I woke up at about 8.00am after a good nights sleep and did a bit of washing, unpacked my case and then walked to the base at about 10.00am
I had some oats for breakfast and then about 10.45 I walked for about 25 minutes to a Thai Spa and resort called Thai Life. It was very beautiful and had a pool and small little sleeping huts for people who wanted to sleep there. I met up with Jo and Jane two other volunteers who are both doing volunteer teaching projects. We sat by the pool drinking smoothies and had lunch. I also took a 10 min stroll to the beautiful beach where there were only a few people sat under Palm trees. It was very idyllic and what I imagined a true Thai beach to be. I left to go back to the base at 3.30 pm for more training with Jolyon. He is Australian and he is out here for a year. He has also just got married recently to another GVI staff member. I was taught how to record data for the surveys I will be doing and emergency procedures in the field. I have found out this weeks work.
Monday I will be having more training whilst the rest of the conservation team go to the turtle sanctuary. Tuesday through to Thursday I will be at the Similan Islands recording behaviour of snorkelling tourists in the National Park. This means staying overnight on Tuesday and Wednesday night on the islands. Friday through to Sunday I will have off. Next week will be a different schedule but I'm not sure what this will entail. Every morning is an early start typically leaving base at between 6.30 - 7.00am. They all say that the conservation programme is physically very demanding - what can I say!!
I will update you at the end of the week so watch this space!!