Conserve critically endangered
sea turtles in
Kefalonia

Gain hands on experience as you contribute to important research

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  • Duration
    2-4 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates every Tues & Sun between May & Sept
  • From
    £440
  • Duration
    2-4 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates every Tues & Sun between May & Sept
  • From
    £440

Greece sea turtle conservation

Volunteer in Greece to help with our efforts of conserving critically endangered sea turtles that frequent the sandy beaches of Kefalonia. Gain hands on experience as you contribute to important research, all while meeting new people, having fun and exploring the beautiful island.

Working alongside environmental biologists, conservationists and many other international volunteers, you will play a vital role in securing the future of these fascinating creatures in the Mediterranean.

"Spending our days and nights on the beach in search of nesting turtles was an experience I will never forget. During our free time we toured the island as a group, which was truly breathtaking. I will be back!"

You will be living close to and volunteering on the beautiful beaches, where you will enjoy the most picture-perfect backdrop around! To date, Kefalonia has been relatively untouched by tourism, allowing you to explore the many natural and untouched attractions the island boasts. Snorkel in the glittering azure seas, trek up the breath-taking mountainous landscapes, wander through the lush forests or explore the secrets coves – there really is so much to see and do!

Kefalonia is an important breeding area for loggerhead sea turtles, but unfortunately they are now facing many threats that are pushing them closer to the brink of extinction. Sea turtles are regularly injured or killed by accidental boat strikes, get trapped in fishing equipment, inundated by the rising tide or by swallowing plastics.

The project’s primary objective is to protect and conserve sea turtles and their habitats. This is done through monitoring and research to then develop and implement plans, as well as raising public awareness. We work closely with the local environment authorities and fishermen in the hope to mitigate and reverse population declines.

You will play an integral role within the small team (generally around 20 other volunteers), working to a rota that is published every week so you know exactly what you’re doing. 

Most days require an early start; so there won’t be much time to congregate around the table at breakfast (don’t worry there’s plenty of time for that at dinner!).

Your tasks will range from daily morning patrols to locate and protect new nests, turtle identification, monitoring and relocating vulnerable nests, behavioural research surveys, raising public awareness with locals and visitors about the island’s biodiversity, night beach patrols, gathering valuable population data, tagging turtles so we can monitor and carry out health checks and so much more!

During your first three days you will receive your extensive training that will go through everything you need to know for your time volunteering.You will receive practical on the job training from local staff and have the opportunity to help safeguard Greece’s vulnerable sea turtles and exceptional habitats for future generations. Hands-on learning is emphasised throughout the project, so that you can acquire practical experience on a wide range of wildlife research and conservation practices, including their legal and social aspects, which are often the most controversial aspects of conservation.

If you are looking to conduct your own independent research or are looking to carry out an internship then our local team are more than happy to assist.

You will gain valuable research experience, increase your knowledge in wildlife conservation and develop your interpersonal skills while exploring new places, experiencing a new culture and making lifetime friends. Most importantly you’ll be helping save the sea turtles of Kefalonia from extinction.

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