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Coastal Dolphin Conservation

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1 - 4 semaines  ·  Âge 18 - 50+

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Clou

  • Explore and volunteer in beautiful Greece!
  • Volunteer with us and gain a first-hand understanding of the motivations that inspire our work!
  • Be involved in the monitoring of the secondary study area located in the Inner Ionian Sea archipelago°
  • Work side-by-side with researchers and contribute to field data collection
  • Meet like-minded volunteers from all over the world!

Particulièrement approprié pour

Âge 18+
Seul voyageur
Couples
Familles
Groupes

À propos du programme

From June to September, be part of a scientific team focused on the study and conservation of coastal dolphins in the beautiful waters of western Greece.

By sharing every experience with us, and ultimately living a researcher’s life, you will gain a first-hand understanding of the motivations that inspire our work, appreciate its significance for dolphin conservation and learn about the importance of protecting the marine ecosystem and its ...

À propos du programme

By sharing every experience with us, and ultimately living a researcher’s life, you will gain a first-hand understanding of the motivations that inspire our work, appreciate its significance for dolphin conservation and learn about the importance of protecting the marine ecosystem and its wonderful inhabitants.

While most of the survey effort will be carried out in the Gulf of Ambracia, volunteers will also be involved in monitoring of the secondary study area located in the Inner Ionian Sea archipelago. Such monitoring, however, will depend on weather conditions and project priorities. After each survey, all the data is entered into dedicated databases. 

The RESEARCH METHODS include:

  • Surveys to monitor dolphins in the study areas are conducted daily from the IDP’s rigid-hulled inflatable boat equipped with a 100HP outboard engine.
  • Individual photo-identification, used to obtain information on dolphin abundance, movements, habitat use, social organization and reproductive success.
  • Recordings of the group size and behavior of the dolphins during long-lasting observation sessions, which are subsequently analyzed through GIS software.
  • Recordings of other marine species including sea turtles, tuna, swordfish and seabirds.
  • Inspection of dead dolphins found stranded or adrift in the study area, to identify the causes of death whenever possible, and collection of biological samples for further investigations. Occurrence of dolphin by-catch in fishing gear is also recorded.
  • Assessment of the interactions between dolphins and local fisheries.Once their participation is confirmed the volunteers will receive a pdf file with detailed information on every single aspect of the project, including information on the study area, meeting arrangements on arrival and useful info and travel tips on how to get to Vonitsa.

Although in most cases our volunteers are 18 years old or more, we can also accept younger volunteers as long as they participate in the project accompanied by and adult (e.g., parent/s, family member or a friend that is21 year old or older). This possibility is discussed on a case-by-case basis.

All our volunteer weeks start on Sundays and finish on Saturdays. Please keep this in mind when arranging your volunteer journey.



Journée typique

Volunteers will conduct daily surveys onboard the research boat, working side-by-side with the researchers and contributing to field data collection. You will actively engage in visual surveys, looking for dolphins, sea turtles, birds and other fauna during navigation. As soon as dolphins are ...

Journée typique

Volunteers will conduct daily surveys onboard the research boat, working side-by-side with the researchers and contributing to field data collection. You will actively engage in visual surveys, looking for dolphins, sea turtles, birds and other fauna during navigation. As soon as dolphins are sighted, volunteers will help to record angle and distance from the boat. You will help to record dolphin spatial distribution, group sizes (a demanding task, as dolphin groups are often large and fluid), group composition (i.e. number of newborns, calves, juveniles and adults) and behavior at five-minute intervals throughout the duration of the sighting, as well as to look out for sea turtles, birds and other animals.

At the field station, you will contribute to data entry and analysis of digital photos. You will be taught how to file, name, crop and prepare digital photos of the dolphins’ dorsal fins for subsequent matching. You will then engage in individual photo-identification based on natural marks on the fins, by matching the dolphins photographed at sea with a digital catalogue of known animals. You may also assist in the identification of birds associated with dolphins, and of fish prey in the birds’ beaks, based on digital photographs taken in the field.

Volunteers and researchers alike will engage in cooking and housekeeping shifts (on a rotation). Shared tasks will include meal planning and preparation. Those that are not familiar with cooking are recommended to bring some recipes with them. Dishwashing and house cleaning are also communal activities shared by all.


Activités de loisirs

Volunteers will have plenty of free time. The work at sea is concentrated mostly during the morning hours. Once back from the sea, we will all have lunch at the field base. Then, all team members will have about 2 hours of free time before starting to work with the data collected at sea during our ...

Activités de loisirs

Volunteers will have plenty of free time. The work at sea is concentrated mostly during the morning hours. Once back from the sea, we will all have lunch at the field base. Then, all team members will have about 2 hours of free time before starting to work with the data collected at sea during our dolphin observations. 

Usually, the afternoon activities are interrupted around 7pm; it is then when those in charge of preparing dinner start so set things up and the rest of participants are free to do as they like until dinner time (around 8-8:30 pm). 

No specific activities are scheduled during the free time. Volunteers will do as they like depending on their own initiative and interests. Typically free-time hours are spend resting and chilling out at the volunteers accommodations, walking along the seaside, spending time in local bars, tavernas or at the beach. 

In the field base there will be a sign-in/sign-out form, where volunteers will write their cellphone number, what time they are leaving and what time they expect to be back, in order to keep the project's personnel informed of their whereabouts in case they need to be contacted.


Conditions

Conditions

Âge minimum: 18 ans

Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 18 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.

Compétences linguistiques

Tu dois parler anglais (niveau moyen)

Restrictions de Nationalité

Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.

Autres Compétences

Skills essential to participation include an open mind, flexibility to changing situations and a desire to help and learn. Experience in use of computers would be a bonus, but is not necessary. Parental consent form needed for underage.

Engagement horaire

Nous avons besoin de ton aide pour lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi de 08:00 - 18:00

Services inclus

Services inclus

Services de Tethys Research Institute

Our calendar is scheduled to have 1-week teams starting on Sunday and finishing on Saturday. There are special offers for students. Participants joining us for more than one week will have a 10% discount in any additional team. These are non-cumulative offers.
Accommodation and Food are included. Travel expenses and beverages/food occasionally consumed in local tavernas and bars will not be covered. Volunteers are expected to issue their own travel insurance that covers them in case of an accident or illness.


Logement

Our field base, just 50 meters away from the seaside, consists of the first floor of a two-storey house and is divided into two areas: an apartment with a large living room, open kitchen and a big balcony, two toilets with showers (one for staff and one for project participants), two bedrooms (for staff) and the office. The second area is a large comfortable loft of 90 square meters where participants will work and also sleep (bunk beds). Sheets and blankets are provided.

Aliments & Boissons

Vonitsa offers a choice of restaurants and taverns where volunteers may choose to eat dinner at their own expense (an average lunch or dinner costs about 12-20 Euro). Shopping is usually done by project staff members in Vonitsa, where one can find well-equipped, modern supermarkets and ingredients for the most demanding palates and needs. This way self made breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Alcoholic drinks are not covered by the project. The fridge at the field base will always have fruit juices and water.

Accès à Internet

Bon accès sur le site du projet

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Transfert de l'aéroport Aktion Airport

Le transfert de l'aéroport n'est pas inclus dans les frais non plus.

Billets d'avion

L'aéroport le plus proche est Aktion Airport (PVK) à Preveza. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Grèce. TROUVER DES VOLS PAS CHERS

Assurance Voyage

Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Grèce te protège en cas de situation imprévue. OBTENIR UN DEVIS

Vaccins

Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Grèce, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Grèce. INFOS VACCINS

Informations sur l'arrivée

Expeditions take place between mid-June and mid-September each year. 
From Sunday to Saturday.
Five places are available for each expedition.
Expedition available: 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 30 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep

From mid November it will be possible to book one or more places for the 2024 research season.




Disponibilité
janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.

Frais de Programme

1 semaine (durée min.) 960€
2 semaines 1 785€
3 semaines 2 590€
4 semaines (durée max.) 3 434€
Prix moyen 909€/semaine

Frais de Programme

909€ par semaine 1 - 4 semaines Âge 18 - 50+

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Durée

1 - 4 semaines

Acompte

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Paiement final

Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Tethys Research Institute durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.


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Tethys Research Institute

Génial 4.7 rating (8 avis)

Non lucratif - fondée en 1991

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Langues parlées: italien, anglais

Sur le projet

A non-profit research organisation supporting marine conservation through science and and public awareness with a focus on large marine vertebrates

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The Tethys Research Institute is a non-profit research organisation supporting marine conservation through science and public awareness, founded in 1986 and headquartered at the Civic Aquarium of Milano, Italy. Tethys’ main goal is the conservation of the marine environment, achieved through the provision of scientific knowledge to conservation policy, the participation in the international conservation process, and public awareness. Over almost three decades of work, Tethys has generated one of the largest datasets on Mediterranean cetaceans and communicated the results of its research in hundreds of scientific publications. In 1991 Tethys was the first to conceive and propose the creation of an iconic protected area, the Pelagos Sanctuary for the Conservation of Mediterranean Marine Mammals, the world’s first to be established beyond national jurisdiction. Since 1987 Tethys has involved  thousands of people from all over the world as research volunteers in its conservation activities. Funding to Tethys derive from government and EC grants, private donors, and contributions from research volunteers. The work of Tethys is based on the collaboration of approximately 30 associates and assistants.

Striving to increase scientific knowledge on ecological aspects of the marine environment, and on the threats to ocean health deriving from human activities, is the core business of the Tethys Research Institute.
During its 30 years of operation Tethys has contributed substantively to the understanding of the ecology and conservation status of many species of marine vertebrates such as marine mammals and cartilaginous fishes, mostly in the Mediterranean Sea but also in the Red Sea and North Atlantic Ocean.

Conserving the marine environment involves the management of human activities, and as such it is primarily a political process. Science has an important supporting role in such process, and Tethys has actively worked to provide robust scientific knowledge to marine conservation.
Contributions include attracting decision-makers’ attention on emerging issues, such as collision with ships and effects of noise, proactive participation in the international conservation effort, and the proposal of place-based conservation measures such s marine protected areas.

Whales and dolphins are being studied in their natural environment; Tethys runs two long-term projects which are open to the participation of the public: one in Italy, in the Pelagos Sanctuary of the Ligurian Sea (north western Mediterranean), and one in Greece, in the Eastern Ionian Sea.

The Institute has conducted long-term studies on cetaceans in the Corso-Ligurian-Provencal basin, in the coastal waters of Greece and in the Adriatic Sea. Research has also been carried out investigating cetaceans in the Messina Strait and in several other Mediterranean and Atlantic areas, as well as aerial surveys in the seas around Italy.

Research methods utilised by Tethys include the use of remote sensing and telemetry data, the combined use of laser range-finding binoculars and GPS to record the movements of whales, population studies based on distance sampling and photographic capture-recapture, bioacoustic research, behavioural sampling, remote collection of biopsy samples for genetic and toxicological analyses, and historical studies.

The Institute holds vast photographic archives of cetacean images that have enabled the identification of over 1,500 individuals of eight Mediterranean species.

With a core team of approximately 30 collaborators, the Tethys Research Institute has involved in its expeditions thousands of people from all over the world, and has developed a remarkable cetacean research and conservation network

8 avis · rating4.7

We have seen lots of dolphins doing amazing things. I would like to thank the IDP personnel for making this such a positive learning experience. It has re-charged my batteries and my students back home will greatly benefir from it ...
Vivian rating4.6

2017 at Coastal Dolphin Conservation

Thank you so much for introducing me to the wonders of the Seas. Our oceans are a part of our planet that until recently I have had little time to explore. Your project has not only educated me on the issues in this breathtaking region but also on serious conservation issues worldwide. I will always ...
Fran rating4.6

2017 at Coastal Dolphin Conservation

My expectations for this project were high, but it has exceeded them by miles! While I thought we would be allowed to help with the research, I never believed I would be as involved as we have been in data collection. I felt I was truly contributing to the research that will hopefully help to ...
My week with the IDP was an incredible experience – much better than expected and definitely far beyond my wildest dreams. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity of being part of this great ...
Jonas rating4.4

2017 at Coastal Dolphin Conservation

Not only did we get a good insight into the daily work of a marine researcher. We also got the privilege to be touched by the passion of the true heroes of Tethys, one of the organizations that stand between us and the total collapse of sea ...
Glenda rating4.4

2017 at Coastal Dolphin Conservation

Learning about dolphins has been not just educational, but exciting! While I am not a scientist and have limited skills, it is a good feeling to be able to contribute to scientific research in some way. I hope many others have an experience as fulfilling as ...

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