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.
What's not Included
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.
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.
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.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Good level of physical fitness
- Immunizations (consult your doctor)
- Minimum age 18 years old
- Team worker and good attitude
- Police Clearance
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.
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.