Marine Conservation Volunteer in CambodiaEcoteer Responsible Travel

Marine Conservation Volunteer in Cambodia

Marine research & scuba diving in Cambodia

Marine Conservation Volunteer in Cambodia

Are you interested in marine conservation and always wanted to be a part of a marine conservation programme? This is your chance to do it! This Marine Conservation Volunteer in Cambodia programme is looking for volunteers to help out in a wide variety of tasks which includes conducting reef clean projects, cleaning and maintaining the coral nursery, building and maintaining an Electro Reef, fish surveys, beach & village clean ups and many more. Volunteers also have the opportunity to complete their scuba diving course ranging from PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water and the Eco Diver! Volunteers will be able to learn many skills related to marine life research through the surveys and the diving courses. Volunteering for this programme also allows you to meet volunteers from other parts of the world who are as passionate as you towards the marine life.

If you don’t have the opportunity to volunteer but had always wanted to do something for a good cause, why not fundraise for these projects! Visit our Fundraising page for more info or write to us here


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  • Cost

    1 week
    MYR 2280 (approx. £440) – Includes food, accommodation, PADI Open Water, reef clean project duties, maintaining coral nursery, Ecoteer Responsible Travel membership

    2 weeks
    MYR 3585 (approx. £680) – Includes food, accommodation, PADI Open Water & Advanced Open Water, maintaining coral nursery, assist in seahorse and fish surveys, Ecoteer Responsible Travel membership.

    3 weeks
    MYR 5255 (approx. £1000) – Includes food, accommodation, PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water & Reef Check Eco – Diver, maintaining coral nursery & coral transplant, assist in seahorse and fish surveys, Ecoteer Responsible Travel membership.

    4 weeks
    MYR 6735 (approx. £1280) – Includes food, accommodation, PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water & Reef Check Eco – Diver, maintaining coral nursery & coral transplant, assist in seahorse and fish surveys, Ecoteer Responsible Travel membership.

    MYR – Ringgit Malaysia


    Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for us to process your application and payment.

    Please make an initial inquiry by telling us about yourself and what project you would like to join. Contact us here

    To make a booking, please contact us here.  We will then email you back with more information and the application form.  Please complete the form and send back to us so we can confirm your reservation and inform you how to make the deposit payment. If the deposit is not received within 2 weeks from the date your reservation is placed, your reservation will be cancelled automatically. Full payment is required no later than 1 month before departure. You may pay online by credit card or a direct transfer to our account. Once a deposit has been paid we will email you our Know Before You Go guide, which will give you useful information to help you prepare to volunteer.


    Cancellation Policy

    a. Cancellation of reservation must be made in writing to avoid any misunderstanding. If the company receives notice to cancel 30 days or more before the date of departure, a minimum administrative fee of RM100.00 or 10% of the tour deposit (whichever is lower) per person will be levied.

    b. If notice of the cancellation is received 29 days or less before the date of departure the following charges will apply:

    c. 15 – 29 working days before the date of departure = 50% of deposit
    8 – 14 working days before the date of departure = 20% of FULL COST
    3 – 7 working days before the date of departure = 40% of FULL COST
    2 working days or less before the date of departure = 100% of FULL COST

  • Marine Research – Marine diving surveys, including seahorse & fish surveys; learn about coral conservation through assisting to maintain the coral nursery and transplanting coral. Volunteers will be able to have a first hand experience in collecting marine research data and learn about the marine wildlife.

    Electro Reef – This is originally a metal frame with a small electric current, hence Electro Reef. Calcium carbonate builds up on the wire frame through electrolysis. Coral nubbins are attached to the structure and the extra electric current and calcium carbonate base provides the coral nubbins with extra energy to assist their growth. Similar artificial reefs have resulted in significantly higher coral growth rate. That is why we are giving it a try! This is still a trial and one we hope to develop and expand in the future.

    Scuba Diving – Volunteers will be learning how to scuba dive by attending PADI courses (Open Water & Advance Open Water; Eco diver) to assist the marine research project.

    Children Environmental Education – Volunteers will be teaching the local school children about conservation and environmental awareness through the Environmental Education project

    Adult Education – As cultural exchange different traditional meals are prepared by volunteers and locals in exchange. After dinner, volunteers can do a 15min presentation on urgent environmental issues.

  • Standard 4 week itinerary

    Project work includes beach clean, craft work (hanging gardens, flower pots from recycling material, scientific mobile etc), mooring bouys, plan for Adult Education, help finish local school, agriculture project & set up artifical reef.

  • Shared accommodation with other volunteers

  • Arrivals on Mondays. Departures on Sundays
  • 1. What are the requirements to join this volunteering project?
    Volunteers will need to be able to speak English to be able to communicate with the facilitator. Minimum age requirement is 18 years old. Volunteers should also have a positive attitude and willing to participate in all task given to them.

    2. Is this program suitable for families with children?
    No, this programme is not suitable for family with young children.

    3. How many hours do volunteer work per day?
    7 to 8 hours a day with lunch break.

    4. Can I volunteer without carrying out the scuba diving sessions?
    Yes you can. You can choose to focus on the education side of the project by assisting in the teaching school programmes as well as other village and clean up projects.

    5. Do I need to apply for a visa to volunteer in Cambodia?
    Volunteers will need to apply for a travel visa to volunteer in Cambodia unless if they hold the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia or Thailand nationality.

  • To make an enquiry or to book, kindly email us using our Contact Us form.


“This year i was lucky enough to spend 5 weeks on the program in May-June. It was the most rewarding experience of my life. Being involved in the community in such a positive way was truly amazing and so much fun.

The marine conservation portion of the program was incredible. I was able to earn my Advanced Open Water certification which was an exciting achievement and allowed me to play a hands on role in building the artificial reef. Seeing the rapid progress on the pods that other volunteers had put down was so encouraging as we could see the difference we were making. We were also given the opportunity to go on fun dives, my favourite of which was the deep dive where we saw a spectacular reef with great visibility!

The community development and clean-ups were also rewarding as they gave us opportunities to explore the village and create great friendships with the locals. We were truly immersed in their culture and they welcomed us so happily into their shops, their homes, and their lives. Being able to engage with the locals was always a good laugh. They are so generous and always up for a chat, even if it was hard to communicate because of the language barrier. They would often invite us around for a meal and a few drinks which was truly an honour. It was these moments that i will cherish forever.

The programme director Kylie is incredible and the work he does in the community is inspirational. He has the best interest of the local people and environment at heart and is a humble man and an outstanding teacher. He organises the volunteer schedule in a way that everyone gets a chance to participate in all the different activities up for offer. This meant everyone got to experience and develop a variety of skills in areas such as building, diving, clean-ups and teaching.

I could not recommend this program more. It was the most gratifying, humbling and fun experience of my life. I enjoyed my time there so much that after travelling for a month after my initial 4 weeks, I came back again for a week! I learnt so much about myself, the environment, people. Working during the day was so rewarding and it was great to learn new skills, my favourite being the mixing of cement! You cant help but grow as a person while volunteering there. It exceeded my expectations more than I can even say. I cant wait to go back and I’ll be returning as soon as i can! If you are considering volunteering with Conservation Cambodia I urge you to go for it! You will not regret it.”

“This summer I was privileged enough to spend 3 weeks on the island working with Kylie. This was an incredible experience for which I will be forever grateful. The village community there is so welcoming and so friendly, that I had no trouble living in the centre of the village itself! Working for the village, by building a home for the school teachers and rubbish clean up throughout the community really made me feel like I was making a real difference for these people; and they openly appreciated it.

The marine conservation portion of the project is out of this world! Kylie is a fantastic instructor, mentor and is so passionate about this project and the community that it makes the entire experience truly one of a kind. I never thought that I would be diving with a purpose, and to see directly how your work underwater helps protect, feed and supply income to this village really ties all of the knots of this project together 🙂 .

I cannot recommend this experience more to anyone, as I have grown in so many ways whilst being on the island, made incredible friendships and contributed a huge impact to the people there that I have grown to love.

Many thanks to everyone out on Koh Rong!!”
Mike Smith

“After just 6 weeks of marine conservation and community development volunteering I left the island a changed man, both physically and mentally. I have never before felt so immersed in another culture, the village is now truly a second home. On land every day had it’s own challenges, the biggest for me was the heat.. It took a few days, but you do get used to it. While I was there we were out cleaning up the beaches and the village, we built a house for the Khmer teachers, and taught english too. As for the diving, once we were certified we began seahorse surveys, reef clean ups, and installed another 30 reef pods for the artificial reef! It was a lot of hard work, but I would do it again any day. A highlight for me was getting my Advanced PADI and heading to a secret reef at about 24 meters depth – the visibility was amazing and the reef left me speechless. Of course I can’t go passed the many amazing sing’a’longs around the bon fire’s, and the spectacular natural phenomenon of bio luminescence. The village really welcomes you with open arms, and thy become your family. More than everything else, I can not begin to express my gratitude and respect for Kylie, the programme director, what he has done for the community is inspirational, he is a very humble man, and a man that will always have my upmost respect. If you are even slightly considering volunteering with the organization, do not hesitate. Take the dive and embrace every opportunity and experience it has to offer.”
Nick Stone

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