Marine Conservation Intern

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Coordinator | Dennis
Coordinator | Dennis
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High­lights

Task on marine mammal research & conservation, marine ecology and environmental awareness
Ideal for marine biologists & volunteers of any background
Develop your skills and understanding of different marine conservation aspects
Participate in environmental conservation & educational projects
Participating in actions (awareness events, media, PR etc)
Here you'll direct all of your efforts towards marine mammal research & conservation, marine ecology, and environmental awareness. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

This is an in-country hands-on internship program with provided shared housing, meals and local team support.

This internship will involve tasks around 9 core teams (marine mammal research & conservation, marine ecology, GIS & remote sensing, environmental law & policy, terrestrial research & conservation, microplastic and laboratory projects, Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary, Media, PR & graphic design, environmental education). The team is made-up by professional marine specialists & volunteers that participate in international marine conservation & educational projects around Europe, eliminating any language barriers and offering international expertise. This internship requires self-motivation and self-guided work.

This program is important because together we will:

  • Rescuing exhausted or trapped wild animals.
  • Research the biodiversity of the Aegean sea.
  • Study the populations of endangered marine mammals in their natural habitat.
  • Raise public awareness and educate our fellow citizens and their children through environmental games and presentations.
  • Participate in events and festivals that aim to raise public awareness of environmental issues.
  • Monitor the effects of human activity in the ecosystem

Most of the activities are focused on practical conservation field work but may include office-based tasks too. Typical tasks are: data acquisition on marine species, water quality and coastal biodiversity, surveying, human impact studies, environmental policies, GIS and remote sensing, awareness campaigns, wildlife photography and video, graphic design,

Our marine conservation internship program offers the opportunity to gain top quality experience interning on the marine conservation organization. With valuable experience, you’ll develop your skills and understanding of different conservation aspects.

During the internship at Lipsi island the institute will offer daily meals for free (breakfast supplies and lunch/dinner cooked by the in-house chef).

As for Greece, perhaps there is no need for an introduction. It is one of the most popular and safest destinations in the world. Situated in southeast Europe it is blessed with sun, friendly people, rich cuisine and a truly unique landscape that spans from green forests to the deep blue sea. With its 2,500 years of history and its 1,400 islands there is plenty to discover in Greece and it will satisfy the most demanding visitor. Greece is one of the warmest countries in Europe with long, hot & dry summers and mild winters. The popular time to visit Greece is between May to September end. Occasionally heatwaves may occur with temperatures peaking (1-2 days) around 105°F / 41°C.

Typical day

A typical working week runs from Monday to Friday, with each day beginning at 9am and ending around 5pm/6pm. During this time, you can take part in the activities found below:
  • Marine mammal research & conservation
  • Marine ecology
  • GIS & remote sensing
  • Environmental law & policy
  • Terrestrial research & conservation
  • Microplastic and laboratory projects
  • Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary
  • Media, PR & graphic design
  • Environmental education

Free-time activities

Lipsi is a small picturesque island that attracts people that want relaxing vacations in nature. There are many watersports to uptake, from swimming to snorkeling. The staff are more than happy to give detailed information on exiting activities and interesting places to visit

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling

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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV, Passport copy, Profile Photo and Vaccination Certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Participants need to be physically fit and able to undertake manual labor, enjoy practical activities work quickly and reliably both as part of a team and independently, have good oral and written communication skills, be safety aware.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Cerca Abroad
To apply for this internship, its quick, easy and free!

We will review your application and if we accept you on this internship we will ask you to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The remaining of your internship fees (less your initial deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Airport Pickup at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport
The program offers airport transfer from the Athens International Airport to the port of Piraeus and the ferry ticket to Lipsi island. first and third Tuesday of each month so flight arrivals need to be scheduled accordingly. The ferry takes 8 hours to reach the island and upon arrival a team member will great interns and escort them to the accommodation. For interns arriving in Athens at an earlier date, an accommodation at extra cost can be provided and a pickup to the post maybe provided if requested and subject to availability.
Accommodation
COVID: Due to the pandemic the Marine Conservation institute requires participants to first self-quarantine for 2 days, upon arrival to Lipsi island, prior to their placement start. Quarantine accommodation is included in the fees. At the end of the self-quarantine period a negative PCR is required to participate to the program. This requirement is mandatory regardless of the vaccination status.

The accommodation is fully furnished (single or double beds), with WiFi, shared with 1-5 other mixed-sex interns. The last night of the accommodation is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Extra nights of accommodation or private apartments can be arranged in advance, if requested and subject to availability.
Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

During the internship at Lipsi island the institute will offer daily meals for free (breakfast supplies and lunch/dinner cooked by the in-house chef).

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 Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) in Athens. We assist you to find cheap flights to Greece.
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 Greece provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Greece you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Greece.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Internships start on the first and third Tuesday of each month, following the ferry schedule from the Piraeus Port (Athens) to Lipsi island. The program offers airport transfer from the Athens International Airport to the port of Piraeus and the ferry ticket to Lipsi island. The ferry takes 8 hours to reach the island and upon arrival a team member will great interns and escort them to the accommodation. For interns arriving in Athens at an earlier date, an accommodation at extra cost (US$55/night) can be provided and a pickup to the post maybe provided if requested and subject to availability.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2,900
5 weeks
$3,500
6 weeks
$4,100
7 weeks
$4,700
9 weeks
$5,900
11 weeks
$7,100
24 weeks (max. stay)
$14,975
Average fees
$674 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Cerca Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 Cerca Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Marine Conservation Intern

Here you'll direct all of your efforts towards marine mammal research & conservation, marine ecology, and environmental awareness.

$674/week

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