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

Wild Sun Rescue Center

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

Francisco

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

leslie

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

great experience

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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