Volunteer with Turtles in Greece

Help to protect and restore the loggerhead turtle population of the Mani Peninsula.

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Program overview

Our Greece turtle conservation project is held on the Neda River, in Giannitsochori. It connects to a 46km long sandy beach in the West Peloponnesse, known for its coastal pine tree forests and the most complex network of sand dunes in Greece.

Possible activities include:
  • Patrolling the beach to locate new tracks and nests
  • Recording data and measurements
  • Installing protective nest grids
  • Nest relocation (if required)
  • Nest excavation (from August onwards)
  • Bamboo harvesting - assembling nest grids
  • Manning beach kiosk
  • Public awareness presentations - conducted at campsites/hotels in the local area

Where you'll stay

Accommodation is in shared tents (separate compartments, same sex) with shared (same sex) bathroom facilities within the camp site. There is running cold and hot water available for cooking and extra cool water taps for drinking only. Flush toilet facilities (shared, same sex) are available at the campsite, and participants share ARCHELON camp duties, including cleaning, cooking and other chores.

Activities & Training

Things to do

There is leisure time during the day and you can expect one free day per week. In this time you could explore the area of Mani with its impressive architecture of traditional towers, visit the Diros Caves or other adjacent beaches, spend the day in Gythio or just stay in Mavrovouni enjoying the beach, swimming or windsurfing. Before and after your programme you could explore several sites of interest in the Peloponnese, such as the Mistras medieval fortress, Mount Taygetos, Elafonissosi, Mani, the beautiful town of Monemvasia, or you can take the boat to the islands of Cythera and Crete.

Orientation and Training

Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.

Good to know

Application requirements and preparation

Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel. These are some books that we recommend:

  • Greece (Lonely Planet Country Guide)
  • The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome by Robin Lane Fox
  • Troubles with Turtles: Cultural Understandings of the Environment on a Greek Island by Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
  • Travels in the Southern Peloponnese By Patrick Leigh Fermor Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation by James R. Spotila
  • Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur by Carl Safina
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtles by Alan B. Bolten (Editor), Blair E. Witherington (Editor)
  • The Biology of Sea Turtles: v. 1 (Marine Science) by Peter L. Lutz (Editor), John A. Musick
  • The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles: Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology by Frederick R. Davis

Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. Reasonable level of fitness, days are hot, long and often include long survey walks on our 5km stretch of beach.

Health and safety

A change of environment, climate, food and lifestyle often results in minor, and occasionally more serious, illness. Please inform staff if you feel unwell at any time.

Greece

Logistics

Volunteers arriving at Athens International Airport between 1pm and 4pm on the program start date will be met by GVI staff and transferred to their accommodation. Those arriving outside of this time, or arriving by other means, will be responsible for their own transport to the camp site in Giannitsochori.

Additional Information

Field staff advise that if you are a non EU citizen entering the country you may be in need of a tourist visa. For most nationalities this must be arranged in advance. Check with the immigration authorities of the countries you intend to visit, or see www.cibt.com for visa application advice and informatio

AFSNext seal of approval

This program is implemented by a trusted organization within the AFSNext partnership community and has our full endorsement. While not managed or operated by AFS, it maintains the same exceptional quality standards, which are set by a network of experienced international non-profits operating within the international education field.