Volunteer to protect a vital loggerhead turtle nesting area in Greece – 5% off with Sea Fans.

GVI

Volunteer with loggerhead turtles in Greece

 

Who: Global Vision International (GVI)

Where: Bay of Lakonikos, Greece

When: June to September (set departure dates)

Duration: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 weeks.

Suitability:

  • Over 18s: Individuals applying must be over 18.
  • Family-friendly: This project accepts families with children aged over 14.
  • Under 18? GVI run a similar turtle programme for ages 15-17. Fill in the enquiry form below to find out more.

Focus: The conservation and protection of one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in the region.

Internship: Marine Conservation Internship available a 6-12 week stay.

 Cost: The price per week gets cheaper the longer you stay:

  • 2 weeks from GBP 1,295
  • 4 weeks from GBP 1,795
  • 8 weeks from GBP 2,795
  • 12 weeks from GBP 3,845

Get 5% off your booking (subject to conditions). Simply complete the form below.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Patrol the beach to locate new tracks and nests, and help protect nests against predation by mammals and/or being inundation by sea water.
  • Collect vital data that contributes directly to coastal management plans in Greece and also the international strategy for the conservation of sea turtles.
  • Take part in daily morning surveys to record nesting activity
  • Record turtle data and measurements.
  • Install protective nest grids
  • Relocate and excavate nests (from August onwards)
  • Harvest bamboo to assemble nest grids
  • Provide important conservation information to overseas visitors and the local community.

The Base

Quiet campsite near a traditional fishing town. The campsite has a number of facilities, including a mini-market, a self-service restaurant and access to a telephone.

Sleeping: Tents right next to the beach with great views.

Food: 3 meals a day.

Support: Airport pick up, 24-hour emergency phone, 24-hour in-country phone.

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5 reviews

  1. Life changing 2 weeks

    I did 2 weeks of turtle conservation in Greece in August of 2019 and it was a genuinely life changing fortnight. I had never done anything thing like this before and had never travelled alone before either but I’m so glad I did because at the end of my time I felt like I had done something fulfilling and meaningful with my summer, and I had! So I had signed up for 2 weeks abroad doing wildlife conservation and didn’t really know what to expect, but it was brilliant, every day I would get up early,(just before 6) and get ready to start my day witha morning survey, this is where you patrol a section of the beach with a small team from your camp and see what overnight activity had occurred. It was really exciting because you never knew what you were going to see. Tracks from hatchling throughout the night, live hatchling, fresh nests and predated nest were some of what I got to see. On my first day I was lucky enough to watch 7 hatchling head down the beach into the sea and it really was an amazing heartwarming moment, watching them take their first steps towards the vast ocean and you’re their watching it… Very priveldiging. It really made it feel like you were doing something good, helping this species and making a genuine impact, which truth be told you were! But there was more to it than that, whilst i were there I met some amazing people and made some life long memories, the atmosphere of base camp was just amazing. No bad memories from it, everyone who was there, was there for a similar reason. You all had something in common because you’d all chose to be there and to help turtles so getting along with everyone was really easy. There was always someone or something going on at camp as well and it was just a really happy, relaxing place to be. Midday and evenings were filled with things like be ah clean, public awareness walks or shading turtle nests from light pollution. No matter where you were or what you were doing, there was always a nice vibe and whoever you were with was worth talking to and a good laugh. My biggest regret from the whole trip is not going for longer… 2 weeks isn’t long enough! And the hardest part was leaving and saying goodbye. It was a special 2 weeks and has genuinely changed my life. I encourage anyone to do the same, life’s to short, go for it!

    GVI are a fantastic voluntary organisation to do any work for. I spent 2 weeks in August in Greece ona turtle conservation project and it was absolutely brilliant. Was a really fun and easy company to get on board with and they made the whole trip feel very serious with the work you were doing. You get the sense that you really make an impact with the work you do while you’re away and have a fantastic time doing. Would recommend to anyone, if you’re thinking about it just book it. You won’t regret it!

  2. Loggerhead turtle conservation with GVI in Greece

    I didn’t really know what I’d be signing up for when I decided to take this trip. I’d never volunteered or been abroad alone before, and whilst I’ve a keen interest in conservation the closest I’d come before was helping out in our university’s campus gardens. I wasn’t sure what would be expected of me, what the people there would be like, or whether the work would be worthwhile or just voluntourism.
    Great news – all of these fears turned out to be unfounded. What GVI does in Greece is provide hands for a local group whose work undeniably aids the wildlife through nest protections, data gathering and public awareness; the staff running the base are passionate about their work and incredibly accommodating to volunteers’ needs, and all that you really need is a good attitude and some passion yourself. There are very early mornings and very late nights; very hot days and very many local insects (mainly praying mantis!) but all of these aren’t a problem if you choose not to make them so. The reward of seeing a turtle nesting, or hatchlings emerging from the sand and making their way to sea is something you’ll be hard-pressed to find outwith missions such as these, and it really is incredible. I spent 4 weeks here and wish it were longer; it gave me purpose and a sense of belonging. Can recommend on all accounts.

  3. I believe this has improved my employability!

    My Greece experience was one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I learned so much not only about the Loggerhead Turtle and conservation, climate change, pollution and it’s marine biology but also gained skills such as teamwork/collaboration. I also learned about different cultures, people and ecological footprint. The experience of living in a camp with strangers from all over the world and working with them for this common goal was one that I just can’t put a price on. I believe this has improved my employability as I was able to work with others, using communication and verbal skills, as well as practically come together for a common goal. I was also able to learn about what we can do to help this endangered species on a day to day level – increasing my knowledge and education about the topics mentioned above. – The impact of the program The program had a huge impact on myself as well as those around me. I have been actively expressing my appreciation for the program as well as educating people about the Loggerhead turtle and the program experience itself. The program has also had an impact on my values and beliefs, going back to work in the corporate world in the city of Melbourne – I am much more conscious of my ecological footprint, as well as what else there is out there for me to actively be involved in conservation. I also appreciate the simple things in life that we are so lucky to have a lot more – such as my comfy bed & mosquito free house! – How you feel the support from GVI has been throughout the experience I have felt so supported throughout the whole process, the staff and everyone involved were so welcoming and warm – which is so important in something like this, it’s the only way it will work and be successful! A special mention to Ana – who is an incredible program leader, her friendly and great nature is something that made my experience particularly memorable – so thank you.

  4. I wasn’t just a part of a project in Greece I became part of a family!

    GVI is an extraordinary organization the 6 weeks I was a part of the project in Greece were some of the best weeks of my life. The staff was the most caring people I have ever worked with. I found friends from all over the world that shared the same passions as me. The internship gave me endless opportunities from mastering skills in leadership to leading a morning survey. This internship will help me in future jobs because it taught me how to be a leader while teaching me more in depth about sea turtles and the marine environment. All of these skills will increase my experience in the marine biology field and qualify me better for a job in the future with marine conservation. During my time abroad with GVI I got to see many parts of Greece, get to know the locals, and save sea turtles. This was an opportunity of a lifetime and I wouldn’t have changed one minute of it. I absolutely loved every part of my GVI experience and would recommend anyone be a part of this organization. I wasn’t just a part of a project in Greece I became part of a family. I hope to see the world through GVI in future projects.

  5. It's completely changed my life for the better and the way I see things now.

    Hi Im Daisy, Im from Britain and I have just done a month with GVI in Greece working with turtles. I have seen things that I never thought I would see and made life long friends from all over the world. With this program we did a variety of things from seeing turtles laying nests at night to seeing baby hatchlings hatching in the morning, the feeling of knowing you have helped an endangered species is probably one of the best things you can feel. The day to day life in camp if your on a morning survey is you get up about 5.30 then at 6ish you head off down to the beach. You would check for tracks and nests or for hatchlings etc and then protect and make note of what’s happened. Once your morning survey was done you head back to camp this is normally around 9.30 10 then you have free time until about 5.30 which is when you have presentations. For me free time was napping in the hammocks but for most it was heading to the beach and tanning or sitting at the taverna. For the first 2 weeks of your trip there’s an education program and this taught me so much about the world and epecially conservation and what effects it so much for example plastic pollution, since learning about that and seeing photos of how it harms turtles I try my hardest not to use plastic. After 2 weeks you do other activities like shading where you put shading up to shade the hatchlings from lights you also do data logging or beach profiling. You get the weekends off and getting to experience the Greek culture is amazing, the whole GVI environment is relaxed and welcoming, from the moment you meet the staff in the airport even after leaving the camp, the staff are very supportive and extremely passionate about what they do it makes you want to do more. For me it’s made me want to go on other GVI programs doing conservation for animals and also welfare for children. The staff are brilliant and very knowledgeable so any questions you have they can answer. My favourite thing in Greece was being able to see and help the turtles then building protection for them in person, its a once in a life time opportunity. Eventhough the smell was hard to cope with excavations were fun to see and do too, seeing what happens to the eggs and nests after they have hatched is very interesting. I would totally recommend GVI Greece to anyone who loves conservation or science but even if your like me who didn t know anything about conservation but loves sealife and wildlife its amazing and i wasnt in the best of places before i went to greece but now its completely changed my life for the better and the way I see things now. Don’t hesitate just go for it.

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