Turtle Rescue & Conservation

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founded in 1998
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Coordinator | Shannon
Coordinator | Shannon
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High­lights

Hands-on work with one of the most endangered species in the Mediterranean.
Seeing turtles lay their eggs and watching the hatchlings head for the sea.
Exploring nearby nature reserves and admiring the local architecture.
Experiencing Greek culture first hand in a beautiful area which you can explore in your free time.
Taking your first steps towards your career in conservation and making a lasting contribution to the preservation of endangered turtles.
Discover historic Greece and make a real contribution to the conservation and protection of one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in the region. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Based in the beautiful Bay of Kyparissia in the western Peloponnese, you will be involved with conserving and protecting one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in Greece. 

Work in conjunction with our local partners to ensure you receive all the necessary training to meet the project's objectives as well as providing opportunities for you to explore the fascinating Greek culture and sights of the surrounding area in your free time.

Increasing Employability - Pre Departure Program Training:

Our programs are not only life-changing experiences but are also designed to help participants increase their employability. We have developed a curriculum to be completed prior to arrival in the country in order to ensure that more time is dedicated to program work once you commence your volunteer program. 

Eight weeks prior to your start date, you will complete the following online courses in preparation for your in-country program:

  • PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION (1 hour)
  • PROGRAM SPECIFIC TRAINING (1 - 5 hours)
  • OPTIONAL: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COURSE (10 - 15 hours)

In order to obtain a certificate for the Community Development course which is endorsed by the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, you will need to complete quizzes & assignments and will be given 4 weeks post program to submit your work. 

If you are looking to travel in less than 8 weeks from now, you will still complete the course however this will be done in country and all content will need to be downloaded before arrival. 


Health & Hygiene:

The work we contribute to across the globe remains important and new measures allow our participants to continue to join our programs and continue impacting positively on their world and the communities we work with. Changes to our existing protocols have been made by our health and hygiene team to strengthen our health and hygiene protocols and ensure that international standard safeguards are in place to protect our participants, staff and host communities. Please inquire for more information on the protocols. 





Typical day

You will be involved in surveying the nesting activity of female turtles, this will happen daily, as the turtles come out to nest during the night. Once a nest has been located you will have the task of protecting it from predation and flooding by the rising ocean tides. From these activities, volunteers will be able to provide vital conservation information in workshops to international visitors and the local community members.


  • Gain real hands on experience on Sea turtle conservation in one of the most important nesting areas for loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean region. 
  • Get to know the sea turtle protection challenges in this side of the Mediterranean area and how it links to the European Union protection protocols.    
  • Be part of a passionate team and make the difference by going out every day (night and day) performing different roles while living in a astonishing Greek beach. 
  • Help train and educate young volunteers, tourists and local residents on sea turtle protection.

Free-time activities

There is leisure time during the day. During this time you can enjoy the beach, relax, swim or play beach sports. Additionally, you will have weekends off where you can explore the area.
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports

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

What's Included

Services by 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 provided online 8 weeks prior to arrival:
    • PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION (1 hour)
    • PROGRAM SPECIFIC TRAINING (1 - 5 hours)
    • OPTIONAL: WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COURSE (10 - 15 hours)
  • 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
  • Airport transfers (pick up and drop off)
  • 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 Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport
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 staff t-shirt, holding a 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 base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team. 

Accommodation
Accommodation is in shared tents at the campsite, allowing you to be in the thick of things and meet new interesting people who are also enjoying Greece’s coastal beauty. Activities available on base include a ping-pong table, a pool table, and, table-football. The campsite also has a number of facilities, including a mini-market, a self-service restaurant and a small shop where you can get snacks and drinks. There is cold running water available for cooking and drinking, and flush toilets and bathroom facilities are also available. On a GVI base,participants share camp duties, including cleaning, cooking and other chores – it’s all part of the experience! A 15 minute walk away is the town of Giannitsochori, where there is a pharmacy, bakery and a few smaller shops.
Camping
Food & Beverages
From Monday to Thursday volunteers take it in turns to prepare meals for the group – this is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your cooking skills! Due to differing schedules, each participant typically makes their own breakfast, and for lunch, sandwiches with salad and fruit salad is common. Dinner is usually made with a combination of healthy and varied Mediterranean local products. 
On Friday evenings we typically enjoy traditional Greek dishes at the campsite taverna, a chance to sample some of Greece’s more well known delicacies, and meze. On weekends there are many cafes and restaurants in the area where you are free to go out for additional meals at your own cost.

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

Due to the current situation you have the flexibility of changing the destination and start dates for this program at no extra cost.

2021
  • 29 May 2021
  • 12 Jun 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 10 Jul 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 07 Aug 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 28 Aug 2021
  • 04 Sep 2021

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens May 2021. Apply Now!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,685
4 weeks
$2,335
6 weeks
$2,995
8 weeks
$3,655
10 weeks
$4,315
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,975
Average fees
$1,050 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. GVI 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 GVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Turtle Rescue & Conservation

Discover historic Greece and make a real contribution to the conservation and protection of one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in the region.

$1050/week

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