Under 18's Turtle Conservation

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Coordinator | Natalie
Coordinator | Natalie


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.
Record nesting activity and protect hatchlings from predators as they make their first journey to the ocean, making a difference to the conservation of the population This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 15+
This project has been specially designed for those looking to volunteer, but are aged between 15 and 17 years old. Throughout this project, our younger volunteers will have greater supervision, training, and world-class leaders in the field who have been chosen for their mix of relevant experience and ability to mentor and inspire young people.

The project

Based in Giannitsochori, you will live and volunteer with a team of international volunteers to conserve and protect one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in Greece.

The team will engage in daily morning and night surveys (depending on nesting activity) to record nesting activity and protect turtle nests against predation by mammals and inundation by sea water. Volunteers will also provide important conservation information to overseas visitors and the local community.

You will also have a weekend to enjoy some cultural activities in the surrounding area, a beautiful and fascinating region of Greece.

Why it is important

Protecting nests against predation by mammals and/or inundation by sea water ensures that as many hatchlings as possible are added to the population each year, while public awareness activities help people adopt friendlier attitudes towards the natural environment and possibly reduce their environmental footprint in the area.

Role of the volunteer

During your time on the project, your work will be extremely varied. Volunteers will rotate around the different roles of turtle patrol, camp duty, bamboo harvesting (used to protect the nests) and an environmental education programme for the locals and tourists.

Volunteers should expect the days to be long, as well as hot, with plenty of walking (at least 5km) while taking part in the various surveys.

Your accomodation will be quite rustic, with amazing views to wake up to each morning. Volunteers will be camped right next to the beach, at a campsite that has a number of facilities such as a mini-market and a restaurant.

In between your shifts, you will have plenty of time to relax on the sandy white beaches, explore the nearby area with your fellow volunteers or simply relax at the campsite and take in all the beautiful natural scenery.

Highlights include...

Hands-on work with one of the most endangered species in the Mediterranean; exploring nearby nature reserves and admiring the local architecture; seeing turtles lay their eggs and watching the hatchlings head for the sea; 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

Typical day

All volunteers will receive all necessary training, including information on country, region, Health & Safety protocols and work-related protocols

Key volunteer tasks may include:

  • Patrolling the beach to locate new tracks and nests
  • Recording data and measurements
  • Installing protective nest grids
  • Nest relocation (if required)
  • Nest excavation (from August onwards)
  • Bamboo harvesting - assembling nest grids
  • Manning beach kiosk - educating public about the project
  • Public awareness presentations - conducted at campsites/hotels in the local area

Free-time activities

There is leisure time during the day. During this time you can enjoy the beach, relax, swim or play beach sports. During the weekend we will take you to visit some classic ancient Greek sites, Mediterranean beaches and traditional coastline cities. Before and after your programme you could explore several sites of interest in the Peloponnese, such as the Mistras medieval fortress, Mount Taygetos, Elafonissosi, Mani, the beautiful town of Monemvasia, or you can take the boat to the islands of Cythera and Crete – the possibilities are endless!
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 15 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Parental Consent and Partner consent forms
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills

Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

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
  • Cultural weekend
  • Dedicated project leaders
  • Extensive pre-departure service including packing lists, fundraising advice, advice on travel arrangements, a thorough pre-departure orientationAdventure and cultural activities
  • 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
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs

Airport Pickup at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport
Most volunteers arrange international flights to arrive at Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”.

GVI staff will be waiting outside the Intra-Schengen and Extra-Schengen exit doors in the arrivals area with a GVI branded sign. If you are arriving before the scheduled meeting time you may want to wait there. Please ensure field staff are made aware of your arrival plans.

Please ensure you land with enough time to be at the meeting point before 4:00 pm. From here you will travel in a minivan to Giannitsochori accompanied by GVI field staff throughout the journey.
Accommodation is in shared tents (separate compartments, single sex) with shared (single sex) bathroom facilities within the camp site. There is running cold and hot water available for cooking and extra cool water taps for drinking only. Flush toilet facilities (shared, single sex) are available at the campsite, and participants share camp duties, including cleaning, cooking and other chores.
Food & Beverages
Food will be cooked as a shared chore by all the participants in the camp site and it is a combination of healthy and varied Mediterranean local products.
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

This program is seasonal and only runs in July each year, the starting dates are only guaranteed if at least 4 participants register. 

  • 19
  • 06 Jul 2019
    20 Jul 2019
  • 2020
  • 04 Jul 2020
    18 Jul 2020

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in EUR (USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
€3,185 ($3,599)
2 weeks (max. stay)
€3,185 ($3,599)
Average fees
€1,593 ($1,800) /week

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.
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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Under 18's Turtle Conservation

Record nesting activity and protect hatchlings from predators as they make their first journey to the ocean, making a difference to the conservation of the population


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