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
During the four-week program, you'll get the chance
Become a fully
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 will also receive a “basic survival lesson”
regarding the islands customs, cultures and
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.
Introduction and update on the project from the
Introduction to the island and Khmer customs,
language and culture.
PADI Open Water course and/or advanced course
Introduction to marine conservation and ecology
2nd & 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
Khmer language lessons
Data collation and entry
De-brief and presentations
This project is based on the small island of Koh
Sen. Located just 13 kilometres out of the Cambodian
coast town Kep, Koh Sen is an untouched and
inhabited island where this 'unique' marine
conservation project finds its home. The Island is
300 meters across and 900 meters long. On this
island is where the marine research centre is
located together with the accommodation for the
staff and volunteers.
The island has excellent coral reefs and marine
activity. As yet virtually "undiscovered", you’ll
find barely a mention about this Island in most