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Turtle conservation, endangered species monitoring, marine conservation, ecosystem restoration

Project name:

Wildlife ACT (2)

Project purpose:

This unique island and marine conservation experience allows you to accompany scientists and Seychelles volunteers while focusing on Endangered Species Monitoring, Marine Conservation and Ecosystem Restoration. The project seeks those with a keen interest in tropical island conservation and ecology. No more than 4 participants join a dedicated conservation and research team on a private island and get involved in all the activities of the Environmental Department and conservation volunteers – from field work to data entry.

Project activities:


  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

700

Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • helps restore a habitat to its former glory

Accommodation:

Participants will live in a shared-accommodation house and will have opportunities to mix with conservation staff after hours, if they so choose. Participants will be accommodated in twin rooms (i.e. two single beds per room). The house consists of 2 bedrooms, 1 lounge and 1 bathroom. This means that ecotourists will have to share a bathroom among 4 people, (which sometimes will be 2 male and 2 female participants).

When does the project run?

All year

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, near-by medical, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi. The assigned staff beach on North Island provides the perfect opportunity to go swimming, snorkeling or even a sun-downer after work in the afternoons. North Island equipment such as surfboards, paddle-boards and kayaks are available for use every day after 4pm, so there are plenty of opportunities to have fun! Participants can expect to be active 6 days a week, with a rest day on Fridays. You can either choose to spend your rest day on North Island, relaxing at the staff beach, or you can accumulate your rest days to leave the island for a period of 3 days to visit other islands. This way you can explore the Seychelles while you contribute towards island and marine conservation, on a beautiful private island!

How long can I stay?

The MINIMUM stay in Seychelles is 4 weeks. We accept a maximum of 4 participants at any given time. There are two rooms in the eco-volunteer house, on North Island. Each room, is shared by two participants of the same gender (*or in the case of couples, they will be allocated one room to share together).

Requirements:

  • Anyone from the ages of 18 to 60+, (in good physical condition), is welcome to join the Seychelles project.

  • We seek participants with a keen interest in Tropical Island conservation and ecology.

  • Participants on our North Island project need to be quick learners and be prepared to work independently in the field after only a few days induction.

  • Participants should also be self-disciplined, responsible, enthusiastic, patient and able to get along well with others.

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

North Island represents a Noah’s Ark – a sanctuary where natural habitats are being rehabilitated and where critically endangered Seychelles fauna and flora are being reintroduced by conservationists and volunteers – providing a haven to regenerate. It is very seldom that the opportunity arises to make such a significant and positive impact on a region, a specific area, its wildlife and surrounding environment. North Island was recognized for its island and marine conservation work by being awarded as the National Geographic World Legacy Awards winner for Conserving the Natural World 2017.

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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