Global Vision International (GVI)

Lemon Shark and Turtle Conservation

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founded in 1997
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Coordinator | Bella
Coordinator | Bella
Spend time on the stunning island of Curieuse while you contribute to vital conservation efforts to preserve some of the islands most important species. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples

Highlights

  • Living on a remote and stunningly beautiful national park on islands that most only dream of visiting (if they have even heard of them at all)
  • Working alongside knowledgeable and dedicated national partners provides invaluable insight into the life and work of conservationists
  • Joining in on the work being done helps individual volunteers gain both hard and soft skills essential to research development and data collection
  • Climbing into a Coco de Mer palm to gain stunning views out over the bay
  • Exploring the diversity of the island and discovering the birds that inhabit the area, taking in the beauty of the mangroves around the island, and snorkeling among the crystal clear water.
The project is based on Curieuse Island - a true tropical paradise. The entire island is a national park which is managed by our local partner, Seychelles National Parks Authority. Live on the beachfront on the white sand beaches of Anse St Jose in small huts, inviting the natural environment into every aspect of your daily experience. Across the bay is Seychelles’ second largest island, Praslin, which is a quick boat ride away.

Spend your time learning about and contributing to critical conservation efforts being conducted on the island. Join an international team of passionate volunteers and qualified experts who are all dedicated to make a difference towards the survival of both the critically endangered hawksbill turtles and the sicklefin lemon sharks.

Partake in our lemon shark catch and release program. Search the surrounding waters for shark pups in order to gather valuable data pertaining to population and growth rates on the elusive under studied species.

Sea turtles efforts will center around studying the nesting success and habits of both hawksbill and green turtles on the island. Collect and collate information such as tag numbers, carapace (shell) measurements and number of eggs laid, or carry out nest evacuations to measure hatching success rates.

Typical day

-Live within a National Park on a tropical island, where giant tortoises outnumber people. 

-Collect data on endangered and endemic species with a focus on turtles and sharks; ensuring their continued, or enhanced protection in the Seychelles. 

-Experience hands on research with sea turtles, lemon sharks, Coco de Mer and juvenile giant tortoises, and mangroves (when in season), and contribute to the management and improvement of the National Park. 

-Return from the field work and take a dip in the warm, clear Indian Ocean. 

Details on Arrival

Set Start Dates with Guaranteed Departures:


  • 2019
  • 24 Aug 2019
    21 Sep 2019
    19 Oct 2019
    16 Nov 2019
  • 2020
  • 11 Jan 2020
    08 Feb 2020
    07 Mar 2020
    22 Aug 2020
    19 Sep 2020
    17 Oct 2020
    14 Nov 2020

Free-time activities

You will be based in and around national parks in the main group of islands, and working on a diverse range of wildlife and habitats on and around Curieuse Island. Access to and from the island is only by boat so travel to other islands is limited to weekends. Praslin has a limited, cheap bus service and taxis are easily available. For further exploration you may choose to hire a car on Praslin or make use of the inter-island ferry services between the other islands. In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area and can expect one or two free days per week, usually at weekends. In this time you could explore the islands of Praslin or La Digue, visit the capital of Mahé, Victoria (although the ferry to Mahe is relatively expensive), visit local beaches, snorkel or just relax on base. Before and after your program you could spend a little more time in the Seychelles on the close-by islands of Praslin and La Digue, or join a charter to sail even further afield. Please allow several days if you hope to travel between islands, there are over 100 in the archipelago but getting around takes time – the possibilities are endless!

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Hiking

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Global Vision International (GVI) (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Global Vision International (GVI)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Seychelles International Airport
Airport pickup is included and we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.
Accommodation
Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters are a national park, managed by our local partner, the Seychelles National Parks Authority. Our beach-front camp is located on the white sand beach of Anse St Jose and overlooks Praslin (Seychelles’ second largest island), a short boat ride away. Accommodation is in shared dorm rooms. There is cold running water available for showers and bottled water available for drinking. Bathroom facilities are shared, and participants also share base duties, including cleaning and other chores, which is all part of the GVI experience.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Volunteers take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is basic but nutritious, and primarily vegetarian with optional fish or meat available once or twice a week. Breakfast could be porridge with fresh fruit, or occasionally pancakes or cereal, and lunch and evening meals may include pasta, beans, rice, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, etc.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) in Mahe Island. We assist you to find cheap flights to Seychelles.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Seychelles provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Seychelles you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Seychelles.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 2,220
3 weeks
$ 2,621
3 weeks
$ 2,621
4 weeks
$ 3,021
4 weeks
$ 3,021
5 weeks
$ 3,422
5 weeks
$ 3,422
6 weeks
$ 3,822
6 weeks
$ 3,822
7 weeks
$ 4,223
7 weeks
$ 4,223
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 6,225
Average fees
$ 814 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mahe/Seychelles between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Vision International (GVI) will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Seychelles.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Vision International (GVI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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