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Environmental justice, terrestrial and marine conservation

Project name:

Terra Sylvestris (1)

Project purpose:

Environmental justice for local communities, marine conservation, terrestrial conservation, wildlife conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

230

Marine / Terrestrial

Greece

Europe

1 Ratings

1

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)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

  • data for advocacy and for protecting ecosystems and species on the ground collected

Accommodation:

Mixed dorm in a recently refurbished traditional building in the main village of Kalamos ,the Kalamos island biological field station

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, shower (cold/hot), toilet (western), wifi

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

The only requirement for this project is a completed application form (available on the project's website)

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

Goal

The goal of our field volunteer program is to contribute to sustainable development in the area of the Inner Ionian island archipelago in Greece , and is part of the kalamos and Kastos sustainable development program.An important goal of this, is to help educate and inspire people from around the world with respect to sustainability and nature conservation. It is based in the Kalamos Island biological field station. Volunteers work on a pre-agreed plan with us based on the structure of our program.

 

How it works

There are two ways you can participate in our work. The first is by participating in one of our pre-arrange activities for the field season. The second is to organize an activity for each volunteer individually in one of our thematic areas of work . We work out a pre-agreed plan on an individual volunteer basis which can include a mixture of activities both pre-arranged and an individual basis one in one of our thematic areas . 

 

Our thematic areas are as follows:

• Sustainable agriculture and agroforestry

• Forest ecosystem Protection and Restoration

• Restoration of agricultural diversity

• Restoration of marine ecosystems

• Sustainable fisheries management

• Anthropogenic impacts on marine and terrestrial ecosystems

• Anthropogenic pollution measurement and reduction 

• Wildlife monitoring and management

• Ecosystem monitoring

• Land use rights

• Marine tenure

• The economics of sustainable development

• Rights of use of natural resources

• Biocontrol of introduced species

• Social justice and related issues in natural resource management and sustainable development

• Applied animal and plant biological conservation

• Modeling of biological populations

• Marine ecology 

• Plant ecology

 

We currently have four pre- arranged activities. These are:

 

1.Building the Kalamos Island Eco-community and experimental organic fruit and vegetable farm

2.Feral cat monitoring program for Kalamos ,Kastos and their satellite islands

3.Marine ecosystems monitoring program

4.Ornithological habitat Surveys

 

More details on this for both our thematic areas, the pre-arranged activities and the structure of our Volunteer program, including our terms and conditions can be found in the rellevant information documents that you can download at the end of this page

 

Volunteer selection process

We operate on a non discriminatory policy basis. People of all ages 18 or above can potentially join the program provided they can show the relative commitment and ethos .We try our best to fit what we do to the individual volunteer .We don’t separate people based on gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religious belief.
Commitment to our cause is an essential characteristic of any volunteer. For us the ideal volunteer is a person that can turn a problem into a success.
We have a two stage application process whereby following the first stage of the application process of sending the form ,a second stage follows where a live interview is held via skype , telephone or in person .


Staff

At present the volunteer coordinator is Ted Karfakis , a native of Kalamos Island and an ecologist with many years of experience working in related projects and that has worked in volunteer orientation and training in related projects in several parts of the world.Τhe biological field station which is the basis of the program is staffed by other members of Terra Sylvestris and sellected volunteers which also are there to help with the logistics and non administrative issues of the program.We also have a network of consultants that periodically contribute for a variety of issues in the projects that we do both on our own and with the assistance of volunteers.

 

FAQ

The cost of the program is 20 euros per day or 600 euros per month(30 calendar day period) 
The minimum amount of time a volunteer can stay with us is 15 calendar days
All necessary training and orientation including assistance where needed, is included.
Related transport in the general area of the project(Kalamos, Kastos and the satelite islands), Accommodation and other related facilities such as shared kitchen facilities, laundry and drying facilities,shared toilet and shower facilities access and also areas for for work. A basic housekeeping facility once a week is also included which also includes linen and bed sheet changes .Full access to wifi internet and computers is included .Τhere is no meal plan .Kalamos is in an area where food can be purchased easily from local shops,super markets etc however. If you plan to come as a group( more than three people) then arrangements can potentially be made for a meal plan at an additional cost. Contact us to discuss further if you are interested in this option.
It is possible to conduct an undergraduate or postgraduate dissertation or thesis through participation in this program

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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