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Turtle conservation

Project name:

Wildlife Sense

Project purpose:

Turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • data collection/analysis

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

318

Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • gain qualification and/or credits

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Accommodation:

Shared apartment

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, electricity, cooking facilities, western toilet, hot showers, near-by wifi, local shops

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

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

How the weekly price is broken down (calculated at more expensive rate): The first two weeks at Wildlife Sense will cost €500, and every week thereafter is €150.

Volunteers pool a predetermined amount weekly and shop at the supermarket. The food share costs €20 - €30 per week and will cover breakfast, a light lunch, and dinner for most of the week. Or if you buy food individually this will cost around €50.

Upon your arrival, you will attend an orientation session where you will be introduced to the field leaders and all other researchers in your team. You will begin taking part in field surveys from the first morning after your arrival, initially with experienced members of your team who will give you the first in-field training. Your first three afternoons and evenings on the project will be packed with training and workshop sessions to get you acquainted with all aspects of our field work and with our supporting keys, guides, and manuals that will be available in the field.

As part of our team, you will survey the beaches of Kefalonia to find and protect sea turtle nests. Our survey teams cycle to the beaches in the early morning, walk along the golden sand looking for fresh turtle nests, then mark, measure, and protect all nests that were laid during the previous night. The primary goal is to protect sea turtle nests against accidental damage and monitor their progress throughout incubation to the hatching stage. 

After all healthy hatchlings have left the nests, we conduct nest inventories to assess the fate of every egg and the hatching success of each nest. This helps us continuously improve our conservation methods and maximize the reproductive success of Kefalonia's sea turtle population.

Light pollution and storms are the two primary threats to sea turtle nests in Kefalonia. An important part of your field work will comprise of environmental studies to quantify light pollution and determine its source, and measuring the continuous changes of the nesting beaches and the distance of the water from nests. With this data, our team will be able to assess the risk to each nest and take timely actions to prevent any harm.

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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