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Date: Thursday 26 April
Time: 1 - 2:30pm
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, 25 May 2018
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.