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The Marine Conservation Cambodia family has grown over the years, both in age :) and in numbers. We are a big family that has now been together now for many years. This team leads all day to day volunteer, internship, research, conservation and diving activities. 

 

Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Paul, Sao and Family

Every family needs a mom and dad, and those roles fall to Paul and Sao. This is not out of default; this is because they truly play these roles. Paul is the founder, creator, fearless leader of MCC, while Sao is the strong powerful woman, who stood beside him, supported him, and helped him turn MCC into what it is today. 

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Amick, Team Leader

Amick is our philosophizing, conspiring, master of diving! All joking aside Amick is a crucial member of the Marine Conservation Cambodia team. 

Amick is our philosophizing, conspiring, master of diving! All joking aside Amick is a crucial member of the Marine Conservation Cambodia team. He is a certified dive master who is also responsible for all of the volunteer’s day-to-day activities. From diving to teaching there is no aspect of MCC in which Amick is not involved, including the actual development/construction of the Kep project. His love for the ocean and life in general, is truly infectious, which you will see within minutes of meeting him. Amick’s devotion to what he does is clearly visible and his passion for MCC is almost unmatched. Amick enjoys watching documentaries and getting into deep engrossing conversations. His world knowledge makes him a great conversation partner, when you want to talk about things a little deeper then the latest Hollywood gossip. He is still up to date with current affairs, but his excitement boils over when the subject is more challenging. When he isn’t working (which is rare) you will find him in the sea constructing a new coral reef or in his garden removing rocks.

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Delph, Team Leader

Delphine is our secret jack-of-all-trades. She is a newly certified dive master, a birthday party clown (not a joke, but funny),

Delphine is our secret jack-of-all-trades. She is a newly certified dive master, a birthday party clown (not a joke, but funny), with a background in urban planning. She has used her background to develop a strong working knowledge of urban costal management and the planning/maintaining of our MPAs (Marine Protected Areas). She is an extremely important member of the Marine Conservation Team who is also responsible for all aspects involving the volunteers. Delphine rarely stops working and is always tinkering with ways to improve life on the island. Her latest creation of a visibility indicator has been extremely helpful in organizing daily dives. Delphine always sees the best in people and truly has a heart of gold. This is a large reason volunteers tend to gravitate to her and see her as a boss, but also a friend at the same time.

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, volunteer Kep

Carney, Little bit of Everything

Carney is unique, cablable of every job thats thrown his way, from surveying the reefs to filling in as boat boy for Phon, He assists every other team member whilst keeping us all amused with crazy stories. Carney was at one time a volunteer, but after telling us his flight was in 2hrs whilst we were having dinner on the island, the only option we had was to offer him a job :)

Team Scientist at Marine Conservation Cambodia, Volunteer Marine Research and Conservation Project

Brayden, Team Scientist

Brayden started out as a volunteer, but quickly showed his ability and passion for the scientific aspect of our work.

Brayden started out as a volunteer, but quickly showed his ability and passion for the scientific aspect of our work. By the end of his stay with us we had no other choice but to offer him a full time staff position, his imput and hard work on the MFMA reports and our reef and seahorse data collection and analysis it critical to maintaining a good scientific standard and keeping upto date with the academic requierments of our marine research.

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Phon, Patrol Boat Captain

Phon is a man of few words, do to his limited English, but that doesn’t stop him from getting involved and learning about the volunteers. Even with limited English Phon is easy to communicate with. 

Phon is a man of few words, do to his limited English, but that doesn’t stop him from getting involved and learning about the volunteers. Even with limited English Phon is easy to communicate with. He is another one of our staff members who is always smiling and he is the type of person you simply want to be around. Phon is the captain of one of our boats and also likes to help with the maintenance of the other engines on the island. He was also in charge of all the construction on Koh Seh, from our bungalows to the pier. Phon is almost singlehandedly responsible for MCC having a place to call home, proving just how important he is to our Marine Conservation Cambodia team. When not working Phon likes to spend time with his beautiful daughter Ching-Ching and his beautiful wife Meck who is also an MCC team member. He loves his job and the only time he is happier then playing with his daughter, is when he’s sitting on his captain’s chair on the boat. He always has a good chuckle when a wave comes over the side of the boat soaking the volunteers. Mysteriously Phon is always bone dry when we disembark, but sadly the same cannot be said for anybody else. His deep laugh and ear-to-ear smile makes you feel like you’ve known Phon for years.

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Bok Patrol Team Leader at Marine Conservation Cambodia, Volunteer Marine Research and Conservation Project

Bok, Our Naughty Adopted Son

Bok is our local playboy or at least he likes to think he is. He has been with Marine Conservation Cambodia almost since the beginning and it would be hard to imagine MCC being around today without him.
Bok is our local playboy or at least he likes to think he is. He has been with Marine Conservation Cambodia almost since the beginning and it would be hard to imagine MCC being around today without him. His responsibilities on the island are endless and he attends to each one of them with true passion. Bok is also one of the founding members of the MCC patrol team. His current responsibility for the largest boat in our fleet tends to take up a majority of his time, but he also still manages to join the patrols whenever he can. His love for his country is made very clear when you see the passion he puts in to ending illegal fishing both while on patrol or simply relaxing on the island. During his down time Bok takes care of his new puppy, but you will also find him getting to know every volunteer on the island. Although Bok tries to hide it, he has one of the biggest hearts out of anybody at MCC, but after a few short conversations with him you have a friend for life. To this day Bok still remains in close contact with some of the very first volunteers with MCC.
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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Cam aka (Puppet) Executive Director

What can we say about Cam? Describing him is maybe one of the hardest questions we could be asked. Simply put, Cam is a person you just have to love. At first his quiet commanding nature may be scary, but once he smiles the warmth is engulfing.

What can we say about Cam? Describing him is maybe one of the hardest questions we could be asked. Simply put, Cam is a person you just have to love. At first his quiet commanding nature may be scary, but once he smiles the warmth is engulfing. Cam has a deep love for his country and for the environment. His previous experience researching and protecting endangered birds on the Mekong help set the way for him to join us, he is truly touched by the volunteers being here to help the struggles in Cambodia. He never has a bad thing to say about anybody and very few if any have a bad thing to say about Cam. You would have to look very hard to find something you didn’t like about him. On Patrols Cam is a legend, never scared in the face of danger, always solid and always needed.

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Moa, Keeps us Smiling

Moa is a quiet, happy go lucky kind of guy. Although his English is not as strong as many of the other staff, that doesn’t stop him from getting to know the volunteers. He always has a smile on his face and he loves to laugh.

Moa is a quiet, happy go lucky kind of guy. Although his English is not as strong as many of the other staff, that doesn’t stop him from getting to know the volunteers. He always has a smile on his face and he loves to laugh. Weather it is learning English or teach Khmer, he is simply a fun guy to be around. Moa is also a bit of a prankster, so asking another staff member what he has taught you in Khmer, before you say it out loud isn’t a bad idea. He is responsible for the maintenance of all our engines, but will also get involved with anything else asked of him. Marine Conservation Cambodia would not be what it is without Moa as a team member. You often find Moa helping keep the island clean and beautiful. From gardening, to picking up beach debris, to simply having a conversation, Moa is a true pleasure to have on the island.

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Nang, Medium Boat Captain

Nang is the island fashionista. Often changing his wardrobe multiple times a day, he enjoys showing off his unusual clothing combinations to the volunteers. If you don’t like what he is currently wearing just wait an hour and he will change it.

Nang is the island fashionista. Often changing his wardrobe multiple times a day, he enjoys showing off his unusual clothing combinations to the volunteers. If you don’t like what he is currently wearing just wait an hour and he will change it. Acid washed female jeans are not an uncommon clothing choice for Nang. Never sitting still and eager to learn more English Nang has really come out of his shell in the past few months. He is responsible for maintaining one of our boats, but he also helps out with keeping the island in order. Although he has not been with Marine Conservation Cambodia long he has quickly become an irreplaceable member of our team. In is free time Nang likes to tinker with little side projects, go on patrols, and of course practice his English. He is a truly caring, happy, honest, and loving person making him simply a joy to be around. He doesn’t do it often, but nights when we have a celebration Nang loves to show off his dancing skills and also his fire twirling skills. If Nang isn’t hanging out with the volunteers, you’ll find him relaxing in one of our many hammocks, on one of the boats, of course changing his clothes, or playing a game of beach volleyball on our new court. He claims to be the king of the court and nobody has beaten him yet, but that is because he has lost all of the balls.

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Panda, Dive Instructor

Pallava, aptly nick named Panda for his warm, cuddly looks and general enjoyment of sleep (‘why didn’t you wake me up?’) He is a kind, selfless guy with a contagious love for and widespread knowledge of scuba diving and seahorses.

Pallava, aptly nick named Panda for his warm, cuddly looks and general enjoyment of sleep (‘why didn’t you wake me up?’) He is a kind, selfless guy with a contagious love for and widespread knowledge of scuba diving and seahorses. Ironically, many of the diving opportunities around the world that Panda is aware of he seems to have turned down at one point at time. He maintains a split Personality where he is a serious and dedicated mentor for his dive students, yet he also adventures to Phnom Penh to transform into the full blown Party Panda. Panda is always ready to take you on a tour, underwater or in the night of Phnom Penh (jack of all trades yet the king of none). He might seem extravagant at first with his helicopter and multiple golden necklaces, but he has a golden heart. PS. Panda makes the best Indian food on the Island.

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Artificial Reef Team

Mengleang, Gnen, Rachana and Vida. We are Final Year Students majoring Environmental Science at Pannasastra University of Cambodia.

(From left) Mengleang, Gnen, Rachana and Vida. We are Final Year Students majoring Environmental Science at Pannasastra University of Cambodia. We created the “Artificial Reef Team” for our final year project. It is our first foray into the marine field. We work together and get support on technical training from Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC).

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Lovely ladies of the kitchen

The backbone of MCC this group of ladies is responsible for literally keeping everybody at MCC alive. To simply put it, they could potentially be the most important staff at Marine Conservation Cambodia.

The backbone of MCC this group of ladies is responsible for literally keeping everybody at MCC alive. To simply put it, they could potentially be the most important staff at Marine Conservation Cambodia. It’s a fact of life; if you don’t have food or water you will not survive, so their importance can’t even be measured. Currently consisting Srey Mao and Nee, they keep us filled with delicious Khmer food. They are also responsible for running our island bar, but sorry, if you don’t ask them for a drink in Khmer you may not get it. For the first few days you can ask in English, but after that if you don’t ask in Khmer you’ll simply get a joking smile as they walk away. This is not done to be mean of course, but as a little game to encourage volunteers to learn a little bit of the native tongue. You’d be surprised how quickly you learn how to ask when the heat has you dying for an ice cold drink. Their responsibilities also including washing the dishes and cleaning up the main bungalow, however we expect everybody to clean up after him or her selves, as they are not cleaning ladies, but rather a part of the MCC family. Want to learn Khmer cooking or cook a meal from your country for the entire MCC team? They will be more then happy to help. Often heard singing or giggling the two of them are an absolute pleasure. They are both always smiling and eager to watch you enjoy the delicious meals they prepare for you.

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Volunteers

Every volunteer that joins us at MCC is instantly a member of the MCC family and team. Volunteers are truly the most important part of the MCC family.

Every volunteer that joins us at MCC is instantly a member of the MCC family and team. Volunteers are truly the most important part of the MCC family. If it wasn’t for you, we would not exist and that is a fact. the volunteers help collect the data, Patrol with the team, work with the communities and simply bring a certain joy to the island. With each of you being from a different corner of the globe and having a different life story, you make the island an ever-evolving place to be. From laughing to crying each volunteer has a direct impact regarding life on the island. You bring an atmosphere to the island that makes it all worth wild. It is because of you we are able to help save the Cambodian Marine Environment for future generations to enjoy. For that everybody at MCC and in the local communities says thank you!

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Marine Conservation Cambodia, Kep

Yai Tu

When you have a family as large as MCC, which also has a number of children in it, an aunt and big sister are a must. This is the main, most important role Yai-Tu plays on the island, but it is definitely not the only one.

When you have a family as large as MCC, which also has a number of children in it, an aunt and big sister are a must. This is the main, most important role Mao and Yeh-Tu play on the island, but it is definitely not the only one. Both of these lovely ladies are on the quiet side, but every once and a while you’ll catch them laughing almost uncontrollably. With Yeh-Tu being the older of the two, you’d think she’d be a little more reserved, but this is simply not the case. She can dish it out and take it as well. Mao is as quiet as a church mouse, but always has a massive smile on her face. Even when the kids are causing the rest of the MCC family to pull their hair out, Mao’s ability to deal with the children while still maintaining her smile, makes you realize this is a job she was born to do. Beyond being caregivers to the children they bring certain calming affect to the island. From taking care of the kids, to helping in the kitchen, to doing volunteers laundry on the weekends, Marine Conservation Cambodia would simply not be such an amazing family without them. Mao and Yeh-Tu are the preverbal glue holding everything together. Their love for the MCC family is easily witnessed, but their love for the children is a sight that has to be seen to be believed. When most parents would be at their wits end, both our fearless caregivers hold their composer keeping the entire island in check. Kids will be kids is a philosophy both Yeh-Tu and Mao follow, never losing their composer with any of the children even when it has been warranted. Neither Yeh-Tu or Mao speaks much English, but that still doesn’t stop them from caring for the volunteers. On more then a few occasions a homesick volunteer has been seen being consoled by one of our island big sisters. This is just one of the many special gifts these two bring to the MCC family.

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