Conservation and Community in Cambodia
- Who?Groups of at least 5
- When?Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
- Where?Koh Sdach, Cambodia
This Conservation and Community project benefits both volunteers and the local community. This is an ideal project for volunteers interested in marine biology or with a desire to work in marine conservation.
Your group will travel to the tropical island of Koh Sdach, where you will live in a house over the water, in a tiny village. Here the project will focus on studying and protecting the marine environments. The results of your group’s hard work will be overwhelming and you will become a part of this tiny island community. Groups will learn to dive and be able to swim amongst the diverse corals and rare species of fish.
Volunteers will complete an internationally recognised PADI Open Water course which will qualify you to dive. If members of your group have already completed their PADI Open Water then they can skip this. At first, the group is in shallow water, you will learn how to breathe, clear your mask and equalise pressure. Becoming familiar with the buddy system and underwater sign language is the next step.
After completing the PADI course, your group will take part in various activities including seahorse identification and behaviour, coral & fish biodiversity and habitat & mapping surveys, as well as clean-up salvage dives. Other exciting opportunities include a jungle trek and possible beach clean-up.
During your group trip you will have the chance to join a village fun day - playing games and running fun water-based activities with the village children.
This placement is fully research, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.