Plastic Pollution and Conservation

December 26, 2019
Phang Nga, Thailand
Closing date


Travel to Thailand’s Phang Nga Province, known for its scenic natural beauty and an abundance of endemic wildlife and marine species. Plastic pollution is one of several environmental threats facing this region.

On this program you will contribute locally to the conservation of this area in Thailand and globally to Sustainable Development Goals #14 Life Below Water, and #14, Life On Land, set by the United Nations.

The main focus of this program will be minimising the effects of plastic pollution through conducting and promoting regular beach cleans, collecting and analysing data on coastal and marine debris, as well as promoting plastic pollution awareness and environmentally friendly behaviours in the local community and among international visitors.

In addition you will also be contributing to other conservation initiatives along with GVI staff and other participants from around the world. This might include working at turtle research and conservation centers and conducting biodiversity surveys of nearby islands, including bird surveys, regular beach cleans and teaching environmental education classes, for which full training will be provided. From November to March you might also get involved in coral reef health and fish abundance and species surveys while snorkeling on the coast of Phang Nga.

Throughout the project, get to know fellow international participants, and gain in-depth insight into what life is like in southern Thailand, from traveling by Songthaew, a local shared taxi service, to exploring Thai cuisine with every meal. During your free time, visit the popular tourism destination of Phuket or go island hopping around Phang Nga. You could also travel further either before or after your GVI program to Bangkok or Chiang Mai.


  • Assist directly with minimising the impact of marine litter in Thailand
  • Build the capacity of local people to operate their own long-term sustainable development projects
  • Promote environmental awareness by working with local students,
  • Work on conserving the endangered green turtle and learn about threats to sea turtle populations,
  • Contribute to biodiversity research to aid in the conservation of formally protected areas,
  • During November to March to gain coral reef monitoring and fish Identification skills,
  • Explore the beauty of Thailand’s southern region, including its idyllic islands and numerous National Parks.

To find out more information and how you can join this project please visit the GVI expedition page!

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