At a glance
Take an Alternative Schoolies volunteer trip to Thailand, and seize the opportunity to travel and give back at the same time over your school-leaving holiday. You’ll split your time between childcare and marine conservation work, and work with a group your own age. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side.
Your first week on this project is all about marine conservation. You’ll get your PADI diving qualification, and work with dedicated conservationists. You’ll also help raise awareness about environmental issues affecting Thailand, and get your hands dirty planting mangroves.
You’ll spend your second week in kindergartens and daycare centres, supporting the work of local teachers and caregivers. Your focus will be on helping the children learn through play, and doing renovation work.
You’ll be based in Ao Nang, and stay with your group in a shared lodge. When you’re not working, we have plenty of fun events organised for you to enjoy, along with an exciting weekend trip.
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This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What will I do on this project?
Your time will be split between working with children, and doing conservation activities. You can expect to get involved with specific tasks such as:
- Help teachers arrange and run educational activities
- Take part in survey dives with professional divers
- Participate on beach clean-ups along the coast
- Plant mangroves as part of reforestation efforts
- Explore Thailand and learn more about the culture with your fellow volunteers
Volunteer work with children in Thailand for Schoolies will mainly focus on:
The care centres we partner with in Thailand need extra support in order to give each child more attention. You will be an extra pair of hands and eyes, helping caregivers reach more children throughout the day.
You will also do activities like:
- Help children learn English through songs, games, and flashcards
- Organise arts and crafts to encourage their creativity
- Play sports to get kids active and work on hand-eye coordination
- Read to children to help improve literacy
- Ensure the children practice good hygiene
Your Projects Abroad supervisor will have loads of activity ideas to share with you. Plus you can brainstorm with fellow volunteers to come up with new ones of your own. You will also have the local teachers supervising and helping you.
Learn to dive and then take part in survey dives with professional divers
You’ll start this project by learning to scuba dive. You get a PADI Open Water course qualification included in the price, and training from our qualified instructors. You’ll learn:
- Underwater sign language
- Correct breathing techniques
- How to clear your mask
- The importance of equalising pressure
Once these skills are mastered, your volunteer conservation work in Thailand for Schoolies begins!
As you gently drift past coral and shoals of fish, you will record what you see and add your findings to our database. The information you gather is shared with national parks, helping meet long-term goals. You’ll also help gather data about general reef health. This is critical work, as coral reefs are known to house the largest diversity of marine life.
Beach clean-ups along Ao Nang’s coastline
Thousands of cigarette butts alone litter Ao Nang’s beaches. These small discarded items kill local marine and plant life. And they’re only one example of the kind of litter that can be found on one of Thailand’s beaches.
You and your fellow volunteers will walk along beach coastlines, collecting and disposing of rubbish that is found. Data from these clean-ups is then shared with the local authorities. It shows them why we need regular and proper waste management in the area.
Plant and transplant mangroves as part of reforestation efforts
Dig your hands into muddy coastlines for a good cause. By helping plant and move mangroves, you’re working towards long-term conservation efforts in the region.
Mangrove forests are among the most productive and bio-diverse wetlands on earth. However, these coastal forests are among the most threatened habitats. Each mangrove you plant in the mud or move to a better area, helps the mangrove forests survive.
Finally, this project is also an opportunity for you to travel, learn, and grow in a safe environment. During your evenings and over weekends, under the supervision of our staff, we will help you learn more about Thailand’s culture, and explore some of the areas most unique attractions.
Where in Thailand will I work?
You’ll be based in Ao Nang near Krabi. This area, located a short one-hour flight south of Bangkok, is a combination of dramatic limestone backdrops, waving palms, white sand beaches, and crystal clear waters.
Ao Nang also marks the centre of tourism in the Krabi province. Your short-term project will be spent here with a group of volunteers, and in the Andaman Sea when you’re diving.
Weekends are jam-packed with cultural and adventure activities. These include a kayak trip and a visit to the local market.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
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