Volunteer stories: Julia’s arrival

Hi,

I’m Julia, 18 years old, from Germany and just finished High School. I joined the Naucrates project for two weeks (1.2-15.2.2018) and hope to get a glimpse of what a conservation project looks like since I haven’t participated in any other before. The only kind of experience I’ve had previously, that seems relevant for this project, was back in high school my so-called subject “Environmental Systems &Societies”, but also some previous diving and snorkeling. I have never been to Thailand before, so let’s see what expects me here.

For my arrival at Naucrates, I chose to take a taxi from Phuket airport to Khuraburi, just because I wanted to arrive safely and had no clue how to travel all by myself. This is actually my first journey alone. So, after the 3,5h drive some boat picked me up and we headed towards the thousands of islands. At the latest by now, I figured that this is not a touristy place at all. Somewhere in between those islands, I got dropped off and another local Thai gave me a ride into the savanna. No roads, no signs, just sand and some dried plants surrounding us. My first experiences of a remote island. All of the sudden, I saw some house-like construction: NOK’s.

There, I was welcomed by three very kind and open people: Anik (Canadian), the current Team leader; Susanna (Finnish), the research assistant and the intern Timo (Finnish). Timo quickly showed me around…. I figured, there is not much comfort as I was used to back home. “At least the toilet flush works”, I thought. Everything was really basic, but enough to feel comfortable and to manage two weeks here.

This is basically where I will be staying for
the next two weeks; barely reception, not working Wi-Fi and no “indoors” as I used to know them back in Germany. Nevertheless, I am already enjoying the nature, its sound and air, not denying the fact that it is extremely lonely and quiet out here, to which I will have to get used to.

How to get there?

Our project, as many other turtle projects, is located on an Island that is a bit remote and it is not on a typical tourist area. Due this, you may wonder if it is difficult to get there or worry that it is too complicated. It is not.

If you are experienced traveler, we give you detailed instructions how to find the Khuraburi pier from where the boat will take you to the Island. This boat needs to be organized by us as there is only one daily ferry to Phra Thong and rest of the time only private boats.

If you are not confident traveler, we are happy to organize a pick up for you from Phuket or Ranong area, or closer to Khuraburi. We can organize a car to pick you up from your hotel or airport and take you to Khuraburi pier. In case your flight arrives later in the afternoon and it is not possible to take a boat anymore to the Island, we can reserve a room in a nice guesthouse in Khuraburi.

If you are interested in these additional transport services, please send us an email bookings (at) naucrates.org or mention it on the booking request form.

Here we explain where Koh Phra Thong is located on and how to get to the pier if you arrive on your own.