Travel to the breathtaking Seychelles Islands and assist the local government with critical wildlife and terrestrial conservation programs. This expedition takes you to the beautiful Indian Ocean where you’ll assist on priority conservation programs on Curieuse Island.
You’ll work with an abundance of underwater life, explore the beautiful forests and beaches, and even get a chance to see some of the bigger animals in the area such as whale sharks, manta rays, and dolphins.
Highlights include: Looking out for incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as whale sharks, manta rays, and dolphins from the boat; exploring National Parks, visiting breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle, and endangered giant tortoises; having an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, working alongside local communities, swimming in the Indian Ocean at the end of hard days work, exploring the other islands of the Seychelles, enjoying snorkeling and seeing turtles in the water, trying a fun scuba dive.
The Seychelles is renown as one of the world’s leaders in conservation and sustainable tourism. If you are looking to learn more about conservation and want to spend some time living in paradise, then look no further.
This expedition offers qualifying and high-performing volunteers the chance to stay on the expedition for a longer duration on a GVI Scholarship free of charge and as part of the staff team in the field.
Costs cover the following: 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 (usually shared); 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 ; Transfers to base location ; Live and work in a protected reserve under a research permit; First Aid & CPR training ; Coral reef ecology; Introduction to TEFL ; Community work workshop ; Terrestrial research training.
What to Expect?
You will spend the majority of your time on foot working in the forests and on the beaches. The project covers a wide range of conservation efforts, and you rotate between projects so you will experience different field techniques, new initiatives and varied project sites.
On this expedition you will focus on several key conservation efforts within and around the Curieuse Island National Park, including endemic Coco de Mer surveys, mangrove survey and census research, giant tortoise habitat management and restoration, turtle nesting and in-water behavior research and providing training and education to the local community.
Partners on this program include the Seychelles Center for Marine Research and Technology, Marine Conservation Society of the Seychelles and the Marine Parks Authority.
Data collected from your efforts will be passed to the Seychelles Ministry of Environment and participating NGOs to be used in creating local conservation policies and shared worldwide with other conservation teams and efforts.
At end of each workday you’ll return to base with your team, where we relax and hang out together. Participants attend camp chores in mini-teams on a rotational basis, which helps keep the living space feeling like home.
While on project you can expect to work 5 1/2 days per week and on the weekends you will have free time to snorkel, dive, explore and/or just enjoy the amazing tranquility of island living.
- Program ID: # 2082
- duration: 1 to 3 Months
- location: Seychelles Granitic IslandsSeychelles4° 21' 0.2268" S, 55° 49' 43.8888" ESC
- Fitness level: Moderately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Mahe
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife ProgramsLearn Abroad
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