Cetacean conservation- Dolphin research in Greece

Become a marine conservation volunteer and participate in dolphin research in the Ionian Sea, helping to provide a marine environment that provides long-term viability for the species. The research focuses on the Bottlenose Dolphin and the Short-Beaked Common Dolphin, in the Amvrakikos Gulf and the Inner Ionian Sea archipelago. We have places for Cetacean Volunteer Researchers to join for one or more weeks from April to September each year.

Individuals, groups, families and students doing research all welcome.

Cost for food, accommodation, programme materials, equipment, scientific lectures & training; from £730.

An opportunity for marine conservation volunteers to take part in Bottlenose and Short-Beaked Common Dolphins research in the Ionian Sea. You can help with some of the following activities during your stay:

* Monitoring dolphins within the research area through the use of specific surveying techniques,
Dolphin photo-identification, used to identify individual dolphins and their traits, in an attempt to fully understand how expansive and diverse local dolphin populations are,
* Recording dolphin behaviour and group sizes, in addition to how different groups interact - data is logged with GIS software,
* Collection of data regarding other marine species such as sea turtle, tuna, swordfish and seabirds - data which gives the project scientists knowledge of how the area is faring in a broader context,
* Inspection of dead dolphins in order to understand cause of death, as well as to collect biological and genetic data that can help to enhance further investigatory projects
* Assessment of how local dolphins interact with local fisheries, and how their interaction can fuel positive change in the area for the marine environment

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What to Expect?

Volunteers will be based at the field base in Vonitsa, a small coastal village. The field base is less than 50 metres away from the shore, and is located within a two-story house that is divided into two areas. The main area is the living room and open kitchen area (refrigerator and gas stove), complete with a balcony, two bathrooms, two bedrooms and the main office. The second area is the loft, which is around 90 square metres and is used by volunteers during times of relaxation after working at sea, or during time off. The loft will also be used as a sleeping area of volunteers - bunk beds are provided within the loft area for each volunteer.

Electricity at the house is the standard 220 volts with a two-pin connection. Therefore, it is suggested volunteers either bring an adaptor or purchase travel electricals for their stay, Internet is also not provided at the field base, though an internet cafe is right around the corner and can provide volunteers with internet access for 2.5 Euros per hour until late at night, every day of the week. Volunteers who bring their own laptops will however be able to most probably get free wireless internet at many of the seaside cafes and bars. Further, as there is no air conditioning in the property, fans are used within the property to keep temperatures at a tolerable level within warmer months.

  • Program ID: # 2564
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
  • location:
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Athens, Greece (ATH)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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