Projects Abroad volunteers go diving as part of our Conservation Project in Thailand for teens

Diving & Marine Conservation in Thailand for Teenagers

Volunteer and work alongside our staff while you learn to dive, observe coral, and plant mangroves


Imagine jumping into clear blue waters, an oxygen tank on your back, flippers on your feet, wetsuit and mask in place. An incredible underwater world awaits you. This can become a reality when you join our volunteer Conservation programme  in Thailand for teenagers.

You’ll work with dedicated professional conservationists and a group of volunteers your own age. You’ll get a globally recognised PADI diving qualification included in the price. You’ll be part of raising awareness about environmental issues affecting Thailand and help plant mangroves.

This incredible opportunity will give you the chance to learn about and be a part of important conservation work.  It will open your mind and help improve your CV.

Best of all, you’ll explore Thailand’s culture and cuisine, and build lasting friendships with other teenagers from all around the world.

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

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school holidays

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Ao Nang (Read More)

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 15-18 year olds

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

  • 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 personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised 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

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

  • PADI diving course

  • Diving equipment rental

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is Conservation volunteering in Thailand for high school students right for me?

This project is perfect if you are looking to do something different during the summer holiday. It will also suit you if you’re interested in pursuing a career in conservation. This project is specifically designed for teenagers, and we have a set itinerary in place and extra staff support available.


You’ll spend your short volunteering trip with passionate conservation staff, who actively protect and help the local environment everyday! The best part? You get to tap into their knowledge and experience, using it to learn more about conservation initiatives in Southeast Asia. 


You don’t need experience for this project. A willingness to help, learn and explore is all we ask of you! Within a week, you’ll receive your PADI Open Water course qualification, so you can dive and help with underwater work. Our diving instructors will be with you throughout the training and during each dive.

Teens help with mangrove reforestation during volunteer conservation work in Thailand

What will I do as a Marine Conservation volunteer?

On arrival in Thailand, your adventure as a Diving & Marine Conservation volunteer begins! After your induction, our staff will fit you for your scuba gear, explain our work in the area, and start you on your marine conservation work. Here’s what you’ll get up to:


  • Learn to dive and then 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
  • Give awareness talks in the local community  

Your work will focus on the following areas:


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


You’ll start this project by learning to scuba dive! You get a PADI Open Water course qualification included in the price, and training from our qualified instructors. You’ll learn underwater sign language, correct breathing techniques, how to clear your mask and the importance of equalizing pressure. Once these skills are mastered, your conservation work begins!


Coral reefs are known to house the largest diversity of marine life. You’ll work with staff to gather data regarding general reef health.


As you gently drift past coral and shoals of fish, you will record what you see and add your findings to our database. The information you gather is shared with national parks, helping meet long-term goals.


Beach clean-ups along Ao Nang’s coastline


Thousands of cigarette butts alone litter Ao Nang’s beaches. These small discarded items kill local marine and plant life. And they’re only one example of the kind of litter that can be found on one of Thailand’s beaches.


You and your fellow volunteers will walk along beach coastlines, collecting and disposing of rubbish that is found. Data from these clean-ups is then shared with the local authorities to show them why we need regular and proper waste management in the area.

Plant and transplant mangroves as part of reforestation efforts


Dig your hands into muddy coastlines for a good cause. By helping plant and move mangroves, you’re working towards long-term conservation efforts in the region.


Mangrove forests are among the most productive and biodiverse wetlands on earth. However, these coastal forests are among the most threatened habitats. Each mangrove you plant in the mud or move to a better area, helps the mangrove forests survive.


Give awareness talks in the local community


Give talks or get creative with puppet shows to teach local children and adults about the importance of proper waste management and protecting the environment. Your group may also be asked to create posters and signs to encourage recycling.

Our partners in Thailand

We work with a number of conservation organisations in Thailand. One of our key partners is Project AWARE, an ocean loving community that seeks to protect oceans around the world.


We also have qualified diving instructors on site. They will supervise all of your work and organise your three-day PADI Open Water diving course.

Where in Thailand will I be working?

Ao Nang

Your short-term project will be spent with a group of High School Special volunteers in Ao Nang and in the Andaman Sea when you’re diving. You’ll also visit the Phuket Marine Biological Centre for Turtle Rehabilitation, and participate in a community outreach.  


Weekends are jam-packed with cultural and adventure activities. You’ll stop over at the sacred Buddhist Tiger Cave Temple. This unique temple is famous for its 1,237 stairs, which lead to a golden Buddha statue on the mountain summit. Looking for some relaxation? A day over the weekend is set aside for exploring Ao Nang and its sandy beaches.  

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.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

We started our Diving & Marine Conservation Project in Thailand in 2005 in response to threatened marine life populations. We decided to bring teens on board to contribute to this work. Using your energy and working as a team, you can make a difference to conservation efforts off the coast of Krabi.


Through survey dives, you will add vital data to our databases, which we share with local NGOs, the national park, and the local government.


As a teenage Conservation volunteer, you are also working to protect mangrove forests as part of ongoing efforts in the area. We have mangrove nurseries where you will plant and nurture mangrove seedlings, and regularly replant areas where mangroves have been cleared or killed.


Through regular community outreach activities with locals, you help us ensure that people are aware of the important conservation issues that affect both them and their environment.


In 2017 alone, High School Special volunteers in Thailand planted 3060 mangroves. This amazing achievement will help not only the local marine life, but also the people who directly and indirectly benefit from a healthy mangrove system.

A high school student volunteer picks up litter on the beach to promote marine conservation in Thailand

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

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.


We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

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


On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fees include three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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