Volunteering in Thailand – Does it Help?

Volunteering during your holidays, also called voluntourism, is a great way to get involved and give something back to the places you visit. It is a way to get immersed in the culture, learn new skills, make new friends, and get more to remember out of your holiday then just going to drunken parties on the beach. In a quick internet search, you can find all kinds of amazing opportunities to help or volunteer here in Thailand, from teaching English at impoverished schools, helping an orphanage, taking care of rescued elephants, joining a marine or land conservation program, organic farming, and much more. But how much do these activities really help, and is there the possibility that it could have a negative impact on the local communities?

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Assessing Marine Plastic Pollution at the Tourism Hotspot of Koh Tao, Thailand

In December 2018, NHRCP intern and director of the organisation Save the Plastic presented the findings of her pilot study on the abundance of plastics in a given area of Koh Tao. Her poster was displayed and discussed at the First International Conference on Plastics in the Marine Environment 2018 in Singapore, where leading academics and conservationists gathered to continue to bring light on the issues at hand.

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The In’s and Out’s of Raising Sea Turtles

This last year we released 10 baby green sea turtles from our head-starting and rehabilitation program, and additionally we received another 20 baby hawksbill sea turtles to raise. We received the juvenile Hawksbills on July 27th, these critically endangered species are a handful as they are fed and monitored daily, but it gives us an opportunity to check for any problems. It also provides a great opportunity to involve visitors and community members about the turtle program and the global threats to the ancient marine reptiles.

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A Polychaete is Not Just for Christmas

Christmas tree worms, otherwise known as Spirobranchus giganteus or Spirobranchus corniculatus (‘Spiro’ as in spiral, and ‘branchus’ as in lung) are species of polychaete worms that build a tube and are easily recognized by the spiral structures that rise above the corals they live inside. These structures are used for both respiration and feeding by the worms.As filter feeders, these worms use the feather like tentacles, also called radioles, to direct prey items toward and into the mouth. adioles can also be seen on other polychaete species such as feather duster worms.

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