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GoEco

Wildlife Conservation and Sea Turtle Research

Seychelles, Seychelles

Agency | GoEco

Volunteer in Seychelles and work with local and government initiatives to conserve the wildlife and environment.

About the project

Based on the island of Curieuse, the Seychelles Conservation Expedition works to protect the critically endangered colonies of hawksbill turtles, the giant tortoise, the endemic Coco de Mer palm and juvenile lemon sharks. Depending on the season, volunteers are involved in collecting data and census on the population of different species in the area. This is done by carrying out turtle nest surveys on the beaches,shark tagging, mangrove and bird surveys, Coco de Mer monitoring and in-water turtle snorkels. Training for the physically demanding project is quick, allowing for volunteers to be integrated into the field research as soon as possible. During both land and water fieldwork, volunteers have the opportunity to observe some other wonders of the islands, such as giant tortoises. Volunteers have a busy schedule between hiking, research, and general chores. After a rewarding day's work, volunteers can relax and socialize back at the base. There is free time during the evenings and weekends for volunteers to explore more that the islands have to offer.

About the location

Seychelles can be best described as one of the world's paradise destinations. The tropical rainforests, white sand beaches, and pristine water, combined with the tropical climate make the Seychelles irresistible. After exploring the beaches and jungles, Seychelles becomes a great location for bird watching and observing tortoises in their natural habitat. For those with an extra sense of adventure, there is an underwater wonderland with a diverse selection of fish and coral species waiting to be discovered. Different parts of Seychelles also offer a bustling tourist life with hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. With all it has to offer, Seychelles has earned the reputation of being a prime location for eco-tourism and scuba-diving adventures.

Volunteer tasks

The work on this project is seasonal. From September to March is turtle season, so volunteers' work here will be focused on this. During the rest of the year, volunteers will focus more on local fauna and flora surveys and conservation efforts.

April through August: volunteers will participate in fauna survey and census research, local endangered flora conservation efforts, and giant tortoise habitat maintenance and restoration. This will include mangrove surveys and Coco de Mer monitoring. The collection of this data serves to protect the endangered population of animals and flora, while aiming to restore the mangrove population after it was destroyed by the 2004 tsunami.

September through March: during this time, volunteers will be involved with the above activities, as well as with the research and census of the turtle during its nesting season and lemon shark tagging.

Program Add-Ons (Not Included):
Take your volunteering experience one step further!

Through the Internship Certification Program, you’ll have a personal mentor who will help you develop leadership skills, routinely assess your progress and provide a professional reference upon completion of the program. 

Take part in the Biological Survey Techniques Course for in-depth training that will allow you to effectively plan and execute your own field surveys in the future.     

Please note that there is an additional cost for these programs.

Typical day

A typical day starts with breakfast followed by general chores after which volunteers will embark on a challenging day of data research and hiking. Volunteers will explore the diverse terrain of Seychelles while gathering data; though it can be quite physically draining, it is a rewarding task. During the day volunteers will also partake in snorkeling whilst collecting the census for marine species populations. Volunteers will also contribute daily to compressor duty and radio duty. At the end of the day, volunteers gather for a debriefing while eating and socializing at the base. The volunteers typically have both Saturday and Sunday off to explore the island or head into town.

Free-time activities

Besides its stunning beaches, wildlife, and sea life to explore, Seychelles is also a thriving tourist hub. Spend your free time discovering the stunning coral and diverse sea life in one of Seychelles diving expeditions, or head onto one of the main islands for a vast selection of cuisine and nightlife. Seychelles is your doorway to paradise, every day another opportunity to discover something wonderful. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Good level of physical fitness
Immunizations (consult your doctor)
Team worker and good attitude
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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

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Services by GoEco
Included in the fees are the accommodation and the food (basic ingredients provided on base, volunteers take turns with cooking), the support from our local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support. The transportation from Mahé Island is included as well.

Orientation: all necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival. Equipment: all necessary project equipment provided, there is a 'kit list' available post registration which will outline all the essentials that volunteers will need.

Accommodation

Very basic with shared, mixed-sex dormitories and shared bathrooms/kitchen/social areas. Volunteers work together to keep the place running, taking turns with general chores such as washing, cleaning, and cooking. Toilets are required to use bucket flush system as there is no running water in the lavatories. There is running water in the showers, however shower use is infrequent so as to reserve water for everyone. You will have intermittent generator use and solar power for a few hours each night, enough to charge an iPod or camera batteries. Volunteers with longer stays may want to bring a laptop which can be charged on base. There is no internet on base, however it is possible to use internet cafe's on Praslin during free time.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Mainly vegetarian diet, limited refrigeration. Basic meals ranging from veggies, beans, rice tomatoes, pasta, etc. Volunteers are in charge of preparing food on a rotational basis. Bottled water is brought in as needed for drinking.

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Seychelles you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Seychelles.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$2,200.00
4 weeks
$3,090.00
6 weeks
$4,000.00
8 weeks
$4,890.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$6,690.00
Average fees
$829.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Seychelles/Seychelles 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.
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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 Seychelles.
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.
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