Greece Sea Turtle Conservation
Where: Kefalonia Island, Greece
Focus: Loggerhead turtle monitoring and rehabilitation
When: June to September. Turtle nesting seasons:
- Mid-May to August is breeding season
- August to Sept is hatching season.
Duration: 2 or 4 weeks | Longer durations available on request.
Suitability: Over 18s, Volunteers should be able to cycle. Group bookings available.
Cost: 2 weeks from GBP 599 | 4 weeks from GBP 799.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Conserve and protect one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas.
- Cycle to the nesting beaches to conduct field surveys in order to locate and protect new nests.
- Record nesting activity and help protect turtle nests against predation by mammals or being washed away with the tide.
- At night, survey, tag and measure nesting turtles and record beach characteristics and light pollution levels.
- Monitor and relocate vulnerable sea turtle hatchlings.
- Work with the local environmental authorities and fishermen in order to mitigate and stop the decline in the turtle population.
- Help educate the local community to try and encourage them to adopt friendlier attitudes towards the natural environment and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of conserving loggerhead sea turtles.
- Experience Greek culture and architecture first hand.
Accommodation: Shared apartment right next to the beach. Facilities include shared bathrooms, hot water throughout day, kitchenette with a fridge, electricity and a balcony. Volunteers are required to cycle 15-20 minutes to their shifts on the nearby beaches.
Sleeping: Shared dormitory.
Food: Self-catered. The cost of food will be split between the volunteer teams operating at each site, as will the cooking duties.
Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available
Transport: Airport pick up and public transport.
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