Greece Turtle Conservation

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1. In Brief

Greece provides a blend of a hot Mediterranean climate, fascinating ancient culture, and seas teeming with marine life. Enjoy the chance to immerse yourself in this fabulous culture whilst living close to the beautiful sandy beaches and helping to protect one of Greece’s most charismatic sea creatures, the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta in Greek).

On this project you'll live and work with other enthusiastic and energetic international volunteers to conserve and protect one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in Kefalonia, Greece.

You will conduct daily monitoring surveys each morning to record nesting activity and help to protect turtle nests against predation by mammals and inundation by sea water. In addition to this, volunteers will conduct field surveys on nesting beaches to locate and protect new nests. At night you will help to survey, tag and measure nesting turtles and record beach characteristics and light pollution levels.

You will receive practical training on the job from local staff, and have the opportunity to help safeguard Greece’s vulnerable sea turtles and exceptional habitats for future generations.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hands on work and training to help monitor and relocate vulnerable sea turtle hatchlings
  • Experience Greek culture and architecture first hand
  • Helping to protect Greece’s sea turtles
  • Gather valuable population data of the vulnerable sea turtles
  • Observe and tag nesting females

FAST FACTS

Location Kefalonia, Greece
Activities Tag and monitor loggerhead sea turtle
Excavation of loggerhead sea turtle nests
Raise public awareness
Gathering valuable population data of the endangered marine turtles
Observe and tag nesting females
Transport Airport pickup and transfer available every second friday of the month. Public transport also available.
Accommodation Shared apartment

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support &documentation
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
Airport pick up and transfer to the project
In-country Accommodation
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The project works with local environmental authorities and fishermen in order to mitigate and reverse population reduction of sea turtles.

The Island of Kefalonia, off the west coast of Greece, is an important breeding area for the loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean. The project’s primary objective is to protect the sea turtles and their habitats through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans and raising public awareness of the need to conserve these resilient creatures.

Volunteers will help to protect sea turtle nests against predation and inundation by sea water from incoming tides. This activity ensures that as many hatchlings survive as possible and add to global population numbers. In addition to this volunteers will have the chance to help educate the local community to try and encourage them to adopt friendlier attitudes towards the natural environment and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of conserving loggerhead sea turtles.
 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your day to day duties will be dependent upon the current focus of the project at the time of your arrival. The work is varied with all volunteers taking on different roles each day.

If you are present during the main breeding season (May-July), you will assist in the identification of fresh sea turtle nesting activities. Successful nesting locations are then clearly marked and protected.

During peak nesting season (mid May- August) tasks may include morning surveys to look for adult turtle tracks and locate nests, 'caging' or relocating threatened nests, and night surveys to observe and tag nesting females.

During the hatching season (August - September) , you will record any hatching events and help  to prevent the destruction of the nests. In addition to this, particular attention is paid to light pollution levels, which can cause hatchlings to crawl in the wrong direction and so, never make it to the sea. You may have the opportunity to help identify potentially harmful light pollution sources and try to reduce their effects. When this is not possible, you will provide the nest with shade so that emerging hatchlings are not disoriented and make it quickly to the sea. Furthermore, you will patrol beaches close to the volunteer house, gathering valuable population data on these vulnerable sea turtles.

You will work in an alternating shift pattern with the other volunteers. Between shifts you will have plenty of time to relax on your balcony, enjoy the white sandy beaches or explore the local area. You will also have one day off a week which will vary depending on the work programme assigned by your field leader.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Volunteers arrivingon their start date will be met upon arrival at Kefalonia airport (EFL) by a member of the in country staff and transferred to your accommodation using the public transport links on the island.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be living in a shared apartment right next to the beach. The apartments have a number of facilities including shared bathrooms, hot water throughout day, kitchenette with a fridge, electricity and a balcony. Volunteers are required to cycle/ walk to their shifts to the nearby beaches (15-20 minute bike ride).

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

A great aspect of this project is that it is self-catered. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and it is a good opportunity to bond with fellow volunteers. The cost of food will be split between the volunteer teams operating at each site, as will the cooking duties, in line with the community living ethos on camp.

4. The reviews

MY EXPERIENCE WAS BREATHTAKING  | 21 Oct 2014
My experience was breathtaking if you love animals, travelling and meeting new people I would def...

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I WOULD 100% RECOMMEND THIS PROJECT  | 20 Oct 2014
I was apart of the Sea turtle conservation project in Greece for two weeks. I have previously bee...

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THE TURTLE PROJECT IS VERY HANDS ON  | 24 Sep 2014
Firstly I am stuck for words as it is not possible to put everything I have experienced in this s...

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YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE EVERY DAY IN GREECE  | 16 Sep 2014
I was looking for an adventure I could get immersed in for the summer and make myself useful at t...

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I ENJOYED EVERYTHING ABOUT GREECE  | 30 Jul 2014
I really enjoyed so much about being here, even if it didn’t seem like it when i was in the...

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GREECE TURTLE CONSERVATION HELPED ME GROW  | 28 Jul 2014
Even though I was only on this project for two weeks I feel like it has made me grow into a more ...

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A REWARDING EXPERIENCE IN GREECE  | 7 Jul 2014
I have been working on the Greece turtle project for 3 weeks now and I am not looking forward to ...

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LOVING TURTLE CONSERVATION IN GREECE  | 30 Jun 2014
Arriving in Greece I was met by a smiley face and easy taxi journey to camp, the first few days w...

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PARADISE!  | 3 Sep 2013
Choosing to volunteer abroad was one of the best choices that I have made this year, especially w...

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GREECE WAS GREAT  | 16 Aug 2012
Thank you so much Frontier! I had an amazing time, people were terribly nice, Greece was great. T...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers can enjoy a selection of other activities around their work shifts. You will have one day off a week which varies depending on the work programme assigned to you by your field leader. Some activities you can enjoy include hiking, swimming, sunbathing, horse riding, diving, snorkelling, sea kayaking, island tours and sea tours. Please be aware that some of these activities may incur an additional cost which is not included in your project fee.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,295

4 weeks US$1,695

DEPARTURE DATES

2016

31st May

3rd June

14th June - Fully Booked

17th June - 2 weeks only - 1 spot left!

28th June - 2 weeks only - 1 spot left!

1st July - Fully Booked

12th July - 2 weeks only - 1 spot left!

29th July - Fully Booked

9th August - Fully Booked

12th August - Fully Booked

23rd August - Fully Booked

26th August - Fully Booked

6th September

9th September - 2 weeks only - 1 spot left!

23rd September - 2 weeks only

DURATION

2 weeks/4 weeks

WHAT’S INCLUDED 

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Kefallinia (EFL)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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