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Turtle Conservation in Greece

POSTED ON 27 Dec 2023
placement Details

Loggerhead sea turtles migrate to the Greek island of Kefalonia to feed and reproduce, with female turtles laying their eggs on the sandy beaches. The turtle population is unfortunately now endangered due to pressures from both human and natural threats and has become endangered.

Pod Volunteer are looking for volunteers to support the work of the local conservation team and tasks may include:

  • Surveying beaches to find, record and protect turtle nests (in nesting season)
  • When turtles hatch, protecting the tiny hatchlings from light pollution and ensuring they can crawl safely to the sea (in hatching season)
  • Making nest inventories to assess the hatching success of each nest (in hatching season)
  • Surveying the harbour
  • Observing and recording turtle behaviour
  • Measuring the level and source of light pollution, a key threat to turtles
  • Measuring changes to the beach profile
  • Beach clean ups - collecting plastic
  • Helping educate locals and visitors about the threats to turtles

Learning is hands on and you will gain knowledge, practical experience and skills on a range of research and conservation practices.

What's included

Included

  • Dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist to support you
  • Airport pick up from Kefalonia airport and return transfer
  • Accommodation - a simple shared room
  • Induction and training
  • T-shirt
  • Support from the local team
  • Support from the Pod Volunteer UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Donation to Pod Environmental Fund supporting solar lights in Ghana
  • Volunteering certificate and reference (on request)

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Living costs - food, snacks, drinks, laundry
  • Any tourist trips / activities you choose to do in your free time

Accommodation and local support

You will stay in a volunteer house which has simple furnishings and several communal cooking areas. Volunteers share bedrooms (on a single sex basis) which mostly have bunk beds and there are shared bathrooms. Meals are not included in this placement. Volunteers prepare their own meals and are able to buy groceries locally. 

You will be working alongside the local team, including field leaders and assistants. Staff live alongside volunteers in each field station.

Season Worker Turtle
Company

Pod Volunteer

Vacancy

Turtle Conservation in Greece

Sector

Conservation Projects

Category

Conservation projects, Marine Conservation, Wildlife

Dates

April - October

Age restrictions

Minimum age - 18 years

Support in place

Dedicated Pod Volunteer Specialist to support you

Cost

From £645

Included with this course
  • Airport pick up
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