Turtle and coral conservation

Project name:

Turtle and Reef Experience

Project purpose:

Turtle and coral conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

Marine

Malaysia

South-East Asia

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

355

Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • data/statistical skills

  • gain qualification and/or credits

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

Accommodation:

Resort guest rooms for volunteers and shared room in the staff quarters for interns

Requirements:

  • Passionate about marine conservation

  • Ideally be educated about marine biology but not a necessity

  • Minimum commitment of 3 months if an intern

Facilities:

food included, accommodation included, shower, wifi, electricity, live within a small resort, wifi, western toilets, cold shower, refillable drinking water, badminton and beach volleyball

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

**Interns everything is included**                  **Volunteers pay $355 a week**

The conservation manager runs the project and gives the daily tasks to the interns and volunteers. The conservation project is very small (only 3-4 people unless a lot of volunteers). One manager 2-3 interns and then volunteers as and when they come. The interns become quite independent after a few weeks when they get the hang of the routine.

 

Daily activities include:

  • Cleaning the hatchery and checking for signs of disease/predators in the nests

  • Beach cleans

  • Daily talks about turtles and coral reefs to guests

  • Checking temperature of the nest

  • Possibly giving jungle trek guides to guests

  • Diving and cleaning the coral nursery, artificial reef and removing drupella snails

During the night you will split you will do either the first or second shift (first half of the night and second half respectively). Therefore you will likely be tired for half of the day as you may be up late or awakening half way through the night so there aren't too many daily activities. There is plenty of free time to lie in a hammock or sunbathe on the beach!

There are night shifts done every night, which consist of walking up and down the beach every hour checking for turtle tracks. If there are no turtles you have a free time between your walks, you can watch movies, play games or sit on the beach and enjoy the beautiful night sky throughout your night shift. Also when the hatchery has nests from previous turtles you need to check the hatchery in case of any new baby turtles! You will know the rules once you arrive but there is strictly no white light on the beach at night. You will be using red headlights. If there is a turtle you will give her space to not spook her and let her find a good spot for her nest. You will measure the tracks, the turtle shell, the time coming onto the beach and the length of the process, and facial ID to get a comprehensive data set for each nest being laid. You will wake up the guests and bring them to see the turtle laying and covering up her nest but making sure they keep a safe distance and keep quiet! They will know all this information from the turtle talk anyway. Interns will be expected to do this themselves or with another intern if they have the experience after doing it a few times with the manager (who also does night shifts). You will then relocate the nest to the hatchery once the turtle has returned to the ocean and enter the data into a datasheet on the conservation laptop. Volunteers on the project will help with all these processes.

The beach isn't too long and there are a manageable amount of turtles for a small team. The atmosphere is really relaxed and you become a small family with the conservation team and dive staff on site! Being located in a small eco resort there is potential for small luxuries and you get some great food as usually extra is made from what the guests would have! The resort is in its own private bay and really is idyllic, you can swim, take kayaks out, play badminton or volleyball in the evenings. 

For interns - Accommodation is in the staff block, depending on the year and the sex of the staff you may end up sharing an en-suite room or sharing a room with communal toilets.

 

For Volunteers - You are paying for the experience and get better accommodation (in the resort guest area) and get better food from the guest buffet. You will be helping the conservation interns and manager do the activities and although you stay in shorter you will be part of the team and spend most of your day with them! You will shadow the night shifts and help out where needed (see information above).

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