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Seychelles - Wildlife Conservation Expedition

Volunteer in Seychelles and work with local and government initiatives to conserve the wildlife and environment. Get lost along the white sand beaches or go on a diving adventure while becoming an integral part of the wildlife conservation and education in this little piece of paradise.



$2,540

 

Fast Facts

Location of ProjectCurieuse Island, Seychelles
Project Length4, 8, or 12 weeks
Arrival AirportSeychelles International Airport, Mahé Island
Volunteer WorkCollecting data for research during hiking and snorkeling
Number of ParticipantsUp to 12 international volunteers
Age18 - 70
Special Note This project is closed from December 13, 2014 through January 13, 2014. If you start this project on October 18, 2014, you can volunteer for 4 or 8 weeks. If you start this project on November 15, 2014, you can only volunteer for 4 weeks.

What's Included

AccommodationMixed dormitories located on base
FoodBasic ingredients provided on base, volunteers take turns with cooking
SupportIn-country staff and 24hr emergency support
Transportation From Mahé Island to Base
Equipment All necessary project equipment provided, there is a 'kit list' available post registration which will outline all the essentials that volunteers will need.
Internet Access Not included
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival

What's Not Included

Flights, visa costs, travel health insurance, personal kit, additional drinks and gratuities, extra local excursions, International and domestic airport taxes, airport transfers
 

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 under water 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.

 

About the Project

Based on the island of Curieuse, the Seychelles Conservation Expedition works to protect the endangered local colonies of turtles, giant tortoise, and flora. Volunteers are involved in collecting data and census on the population in the area. This is done by carrying out nest surveys on the beaches 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, whale sharks, dolphins, and manta rays. 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.

 

Volunteer Work and Contribution

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. 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. Volunteers will also contribute to developing an environmental education and awareness program. 

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. 

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. Saturdays are typically a half-day with optional sports in the afternoon and Sunday is a free day to explore the island or head into town. 

 

Program Add-Ons:  

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.

 

Living Arrangements

Accommodations: very basic with shared, mixed-sex dormitories and shared bathrooms/kitchen/social areas. Fans are provided for the rooms. 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 kitchen and showers, however shower use is infrequent so as to reserve water for everyone. There is a fresh water well that can be pumped and rain water is collected for everyone.

Electricity: intermittent generator use and wind 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.

Internet: there is no internet on base, however it is possible to use internet cafe's in Mahé during free time. 

Food: vegetarian diet, no 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. 

 

Travel Highlights

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. 

 

Minimum Requirements

  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Immunizations (consult your doctor)
  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Team worker and good attitude

 

 

Here's an excerpt of Sarah's experience:

 

"Nothing will put a smile on your face like when you see baby turtles. We were so fortunate that we got to see hatchlings during our last week. It was such a wonderful way to end our time on Curieuse. Seeing the little guys make their way down the beach to the sea amazes me every time. They are so small and surprisingly fast for such tiny creatures. I’m sure the “Aaaawwwww”s of all the volunteers were most likely heard on the other side of the island."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

 

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