Turtle Rescue & Conservation

founded in 1998
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Coordinator | Graeme
Coordinator | Graeme
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Gain hands-on experience on Sea turtle conservation in one of the most important nesting areas for loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean
Monitore turtle nesting activity at the beach and watch hatchlings make their journey to the ocean, though this is season dependent
Contribute towards protecting the next generation of Loggerhead sea turtles
Experience Greek culture first hand in a beautiful area which you can explore in your free time
Educate tourists and local residents on sea turtle protection, it's importance and what they can do to help
Travel to ancient Greece and support turtle projects working to conserve the endangered loggerhead turtle nesting area This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Based in the beautiful Kyparissia Bay, join a team of dedicated volunteers and interns as we work to conserve turtle populations in Greece.

This projects goals work directly towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #14 Life below water and #15 Life on Land.

As a participant of this program, dependent on seasons you could expect to be involved in the following: nesting activity surveys; bamboo harvesting and the building of protective grids; beach clean ups; data input as well as information workshops for locals and tourists on the importance of turtle conservation.

At the start of the season, you are guaranteed to see turtles nesting! By the end of the season, project work becomes more focused on ensuring the safe passage of the hatchlings to the ocean.

This program includes an optional Marine Conservation online course which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States.

Get in touch with our coordinator Graeme for more information! You can "Ask a question" at the top of the program description.

Typical day

Participants are expected to remain flexible as project work changes based on weather as well as needs of our project partners.

Estimated Schedule:

  • 6-10am: Early morning survey
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1pm - 4pm: Afternoon survey
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 9pm: Bed Time/Night survey

Free-time activities

By participating in this program, you are not only offered the opportunity to work towards conserving ecosystems but also to see local sites! Our dedicated field staff is the best resource when researching local trips, they have compiled this list of activities.

These side trips are not included in the program fee but are highly recommended:

  • Areopoli

  • Monemvasia Fortress

  • Archeological Sites 

  • Local village visits and surrounds

The possibilities are endless!

We also include local/cultural activities once a week for up to 8 weeks now!

These activities may include: 

  • Take a walking food tour of Kyparissia
  • Enjoy the sunset from the Old Town
  • Hike through a gorge to a local spring 
  • Go stargazing and learn Greek mythology 
  • White-water raft through a tunnel of trees
  • Trek the Nada river gorge
  • Explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games
  • Visit a local farmers' market
Water Sports


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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Medical form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No skills required. All training is provided online 8 weeks prior to the program start date
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by GVI


  • 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


  • 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
Airport pickup is provided from Athens International Airport within a specified time period. 
In the spectacular bay of Kyparissia, our base is within a campsite on the beach and participants sleep in tents. The campsite can be reached in a 15 minute walk from the town of Giannitsochori.
Food & Beverages
Meals are included and participants will take turns to cook meals for the group. Dietary requirements can be catered for. There is a cafeteria within the campsite.
Internet Access
Limited 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.
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


Details on arrival

  • 04 Jun 2022
  • 18 Jun 2022
  • 02 Jul 2022
  • 16 Jul 2022
  • 30 Jul 2022
  • 13 Aug 2022
  • 27 Aug 2022
  • 10 Sep 2022
  • 24 Sep 2022
  • 10 Jun 2023
  • 24 Jun 2023
  • 08 Jul 2023
  • 22 Jul 2023
  • 05 Aug 2023
  • 19 Aug 2023
  • 02 Sep 2023
  • 16 Sep 2023

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$893 /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

Travel to ancient Greece and support turtle projects working to conserve the endangered loggerhead turtle nesting area


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