Tropical marine, coastal, and island environments, like those in Fiji and Thailand, are known for their natural beauty and attract thousands of visitors every year. This provides economic support to nations like Fiji and Thailand. In addition, these habitats are the source of an important food source for these nations. However, both tourism and fishing need to be managed effectively to ensure that these activities do not negatively affect marine, coastal, or island habitats. By volunteering with GVI in both Fiji and Thailand, you can assist with conserving these important environments.
The program starts in Fiji with dive training. Volunteers looking to join must be PADI Open Water certified. In Fiji, volunteers will first complete species identification, and survey techniques training before going on to conducting underwater surveys that will assist local organisations with making decisions about which marine areas require additional protection. On the second part of the program, volunteers will live in a small village in Phang Nga, working at endangered green sea turtle nurseries and conducting butterfly and bird surveys. Depending on the time of year you visit, you might also assist with monitoring elusive species on nearby tropical islands using camera traps or conducting coral surveys while snorkeling. On both programs there will also be opportunities to participate in other marine conservation initiatives like beach cleanups and conducting environmental education workshops in local communities. During the weekends, volunteers can explore the many beautiful sites Fiji and Thailand have to offer.
Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, #14, Life Below Water, and #15, Life on Land.
Earn your PADI Advanced Open Water and Coral Reef Research Speciality certificates.
Work to conserve precious tropical marine, coastal and island habitats.
Live on a secluded Fijian island while learning how to dive in the surrounding tropical waters.
Travel of the coast of Southern Thailand, a location popular among film-makers, due to its dramatic limestone cliffs rising out of turquoise blue waters.
To find out more about how you can join this amazing expedition, visit the GVI expedition page!