Seagrass habitats, Invasive Species and Marine debris focus

Project name:

Project Manaia

Project purpose:

We are running research sailing expeditions and cross the Mediterranean every season collaborating with NGOs, dive centres and marine researchers from all the areas. Keeping track of Seagrass health and extend of meadows, range for new invasive species and organize cleanups on beaches as well as below the surface with a focus on ghost nets in particular.

Project activities:

  • community awareness
  • data collection/analysis
  • habitat restoration/management
  • teaching
  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):




Greece, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia


1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration
  • data/statistical skills
  • field research skills
  • remote scenic location
  • report writing
  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy
  • development goals (supporting local community)
  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices
  • publishes peer-reviewed science
  • publishes work


Accomodation provided on board our research Sailboat

When does the project run?

From May to October


accommodation included, food included, electricity, refillable drinking water, cold shower, western toilet

All facilities from a European standard apartment are available at times. Life is on board a sailboat depending on the overnight location (anchor or Marina) you could have amenities of a large city.

How long can I stay?

minimum of 2 weeks ideally


  • Willingness to learn and work with the researchers to get the jobs done!

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

Life on board is a close knit community. All cabins are doubles (so if you have a friend you would like to share this experience with it could be a good fit). Daily life can be very different depending on the leg you join on. We generally move 2-3 times a week and switch locations while working with various other organizations/shops on the way, giving possibilities to dive, snorkel, explore on land and under water.

Reviews & ratings



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



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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