Volunteer in Greece
Greece’s economy suffered greatly from the recent economic crisis of the millennium. It put many people and businesses out of commission and severely slowed down the progress the country was making towards a stable economy. The country is still trying to build back its socio-economic standing, but situations like this take time and care. Because of this, volunteering in Greece goes a long way. Many volunteers elect to teach English or participate in environmental conservation efforts to help build back Greece’s global economy and preserve its future.
The sea and its animals play an important role in both the ecosystem and the economy of the country. Due to lax laws on environmental protection and a high level of tourist activity in the area, the sea and its ecosystem are being heavily dirtied and depleted of life. Some popular options in terms of volunteering in environmental conservation include cleaning the country's beautiful beaches and maintaining and strengthening the sea turtle and wild animal population. What could be better than preserving the beauty of this amazing country while taking in the breathtaking views?
The location of your volunteer work will depend on what type of work you elect to do. The good news is, no matter where you are stationed, you cannot go wrong. We assure you that you will always find a new way to enjoy yourself, whether it is relaxing on the beach, browsing the local markets with a Greek coffee in hand, or enjoying the freshest seafood in the world. Also, everywhere you go, you will feel the warmth and genuine character of the land and its people. Choose Greece as your volunteer destination and learn the simplicity and beauty of living life as the Greeks do! read more close
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 marine biology, but also gained skills such as teamwork/collaboration. I also learned about different cultures, people and ecological footprint.
Within minutes the volunteers were buzzing about. A nearby restaurant reported that a nest was hatching in the middle of their dining tables! We grabbed some supplies and headed down the beach. Up ahead we saw a lot of commotion. We joined the crowd just in time to see tiny turtles scrambling in every direction and bystanders grabbing them up and ushering them to the Sea. We got to work right away...
It was such a rewarding project to be involved in, as at the end of each day, I could see the nests that I had protected, and know that I had done my part towards saving the turtles, and saving the planet. One of the staff members who was supervising us said, “the best feeling on earth is saving a life that can never repay you”. Helping to save those turtles made me see the truth behind these words.
Everything is really well organized and straightforward. There are three shifts. Two at night and one in the morning and obviously, you will never get more than one shift per day. The night shifts involve walking along the beach looking for turtles and waiting for them to nest. If they nest you get to watch them lay eggs and help measure and tag them. It’s honestly an amazing experience because it’s something so different and unique. The morning patrols consist of writing down all the turtle tracks and finding nests to help secure them.
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