Tribe Adventures | Marine Conservation $395 (includes PADI training)

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Looking for the island life? Palm trees, thatch huts, golden sand and blue water as far as you can see? Then this adventure is for you.

On this amazing program you’ll not only learn how to scuba dive, you’ll be living the simple life on an island in a village community and experiencing the same lifestyle as the villagers - including bucket showers!

In the afternoons you can play volleyball with the locals or teach in the community school. Your language skills will be highly sought after, especially by the young and adolescent whose lives do not usually include any contact with the cities.

When you’re scuba diving you can explore the various reefs around the tropical island and help rejuvenate the artificial coral reefs. There are over 100 thriving man-made coral pods around the island – and yes they are actually growing coral! You will have the opportunity to build, then scuba-dive to place your coral pod underwater too!

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Yes, I recommend this program

I couldn't have asked for more.

The program was not what I expected in the best way. It was the most incredible experience of my life. These two weeks have flown by but I feel like I've know my new friends for years. I've fallen in love with this place, the people here, and everyone taking part in the program.
During my time here I had the honor of collecting trash around the village. While I was pulling the cart loaded down with so much trash there was a question bouncing through my head: am I actually doing any good? By the end of the program I was able to look back and know that the answer is yes. This country and this village especially need help and I am so satisfied knowing that I have helped this place.
I love this culture. Almost everything about it. The lifestyle of the villagers on the island, the food, how things work. It's all incredible. It's so great knowing that we're changing this culture for the better by teaching kids to recycle and throw away trash instead of littering all over the island.
I couldn't have asked for more on this program. I could only ask to add more diving programs around the globe. There are plenty of island villages and reefs in need of our help and plenty of volunteers willing to go.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Cambodian Island Program

My trip to Cambodia was one of the greatest and most interesting experiences that I have ever had. I had the opportunity to live among the locals on an island that had never had tourists, where I was immersed in Khmer cultural practices and even learned how to speak a few phrases.

The days consisted of diving in the Gulf of Thailand, in 30 degree salt waters that were much warmer than those in my home country of Canada. Diving afforded me the experience of seeing choral reefs for the first time, as well as all of the picturesque underwater wildlife and ecosystems that I'd only ever before seen on TV. This experience alone was one of the best I had ever had while travelling.

Another daily activity we engaged in was teaching English at the village school, where we got to meet the local children. Eager to play games like tag to supplement their learning, the kids were incredibly friendly and taught us how to count in Khmer.
The projects that we were working on while I was there included constructing an incinerator to create a more sustainable waste management system, and building a playground for the local school. As a person with a background in working construction, I found it very interesting to see a different perspective on how the projects were completed than back home. The locals were very supportive of the initiatives and often included us in the specialized work that they were completing.

The landscape and scenery surrounding the village is one that can only be described as paradise. Sitting on the pier looking West across the Gulf of Thailand, I witnessed the most stunning sunset that I have ever seen in my entire life, with the clouds turning orange as the big yellow star at the centre of our galaxy disappeared behind the far off mountains. The East side of the island featured a beautiful tropical coastline, with palm trees and perfect white sand lining the beach that was perfect for taking a swim after a hard day of moving sand for the playground. Pictures and words cannot do the scenery justice - only by visiting could one hope to experience the beauty of this oasis. In between the two sides of the island is as much jungle and rainforest as you could ever explore - I would recommend going for a walk though it if you have the time.

The experiences that we shared with the locals was just amazing. On one of the first nights, we were invited to the local head of the fishermen's house to have dinner, where he and his wife cooked up crabs and a spicy seafood salad. I have yet to eat seafood as authentic and rich tasting as I experienced in Koh Rhong. On more casual nights, we danced at the local karaoke bar with the villagers, who taught us their cultural customs for dancing. On another night, we were invited to a wedding - it was a wholly new experience for me, different from anything I'd seen before. I met some of the people who had grown up in the village and gone on to study at the university in Phnom Penh. I catch up with them from time to time on Facebook.

Also on my trip, one of the other volunteers was invited to go fishing with the locals for a day on one of their boats. She enjoyed the experience immensely. On another day, we had the privilege of speaking with the chief of police for the island, who told us the story of his youth, growing up under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. He explained how to this day, he still had trouble with basic math as a result of the stifling of education that the regime perpetrated. Also on the political front, during my trip Cambodia was having it's federal elections. We witnessed the arrival of the Cambodian People's Party to the village who were there on a campaign tour. When we got back to Phnom Penh, we saw the parade in the streets after they won the election.

All in all, my trip to Cambodia is by far one of the coolest experiences that I have ever had. I feel that I got a wonderful taste of a culture so different from my own, and met many interesting volunteers from all across the globe along the way. If you are considering doing this trip - DO IT! You will not regret it. I can't wait to see what my next volunteer experience has in store.

What would you improve about this program?
Ensure that people are told to bring heavy duty gloves for the work on construction; lifting sandbags is hard on the hands.
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