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Protecting Sea Turtles Amongst Ancient Greece

Protecting Sea Turtles Amongst Ancient Greece

Protecting Sea Turtles Amongst Ancient Greece

Trip Details:

Operator:   GVI - Global Vision International
Price From:  $1990
Ideal Age Range:  19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs:  Moderately Fit
Program duration:  2 weeks

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About this program

Travel and work with one of the most endangered species in the Mediterranean; live in a quiet area near a traditional fishing town; explore nearby nature reserves and admiring local architecture; make a difference in sea turtle conservation in Greece!

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.

Itinerary

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.

Country Fast Facts

Greece

Flag  Flag_of_Greece.svg
Continent: Europe
Official Language(s) Greek
Capital: Athens
Population 10,955,000 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s) Mediterranean
Major Airport(s): Athens International Airport (ATH), Heraklion International Airport (HER), Rhodes Island International Airport (RHO), Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG)
Economic Driver(s): Agriculture, Industry

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