Program & Schedule
Located just 13 kilometres out of the Cambodian coast town Kep is Koh Sen, an untouched and uninhabited island where our marine conservation project finds its home.
Despite boasting coral reefs and marine activity, the island remains virtually undiscovered and you will struggle to find it mentioned in most guidebooks. As it strays away from the tourist trail, it will allow you to experience genuine Cambodian life, culture and the unspoilt natural environment.
This program presents unique opportunity for those who want to learn more about oceans, experience marine conservation and work alongside a captivating local community.
Moreover, you will have the chance to become a fully qualified diver, complete an emergency first-aid response course, gain first-hand experience in coral reef surveying and learn about marine conservation and ecology. In addition to this, you will get involved with local educational community projects and work towards a sustainable future.
Aims & Objectives
- Alter the perspectives of local inhabitants regarding their treatment of natural resources and marine life in Koh Sen
- Give you invaluable, practical experience in marine conservation
- Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand
Week 1: Getting Started
Monday to Friday
- Introduction and update on the project from the team
- Introduction to the island and Khmer customs, language and culture
- PADI Open Water course and/or advanced (if applicable)
- Introduction to marine conservation and ecology lectures
Week 2 & Onwards: Getting Active
Monday to Friday
- Classroom species ID skills and test
- In-water species ID practice and exams
- Coral reef survey methodology and dry run
- Coral reef surveying and underwater data gathering
- Community projects with local people on the mainland
- Khmer language lessons
- Community projects
- Data collation and entry
- De-brief and presentations
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: No
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
- The PADI Open Water certificate is a mandatory requirement but can be booked for an extra fee if you don’t have one.
Living & Location
Koh Sen is a Cambodian island located just 13 kilometres out of the Cambodian coast town Kep. It is an untouched and uninhabited island of only 300 meters wide and 900 meters long.
Accommodation consists of bunk beds in a shared room at the project base on the Island of Koh Sen. Bathroom facilities are shared amongst participants.
Meals are provided in the accommodation and cooked Cambodian-style by our staff.
Due to its size and uninhabited nature, there are very limited facilities on this island. This includes ATM facilities, so make sure you have cash on you before arrival!
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
Enjoy relaxing in the peace and quiet amidst the golden sands of this unspoilt island
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Kingdom of Cambodia
Capital: Phnom Penh
Currency: Riel (KHR)
Time zone: UTC +7
Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat - finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.
Despite holding this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and has prevailed due to what has been described as the unbreakable spirit of the Cambodian people. The people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.
Cambodia has monsoon climate with temperatures ranging from 21°C - 35°C (The average year-round temperature is 27.7°C). Its monsoon season spans from May - October, whilst dry season lasts from November to December . Dry season is the most popular time to visit however rainy season can be incredibly beautiful in Cambodia due to the richer colours that it causes. The rain also can help to make temperatures more pleasant. Post-monsoon season is also a favourite time to visit because of the stunning green countryside
Whilst temperatures do not vary hugely, during the winter the northern parts of the country can be colder.
Buddhism is an important aspect of Khmer cultural and is practiced by 95% of the Cambodian population.
In true Asian style, the staple food in Cambodia is rice whilst fish from the Mekong river plays another major part in Khmer cuisine. You can also expect to find use of noodles, soups, stir-fries, curries and salads and so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. The french colonial influence can even be seen in the use of toasted baguette with Cambodian red curry.
It has to be said that the Cambodian cuisine is relatively unknown compared to that of Thailand and Vietnam.