Family volunteering with turtles in Thailand

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Responsible tourism: Family volunteering with turtles in Thailand

Environment

Our placements are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this - but we make sure that the project directly benefits local people and wildlife too.

Wildlife
The threat of extinction for sea turtles is very real. Projects such as this are playing an important role in stemming this decline. You will be working with a well-respected marine conservation and research organization, staffed by biologists and enthusiastic volunteers. The project aims to increase the turtle population, by understanding the reasons why it is in such rapid decline. We also run a mangrove restoration programme, where volunteers help to plant seeds and to clear areas, to allow the mangrove forest to continue to thrive.

Waste
We often run beach clean up missions to help to rid the beaches of waste. This helps to protect the turtle population, but also other marine species. Volunteers are all told to take rubbish home with them, and recycling as encouraged as much as possible. We work with local communities to get schools helping out in the beach clean ups, and educating not to drop litter in the first place.

Environment
Our company is an environmentally responsible one that operates recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas,electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid.

Participants are advised to use hand wash gel that does not require water. We also advise, during our pre departure briefing, to take care with water. In many of our destinations, water is precious and expensive.

Community

Meeting local needs
Many in the local community rely on the marine environment for their livelihood (whether through fishing or tourism). The work of charities such as this is essential to safeguard their future. The organisation provides some paid work locally, but has to rely on extra help from volunteers to be able to protect the turtles effectively. As well as protecting the turtles, you will also contribute directly to the local economy, eating, shopping and using leisure facilities in the surrounding area.

Food is all provided and cooked in the local communities. Accommodation is organised with local families in homestays, thus spreading the living and food costs around the community. Transport to the island is organised through a local. Volunteers are encouraged to use the local shops, interact with the local people and teach English at the local school. Many volunteers choose to bring children's books in English with them for the kids on the island. There are many day trips that can be organised through local companies on the island, and these are encouraged. Many of the locals sell handicrafts and art to the volunteers.

Campaigning for change
Although the emphasis of this project is on the turtle research, awareness campaigns are also run to make people realise what they can do to help their environment and the local communities. The mangrove restoration programme also increases the mangroves, which attracts lots of wildlife to the area.

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