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This project aims to protect and preserve the vulnerable baby sea turtles that hatch on the beaches of Greece. The project runs from May/June to September and closely follows, monitors, and protects the nesting season of the Loggerhead sea turtle to ensure the maximum success rate of turtle hatchlings.

Special Offer: Special offer available for participants who sign up before January 31, 2019 Contact us for more information on receiving this grant.
Location of the Project:  Mavrovouni, Greece
Project length:  2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks
Arrival Airport:  Athens International Airport (ATH)
Volunteer Work:  Sea turtle conservation, beach monitoring, community education
Age:  18 - 65
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 18 international volunteers
Important Note:  Family Option: this project accepts families with children as young as 14 years old.

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared tents in a campsite
Food:  All food provided for volunteers
Airport Transfers:  Airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days.
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses, transportation to the project
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This project takes place in the Lakonikos Bay, located in the southern part of the Peloponnese Peninsula. This is a stunning coastal location with breath-taking beaches and a plethora of fantastic wildlife and scenery to explore.
Your specific duties as a volunteer will vary from month to month throughout the season. 

May/June: The work focuses on identifying new nests, and protecting them from any environmental hazards. Specifically, your work may include:
  • Early morning beach walks to identify any overnight nesting
  • Marking new nests
  • Moving nests if they lie below the high tide line
  • Building a protective barrier around the nests
  • Building a runway for turtles to follow to the water so they don't get lost when they hatch
July/August: This is hatching season so the work involves monitoring and recording the hatchlings from each nest. Your work may include:
  • Early morning beach surveys to monitor which nests hatched
  • Counting number of hatchlings (by counting tracks in the sand leading from the nest down to the water)
  • Nest excavations to determine the success rate of the nest
September: You may see the end of hatching season, but the focus will be on nest excavations to study the success rate of each nest. Your duties will include:
  • Nest excavations continue through the end of hatching season
  • Taking down protective bamboo barriers
The volunteer work that is carried out throughout the span of the project is related to environmental education – working the information kiosk for visitors and giving presentations at local campsites or hotels, as well as beach patrols, bamboo harvesting (used to mark and protect the nests), and general maintenance of the site.

Volunteer work is organized on a rotating schedule of 3-4 hour shifts, with evenings and weekends off to spend how you wish. 

Please note: it is important to remember that nature is unpredictable, and no matter what month you go, there are no guaranteed turtle sightings. Regardless, your work during any of the months will still be contributing to the safety of the turtles when they do hatch and the success of hatching season.
Internet:  WiFi is available intermittently at the campsite. We recommend purchasing a local sim card.
Laundry:  Washing machine and dryer available for small fee. Hand-washing station available.
Accommodations:  Volunteers will be sleeping on mats in shared, two-person same gender tents at a designated area of a public campsite. There are shared bathrooms with running hot and cold water, including flush toilets and showers. There are electricity supply boxes available on the campsite, but not in each individual tent. Valuables can be stored and locked in the campsite office. (Please be sure to bring your own camping mattress or air mattress along).
Food:  Ingredients for breakfast, lunch & dinner are provided, and volunteers will take turns to cook for the group
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good physical fitness - can be walking up to 5 km at a time
  • Ability to work at early hours of the morning
  • Good level of English
  • Flexible attitude
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Police clearance
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