Samos is home to a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and it's the only island in the Mediterranean where golden jackals can be found!
Archipelagos began its activities in marine research and conservation, although gradually the field of action expanded to cover the terrestrial island habitats, which are of great environmental importance. Both marine and terrestrial ecosystems are integral parts of a unified system and effective protection can only be achieved if we treat them as a whole.
The islands of the eastern Aegean are home to a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Thick pine forests, dense oak woods and green riparian valleys linked to rare island freshwater ecosystems can be found here alongside garrigue and maquis types of vegetation. Samos is the only island in the Mediterranean where golden jackals can be found and one of the only places in Greece where common chameleons still survive. The island of Ikaria supports an ancient holm oak forest, which is more than 500 years old. The surrounding islands and islets are important transit stations, feeding grounds and breeding spots for a large number of protected birds, both resident and migratory. Flamingos, Eleonora’s falcons and Audouin’s gulls can be found there. Archipelagos is dedicated to monitoring and protecting all these species and conducting research into their ecology and threats.
Archipelagos’ terrestrial research on Samos island focuses on
Insect research takes place on Samos as well as other, smaller islands and islets of the Northern Dodecanese. Since minimal or no research at all has been conducted so far regarding insect biodiversity in this region, Archipelagos’ current preliminary surveys, mainly with the use of pit-fall traps, assess species distribution during spring, summer and autumn months. Some targeted projects also take place, including the research into Carabidae beetles, as well as the inter- and intraspecies differentiation of local insects.
Usual working hours are Monday - Friday from 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM including the following tasks.
Samos is one of the biggest islands of Greece and it's the favorite touristic destination in the north east aegean.
It features a rich history as well as beautiful nature, an intact infrastructure and friendly people who will make your stay a memorable one, be it for one week or many years. During the weekend the volunteers are organizing trips around the island or the near by islands boat trip, hiking, riding and so many other activities.
We have shared rooms for 3 to 4 people with bathroom and balcony only 100 meters away from the sea.
You will be getting three meals per day.
The Aegean Sea supports exceptional biodiversity, including rare and protected marine habitats and species.
The main goals of our research are: Monitoring the habitat use, abundance and distribution of cetaceans, Mediterrenean monk seals and sea turtles.
Energy demand is constantly increasing in the whole world and Greece is not an exception. Archipelagos is developing several projects for renewable energy sources.
Thanks to the media and public relations team, the Archipelagos’ efforts are made public in real time.