Archipelagos Institute

Environmental Education Internship

Pythagorio, Samos, Greece show on map

For almost two decades, Archipelagos has been offering environmental education lessons to schools and communities of the eastern Aegean islands.

It is a non-profit contribution from the researchers working at Archipelagos, but also the biggest investment that can be done to ensure the development of critical thinking and environmental awareness of the younger generation. Project activities include:

  • Preparing lesson plans, presentations, educational games and interactive activities, as well as other teaching aids for children of different ages and for teachers.
  • Cooperating with different Archipelagos research teams to create and develop teaching material tailored to different projects
  • Visiting local schools to present teaching material and implement lesson plans

Environmental education and awareness raising activities are tailored to address various target groups, in the numerous islands where Archipelagos is active. The aim of these activities is the engagement of the local communities in several aspects of marine and terrestrial conservation and sustainability, including wildlife conservation, awareness of microplastics in the environment, and protection of the natural environment.

Typical day

Office-work, organising and creating educational programs.
Field-work, working with groups of children (lessons, interactive activities, walks)
Online literature and internet research.

Details on Arrival

On-going, throughout the year.

Free-time activities

Swimming, hiking, exploring ancient ruins, camping, touristic activities.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
Education, Social Sciences at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
At least one year of college or university studies in the fields of education, social sciences, environmental sciences and/or related fields
Experience interacting with children in an educational context
Comfortable working under low supervision as well as leading a project independently
Ability to work both individually and as part of a dynamic, multi-cultural, multidisciplinary team
Excellent organizational and time-management skills
High standard of work
Fluency in English
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Archipelagos Institute (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Archipelagos Institute
Monthly fees of 650 euro include: 
Living expenses (shared accommodation, all meals, wi-fi)
Use of equipment & research boats
Transport for working purposes
Greek language lessons

Students and recent graduates are advised to explore possible funding through their universities, by getting in touch with the Finance / International Relations / Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region.

*Travelling costs are NOT included and are covered by the participant.

Accommodation
Dorm room with between 3 and 7 other roommates and a bathroom for each room.

Outdoor kitchen.
Hanging out/meeting area in the base.
Washing machine.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Samos Airport (SMI) in Samos. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
12 weeks (min. stay)
$2,626.00
13 weeks
$2,809.00
14 weeks
$2,991.00
15 weeks
$3,174.00
19 weeks
$3,905.00
27 weeks
$5,366.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$9,568.00
Average fees
$205.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Pythagorio, Samos/Greece between 12 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Archipelagos Institute will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Greece.
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 Archipelagos Institute during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Europe Southern Europe Greece  Pythagorio, Samos, P.O.Box 42

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