Conservation in SE Asia

Kelli Josette Start Date: Dec 3, 2017 - End Date: Apr 1, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Volunteer Trip
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand

My Travel Story

by: Kelli Josette Start Date: Dec 3, 2017 - End Date: Apr 1, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Volunteer Trip
Last summer I spent 6 weeks, working on a sea turtle refuge in Costa Rica. Much of my time was spent monitoring the sea turtle nests, taking surveys, collecting eggs and transferring them to the hatchery, releasing neonatos into the ocean, and maintaining the quality of the park. Along with the work I did, I also learned a lot about the people of Costa Rica, and picked up conversational Spanish. I loved the work so much, that I decided to expand to a new part of the world. My passion in life is traveling, helping the environment and those most effected  by the impacts of climate change!

After graduating in May, with a degree in international affairs and environmental studies, I knew that traveling abroad was what my next step needed to be. I will be spending 10 weeks traveling around Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In Malaysia, I will be working with an organization that focuses on low impact, sustainable tourism. The organization lives completely off the land, sustaining themselves through making use of the natural resources, and farming. Here I will learn about the local Malay people, as well as permaculture practices I can use in the future. 

In Indonesia, I will be working with sea turtle hatchlings once again. By working with turtles again, I can add to the knowledge I have already gained while learning a new language, and getting to know a new community!

My journey to Southeast Asia, will give me experience in work that I hope to continue to do in the years to come. This is one step in my journey towards saving the environment for future generations!!

I am funding this trip on my own, environmental work is not lucrative so the trip is a bit pricey. Any donation helps. 

I will be documenting the trip on my gopro
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand