Marine Ecology Service Project, Thailand
Date: February 2020
Our Service projects offer Aiglon students incredible opportunities worldwide to engage in local community projects, addressing real world issues and inspiring them to become agents of positive change. Not only do our students absorb the reality of life in an unfamiliar environment, but they also learn more about themselves on a daily basis. For the second consecutive year, this Thailand Marine Ecology Service project is based on the island of Koh Chang.
The project has three main elements. Initially we complete a period of diving education at a PADI 5* CDC instructor training centre. This may include learning to dive or enhancing diving skills. Then there is a period of service including a shore-based clean-up of the local beaches and underwater removal of debris from local reefs. And finally we get involved in vital conservation work where students survey local marine life. This data is sent to the University of Queensland, Australia, as part of a global project that has conducted 11’000 reef surveys. The data is helping to secure the long-term survival of this vibrant underwater ecosystem.
This trip is open to students in Year 12 and 13. It runs for the duration of the Winter term half-term break (5th to 16th February 2020).