteer in Thailand, you might also visit the local aquarium to learn about the history of diving, or to help clean sea turtle tanks in marine biology centers. Schedules may be influenced by the time of year, the weather, or the sea tides.


Lunch and dinner are served at the base camp. If you’re out on the boat for diving, you’ll have lunch there.


Free time is yours to enjoy and explore. Ao Nang and the surrounding area has many fun activity options! Rock climb, go kayaking, or relax by the base camp pool.

Projects Abroad volunteer is pictured with a group of local children conducting a beach clean up operation as part of his marine conservation work in Thailand.

What are the goals and impact of this Conservation Project?

The goal of this project is to help threatened marine life in the Krabi area. Each year, volunteers dedicate their time towards valuable conservation efforts, including work in the town, along the beach, when out diving in the ocean.


We started our Diving and Marine Conservation Project in Thailand in 2005 in response to threatened marine life populations. We’re committed to preserving and restoring the marine and coastal environment through numerous activities. We work in collaboration with multiple local and international partners who help us achieve our goals.


You’ll work with our passionate local conservation team and volunteers from around the world. The data we collect during dives is shared with local authorities to contribute towards positive change.


Regular beach clean-ups and community outreach work also take place. We strive to educate local communities about the importance of protecting their natural resources. You’ll also take part in mangrove reforestation, which contributes to long-term conservation goals in the area.


By doing marine conservation work in Thailand, you can help support and protect our oceans. Become a volunteer today to help make this happen!

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.


Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Ao Nang. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.


The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

Experience the stunning landscapes and rich cultures of Southeast Asia. Thailand is an unforgettable country with plenty of enticing things for you to get up to in your free time.

One of the highlights of volunteering in Thailand is the pristine beaches. With stunning snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, it’s a great destination to choose if you’re interested in marine life. For others, there’s always the chance to relax on the beach in the warm glow of the sun.

One must-see while you’re there is the Tiger Cave Temple. With its rich history and ornate statues, it’s an experience not to miss. Be prepared for a steep walk up 1,237 steps! But once you get to the top, the views make it all worth it.

Exploring the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, with its mysterious caves and sparkling waterfalls, is the perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.

We run many different projects in Thailand, so there will likely be other volunteers relishing in this experience with you. You can choose to travel alone or with other volunteers. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


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