THAILAND

ISLAND MARINE EXCURSION

Gain hands-on experience with marine biology and conservation while living on tropical Koh Tao (“Turtle Island”) in the south of Thailand. Discover SCUBA on an island known as a top diving destination.

THIS PROGRAM IS NOT OPERATING FOR THE 2021 SEASON. IT IS CURRENTLY PLANNED TO RETURN IN 2022. SEE SESSION DATES FOR 2022 BELOW.

Highlights

FOR THE THAILAND: ISLAND MARINE EXCURSION™ PROGRAM

  • Snorkel and kayak in crystal clear waters and get plenty of beach time
  • Support artificial reef creation and environmental clean-ups
  • Design and build an artificial reef to be deployed
  • Gain insight on fundraising, social media usage and marketing from a local dive school
  • Dive into a Discover PADI SCUBA diving course
  • Spend an afternoon at an elephant sanctuary, learning how to care for Thailand’s gentle giants

THAILAND

ISLAND MARINE EXCURSION

Program Overview

Travel to a marine lover’s dream destination, a tropical paradise known for its coral reefs, diverse marine life and idyllic diving locations. Focus on marine conservation during your time here: you’ll learn from experts about marine biology and conservation, as well as the importance of environmental stewardship in sustaining Koh Tao’s natural wonders. Observe and take in marine beauty where it’s most magical – underneath the water – as you dive into a Discover SCUBA course.

THAILAND

ISLAND MARINE EXCURSION

Community Service

You’ll support marine conservation efforts both in the water and on land. Learn about, help design and create artificial reefs to provide marine life an area in which to live and thrive. Clean up local beach areas that have been inundated with plastic waste brought by tourists and learn how to better protect our environment and oceans everywhere.

Immersive Learning

Partnering with Big Blue Diving, you’re going to learn all about marine biology and conservation in Thailand. Hear about environmental changes that come from human activity and how you can support marine restoration efforts. Learn from Big Blue’s resident fundraiser and social media marketer about how conservation efforts are truly well-rounded and how to use your skills to raise awareness about causes you care about.

Adventure

On Koh Tao, it’s all about the water. You’ll snorkel, kayak, SCUBA dive and spend plenty of time on the beach (while wearing your reef-safe sunscreen, of course!) You’ll have a chance to take part in a free diving workshop and you’ll boat over to Koh Madsum (“Pig Island”), where you’ll snorkel in turquoise waters and share the beach with native pigs who swam their way there. Go on a jungle hike, where you can help clean up the local environment along the way, and visit another stunning island, Koh Nang Yuan. Spend an afternoon feeding and bathing the incredible Asian elephants you’ll encounter before you head home.

Lodging

Home Base is a comfortable exclusive hotel block in Thailand with all the essentials our student travelers will need during their stay in Southeast Asia. You will be staying in a resort in Koh Tao, a tropical island surrounded by water.

THAILAND

ISLAND MARINE EXCURSION

Dates & Tuition

Everything you need to know before you apply.

14-Day Program
Ages 14-19
2022 Dates
JUN 23 – JUL 06, 2022
JUL 09 – JUL 22, 2022
JUL 25 – AUG 07, 2022
AUG 10 – AUG 23, 2022
 
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 8 to 1
Community Service Hours: 28
Language Hours: N/A
For Ages: 14-19
Lodging: Exclusive Hotel Block

Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses

  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Professional full-time staff and experts
  • 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
  • Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
  • Educational materials

To save your spot, a $600 deposit and $95 application fee are required.

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THAILAND

ISLAND MARINE EXCURSION

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