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Environmental/Mangrove Conservation

Dedicate your time to planting new mangroves in order to reverse the severe deforestation that has occurred in recent years!

Our project focuses on conservation of the Mangrove plantation, a vital ingredient for the ecosystem of today, as well as future generations. Secondly, you will contribute towards the sustained development of the local community. This will be in the form of teaching English, as well as several other community-based projects.

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Description

Program Description

The aim of this project is to conserve mangrove plantations in order to reverse the trend of the removal of mangrove sites, which has seen a rapid increase during recent years. This can only realistically be achieved through the education of the younger generation, combined with the continual physical work of planting new mangroves.

The province of Kampot is slowly emerging as one of Cambodia’s most popular destinations for both domestic and international tourists. Situated in the south-eastern proximity of the country, it offers an abundance of natural attractions.

A vital necessity for the tourism industry is the management of mangrove plantation. Unfortunately, in recent years, numerous mangrove sites have been removed from local river banks. Instead, many locals favor salt plantations, as these offer a greater short-term profit. This has contributed to a severe increase in illegal fishing within the province.

Your Role – General Information

As  a participant, you will work in a supportive and inclusive team environment, where you will have the opportunity to take on a wide range of tasks. These may include planting mangrove trees, monitoring water quality, conducting surveys, and assisting with community outreach programs. We welcome all levels of experience, and the subject matter expert will provide comprehensive training and assistance in all aspects of the project. It is essential to have a flexible attitude and be open to working in a diverse cultural setting.

Moreover throughout your week, you main tasks would be,

  • Planting young mangrove seedlings, removing invasive species, and monitoring mangrove health
  • Maintenance work in the plant nursery and planting terrestrial trees around site
  • Data collection of the terrain, tree health and environmental changers.
  • Fish catch survey and identification of species present in the mangrove channel.
  • Develop material for outreach and educational programmers; posters, presentations, videos etc. Engage with the local community and participate in community outreach activities, such as visiting the local community center. You will learn about the local culture and traditions while helping to raise awareness about the importance of mangroves.
  • All activities are supported by our subject matter expert that is on hand to assist you with the training you may need.
  • Daily activities will be planned by our subject matter expert on-site as per requirements and needs.

Finally, during the mangrove plantations and other activities, be careful and mindful, do not harm marine life and mangroves, under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited and ask assistance from your local coordinators for tasks that you are not sure with  and of course to enjoy and make the most of your stay and make memorable learning experiences.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

  • Reverse the effect of mangrove deforestation through planting
  • Educate younger generations on the importance of conserving these environments to increase community awareness
  • Assist the community project staff by providing an extra hand
  • Establishing nurseries and propagating mangrove trees for planting in degraded areas.
  • Building capacity among local communities to manage mangrove ecosystems sustainably.

Schedule

Monday

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Khmer Do’s and Don’ts, Khmer Culture Lessons and Khmer Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary.
  • Lunch
  • Introduction to the Project, Project site and start participating on the project.

Tuesday to Friday

Your tasks and activities will vary depending on the current needs of the plantation site. There is much more involved to planting than simply placing a seed into the ground, and you will be taken through the step by step process of every activity by local fishermen.

We may work on plantations around the accommodation by repairing young mangroves or head to the nearby delta by boat (20 minutes) to collect seedlings for planting at the nursery. Depending on local conditions.

Moreover, we also aim to educate the youngsters of the village by teaching them English at the accommodation. This, however, is entirely optional.

Saturday to Sunday

You are free to choose what to do during your weekends – it is your free time after all! Many of our participants choose to explore what Cambodia has to offer.

However, we do offer an optional itinerary, at no extra cost, where we focus on the poorest members of the Kampot community. We are very proud of our work here, distributing second-hand clothes to the local community. We do provide these clothes, but if you have clothes you would otherwise throw away, feel free to bring them along.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every first and third Monday.

During 2024

This program starts every first and third Monday.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • A background in environmental-science or tourism would be advantageous, but not necessary.
  • Have a genuine interest and passion for making change in the benefits of environmental conservation.
  • Do consider this job requires physical strength and endurance in hot weather conditions.
  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and a strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Though pre – flight PCR test and proof of vaccination are no longer required to travel to Cambodia, however, be aware that if you have a connecting flight from your country to Cambodia, you will need to meet the requirement of the connecting airport, which may still require  pre – flight PCR test and proof of vaccination. Thus, it is recommended that you may have a COVID – 19 Vaccination.
  • You are advised to purchase travel, medical and Covid – 19 insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting wet or dirty.
  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes as there are lots of activities taken by foot such as planting activities.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun particularly during the mangrove plantation.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during mangrove planting activities.