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Posted By: Autumn
#Greece,#Marine Conservation,#Wildlife,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
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...
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Posted By: Dana U.
#Costa Rica,#Community Aid,#Medical,#Europe,#Medical and Healthcare,#International Internships
I was the first intern to work at this placement as a Medical Social Worker, so it took some time to feel out what my role would be. As I mentioned, my supervisor gave me space to work independently often, but was also available to check on the progress of my work, as everything was conducted in Spanish.
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Posted By: Bridget
#Croatia,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
Every other day, the entire team went out with the boat to observe and collect data of the dolphins near the coast. While documenting them, they put on a very entertaining show for us! The morning the day after, we all analyzed the data collected. Everyone worked together and helped each other out. During the project, I started to understand how serious this situation is for the dolphins. We could understand the dolphins on another level than before.
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Posted By: Emily
#Croatia,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
The weather was warm and sunny and we saw dolphins on our very first outing on the boat! It was so much fun seeing them in their natural habitat. The next day, we observed the data we collected by examining the pictures of the dolphins and matching them to the existing dolphins in the catalog.
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Posted By: Sofia B.
#Greece,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Wildlife,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Teens and High School Students
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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Posted By: Flora W.
#Greece,#Conservation,#Wildlife,#MarineConservation,#Teens and High School Students,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Europe
Waking up in the middle of the night or not going to bed until 2 am was totally worth it to see a mother turtle lay her legs or find and protect their nests. We observed from just inches away as these giant turtles laid up to 100 or more eggs, and then take the time to carefully cover and camouflage her eggs to protect them from predators.
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Posted By: Will
#Greece,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Wildlife,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Teens and High School Students
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.
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Posted By: Susanna
#Italy,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
When we did see the dolphins and whales it was exciting and definitely something I will take away with me. Now that I am back home I really miss the people, gelato, homemade Italian food, and boat living. I would recommend this project to anyone looking to get involved in something unique and fun!
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Posted By: Lauren
#Italy,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
All volunteers took turns on one-hour watch shifts carefully scanning the horizon for sights of wildlife. When we were not on lookout duty we monitored the hydrophone and GPS scans of the area. Once we sighted a dolphin or whale we videotaped and photographed the animals for photo-identification purposes.
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Posted By: Nikki
#Italy,#Conservation,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
Nothing compares to sighting over eighty dolphins and spending two to three hours photographing their beauty, observing their habits, recording their acoustical data and filming them underwater. Whenever there was a sighting, everyone on board had a special task to do, whether it was sailing the boat, filming, photographing, recording sounds or just simply observing.
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Posted By: Ruslana
#Italy,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
Some nights we would go to restaurants and pizzerias in Casamicciola, Ischia Porto and on Mt. Epomeo. It was a great way to see the island. There was always such an energetic and happy atmosphere on board and everyone was just so fascinating and lovely to talk to; you really make amazing connections. Don’t even worry about learning Italian, ba bene (a phrase you’ll most definitely learn that means “it’s alright”), you can easily learn a bit on board!
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Posted By: Eudes
#Italy,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
When I arrived on the Casamiccciola’s harbor I was anxious. I had many questions on my mind: am I ready to leave my comfort zone and to adapt myself to a life on a boat? Will I be useful on the searches and in the sailing? Will the other crew members be welcoming and sympathetic? I was optimistic on this point and I was entirely right.
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Posted By: Anne
#Spain,#International Internships,#Hospitality Internships,#Europe
The other task was acting as a cultural guide… this was definitely the best of the three jobs! Every day I got to organize a different cultural activity around the city and all over Catalonia! This meant that I led a group of guests around showing them the sights while I, myself, got subsidized admission to all the fantastic places! Better yet, because I worked at the hostel, I got discounted tour trips all around Spain!
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Posted By: Sophia
#Spain,#International Internships,#Hospitality Internships,#Europe
I liked when I was able to make a difference in a day of a traveler who visited Barcelona just for a short time. The best reward was the grateful smiles from the people I could entertain with my personal stories and jokes. In addition, I loved to share and exchange opinions and ideas with them.
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Posted By: Clare
#Spain,#International Internships,#Hospitality Internships,#Europe
The days at the Eco-Friendly Hospitality Internship consisted of either serving breakfast, bartending, or “activities” days (going anywhere around Barcelona with guests). Working breakfast meant early mornings, but waking up early was the only part of the internship’s duties that felt like work. Working the bar was great for getting to know the guests, and activities days were always easily accomplished as I was constantly hanging out with guests regardless of being scheduled for activities or not.
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Posted By: Sara
#Spain,#International Internships,#Hospitality Internships,#Europe
The tasks I had to perform were various and enriching. (Bar, breakfast, touristic visits…) They were in direct contact with the clients but also with the proper functioning of the hostel. The atmosphere was always friendly and pleasant. The integration in the hostel and in the city was fast, it’s very easy to get used to the Spanish atmosphere and customs : hours of lunch, beach very near, night life … I‘ve never get bored! I had the time to work but also free time to discover the city and go out with clients.
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Posted By: Jasmine
#Spain,#International Internships,#Hospitality Internships,#Europe
Day trips outside of the city were also a fantastic opportunity to experience more Spanish culture and see what else Spain has to offer. Girona with the beautifully colourful houses and Roman ruins; Figueres with the overwhelming Dali Museum (and crypt of the man himself); Sitges with its beautiful beaches and Montserrat with its hiking trails and Monastery. These were incredible days and ones that I wouldn’t have had without my time volunteering.
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Posted By: Alex
#Spain,#Conservation,#Europe,#Community Aid and Development
This previous summer (Summer 2012) I traveled with GoEco to Valencia, to take part in a series of conservation projects around the Valencia Region. I can summarize my experience in exactly one word, AMAZING! From the beginning, GO-ECO helped me find a suitable program and made the entire process so much easier.
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Posted By: Rachel
#Spain,#Conservation,#Community Aid and Development,#Europe
This previous summer (Summer 2012) I traveled with GoEco to Valencia, to take part in a series of conservation projects around the Valencia Region. I can summarize my experience in exactly one word, AMAZING! From the beginning, GoEco helped me find a suitable program and made the entire process so much easier.
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Posted By: Zara
#Spain,#Education,#Development,#Europe,#Community Aid and Development
It was a trip I don’t regret taking! It’s the best if it’s your first time travelling alone, because there is 24 hour support and the mentors are so lovely and will pick up the phone whenever you need to speak to them. It was an amazing experience helping these kids and having fun with them, and also having a taste of amazing Spanish culture and living independently with roommates. It’s definitely something I would recommend for students in summer or holiday breaks.
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Posted By: Lucy D.
#Europe,#Spain,#Community Aid and Development
Joining this volunteer program definitely was a unique experience and I could recommend it to anyone who likes to experience a holiday destination from another point of view.
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Posted By: Benjamin K.
#Spain,#International Internships,#Europe
I really grew and developed from this experience at the same time as having some of the most exciting times of my life! 
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Posted By: Bethany S.
#Italy,#Marine Conservation,#Wildlife,#Conservation,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Europe
I plan to go back annually if possible. And I will definitely use GoEco to help me find opportunities on future travels wherever I go.
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Posted By: Claudia
#Croatia,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
When we first saw the dolphins on the sea everyone was excited about it. It was such an amazing moment when the first dolphin jumped out of the water. We also saw a dolphin with her calf. That was a really amazing and emotional moment.
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Posted By: Melanie
#Croatia,#Wildlife,#Marine Conservation,#Europe,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation
It is absolutely a joy, that you can, through the love to the dolphins meet even so dear people!
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Posted By: Arian
#Spain,#International Internships,#Hospitality Internships,#Europe
I can only describe this trip as one of the happiest times of my life; being able to integrate everyday with people from all over the world and having the whole of Barcelona on your doorstop was incredible. It has completely changed my perspective on the world and I can’t wait but to explore more of it!
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Posted By: Sarah S.
#Spain,#International Internships,#Hospitality Internships,#Europe
I made so many friends from all over the world and memories that I will cherish forever. So do not hesitate, go for it and make the best of your stay by volunteering in Spain, you won’t regret it!
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Posted By: Jane M.
#Italy,#Marine and Coral Reef Conservation,#Europe
We were lucky and had a multitude of striped dolphin pod sightings, bottlenose sightings, and we had four sperm whale sightings. We even documented a new sperm whale, who swam very close to the boat and we were able to get amazing footage of him! When there are sightings you videotape on the stern with the gopro camera, take pictures using high resolution cameras, and would have the acoustic equipment on to record/locate the communication of the dolphins or whales. 
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Posted By: Lilly P.
#Wildlife and Animal Conservation,#Europe,#Greece
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. 
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