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MARINE CONSERVATION IN AN ISLAND COMMUNITY IN CAMBODIA

CAMBODIA

MARINE CONSERVATION IN AN ISLAND COMMUNITY IN CAMBODIA
Category: Volunteering, gap year and career break in Cambodia

This is a unique opportunity for those who want to learn more about oceans, experience first hand marine conservation work in a developing country and along side a captivating local community towards an effective and sustainable future.

Experience genuine Cambodian life, culture and natural environments, well away from the tourist trail on this remote Island


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PRICES Please see the Prices Page - prices for all projects and all lengths are listed and you can also choose which currency you'd like to see them in.
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates! The programme begins every Monday.
Duration 2 weeks or longer.
Requirements Minimum age 17. 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're free to decide if you would like to follow the PADI open water advanced course. This PADI open water advanced course is not a mandatory requirement for the programme.
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Payment Protection Insurance
  • 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
  • local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
  • Airport return transfeer
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.

Marine Conservation on an island in Cambodia on your gap year or career break

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PROGRAMME CONTENT:

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

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 & 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

LOCATION:
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 guidebooks.

 

Marine Conservation on an island in Cambodia on your gap year or career break

Marine Conservation on an island in Cambodia on your gap year or career break

Marine Conservation on an island in Cambodia on your gap year or career break

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ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation consists of bunk beds in a shared room at the project on the Island of Koh Sen. You'll mostlikely share two to a room.

Bathroom facilities are shared amongst participants.

FOOD:
All meals are cooked by the local staff and are always delicious!

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Marine Conservation on an island in Cambodia on your gap year or career break

LOCATION | OPTIONAL FUN ACTIVITIES

ON ARRIVING IN CAMBODIA:
You'll fly into Phnom Penh airport and will be taken to the project site where you'll be introduced to everyone.

The journey to the project site can take between 1 and 2 days by bus and boat.

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 do not vary hugely, during the winter the northern parts of the country can be colder.

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