For those who think I came to Thailand only to hang around in wonderful beaches, let me tell you that you are wrong. I came to Thailand to WORK at wonderful beaches! I know, it's hard to believe, but why work needs to be equated with stress? It doesn't, and I came here to prove this to myself.
I am volunteer at the SAMPAN project, which stands for Strengthening Andaman Marine Protected Areas Network. My task right now is to help the technical coordinator (my friend Topsi) to write their end report of activities. The project is supposed to end in April, but we will try to get a new bid approved to continue with the work. Again, I'll probably help writing the new project proposal.
The good thing to be new in the team is that they have to send me to field to learn about their activities. First, I went to Mu Ko Surin National Park, which is one of the 3 national parks targeted by the project.
|@ Mu Ko Surin National Park (Mu Ko means "archipelago")|
The SAMPAN team is supporting private tour operators and national parks staff in monitoring coral reefs. They are also checking sea turtles nests for their protection and establishing small trails in the forest for tourism.
|My team colleagues are O, Khaew (the two girls in the upper picture) and Nung (in green t-shirt)|