Travel to Thailand to support endangered green turtle conservation and research along with a team of international volunteers. Contribute to a range of other conservation initiatives during your time on the project, advancing United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, UN SDGs, #14 and #15, Life Below Water and Life on Land, and get taste of what a career in conservation is really like. In your free time, island hop around the South coast of Thailand, go snorkeling among the many reefs, or visit sacred Buddhist sites.
Six of the seven species of sea turtles are classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN Red List as threatened or endangered. The green sea turtle, specifically, is classified as endangered.
This volunteer program in Thailand gives you a chance to contribute to conserving green sea turtles, as well as contributing to other ongoing conservation initiatives while living and working with GVI staff and other participants from around the world.
In partnership with the Phang Nga Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Centre, The Royal Thai Navy, Sea Turtle Conservation Centre, we work to increase numbers of the endangered green sea turtle. As beaches used by mother sea turtles for nesting are still in recovery, hatchlings are raised in sea turtle conservation and research centres. At the head-start centre, turtles are reared from hatchlings to a size where they will face less risk of predation upon release.
Here volunteers, assist by cleaning turtle tanks and turtles with scrubbing brushes, treating any wounds that turtles may have with antibacterial and antifungal medical ointments, assisting with collecting morphological data and conducting studies of which resources keep turtles engaged and learning, encouraging cognitive and social development, and, if they are lucky enough to be on the program during a release date, assist with releasing hundreds of young turtles back into the ocean.