Island Research and Conservation

Travel to the Seychelles and contribute to critical research and conservation efforts within a national park.

Volunteers rotate between various projects during the week, these include:

  • Turtle nesting surveys.* This is seasonal work from September - March only. It involves hiking to the main nesting beaches on the island, the furthest is about a 2.5 hour hike. Volunteers are trained to identify tracks from the different species that nest on the beach and if the turtle laid her eggs successfully. Evidence is recorded including taking measurements of tracks and GBPs coordinates of nest. Beach patrols are then conducted throughout the day to look for turtles coming up to nest during the day. If one is spotted then volunteers wait until she starts laying before taking photo ID, measurements and counting eggs. During the end of the season when the hatching is starting volunteers may be involved in nest excavation and rescuing stranglers!
  • Tortoise surveys.* Curieuse is home to a large population of free roaming Giant Aldabra Tortoises. We have tagged all tortoises on the island and are now conducting further research into distribution, behaviour, foraging habits etc. This project also involves hiking to different survey points around the island. On a side note the tortoises are very photogenic and love having selfies with volunteers.
  • Bird surveys.* Volunteers hike to different survey points and after a ‘rest period’ identify the different species and numbers of birds within the survey area. Identification is by both sight and sound, learning the appearance and calls of the different bird species.
  • Mangrove surveys.* This is a shorter hike to the mangroves but involves getting covered in mud! The 2004 Tsunami as well as previous fires on the island affected the mangroves badly so research is being conducted to monitor the regrowth and health. This includes tree identification and numbers, testing the salinity and temperatures.
  • Coco de Mer surveys.* The population of Coco de Mers on the island is one of two in the world, the other on the neighbouring island of Praslin. We have ‘tagged’ all the trees and are now conducting research on growth rates.
  • Lemon shark surveys. *This is a very new initiative where we are going into the mangroves to capture, tag, measure and release the juvenile lemon sharks in order to get an idea if the size of the population in and around Curieuse.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Free-time activities

In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area and can expect one or two free days per week, usually at weekends. In this time you could you could explore the islands of Praslin or La Digue, visit the capital of Mahé, Victoria, visit local beaches, snorkel or just relax on base. Before and after your program you could spend a little more time in the Seychelles on the outer islands of Praslin and La Digue, or join a charter to sail even further afield. Please allow several days if you hope to travel between islands, there are over 100 in the archipelago but getting around takes time – the possibilities are endless!

Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking

Services

What's included?
Included:
Pre-departure support and discounted services
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
Welcome meeting
Location orientation
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support

Excluded:
Flights
Medical and travel insurance
Visa costs
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

There will be one airport pick-up the day before the start of the expedition at 7:30am, which will drop off in Beau Vallon (food and accommodation before the Saturday start date is not included) On the morning of the expedition the pick-up point will be at the car park behind the Pearl Noire restaurant in Beau Vallon. Please ensure field staff are aware of your arrival plans.

Accommodation

Facilities will be more basic than you are accustomed to – please travel with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to local conditions. Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) dorm rooms. There is cold running water available for showers and bottled water available for drinking. Bathroom facilities are shared, and participants also share base duties, including cleaning and other chores.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Participants take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is basic but nutritious, and primarily vegetarian with optional fish or meat
available no more than once or twice a week. Breakfast could be porridge with fresh fruit, or occasionally pancakes or cereal, lunch and evening meals may include pasta, beans, rice, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, etc.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2990
5 weeks
$3440
6 weeks
$3890
7 weeks
$4340
8 weeks
$4790
9 weeks
$5240
12 weeks (max. stay)
$6590

You can volunteer at the project site in Victoria/Seychelles between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Vision International (GVI) will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$648/week
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Seychelles

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

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) in Mahe Island. We assist you to find cheap flights to Seychelles.
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 Seychelles provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Seychelles you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Seychelles.
Packing List
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Curieuse Island, Victoria, Seychelles