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SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Work well away from the tourist trail on a remote island doing coral reef surveying and gaining first-hand experience and education in marine conservation and ecology.

  • Gain experience and education in marine conservation and ecology
  • Become a fully qualified diver,
  • Complete an emergency first-aid response course
  • In addition, you'll get involved with local educational community projects working towards a sustainable future.
Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
Projects start every Monday – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements:
Minimum age 18. You need to have a PADI open water to be able to participate in the programme. The PADI open water course can be joined onsite against an extra fee. (If you already have the PADI open water, you can do the PADI open water advanced course, if you'd like to, but its not a mandatory requirement for the programme.)
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Meeting you at the Airport
  • Transfer to your project site (can take up to 2 days overland and by boat to the island)
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in-country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you).
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in marine conservation, marine animal welfare and marine wildlife care.

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PROJECT CONTENT

Located just 13 kilometres out of the Cambodian coastal town of Kep is Koh Sen, an untouched and uninhabited island where our marine conservation project is located.

Despite its beautiful coral reefs and marine activity, the island remains virtually undiscovered and you will struggle to find it mentioned in most guidebooks. As it is away from the tourist trail, it will allow you to experience genuine Cambodian life, culture and the unspoilt natural environment.

This specialised project allows you to experience genuine Cambodian life, culture and natural environments, well away from the tourist trail, living alongside enthusiastic, passionate and experienced staff. This is a unique opportunity for those who want to learn more about oceans, experience first-hand conservation work in a developing country and work with a developing yet captivating local community towards an effective and sustainable future.

During the four-week program, you'll get the chance to:

  • Become a fully qualified diver,
  • complete an emergency first-aid response course
  • gain first-hand experience in coral reef surveying
  • gain experience and education in marine conservation and ecology
  • In addition, you'll get involved with local educational community projects working towards a sustainable future.

You'll also receive a “basic survival lesson” regarding the islands customs, cultures and languages.

Project Aims and Objectives:

The aims of this project is focused upon the longevity of the eco-system of Koh Sen and its surrounding area. Through educational and physical input from volunteers, the project hopes to alter the perceptions of local inhabitants regarding their treatment of natural resources and the sustainability of marine life in Cambodia.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

1st Week:

  • Introduction and update on the project from the team.
  • Introduction to the island and Khmer customs, language and culture.
  • PADI Open Water course and/or advanced course (if applicable).
  • Introduction to marine conservation and ecology lectures.

2nd and 3rd Weeks:

  • Classroom species ID skills and test.
  • In-water species ID practice and exams.
  • Coral reef survey methodology and dry run.
  • Coral reef surveying and underwater data gathering.
  • Community projects with local people on the main land.
  • Khmer language lessons
  • Community projects
  • Data collation and entry
  • De-brief and presentations

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ACCOMMODATION

You'll live on site on the Island of Koh Sen during your Programme. Accommodation consists of bunk beds in a shared room and you'll most likely share two to a room. Bathroom facilities are shared amongst participants.

Due to its size and uninhabited nature, there are very limited facilities on this island.

FOOD: Food is included in this project and cooked Cambodian-style by our staff. They are delicious!!

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COUNTRY INFORMATION

Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat - finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.

Despite this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and the people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.

CLIMATE

Cambodia has monsoon climate with temperatures ranging from 21°C - 35°C (The average year-round temperature is 27.7°C). Its monsoon season spans from May - October, whilst dry season lasts from November to December . Dry season is the most popular time to visit however rainy season can be incredibly beautiful in Cambodia due to the richer colours that it causes. The rain also can help to make temperatures more pleasant. Post-monsoon season is also a favourite time to visit because of the stunning green countryside.

Whilst temperatures don't vary hugely, during the winter the northern parts of the country can be colder.

CULTURE

Buddhism is an important aspect of Khmer cultural and is practiced by 95% of the Cambodian population.

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