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Liveaboard Diving Tours in Thailand

Many people have dreams of doing something that combines some element of risk and excitement at the same time. Granted that there are people who generally fear taking risks, there is a certain excitement that is associated with high adrenaline activities that seem to combine some element of danger and excitement. There are those people who will go for such activities, such as mountaineering, shark diving, bungee jumping, deep sea diving and similar activities for the thrill and the adrenaline rush. For those people visiting or living in Thailand, diving is one of those activities that one can undertake to fulfill this dream of high adrenaline activity. The best part is that, the diving will be done in fairly controlled and safe circumstances where the adrenaline rush is experienced without taking too much risk. With that, Liveaboards Thailand diving has gained a lot of popularity among residents and visitors of Thailand’s Similan Islands.

The popularity of Liveaboards Thailand diving adventures is not in any small way owed to the fact that, there are different diving packages that cater for different budgets and times. Most of the people that visit the Similan Island are there for a set period of time and are only able to take different packages. The budget of the people in the island also determines the diving package that they can take. This is why, the diving trips have gained a lot of popularity because almost everybody is taken care of in the available packages. The Islands also provide some of the most spectacular diving spots on the planet for Scuba divers and are highly regarded all over the world.

The availability of several diving spots also means that people often make multiple trips to the Islands because it is almost impossible to dive on all spots in one trip. The fact that you will be using different diving spots make the next trip and new experiences altogether and this is why the Islands have continued to enjoy repeat visits from past holidaymakers or just ordinary divers. The affordable rates charged for the diving experience also continue to make liveaboards Thailand diving trips quite popular.

While the Similan Island are only divable between October and May every year, if you take your holiday outside or October to May you will still experience diving though in the Southern parts of Red rock, Purple rock and Five islands. This is in accordance with the marine park permits that are meant to ensure the safety and well being of divers.

Therefore, the diving in Similan Islands and the northern parts is restricted, because the trade-winds change and the monsoons move to the west over the Indian Ocean. These restrictions only apply to the Similan Islands and further north’s sheltered areas of Phuket are still available for those people that wish to enjoy some diving. So whatever time of the year you wish to visit Thailand, there is absolutely no reason why your dream of experiencing enjoyment and the adrenaline rush cannot be realized.

How to Become a Valuable Volunteer

If you decide to get involved with a volunteer program, your goal is to make a difference. You recognize your potential to offer and give back something valuable, which is what eventually led you to do volunteer work. Before you choose to book a volunteer Bali program, or any destination across the world, it is important to consider how you can make the difference you want.

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Volunteering is not easy. Every community is different. Therefore, even if you come in with a certain set of expectations, you will still be caught by surprise. There are also a combination of political, social and economic challenges that make your volunteer work more difficult than it already is.

Check out some tips below before you go volunteering in India, Bali or some other third world countries. You need these tips in order to align your goals with the community you wish to serve to make your volunteer Bali effort worthwhile:

List down your skills and experiences. As a volunteer, you will be most effective if you have a clear sense of what you are good at and what you can bring to the table. It does not matter if you volunteer in India or in Bali, your ability to contribute is what matters. In the world of volunteer programs, even the small stuff counts too.

Always keep an open mind. One of the factors that could impede a volunteer from being effective is their inability to keep an open mind. It is completely acceptable to go through a certain phase of culture shock. However, you need to have an idea of what to expect even before you arrive to your country of destination. Your focus when volunteering should be towards meeting the needs of the locals. You should therefore focus on immersing yourself in their community in order to better create that change.

Do your research in advance. As part of your preparation, you need to do a research of the country you are going to volunteer for. There are several volunteering India programs out there and if you happen to be a part of them, then you should learn what you can about India. It might also be important to do some research on the specific community you are going to be living in.

Adapt to the difference in culture. One of the biggest challenges of volunteering is how well you can adapt to the difference in culture, most especially in terms of the work culture.

Bring the experience home… or to your next volunteer effort. A lot of volunteer programs are in dire need of support and funds. Hence, help whatever you can to spread the word about these volunteer programs to get more people involved. This small act can in turn become a huge difference in an effort to help out a community in Indonesia, India or elsewhere in the world.

If you would like to get involved with overseas volunteering opportunities, check out Involvement Volunteers International. You can select from several destinations abroad to offer volunteer work. You can choose volunteer Bali programs across various standard or specialty placements at http://www.volunteering.org.au/volunteer-in-bali.html

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