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Pod Volunteer - Marine Conservation in Thailand

Date added: Friday 13th November 2015

Luke joined the Pod Volunteer Thailand Marine Conservation placement since he wanted to join a project which combined to volunteering in conservation with a study project where he could learn to dive.

Volunteers are needed to help the project as research and restoration activities are labour intensive and as such volunteers are a valuable addition to the team. Working under the guidance of the Marine Biologist and experienced interns at the project, volunteers can contribute a great deal to the ongoing research. In addition to this, volunteers with an interest or experience in conservation can bring a new perspective to research.

Here is Luke’s review of his time volunteering in Thailand:

“I joined the project for 3 weeks in September, it was a very rewarding and inspiring experience. Everything about my experience was excellent, from Pod’s service in organising my trip to saying goodbye to my many new friends for life from the project. The staff at the project are passionate and hardworking and make you feel welcome right from the start. I will be going back to visit them! Thank you Pod and the Marine Conservation team!

What was a typical day at the Marine Conservation project?
A day at the project starts around 9am with organising your gear for the day and the tasks you will be doing. At 9.30 we would have a lecture, which were always very interesting! At 11/12 we head out for the dive and complete our underwater tasks. We arrive back at the school at 3-4 for a debrief, and to care for the turtles if it's your turn. In the evening everyone usually meets up for dinner.

What did you find most rewarding?
The most rewarding thing for me was to see the marine animals using the artificial reefs we were creating and knowing that what you're doing will benefit the reef and the island. Also taking part in the new Ko Tao freshwater plant project and knowing the good impact it will have on the island was very rewarding.

What did you find most challenging?
Learning the names of the corals in the taxonomy lecture! It was still very interesting though. I had a minor scooter accident which left me unable to dive for a week… Don't drive the scooters in Ko Tao!

What advice would you give others considering doing this placement?
If you're interested in conservation and marine life, do this! You'll grow as a person and a diver, and make some good friends along the way.

Why do you think others should volunteer abroad?
It's a very rewarding experience, and in my opinion, a better way to travel. Seeing the world at the same as learning about it and helping the local communities is a life changing experience.

Why did you choose Pod Volunteer?
Pod Volunteer is very friendly and helpful!”

You can find out more about Luke’s chosen volunteer placement here:https://www.podvolunteer.org/Conservation/marine-conservation-thailand.html