Fishing Village Conservation in Thailand

Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand

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15 people
7 days
Code: 327
Activity and Adventure, Volunteering Abroad
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Our program offers a variety of activities that you can engage in according to your interests and qualifications. You will be able to experience first-hand and learn about the lifestyle at the fishermen’s village while helping to protect and/or revive its natural surroundings.

The area where you will be living in during the duration of the project receives hardly any tourism and its beaches remain unspoiled. Our projects are as follows:

Blue Crab Conservation

The Blue Crab lives in small waterways, creeks and rivers that connect to the sea. Due to overfishing, these creatures have become endangered and in order to help stop this, you will be in charge of helping collect and split eggs as well as later releasing the newborns into nature.

Coral Reef Rehabilitation

Due to incorrect fishing methods (i.e. large deep sea nets at the bottom of the ocean), a large number of fish species have been depleted and coral reefs destroyed. For some time now, these fishing methods have been prohibited, but the damage on coral reefs has already been done. In order to help with the recovery, divers place dead corals casted in concrete at least 4 meters deep into the sea. Some months after the dead corals are placed in the ocean, polyps begin living in them creating an environment that brings life back to the corals as well as different fish species. This is where you come in. During your time here, you will prepare the blocs with corals in it and bring them to shallow areas of the sea. Those with a diving certificate can go in deeper waters and update us on the progress of the ones placed deep into the ocean.

Mangrove Tree Planting

You will be going out with the locals to plant mangrove trees. For a long time, the coast has been covered with mangrove forests. In recent years, however, deforestation has occurred and they are no longer as spread out as they used to be. Your efforts to replant young trees will have a positive impact on the flora and fauna in the area, as well as for the surrounding population.

Environmental Awareness Teaching

Aside from the practical work in the village, it is also important to create awareness about the issues that are presented in the area and how to stop further damage. With the help of village leaders and local teachers, you will be educating local school children on how to lead an environmentally friendly life through activities such as:

  • Beach cleaning
  • Garbage separation
  • Basic environmental science lessons

***The coral reef rehabilitation project will be unavailable during rainy season (October – December).***

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

This program starts every week.

During 2018

This program starts every week.

Aims & Objectives
  • Promote understanding and care towards nature among the younger generations in the village through education and fun activities
  • Support the local community with their projects to promote a sustainable livelihood
  • Give you invaluable, practical experience in teaching
  • Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand
Schedule
Monday to Friday

On monday morning of your first week you will arrive to the Fishing Village. Your schedule will depend on the season and activities that need the most attention during your stay. We aim for a combination of the available projects, as well as some basic Thai language training and cultural activities with the locals.

Saturday

If this is your last week in this program, we’ll transfer you back to Hua Hin bus station or other destinations to continue to your next program.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements
  • Optional: There is a possibility for added value to the coral reef project for those who have diving certificates or are willing to get one on site at an extra cost
  • Optional: There is a possibility for added value to the coral reef project for those who have diving certificates or are willing to get one on site at an extra cost
Additional Equipment

No specific equipment required for this program, but for those who are experienced divers, it is possible to rent or bring your own diving equipment.

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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