Work with a dynamic team, contributing to the research, protection and restoration of reefs in Koh Tao. Support a variety of initiatives such as artificial reef installations, coral predator monitoring and baby turtle rehabilitation.
Each day is different and will vary between research and restoration focused activities. These may include:
In addition to the regular project focuses there may be special activities such as working with community groups to raise awareness, educational workshops and beach and underwater clean-ups.
If you are a beginner diver on arrival you will spend your first week learning to dive achieving your SSI Open Water and Advanced Adventurer certification. SSI (Scuba Schools International) is an internationally recognised dive standard equivalent to PADI.
For information on the costs of the Open Water and Advanced courses please see the “Fees” section.
During your placement you will also obtain Conservation Diver certifications - all volunteers obtain at least two certification cards during their placement but volunteers staying longer may have the opportunity to complete more.
For volunteers staying 3 weeks or more, the project includes an Ecological Monitoring Project Certification and manual.
Volunteers work five days per week, Monday-Friday. The day is usually 9am - 5pm however this can vary depending on the activity.
There are normally 5-15 volunteers in the team however in the summer the team can be 20-25 volunteers in total. Volunteers work alongside full time staff and long term research interns.
The project accept a small number of long-term research interns, this is ideal for volunteers looking to complete a university thesis / dissertation whilst working at a conservation initiative. Internships are generally 8-12 weeks + and have a slightly different structure. If this is of interest, we can provide more detailed information once we have received your application - please include this preference clearly in your application form.
This project is closed between mid Oct - mid Dec.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Thailand Marine Conservation Volunteering reviews.
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.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our program. They help us complete the day to day tasks, achieve success in our projects and initiatives. Over the years our program has evolved incredibly, and a lot of the progress can be attributed to the enthusiastic and determined people that we have had the pleasure of hosting. Volunteers are truly what make our program a success”Chad, Marine Biologist
Coral Reefs cover less than 2% of the ocean floor but support 25% of all marine life. They are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth, but also one of the most threatened. Research is the only way to get a true idea of what the problems are and what needs to be done to alleviate them.
The Marine Conservation team is active on two fronts; surveying the reefs and collecting data in Koh Tao, as well as implementing a range of restoration projects and community engagement initiatives. They work in partnership with local government authorities and universities to provide data for key decision makers in marine conservation, coastal protection and fisheries in Thailand.
You will be based in a relaxed and friendly village on the south side of the island. Koh Tao is a dramatic mix of dense jungle and hilly terrain and has become best known for the abundance of excellent dive sites within a short distance of the island.
The project and volunteer accommodation are located close to the beach and volunteers have a private room in a hotel just a few minutes’ walk from the dive school. Room are en-suite with cold water showers and western bucket-flush toilets.
During your freetime you can explore the island; walking, mountain biking, climbing, cookery lessons and snorkelling on your doorstep.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), food. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.
|1 week (available to Advanced level divers)||£775||GB Pounds|
|2 weeks||£1095||GB Pounds|
|Extra weeks||£250||GB Pounds|
|+ Open Water Course - Additional cost, required for all beginner divers||£235||GB Pounds|
|+ Advanced Course - Additional cost, required for all beginner divers and open water level divers||£195||GB Pounds|
Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
Discounts - of £25 per week for friends / partners sharing a room
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“This placement has changed the way I dive, I am so much more aware of what is happening to the reefs and have a much better knowledge now of underwater life that a hobby that I have always loved has become even better.”Read more volunteer reviews
"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. You'll grow as a person and a diver, and make some good friends along the way."Read more volunteer reviews
“You volunteer with smart, dedicated people who are eager to learn about the island’s truly amazing marine ecosystems and to contribute to the ongoing projects aimed at research, maintenance and protection of the reefs.”Read more volunteer reviews