This project has been specially designed for those looking to volunteer, but are aged between 15 and 17 years old. Throughout this project, our younger volunteers will have greater supervision, training, and world-class leaders in the field who have been chosen for their mix of relevant experience and ability to mentor and inspire young people.
The project is based in Giannitsochori in the western Peloponnese, they 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. You will also have a weekend to enjoy some cultural activities in the surrounding area, a beautifual and fascinating region of Greece.
Highlights include 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.
What to Expect?
Day 1: Arrival and Welcome: You will be picked up from the airport where we meet the rest of the group. From here we will head to the bus station, from where we will travel to Giannitzochori, around a 4-hour bus journey. You can settle in when arriving, set camp and get to know the base.
Day 2: Introduction, Orientation and Training: Today will be a day of getting to know the program as well as getting to know the rest of the group. We will have an orientation including a welcome presentation and introductions, history and background of the projects, and health and safety briefing.
Day 3: Volunteer Work: Today you start work through further training. The work you will be involved is varied, with volunteers rotating between activities.
Day 4: Volunteer Work: Some might be on early morning turtle patrols, identifying new tracks and nests and assisting with data recordings during the surveys.
Day 5: Volunteer Work: Other volunteers will assist with installing protective nest grids to help protect the turtle nests against predators, including birds and local dogs.
Day 6: Volunteer Work: At times, and only when necessary, we might assist staff with nest re-locations, most commonly when the nest is in danger either from human activity or from the sea.
Day 7: Volunteer Work: On occasion, it may also be necessary to excavate a nest. In this event, you will be required to assist in this procedure as directed by the local staff members.
Day 8: Weekend Activity: On the weekend, we will explore our local Greek surroundings, history and culture first hand. There are countless local highlights, including ruins from the times of ancient Greece such as temples and amphitheaters, medieval defenses and towns or Byzantine churches.
Day 9: Weekend Activity: We continue exploring the local narrow alleyways and architecture, and enjoying the slower pace of life in the Mediterranean.
Day 10: Volunteer Work: The start of your second week, and we pick up where we left off on Friday with a variety of tasks to be covered throughout the week. Another duty is bamboo harvesting and assembling nest grids, which are used to protect the nests against predators.
Day 11: Volunteer Work: The project also runs environmental education sessions and surveys, for both the local community and tourists visiting the area. As an active member of this conservation project, you will be expected to help out at these sessions when necessary.
Day 12: Volunteer Work: Part of your responsibilities will be to assist in expanding the scope of the work being done which may include manning a local kiosk and also visiting local campsites and hotels.
Day 13: Volunteer Work: You should be prepared for long and tiring days on some days throughout the two weeks. It can be hot regardless of your duty and you will have to walk relatively long distances during surveys.
Day 14: Review and Reflection: For the last day, we will review the project work and your experience and how your work has contributed to the overall mission and objectives of GVI. We will also sit down with each of you to review your experience, and reflect upon the trip and your own individual experiences. All going well the afternoon will include a little free time for some last minute shopping before a group departure dinner in the evening where everyone can discuss the highlights of the previous two weeks.
Day 15: Departure: Time for the final farewells as we return to the airport to depart for home.
What's included: Pre-departure support and discounted services; 24-hour emergency phone; Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated); Arrival orientation; Long term experienced staff; Safe and basic accommodations (private unless same gender shared depending on numbers); All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals); Welcome meeting; Location orientation; All necessary project training by experienced staff; All necessary project equipment and materials; 24-hour in-country support; Extensive pre-departure service including packing lists, fundraising advice, advice on travel arrangements, a thorough pre-departure orientation, Adventure and cultural activities; Dedicated project leaders; Cultural weekend
*Program available for 4 week duration as well. Itinerary is a sample of 2 week program*
- Program ID: # 2465
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month
- location: Western Peloponnese GiannitsochoriGreece37° 23' 0.6936" N, 21° 41' 8.2968" EGR
- Fitness level: Moderately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Athens, Greece (ATH)
- Costs From: Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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