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Assist in Sea Turtle Conservation

Agency | GoEco

This project aims to protect and preserve the vulnerable baby sea turtles that hatch on the beaches of Greece.

The project & location

The project closely follows, monitors, and protects the nesting season of the Loggerhead sea turtle to ensure the maximum success rate of turtle hatchlings.

Come experience the beautiful Mediterranean country of Greece. Explore the deep history of the land which founded democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, political science, the Olympic Games, and major mathematical and scientific principles. Greece's ancient history has earned it 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all waiting to be explored.

This project takes place in the Lakonikos Bay, located in the southern part of the Peloponnese Peninsula. This is a stunning coastal location with breath-taking beaches and a plethora of fantastic wildlife and scenery to explore.

Volunteer Work

Your specific duties as a volunteer will vary from month to month throughout the season. 

May/June: the work focuses on identifying new nests, and protecting them from any environmental hazards. Specifically, your work may include:

  • Early morning beach walks to identify any overnight nesting
  • Marking new nests
  • Moving nests if they lie below the high tide line
  • Building a protective barrier around the nests
  • Building a runway for turtles to follow to the water so they don't get lost when they hatch

July/August: this is hatching season so the work involves monitoring and recording the hatchlings from each nest. Your work may include:

  • Early morning beach surveys to monitor which nests hatched
  • Counting number of hatchlings (by counting tracks in the sand leading from the nest down to the water)
  • Nest excavations to determine the success rate of the nest

September: may see the end of hatching season, but will be focused on nest excavations to study the success rate of each nest. Your duties will include:

  • Nest excavations continue through the end of hatching season
  • Taking down protective bamboo barriers

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
50+

Typical day

The volunteer work that is carried out throughout the span of the project is related to environmental education – working the information kiosk for visitors and giving presentations at local campsites or hotels, as well as beach patrols, bamboo harvesting (used to mark and protect the nests), and general maintenance of the site.

Volunteer work is organized on a rotating schedule of 3-4 hour shifts, with evenings and weekends off to spend how you wish. 

Please note: it is important to remember that nature is unpredictable, and no matter what month you go, there are no guaranteed turtle sightings. Regardless, your work during any of the months will still be contributing to the safety of the turtles when they do hatch and the success of hatching season.

Details on Arrival

The project runs from May/June to September. It is only possible to join this program for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks. 

Family Option: this project accepts families with children as young as 14 years old.

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Criminal background check (must be officially translated into English)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Ability to work in a team,
good physical fitness - can be walking up to 5 km at once,
ability to work at early hours of the morning,
flexible attitude
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with GoEco straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

Swimming
Hiking
Sports
Contact & Reservation
$776
/week
$776
/week
2 - 12
weeks
2 - 12
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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  • Accommodations: Shared tents in a campsite
  • Food: All food provided for volunteers
  • Insurance: Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
  • Support: Local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support

Accommodation

Volunteers will be sleeping on sleeping mats in shared, two-person tents at a designated area of a public campsite. There are shared bathrooms with running hot and cold water, including flush toilets and showers. There are electricity supply boxes available on the campsite, but not in each individual tent. Valuables can be stored and locked in the campsite office. Washing machine and dryer available for small fee. Hand-washing station available. WiFi is available intermittently at the campsite.

Camping
Food & Beverages

Food is provided and prepared on a rotational basis by the volunteers. Breakfast is on an individual basis as not everyone needs to be awake for morning surveys. Lunch and dinner are prepared by volunteers and are generally eaten together.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$2,090.00
4 weeks
$2,890.00
6 weeks
$3,690.00
8 weeks
$4,490.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$6,090.00
Average fees
$776.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mavrovouni/Greece between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco 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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Greece

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Greece. Please check the visa regulations for Greece.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Greece.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Greece you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Greece.
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