The marine conservation internship is open to students of biology, marine biology, oceanography and other relevant disciplines.
Working alongside researchers and volunteers, the marine conservation internship is the perfect opportunity for students to put into practice what they have learned during the year. It offers the chance to get some real hands on marine conservation and research experience, and contribute to an important study on the protection of the marine world. This research, which is fed back to the Thai government, is very important for protecting the future of marine life off the coast of Thailand. The conservation initiative also embraces the growing of coral nurseries to promote life under the sea.
We are looking for people to take part for a duration of either 4, 6 or 8 weeks in any study break. This could be over the Easter break or the longer summer break.
Alternatively, if you are on a gap year or looking to do this internship after university, you can take part in this at any stage throughout the year.
The minimum commitment for the internship is 4 weeks. You can do this for either 4, 6 or 8 weeks.
What’s it all about?
You will be working with a unique marine research organisation performing daily dives to help understand the local ecosystem and develop and implement methods in reef conservation. You will witness first hand how reefs degrade from physical damage, overfishing, climate change and contamination – and find out from the experts about the work they are doing to reverse this.
This project takes place off the island of Koh Pha Ngan, a diver’s paradise with stunningly beautiful coral in easy reach off the coast. Novices are very welcome as professional diving instruction is available.
On arrival you will be given a thorough induction course on diving and the research undertaken- and for those who are yet to experience diving, the PADI course is an exciting way to get to grips with this project.
Each day you will go out to sea to visit the coral reefs just off the coast. As an important member of the team, you will help with taking samples and measurements of the coral mass and biodiversity, monitor the marine life and conduct surveys. There will also be the exciting opportunity to take photographs of the coral and fish to help establish changes that occur.
How much does it cost?
We are currently offering internships for 4, 6 or 8 weeks to students in the relevant field. An internship on this project will cost:
Trained divers: 4 weeks £1545.
Non divers: 4 weeks £1905 (to include your PADI qualification)
Each extra fortnight: £400 per fortnight
This includes your airport transfer, accommodation, dive gear, full instruction and a comprehensive internship programme.
In addition to this you would need flights to Koh Samui (from £700), travel insurance (from £30), food costs (about £5 per day) and return to the airport (about £10).