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  • Locations: Koh Tao, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 13/07/2018
Rolling Admission 06/01/2019 02/02/2019

** 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.

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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
GCP Points: 30
Program Description:



Information Session 

View the video recording to find out all the information on this program

Global Environmental Placement - Thailand - Marine Conservation and Diving in

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 everyday diving and be 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 into 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.

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 have 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 9 am to approximately 4 pm
Project duration: 4 weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 - Professional Practice
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia

Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.

Compulsory content hours:

Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018

Introductory briefing: Thursday, 26 July 2018

Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)

In-country component: 6 January - 2 February 2019

Application close: Friday, 13 July 2018



  • 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 T3 2018. Before starting this unit in T3 2018 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study.
  • For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2019. Before starting this unit in T1 2019 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.

Cost and Funding

cost and funding
Adv divers: $3,587 AUD
SSI Open Water Divers: $3,778 AUD
Beg / New divers: $3,999 AUD
Note: All students will pay $3,999, students with a validate diver licence to recieve a refuse prior to departure.  

$500 deposit due before:  Monday, 16 July 2018
Final payment due date: Friday, 31 August 2018
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
  • Weekend activities
  • Food: Meals are not provided, but you'll find a number of affordable restaurants in the local village

OS-HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

WIL Financial Support
  • 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, eligibility, and application: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full-time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Location Profile

Location Profile

Dubbed absolute heaven for divers, the marine conservation project is located on the southern bay of Chao Lok on the island of Koh Tao, around 500km south of Bangkok. Tiny Tao is only 21 sq kms but boasts 40+ 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.

Although this small village is away from the main tourist area it boasts all the modern conveniences of restaurants, internet cafes and book shops... but without the crowds.

Volunteers stay on the seafront in a delightful guest house. Here you'll find a restaurant, internet cafe and, laundry facilities and for those who want to unwind after a long day there's also a Thai massage area. If you need assistance to book an excursion to the nearby islands of Koh Phangan or Koh Samui you'll find a travel shop too.


Important Notes

Important Information
  • 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 of any program fees
Global Citizenship Program

This program is currently not accepting applications.