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For the last 26 years, Projects Abroad has sent over 100,000 volunteers overseas to volunteer on worthwhile and meaningful projects that address local needs and benefit communities. Though we now work in 25 destinations around the world, we have been sending individuals and groups to volunteer in Thailand since 2005.

The Krabi Province has some of the oldest remaining mangrove and lowland forests in the whole of Thailand. The continued deforestation of the mangroves and the lowland forests in this area has led to soil erosion, run off into the ocean, flooding and water shortages, all of which has had an effect on tourism and consequently the economy. Also suffering are the unique reefs that surround the idyllic karst limestone pillars which protrude from the ocean. These coral reefs are rich and abundant in life but are threatened by the ongoing soil erosion from the mainland.

Your group will play crucial role in studying and preserving the unique reefs, educating children about conservation, removing debris from reefs and beaches, and replanting mangroves to provide nurseries to juvenile fish and to protect the coastlines from soil erosion.

Groups will be met by one of our staff members in Krabi, just 20km from Ao Nang where our Conservation project is based. The first part of the project will be training you to scuba dive on a four-day Open Water course. This will be rewarded with a certified PADI diving certificate upon completion. In the initial stages when you are in shallow water, you will learn how to breathe, clear your mask and equalise pressure. You will also become familiar with the buddy system and underwater sign language.

Once you have qualified, your efforts are rewarded as you descend into a stunningly clear underwater world of tropical fish, turtles, sea urchins and corals that you never knew existed. By analysing reef damage and fish populations, you play a part in conserving this precious ecosystem off the coast of South West Thailand. You will also help with beach clean-ups and take part in mangrove reforestation work.

Why should you consider Projects Abroad for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Your students will gain a wealth of knowledge and new skills that can’t be taught in the classroom; these can only be experienced and admired from being fully immersed in a new culture and environment. Each trip is customised and tailored to the needs of your group, so whether you want to combine certain projects or you want to include some more travelling, we will do everything possible to make this happen. With 25 years of experience behind us, Projects Abroad ensures that not only will your group have a worthwhile and fulfilling experience, but you’ll always be safe and supported throughout your trip, and you’ll return with memories that will last a lifetime.

Example Itineraries

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- Conservation & Community in Thailand 14 Days
Day 1 – Arrival
Day 2 – Country Introduction | Project induction | Orientation
Day 3 – Ao Nang for diving orientation
Day 4 – Two diving courses
Day 5 – Diving courses and theory overview
Day 6 – Visit Phuket marine biological centre for turtle rehabilitation
Day 7 – Visit Laying Buddha temple and Tiger cave temple
Day 8 – Rest and relax at Ao Nang
Day 9 – Reforestation work and dive/surveys
Day 10 – Reef check and dive logs/debriefing
Day 11 – Reef check and dive logs/debriefing
Day 12 – Reef check and dive logs/debriefing
Day 13 – Community outreach day and farewell dinner
Day 14 – Departure
Prices from £2,145pp
*Excludes flights and visas

What size groups do you cater for?

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All group sizes of 5 or more. Free staff place with every 9 students.

Is there first aid on site?

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The group will be accompanied by Projects Abroad staff throughout the trip who are trained in the correct procedures to follow regarding medical emergencies or illness. We’re fully insured and we offer 24 hour support from our local team and our team in the UK. All of our diving conservation projects are supervised and staffed by Projects Abroad staff members who are trained diving professionals. They will provide PADI training and hazard awareness to all of our volunteers. We also conduct a full risk assessment prior to the trip that meets our strict health and safety guidelines. Projects Abroad is a partner of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s “Travel Aware” campaign and all of our placements are fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure travel Sector. We are also an aspirant member of the Expedition Providers Association (EPA) who is a governing body behind the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Disabled facilities can be offered on request.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Visitors with special educational needs can be catered for on request.

Anything else?

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Our experienced staff will guide you every step of the way, whether it’s providing you with fundraising support or writing you a tailor-made schedule to your exact specifications, we will go the extra mile to make sure that your group has a safe and unforgettable trip. We can also come in and give a presentation to the staff, students and parents to answer any questions and inform you about the exciting and worthwhile adventure that lies ahead.

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