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Sea Turtle Conservation for Young Helpers

Giannitsochori, Greece show on map

Agency | GoEco

Younger volunteers are welcome to join this program and make a difference in turtle conservation in Greece!

The project

This project has been working closely with a Greek conservation organization since 1983, making it one of the longest-running conservation projects in the Mediterranean. The area where the project is located is a major nesting area for loggerhead turtles and the goals of the project are to ensure that nests are protected so as many hatchlings as possible can survive as well as to increase public awareness about the environmental footprint being left in the area.    

Because this project is specifically designed for teenage volunteers, there is a high level of supervision by well-trained staff and conservation experts.

The location

The village of Giannitsochori is a small resort town with white sandy beaches that form part of a protected nature area. The region has plenty of historical, archaeological and natural sites that are well-worth a visit including the famous Ancient Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games.

Volunteer Work

There is plenty of work to be done at this conservation project and volunteers will rotate between tasks. Because the summer months are hatching season, many of the activities will focus on the nesting and hatching of baby sea turtles. Much of the work is hands-on and up close which means participants will have a real chance to see the life cycle of the sea turtles. There is a lot of physical activity and long walks so volunteers should be prepared to work hard.

Activities may include:

  • Going on morning turtle patrols to locate new tracks and nests
  • Surveying the area and recording the data
  • Installing grids to help protect the nests from predators
  • Harvesting bamboo for the nest grids
  • Assisting with educational activities for the local community and tourists
  • Relocating a nest to protect it from the sea or human activity

Volunteers will work hard during the week but enjoy the local sights and culture on the weekends. Participants will explore the ancient ruins of temples, towns, amphitheaters, Byzantine churches and more.

Free-time activities

Explore the cultural highlights of the village Giannitsochori or enjoy relaxing on the beach. If you're interested in sightseeing: all tours around the local area are included! 

Water Sports

Program Requirements

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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Minimum age 15 - maximum age 17
Good level of physical fitness
Flexibility to work early mornings on some days
Desire to contribute to the project goals
Good level of English
Written "Motivation Letter"
Parental Consent Form
Medical and Travel Insurance
Police clearance
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for


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Services by GoEco
  • Accommodations: Two-man tents at the campsite
  • Food: Three meals a day provided
  • AirportTransfers:  Included on arrival day
  • Support: Local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support
  • Sightseeing in local surroundings

Airport Pickup at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

Airport pickup is provided on the arrival day.


Volunteers will stay at the public campsite in shared two-man tents with sleeping mats. At the campsite there are shared bathrooms with hot and cold water, flush toilets and showers. Tents will not have electricity but there are electricity supply boxes at the campsite. Any valuables can be stored and locked in the campsite office. Hand-washing stations are available and for a small fee, volunteers can use the washing machine and dryer.  WiFi is available sometimes at the campsite.

Food & Beverages

Meals are catered by the campsite. Breakfast is served buffet-style.

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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
2 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Giannitsochori/Greece between 2 weeks and 2 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.
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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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Europe Southern Europe Greece Giannitsochori, Giannitsochori

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