We are recruiting volunteers for Thailand

There is an amazing opportunity to learn and experience conservation through fieldwork on a remote island where mass tourism has not been developed yet.

Naucrates Conservation project is running a project more than a decade, we have established a good relationship with the local community and with local bungalow owners. We have an amazing campbase, where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset everyday.

You will follow a scientific and conservation research programme coordinated by project staff. You will monitor beaches (15 km) on Phra Thong and Ra Islands during early morning and during a day.

You will also conduct behavioral observation on turtles feeding in water during the days and monitor nest hatching during night.

Additional activities may be planned for the period of your stay like the reef survey which consists of snorkeling along transects, taking care of garden or restoring the Community Conservation Center  with new coat of paint, beach cleaning, fund raising, planting etc..

You don’t need to have any experience on these activities as training will be given to volunteers on their arrival.

During your free time you can enjoy the local community, read a book under a palm tree, have a Thai massage, swim, canoe in the mangrove, do yoga, visit Ko Surin national Park and much more.

Minimum time for volunteering is 2 weeks, but you can join us for a longer period also. For more details contact us.

 

Annual Meeting 2019

Naucrates XVIII Annual Meeting

8 June 2019

The 2019 Naucrates Annual Meeting will be held in Napoli, Italy on 8 June 2019 at 11.00.

Objectives:

  • Presentation of activities conducted during the year 2018/19
  • Presentation on the Naucrates Conservation Project, Thailand
  • Approval of the annual balance
  • Presentation of future plans
  • Discussion of new member ideas

Everyone is welcome, all participants must register as Naucrates member

For the occasion, we are organizing activities for all of you coming in Italy.

Here is a possible plan:

Friday:

  • Arrival DAY. Check in into your individual hotels.
  • Meet at the ……. for dinner and drinks!  (details to be forwarded)

Saturday:

  • h. 11.00     Naucrates Annual Meeting in Posillipo
  • 11.00 -11.30 Naucrates activities year 2018-19; Monica Aureggi, president
  • 11.30-12.00  Conservation project in Thailand: where are we? Alessandra, Naucrates researcher.
  • 12.00-12.15 coffee break
  • 12.15-13.00  Thailand project Action Plan, sharing ideas
  • 13.00 – 14.00     Discussion – new Plan
  • h 14     Lunch in townAfter the meeting lets all pose for a group photo!
  • h.14.30-19.00 visit the town…..walk…
  • h20 Pizza all together 

There’s lots to do at Napoli – but some of it will depend on the weather!  Here’s some options listed below

Sunday:

  • Naples National Archaeological Museum
  • Veiled Christ at Capella Sansevero (Tour guides and art books often use words like “the statue seems to come to life” to describe well-carved marble figures, but I think that phrase is so overused as to feel meaningless. It’s exactly what springs to mind, however, when you get a look at the Veiled Christ sculpture in the center of the Sansevero Chapel. Carved in 1753 by Giuseppe Sanmartino, it shows the figure of Christ lying under what looks like a piece of the thinnest of fabrics. The facial features are clearly visible, as are the body and even the crucifixion wounds, but the entire body is covered by the delicate folds of a cloth. The visual effect is truly stunning. There are two other sculptures of note in the Capella Sansevero, each dedicated to one of the parents of the man who commissioned them and built the chapel, but it’s the Veiled Christ which rightfully commands all the attention. I defy you to not leave the chapel in awe of that kind of sculptural skill.)
  • Tour Naples Underground
  • Get a breath of sea air on the Lungomare and Castel dell’Ovo
  • Experience Catholic grandeur at Gesù Nuovo
  • Palazzo Reale (envisaged as a 16th-century monument to Spanish glory (Naples was under Spanish rule at the time), the magnificent Palazzo Reale is home to the Museo del Palazzo Reale, a rich and eclectic collection of baroque and …)
  • Cimitero delle Fontanelle (holding about eight million human bones, the ghoulish Fontanelle Cemetery was first used during the 1656 plague, before becoming Naples’ main burial site during the 1837 cholera epidemic. At the end of the 19th cent…)
  • Take the funicular to Castel Sant’Elmo
  • Eat Pizza at Michele or Gino Sorbillo
  • Eat Sfogliatelle
  • Take a Day-Trip to the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, or the Islands (you may need a whole day)
  • Take a Day-Trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum ((you may need a whole day)

 

100turtles marine waste project

This coming season Naucrates team will work on finding answers to Does the amount of marine debris stranded on the beach affect the sea turtle nesting ground?

While evaluating, we will involve guest, volunteers, children, tourists in beach cleaning events and collecting marine debris. A station will be set up near Naucrates camp, where the evaluation of the amount of debris will be recorded and where we will create a Turtle Sculpture of collected items.

The sculpture will be a big adult, turtle mother, then children will make up to 100 baby turtles, which represent the number of eggs laid in one nest!

Each child that visits or joins volunteering with us can make one, until we reach 100. The sculpture will be placed in the Community Conservation Center at Lions village in memory of Pipap, our beloved friend and long term staff member.

Volunteer stories: Julia’s two weeks

Worth an experience? YES!

Did I wanna leave? NO!

Will I miss this place? DEFINITELY!

When I first got here two weeks ago, I didn’t think leaving this island would make me a bit sad…. I fell in love with this peaceful island, the friendly people here like Tanja, Lory, Et and Lory’s guests. Not to forget, the Naucrates Team!!!! Once I got used to early mornings, cold bucket showers, mosquitos whenever it gets a little late and no electricity/ air-condition, I could call this a place to stay for longer. Maybe not forever… The spicy food, ants haunting me day and night and  midday-sun are not really my favorite, but still, two weeks passed by so fast and I honestly don’t want to leave right now.

Nevertheless, the reason why I decided to go here is not the island nor the people, it was the project – SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION and anything that goes along with it: Beach walks, AM as well as the sweaty PM observation, reef check, weather data, raising awareness with turtle talks and the museum located in Lion’s village. With all these data to acquire, tasks to do and monitoring, I never got bored, actually, I’ve really enjoyed the free time – just relaxing in the hammock, reading my book or simply enjoying the sound of nature. Working in paradise…

All in all, these two weeks were definitely worth the experience. Now I know what life is like on a remote island, as well as how research projects like this work: Everything takes time and will get sorted out at some point – “It’ll all works out somehow.” Sure, I know that one can’t influence such projects, especially not wild life, nevertheless, it would have been soo awesome seeing a turtle’s nest hatch or just seeing a turtle up close… closer that through binoculars when doing observation. It is really sad to know how turtle population sizes/ nests are decreasing over time.

The things I will keep in mind during my further travel are the information I’ve acquired about turtles, their populations, species behaviors, statistics about turtles here and elsewhere and how to support them, or at least not to harm them. Although I was environmentally aware and conscious on recycling, the two beach cleans have opened my eyes even more and made me realize that this issue of water pollution and ecological footprints is more serious that I’ve expected it to be. These tons of Styrofoam that get washed onto the beaches every day, shocked whenever going for the beach walk, passing these huge amounts of garbage.  I will try to produce as little waste as possible during my travel, although that is going to be very hard, especially since the countries in Southeast Asia don’t really care thaaaat much in comparison to Germany for instance. The Naucrates project has enhanced my interest to join another project (probably in Australia) and keep on doing a little bit to make our planet healthier and get people engaged, and change their minds to join the movement.

I wish Naucrates and the team all the best for the future and may the future bring more turtles back to Koh Phra Tong, so that this project can remain here. For Susanna and Anik I hope they keep up with their mission to conserve wild life on our planet, in the oceans as well as on land. Let all of us inspire the people surrounding us to join and help reducing climate change. 🙂

 

 

Thanks for all, the everlasting memories here with Naucrates at NOK’s.

Julia 🙂

Give a gift that matters

Holiday season is approaching and many are giving presents to their loved ones. By donating to Naucrates work on sea turtle conservation, you help us to protect nature and preserve the wildlife for the future generations to enjoy also.

Donating to our cause is easy. Just go to our How to help -page and follow the instructions. You can donate with paypal or bank wire. We are happy to send you a certificate of the donation that you can print and wrap or send by email.

Our conservation work depends on the volunteer contributions and donations, so your gift has a immediate impact to the work we do.  The season starts on the 15th of December. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram  to see how the season progresses and what kind of impact your donation has on our conservation efforts.

Season 2017-2018

beachwalkOur project season on Koh Phra Thong, Thailand starts 15. December 2017 and continues until the end of March 2018.

We will continue sea turtle nesting beach monitoring, behavioral observations of the feeding area, reef surveys and environmental education with awareness raising activities. As a long term volunteer or intern, you can also propose your own project as long as it fits to our conservation activities. We are happy to provide an opportunity for families with children to join our project.

Volunteer in Thailand. We are now open for volunteer and internship applications. Please fill in the booking request form and we get back to you the soonest.

Family volunteering in Thailand

family volunteeringOur conservation project is also open for families who want to come and enjoy a bit of a different holiday with lots of learning and amazing nature. Families can join us for 1 week or longer with special rates. Email us for more details bookings (at) naucrates.org

“We spent a week with our family at the project living in the bungalow, eating with all the volunteers and of course the walks at the beach and the observation were a great experience. During the turtle-lesson, we learned many things about turtles and their behavior. The visit to the museum was very interesting too. At the beginning of the week we were a bit disappointed as we heard that we most probably wouldn’t see any turtles. It was a great week with great people and an unforgettable experience! Thanks!” Stephanie, 2017

Hawksbill in a barrel

Ta Phet brought me a turtle stuck in a plastic barrel that he found on the beach this afternoon.  It must have squeezed itself inside, and there was no way to easily pull it back out, though it does not look like that from the photo. So I cut the bottom off the barrel. It was already partly split, which I guess is why it did not drown.
It was thin, but not as thin as some sick turtles I’ve seen.  It seemed surprisingly strong, and so I released it back into the sea. It was lucky.
Barry from Thailand