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  • Locations: Koh Tao, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

Global Environmental Placement - Thailand - Marine Conservation

This is your chance to get involved with a marine conservation project that protects the precious coral reefs within the Koh Tao national park in Thailand. By participating you can play an integral part in a program, which to date, boasts success that has seen government environmental agencies use the data gathered to make policy decisions. 
Damage to the reefs has been caused by a combination of global warming and tourism. On this project you will have the opportunity to help culture giant clam nurseries, build artificial reefs and carry out regular marine monitoring activities in the clear ocean waters surrounding the island. You can spend every day diving and familiarising yourself with the precious marine life of Thailand. 

Each new day begins by attending a lecture on your course of action for the day ahead. After this you’ll put on your dive gear and get stuck in to your diving duties, which include, underwater clean-ups, identifying species, reef restoration and monitoring the reefs. 

Dubbed as being absolute heaven for divers, the marine conservation project is located on the southern bay of Chao Lok on the island of Koh Tao. Tiny Tao is only 21 sq kms but boasts 40 plus dive schools. With its turquoise waters and abundance of marine life it’s no wonder divers are drawn to explore the natural underwater playground of Koh Tao.

Progam details

Required Skills: As part of the project your SSI Open Water and Advanced diver certification will be provided. Students who have existing diving certification may be eligible for a discount on the quoted project fee below. 
Exercise level: For those who are unqualified a love of water and an interest in sea-life is just as essential as the ability to swim a minimum of 2 x lengths of a 25m pool. You’ll be expected to carry oxygen tanks and equipment during the project, subsequently a moderate level of fitness is essential. 
Relevant for: For most students. Medium level of challenge and adventure on this project. 
Project type: Hands on environmental activities with a community, education and research focus. 
Location: Koh Tao, Thailand. 
Project Activities: Reef monitoring, data collections, identifying species and underwater clean up. 
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to approximately 4pm.
Project Duration: 4 weeks. 
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 Professional Placement
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia  
Dates: 7 January - 3 February 2018
Adv divers: $3,347 AUD
SSI Open Water Divers: $3,538 AUD
Beg / New divers: $3,798 AUD
Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)
Program fee includes: 
  • Accommodation: Shared room in a guesthouse
  • SSI Open Water and Advanced course/qualification (as needed)
  • All project activities
  • On-site orientation
  • 24 hour support from on-site coordinator

The fee does not include: 
  • Tuition fees
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas & passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Food: Meals are not provided, but you’ll find a number of affordable restaurants in the local village

Information Session - come along to hear all about the program and ask questions. 

Video recording | Powerpoint presentation

Eligibility and Enrolment 

  • For enrolment in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement - A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in in T3 2016.  Before starting this unit in T3 2016 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
  • For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2017. Before starting this unit in T1 2017 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
  • Students in either unit must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement.
Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair. 

Funding options 

OS-Help Loans
  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$7880
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website
WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information and eligibility: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website

Important to note:  

  • A minimum number of 10 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 20 students in total.
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
  • The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available. 

CIS Australia Cancellation Policy  
Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply  
After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit  
After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)  
After final payment deadline: No refund on any program fees

International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.