After your initial language training, SSI certification (a scuba-diving qualification which is internationally recognised), and orientation, you will settle into the volunteer role. You will normally begin with a morning meeting to discuss the plan for the day, and to receive any additional training. Your tasks will include:

  • Identifying species
  • Monitoring the reefs
  • Underwater clean-ups
  • Reef restoration

Generally you will dive 3 times a day in the company of project staff and other volunteers. Weekends are spent back on land, relaxing and enjoying the local lifestyle. Kaya's staff can help with excursions and activities such as island-hopping or elephant trekking, if you want to do something different.

You will be under the guidance of expert staff. The information you help collect is provided to fishery departments and government environmental agencies who use it to make policy decisions, ensuring that your contributions are valuable.

If you want to stay on the project longer than 6 weeks, internships are available up to 6 months.

Start dates
All year round
The island of Koh Tao, Thailand
2-6 weeks (internships available if you wish to stay longer)
From £1,320
What's included?
pre-departure support, in-country support, orientation, accommodation, most meals, training, qualification.
SSI Open Water, Advanced and SSI Ecological qualifications, basic language classes
Optional extras
Internships, elephant trekking, island hopping, manta ray expedition