WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The fate of sea turtles in Thailand is looking bleak as it currently stands. The three species that are found here are all suffering population declines, in particular the Olive Ridley turtle. This theory underlines the pressing need for addressing this issue, and hence the turtle conservation project has been founded here. The annual decrease in turtle nests has come about through a range of significant factors, including high levels of egg harvesting in the last 20 years, the consumption of turtle meat, the hunting of turtles for their shells, and habitat destruction through natural and human causes.
The project has been running here since 1996, and is very well established. The project is fully registered at the National Research Council in Thailand, and has combined an extremely thorough conservation strategy with effective education programmes in local communities. The project has actually resulted in the elimination of egg poaching activities by local people, and some turtles which local fishermen have caught in their nets have even been donated back to the project.
Working towards sustainable conservation
Your environmental education and awareness-raising work will focus on encouraging indigenous people away from harmful practices such as harvesting turtles, and encourage marginalised communities to recognise that rational use of these resources are key to their preservation for the future. You will live the Thai lifestyle, and will be making a significant contribution to the recovery of the region from the devastating after effects of the tsunami. The project staff have worked closely with local communities to aid them in their recovery and to build towards a sustainable strategy for the biological and economic stability of this incredible place. This truly is an incredible chance to make a difference, whilst having an unforgettable experience that you will never forget!
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
The work on the project is multifaceted, combining a programme of practical conservation work with extensive conservation education agendas. In parallel to the scientific work that is being carried out, an educational programme has been instigated for children and adults, in local schools and communities, making this an ideal project for those who wish to contribute to a sustainable conservation strategy.
The work involves;
Monitoring and patrolling beaches
Conducting behavioural observation on turtles feeding
Assisting nest hatching
Collecting a variety of data on the beach
Preparing materials for school education programme on conservation and English lessons
Preparing display’s for the community conservation centre
Conducting guided tours for visitors
If this is your first time doing conservation work, don't worry! It will only take a short while for you to feel totally at home on camp and confident with the science work. Although the work is intense you'll find that living in such a beautiful and inaccessible environment alongside friends who share your passion for conservation will be the experience of a lifetime!
You may also have the unique opportunity to spend a week on the uninhabited Ra Island. As a small team you could monitor beaches and conduct a bird surveys. During your stay on Ra Island you would be based at an Ecolodge.
You'll find your team to be a fun, dynamic mix of ages and experiences, with members who all share a passion about travelling in developing countries and saving endangered life. Your staff will be young, friendly individuals who are highly experienced in their field and many have also volunteered on a Frontier project earlier in their career.