Hands-on work with one of the most endangered species in the Mediterranean; living in a quiet area near a traditional fishing town; exploring nearby nature reserves and admiring local architecture.
The thrill of seeing turtles lay their eggs and watching the hatchlings head for the sea; experiencing Greek culture first hand in a beautiful area which you can explore in your free time; taking a great first step towards your career in practical conservation or simply making a lasting one-off contribution to the preservation of endangered turtles.
Working in conjunction with local partner provides you with all the necessary training and opportunities exist for you to explore the fascinating Greek culture and sights of the surrounding local area in your free time.
Based in the beautiful Bay of Lakonikos in the southern Peloponnese, you will live and volunteer with a team of international volunteers to conserve and protect one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in Greece.
The team will engage in daily morning surveys to record nesting activity and protect turtle nests against predation by mammals and inundation by sea water. Volunteers will also provide important conservation information to overseas visitors and the local community.
Direct immersion from experienced conservationists, pre-departure support ; 24-hour emergency support; airport pick-up ; arrival orientation; long term experienced staff ; safe and basic accommodations (usually shared) ; all meals; welcome social; all necessary project training; all necessary project equipment and materials.
What to Expect?
The work is varied, with all volunteers rotating around the different roles: turtle patrol, camp duty, bamboo harvesting (used to protect the nests) and an environmental education program for the locals and tourists. The days are long, it is hot and you will have to walk long distances (at least 5km) during surveys.
You will be living in tents right next to the beach and the campsite has a number of facilities, including a mini-market, a self-service restaurant and telephone. In between shifts you will have plenty of time to relax in camp or enjoy the beach. You will also have one day off a week which varies depending on the schedule.
Protecting nests against predation by mammals and/or inundation by sea water ensures that as many hatchlings as possible are added to the population each year, while public awareness activities help people adopt friendlier attitudes towards the natural environment and possibly reduce their environmental footprint in the area.
- Program ID: # 2485
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 Months
- location: Mani Peninsula MavrovouniGreece36° 44' 7.1052" N, 22° 34' 26.9688" EGR
- Fitness level: Moderately Fit
- Closest Airport: Athens, Greece (ATH)
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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