It’s the end of week 4 here in Thailand for DukeEngage, and it has been another fulfilling week of service. We started the week with some tasks to help the Thai navy and their conservation program. As a team, we created 12 recycling receptacles out of repurposed...
When our bodies travel across the globe, among many challenges it comes that one of adapting to a new location. GVI Phang Nga welcomed 16 students from Duke University and they didn't take long to make Thailand feel like home. Because home is where we find...
Travelling to Phang Nga province? Learn about the region’s top beaches, places to spot endangered sea turtles, and other aquatic activities. Phang Nga is famous for its towering limestone karsts, emerald seas, and underwater treasures. The province’s coastline is a...
Volunteering as a scuba diver for a marine conservation project is one of the best ways to help our oceans. You'll get to explore parts of an underwater world that few tourists see and all your time and effort will go towards preserving our marine environments for the...
With its towering karst pinnacles, emerald waters, and ancient forests reverberating with the sounds of gibbons and cicadas, Khao Sok National Park perfectly epitomises the rugged and diverse landscape of southern Thailand. With over 35 million visitors in 2017,...
“Coral surveys are by far one of my favorite ways to kick off the day. I could spend hours in the warm, gorgeous waters of the Andaman Sea, and every survey site we visit is unique. In the wake of widespread pollution, climate change, and rising ocean temperatures it is evermore important that we commit special attention to the oceans’ coral reef habitats. Coral reefs are not only beautiful, they are the hubs for a great variety of marine life. They are the busy, beating heart of the oceans, drumming with diversity, eco-systems, food chains, shelter, survival, and new life.”
Our world, and the wildlife within it, is being threatened by unsustainable human behavior. This issue is prevalent in Thailand, as evidenced by often irresponsible practices within its wildlife tourism industry. While immersing yourself in the coastal province of...
Anyone who visits a local store or market will understand why Thailand is one of the world’s largest consumers of plastic. Drinking bottled water is the norm, and each purchase is accompanied by the offer of countless plastic bags and straws. Government figures show that the country uses 4.4 billion plastic bottles and 7.3 billion plastic bags per year, and about 1.03 million tonnes of this waste ends up in the ocean each year.
Whether you are planning on attending a project at either of our Thailand hubs or if you are simply interested in travelling responsibly and ethically as you travel this remarkable country, there are a few choices to keep in mind when planning your visit to see elephants. Every choice you make, and every baht you use at an ethical sanctuary over a basic tourist attraction helps the industry to develop and make better choices of its own so that future elephants will be treated better.
It was an eye opening experience coming out here with GVI in Phang Nga. It taught me more than just facts, statistics, routines and labour. It showed me how to look at things through different lenses, to experience things from a different perspective, and how to take initiative in being the cause. But above all else: it showed me how to enjoy it all while making a real difference. GVI, you were one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.
- Cape Coast
- Cape Town
- Chiang Mai
- Community Development
- Fiji Islands
- Gap Year
- GVI Live
- Kampong Cham
- Luang Prabang
- Mahe and Curieuse
- Marine Conservation
- Personal Development
- Phang Nga
- Responsible Travel
- Service Learning
- Study Abroad
- Under 18
- Wildlife Conservation
- Women's Empowerment