Conservation of marine turtles and tropical biodiversity in Thailand


This eco-volunteering mission is dedicated mainly to marine turtles in Thailand, as well as to the conservation of local biodiversity. You will participate in the conservation program on sea turtles, wildlife, and local natural resources. Stayed in a homestay or tent on the beach, you can discover the beauty of an island far from the tourist circuits in southern Thailand.

DUREE : 2 minimum weeks

DATES : December to March

ACTIVITY : Full nature (coastline)

SPECIES : Sea turtles

WORK LANGUAGE : English (minimum level A2)

PHYSICAL LEVEL : moderate to intense

INVOLVEMENT : 6 days a week, 6 to 8 working hours per day (night patrols to be planned)

PUBLIC : Any public over 18 years, individuals, eco-solidarity holidays, students


This mission is taking place on a small island in southern Thailand. The project is an NGO that has been working for more than 20 years to develop locally conservation programs including sea turtles, mangrove, and coral reefs. As turtle laying has become rarer in recent years, the project has initiated several new activities related to the environmental protection of the island, to which ecovolunteers will also be led to participate: monitoring the impact of oceanic plastic pollution, monitoring marine herbarium, environmental education in schools and with tourists, research on certain animal populations of birds, dolphins, tortoises ...

The scientific work conducted by the contribution of volunteers has allowed the implementation of conservation strategies for local natural resources, and the implementation of an environmental education program in schools. The project is also committed to helping local communities develop an agreement in operation with natural resources. For example by encouraging the development of ecotourism as a sustainable alternative.

By contributing to this mission, you will actively participate in the on-site research program under the guidance of the project staff. You can learn a lot about Thai culture.

Location / Habitat

Phra Thong Island has an area of ​​about 100 km2; 200 km north of Phuket, it is about 5 km from the Thai west coast in the Andaman Sea.


The east coast of the island is covered by mangroves on the opposite side there are sandy beaches with a length of 15 km. The tourist development on the island is very limited with 3 small hotels offering bungalows that do not disturb the landscape.

One can observe different habitats on the island of Phra Thong: forest, savanna, mangrove and coral reef. On one of the neighboring islands, Ko Ra, we can even find the primary rainforest.

The island has no electricity or road.

The climate is tropical with two main seasons: the rainy season (April to November) and the dry season (December to March), with an average temperature of 28,7 ° C.

For more information on local weather conditions


The project focuses on four species of sea turtle: the leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, Olive ridley, Lepidochelys olivaceaThe green turtle, Chelonia mydasAnd hawksbill Eretmochelys imbricata.

Mangroves and coral reefs are home to a wide variety of species.

Monitoring of seagrass has 9 value species of marine plants, the most widespread is Halophila ovalis. The latter turns out to be one of the favorite foods of Dugongs and it seems this rare mammal is present in the region.

5 species of freshwater and terrestrial turtles were found on the island: Cuora amboinensis, Cyclemys dentate, Heosemys spinosa Siebenrockiella crassicollis et Indotestudo elongate.

In addition to these species, we find on the island hornbills, sea eagles, and many other beautiful and colorful birds, as well as monitor lizards, pangolins, deer, macaques, otters, crabs, reef fish, bats mice, lizards, snakes, dolphins, mangroves, coconut palms, etc.

Involvement ecovolunteer

During this mission the volunteers follow a research program under the direction of members of the host project. Daily activities will be:

  • Tracking sea turtles: daily patrols along the beaches (15 km on average). The turtles will be counted as well as their eggs and the observations noted. These follow-ups can take place very early in the morning. During the clutch season, nocturnal surveillance of certain nests will be organized: groups of 2 ecovolunteers will, in turn, camp on the beach near the nest until the eggs hatch.
  • Behavioral observations of turtles: daily monitoring of turtles in their natural environment.
  • Collection of weather data and monitoring of the erosion of the beach,
  • Study and monitoring of the island's wildlife: birds, monkeys, tortoises ...
  • Monitoring, study and reduction of plastic waste,
  • Occasionally, environmental education in the village and English lessons for volunteers to assist (provided there are enough children in school).
  • Participation in community activities.

Other activities may be requested depending on the needs of the project during your participation, for example beach cleaning, equipment preparation, DIY menu, or communication aid.

Note that the number of turtle clutches tends to decrease, so it is possible that ecovolunteers do not dedicate the integrity of their stay to turtle conservation but also to the other areas mentioned above, according to the needs.

Requirements and constraints

To participate in this mission:

  • No experience is necessary.
  • You must be over 18 years
  • You must be willing to work in more or less difficult conditions, the research project requires long walks (up to 15 km) in hot and humid conditions.
  • You should also be friendly and communicative, and able to work in groups.
  • You will be on a secluded tropical island with no nightlife, shopping, television, etc ...
  • You will live in the community and will have to demonstrate a good ability to adapt.
  • It is highly recommended to be healthy and making the necessary assessments before you came.
  • You are invited to respect local culture and religion by wearing appropriate clothing and covering yourself in the village (T-shirts and long pants or skirts are ideal).
  • Covid-19 vaccination is mandatory.

Before you register:

  • It is important to read the detailed documentation to download.
  • You will need to return the medical fitness form (attached to the detailed documentation) completed and signed by you and your attending physician.

Language (s) used (s)

English: The minimum required level of English is A2 : view details you self-assess


Conditions for minors

The project accepts children more than 8 years accompanied by a legal guardian. Mission expenses are the same for adults and children. Projects are not an environment offering all the security conditions for children. Children will have to stay with their parents who will be solely responsible for their actions.

For participants minors, parents must provide a disclaimer to Cybelle Planet.


Depending on the period in which you participate, your experience will be different. The following example is based on a 15 day program only focused on the monitoring of sea turtles, it is likely that you need to participate in other activities (mangrove, coral reef, seagrass, tortoises and freshwater ...) .

1 Day: arrival on the island, installation and presentation rest

Day 2 to 14:

  • first patrol at 5: 30 the morning along the beach walk 2h
  • picnic on the beach and meteorological measurements
  • animal watching from the shore (binoculars) or free time (beach, boardwalk ...)
  • Lunch in the village or picnic
  • Dinner in the village
  • night observations on the beach

15 day: Departure


You are hosted most of the time in tents, close to the beaches. It is likely that you will also stay in the village for a few days, depending on the needs of the project.

You will live in the traditional Thai way. The tents are simple (a bed, a fan and a mosquito net). You may have to share your tent with another volunteer (depending on availability). The toilets are also rudimentary: Turkish toilet, and basin of cold water. Electricity is available daily between 18h and 21h.

Water is essential and you will have your own personal water bottle for the day.

Thai meals are prepared three times a day. Vegetarians must specify this in advance.


The project hosts up 10 ecovolunteers both.


The project is open from January 1 to March 30, 2022.

The minimum duration of participation in this mission is 2 weeks. You can propose your own dates (subject to project approval).


Due to the pandemic, Cybelle Planète has set up specific conditions for participation. Please consult our conditions of participation before signing up for a mission.

See information related to Covid-19

Travel Information

You go on your own to Phuket Airport or Ranong, from where you will have to join a coastal village (between 3 and 5h transport). From there, a member of the project will wait for you by boat and will take you to the island (1h crossing approx.).

You will receive information on how to get to the village using public transport before your departure. The boat trip to the island is included in your mission costs. 

If you plan to arrive early and spend a night in Khura Buri Village, you must reserve a room in advance. The project can help you if you request at least 15 days in advance.


Your eco-volunteering mission involves your voluntary participation in the project as well as your biodiversity donation. For each mission, the amount of the Biodiversity Donation is calculated according to the needs of the project and the time you will spend there. 70% of your donation is donated to the hosting project, it will largely be used to cover its material and personnel needs for its sustainability, and also to cover the hosting costs of eco-volunteers. learn more about Don Biodiversity

The costs of the ecovolunteers' missions consist of : your biodiversity donation and your membership in the mission, and non-tax deductible costs (ex: insurance, additional heating costs, over-classification of your accommodation - if offered)

Compensation for the impact of your trip

Cybelle planet pledges to reduceimpact of long-haul flights on the environment. In order to offset greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of your trip, Cybelle Planète has set up specific measures :

  • We no longer accept entries of less than two weeks involving long-haul travel.
  • Flat-rate contribution of 200 € to a territorial and carbon compensation fund for missions of less than 3 weeks.

We consider that a stay of at least 3 weeks, during which you have a positive action for local biodiversity (ex: eco-volunteering mission), and where you adopt a responsible mode of travel, partially offsets your emissions at the regional level. 

Amount of Don Biodiversity

  • 2 weeks of participation: 1054 €
  • 3 weeks of participation: 1198 €
  • per additional week: 360 €

tax deduction : For individuals, participation entitles you to a tax deduction of 66%. So a donation of 1054 € will only cost you 358 €.

For companies, the participation of your employees entitles you to a tax deduction of 60%. So a donation of 1054 € will only cost you 422 €.

Annual fee

Cybelle Planète is a French law association 1901, ecovolunteer stays are reserved for members who are members of their annual subscription of 50 €. This membership automatically gives you access to insurance (including liability, repatriation, medical expenses). Membership in Cybelle Planète is subject to a tax receipt. Learn more about memberships

Your budget

The hosting project supports:

  • accommodation, water and food,
  • supervision by members of the project,
  • the boat crossing Khura Buri to Phra Tong Island.

You remain at your expense:

  • your trip to Khura Buri village in Thailand,
  • expenses incurred (drinks, restaurant, excursions ....),
  • your complementary travel insurance (mandatory), including a Cancellation, Air / Train Delay, Baggage, Interruption of Stay.
  • Your VISA fees if necessary.

Travel arrangements

You must organize your own trip to the project: transport, visa, vaccinations if necessary, ....

You will find on our website information concerning visas.

Cybelle Planet can arrange for you to book your airline ticketsThis service is optional.

Conditions of participation

The general conditions of participation in eco-volunteering mission from Cybelle Planet are available online.

Commitment ecovolunteer

Before committing yourself as a Volunteer, you must have read and accepted the charter of ecovolunteers.

Car insurance

In addition to the insurance included in your membership, you must take out cancellation insurance, loss or damage to luggage, and flight delay. Cybelle Planète will offer you insurance during your pre-registration or you can subscribe one by yourself. A certificate of insurance will be required before departure. To learn more about insurance

ethical commitments Cybelle Planète

The Cybelle Planet associationcommitted to the ecovolunteering charter. We have always chosen sharing, equity and solidarity for all our actions.

Tax deduction

Participation in our eco-volunteering mission is reserved for our "support" members.

Ecovolunteers pay Cybelle Planète a Biodiversity Donation in addition to their commitment in the field. 

Only the Biodiversity Gift and membership entitles you to a tax deduction (For companies or persons subject to corporation tax or income tax in France).

Medical fitness form

Your registration can not be validated unless we have received your medical fitness form completed and signed by you and your attending physician.

In order to avoid possible difficulties, we ask you to describe to us, as honestly as possible, your physical and emotional state.
Regardless of the medical situation, all projects are designed to accept as many participants as possible. For this reason, they remain attentive and are very understanding of the various health problems a candidate may have. All solutions are considered to enable the candidate to participate in the project, regardless of his or her state of health, and to the extent possible.
The consequences of misleading and / or omitted medical declarations can be very restrictive for the entire team involved in the mission, and in some cases dangerous (missions on the high seas, in very isolated sites, etc.). So, Any false declaration, omission or false information may be sanctioned by the immediate and definitive exclusion of the participant At its own expense and upon the exclusive and unilateral decision of the project. 

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Download the form for an English speaking mission


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Note that no resumption or exchange is possible, we invite you to consult the description and the size guide .

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