Turtle conservation

Project name:

Archelon The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece

Project purpose:

Turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

200

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Communal camping area

When does the project run?

Facilities:

cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, western toilet, hot and cold showers, wifi

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Volunteer fees are not paid monthly but are  one off  'participation fees' regardless of volunteer duration. Fees vary from $398 - 682 depending on the project you chose and the month.

*The price listed for weekly fees is estimated using the most expensive participation fee (Amvrakikos $600) for 4 weeks, with $30 a week for food. Volunteers choosing turtle nesting projects (Chania, Zakynthos, Messara, Rethymno, Koroni, Laknonikos or Kyparrisia) will cost considerably less.

 

General: All staff and volunteers do the same roles essentially. Morning surveys are daily and begin at sunrise. You walk along a ~2km section of beach and record all turtle activity (e.g. tracks) as well as collecting data about nest dimensions/location and protecting each nest. Night surveys happen during peak nesting season (June and July). You walk the beaches with no lights and look for turtles emerging from the water to lay their eggs. You record data (e.g. carapace length and width, health of flippers, previous tags) as well as marking the nest for morning survey teams. Volunteers and staff may learn to tag nesting turtles also. Fundraising is a huge part of Archelon, which is why it's a relatively cheap project compared to many others. Presentations, talks and community events are held regularly to raise awareness and funds for the project.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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