Global Vision International (GVI)

Turtle Rescue & Conservation

Giannitsochori , Greece show on map
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founded in 1997
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Coordinator | Bella
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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:
Singles
Couples

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.
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.

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.

GVI works 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.

Typical day

- 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.

Details on Arrival

Set Arrival Dates with Guaranteed Departures:


  • 2019
  • 01 Jun 2019
    15 Jun 2019
    29 Jun 2019
    13 Jul 2019
    27 Jul 2019
    10 Aug 2019
    24 Aug 2019
    07 Sep 2019
  • 2020
  • 30 May 2020
    13 Jun 2020
    27 Jun 2020
    11 Jul 2020
    25 Jul 2020
    08 Aug 2020
    22 Aug 2020
    05 Sep 2020

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

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

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
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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
  • 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 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
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 part of the GVI experience! A 15 minute walk away is the town of Giannitsochori, where there are 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, butn 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 expense.

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.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 2,131
3 weeks
$ 2,483
4 weeks
$ 2,834
5 weeks
$ 3,186
6 weeks
$ 3,537
7 weeks
$ 3,889
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,647
Average fees
$ 768 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Giannitsochori /Greece 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 Greece.
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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