The Koh Sen Marine Conservation project takes place just 13 kilometres from the Cambodian coastal town, Kep. Koh Sen itself is an untouched and uninhabited island that is about 300 metres wide and 900 metres long – this is where the marine research centre is located and where this conservation project is focussed. During your time on the project you will stay with staff and other volunteers at the marine research centre.
Despite boasting excellent coral reefs and marine life, Koh Sen remains virtually undiscovered. You will not find it on many guidebooks and, as it is away from the tourist trail, this conservation project allows volunteers to immerse themselves in the Cambodian style of life, as well as in the unspoilt environments that have been able to flourish on Koh Sen.
The Koh Sen Marine Conservation project is a unique opportunity for volunteers to learn about the ocean, to experience marine conservation work first hand, and to experience the culture of a developing country. During this project volunteers will work alongside staff members who come from the local community and, in doing so, will begin to develop a strong idea about the way that the Cambodian people live.
During the 4-week program volunteers will have the opportunity to become fully-qualified divers, complete an emergency first aid response course, and gain first hand experience in coral reef surveyance. During this time, you will learn a great deal about marine conservation and ecology and you will also get involved in local educational projects. In all of these tasks, you can be sure that you are making a positive impact that will lead to a more sustainable future, both for the marine life that inhabits this area, and for the local communities.
We arrange transport from the airport as well as transport during your stay. Upon arrival there will be a meet and greet in which you will have time to get to know the other volunteers whilst settling into your accommodation. At this time, you will also complete a basic survival lessons, in which you will learn about the island’s customs, cultures and language.
The aim of this project is to aid in the longevity of Koh Sen’s ecosystem, as well as in the development and sustenance of the local area. Through educational and physical input from volunteers, the project hopes to alter the perspectives of local inhabitants about how to preserve Cambodia’s natural resources and wildlife
Spend week one getting acquainted with the team and project; get to know the island and Khmer’s customs and language. You will also take part in the PADI Open Water course as well as a marine conservation and ecology introduction.
2nd & 3rd Weeks
During weeks 2 and 3 you will take part in species ID tests, as well as in in-water practice and exams. You will practice and try your hand at coral reef surveys and data gathering, and you will take part in community projects in the local area.
During week 4 you will continue coral reef surveys and data gathering, and you will also try your hand at learning the Khmer language. Other activities will also be available dependant on weather, with exploration and cultural excursions on the menu.