Turtle Rescue & Conservation

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founded in 1998
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High­lights

Become fully immersed in the Greek culture and explore in your free time.
Make a lasting impact while seeing turtles lay their eggs and watching the hatchlings head for the sea.
Exploring nearby nature reserves and admiring the local architecture.
Opportunity to complete online courses endorsed by the University of Richmond in the United States
Gain practical experience needed for a career in conservation while working on this program in the Mediterranean
Travel to ancient Greece to work on turtle projects working to conserve the endangered loggerhead turtle nesting area This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
50+

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


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


As a participant on 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.


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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 an opportunity to work toward conserving ecosystems but also the opportunity to see local sites! Our dedicated field staff are 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!


Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
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 program start date
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
  • 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
Airprot pickup is provided from Athens International Airport within a specified time period. 
Accommodation
In the spectacular bay of Kyparissia, our base is within a campsite on the beach and participants sleep in tents. The campsite is a 15 minute walk to the town of Giannitsochori.
Camping
Food & Beverages
Meals are included and participants will take it in 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.
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

  • 2021
  • 29 May 2021
    05 Jun 2021
    12 Jun 2021
    19 Jun 2021
    26 Jun 2021
    10 Jul 2021
    24 Jul 2021
    07 Aug 2021
    14 Aug 2021
    21 Aug 2021
    28 Aug 2021
    04 Sep 2021
    11 Sep 2021
    • 2022
    • 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

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$2,703
4 weeks
$3,711
6 weeks
$4,719
8 weeks
$5,790
10 weeks
$6,924
12 weeks (max. stay)
$7,995
Average fees
$1,009 /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 to work on turtle projects working to conserve the endangered loggerhead turtle nesting area

$801/week

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