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.
- Work toward conserving the endangered green sea turtle.
- Visit the ever-popular beaches of Phuket in your free time.
- Experience the truly awe-inspiring islands, beaches, and underwater worlds of Southern Thailand.
- Stand the chance of contributing to several seasonal conservation efforts, including tropical island biodiversity surveys and coral surveys while snorkeling.
- Live and work with GVI staff and other participants from around the world.
To find out more about this programme please visit their Expedition page!