Visit a lush and green Greek island that has kept its pure character this Summer.
Join this unique opportunity to participate in a dolphin conservation project in the Greek National Marine Park of Alonissos! Assist researchers with daily surveys at sea aboard the well-equipped vessel. The 4 species of dolphins that can be found in Greek waters are under threat. Your help is needed to obtain deep knowledge of their behaviour and of their population status and trends. Project period: June-Sept 2018
You will be working along with other volunteers (small group) alongside the researchers. Get introduced in the field station on Alonissos Island to research methods such as dorsal fin photography and GPS-recording. During day-time you are aboard the research vessel for the survey at sea. There is a kitchen and lunch will be prepared aboard. There will be plenty of opportunity to swim, snorkel and visit islands too! During the evenings there will be lectures by the field biologists on dolphin life history, behaviour and identification, threats faced by marine mammals and marine research methods.
Weekly departures June-September 2018 -Ages participants:11 years-90 years old.
"An excellent experience!!! We did not want to leave. 5*"
Arrive at Thessaloniki airport. Get your transfer from the airport to the port of Thessaloniki. The ferry boat in the port takes you directly to Alonissos Island. There are also other ways to reach Alonissos Island: via Athens airport or via Skiathos airport. Contact us for support and advice.
Depending on the weather conditions, field trips on board of the ship may take place either in the morning or in the afternoon, lasting from about 3 to 7 hours. In cases where the sea state is more than 3 beaufort and/or visibility is poor, field trips will be interrupted or not implemented at all. Rough timetable: 7:00 – 8:15 Wake-up, breakfast, prepare for survey. 8:30 – 15:30 Work at sea. Depending on the day’s outcome, usually around 12:00-13:00 there is a lunch break. We cook and eat on board, whereas there is also some time for swimming and snorkelling. 15:30 – 18:00 Free time for rest or recreation. 18:00 – 20:00 Meeting at the Information Center. Photo-identification or Educational Seminars or Documentary screenings. Later there is time to eat, relax and sleep.
Departure day. You must leave the house before 4 PM. Leave by ferry boat, sail either to Thessaloniki or Athens or Skiathos Island to chatch your flight. Alternatively you extend your stay at another accommodation on Alonissos. Or you extend your trip with one night in Thessaloniki before taking a flight home. It is also possible to book the Volunteering with Dolphins holiday for a second week. At a reduced price.
Stay at a fully equipped house at Petitory, the main port of Alonissos, which is in close proximity to the organization’s Information Center. The house can host up to five people and is located on the ground floor; it has two bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate room with a shower, a fully equipped kitchen, a library and a big porch with a dinner table, viewing the port of Petitory.
Clean sheets and towels are provided. Participants must keep the house clean during their stay and have to hand it over clean and tidy on their departure.
It should be noted that the rooms may be mixed-gender, so applicants must take that into account before deciding to participate in the project.
The house does not have a Wi-Fi connection. Nevertheless, participants may use the internet connection at the nearby Information Center of the charity.
Contact us for travel assistance on how to get to Alonissos Island, the project location.
You can get to Alonissos only by boat, from Skiathos/Skopelos, Volos and Agios Konstantinos on a daily basis, and from Kymi, 3 times per week. Seasonal scheduled trips might also be available from Mandoudi port at Evia, a little bit northern to Kymi.
Volos is 358 km away from Athens and 212 km from Thessaloniki, about 4 and 2 ½ hours drive respectively, on the national highway. You can arrive at Volos by bus, car or directly by plane to Volos airport. The trip by boat from Volos to Alonissos takes approximately 5 hours and by a catamaran 31/2 hours.
Agios Konstantinos is 168 km from Athens, less than 2 hours drive on the national highway. You can arrive at Agios Konstantinos by bus or by car. The trip by boat to Alonissos takes approximately 5 hours and by catamaran 31/2 hours.
Kymi is 149 km from Athens, a 21/2hour drive on the national highway and on country road. You can arrive at Kymi by bus or by car. The trip by boat to Alonissos takes approximately 21/2 hours.
Skiathos is also an island of the Northern Sporades. You can get to Skiathos by plane and then by boat (2 hours) or catamaran (11/2 hours) to Alonissos.