9 days
Duration
Peloponnese
Location
8+
Age
18 June, 3 & 11 August
Dates

Join a turtle conservation project that gives you the chance to protect the sea turtles on sandy beaches. 

 

Sea turtle volunteering in Greece where you assist with protecting nests and hatchlings so that populations can thrive once again.  

Highlights:

  • Observe and protect nesting females
  • Protect nests from predation, inundation and human threats
  • Help the baby turtles arrive safely in the sea
  • Gather valuable population data of the vulnerable sea turtles
  • Public Awareness work: beach patrols during day and night, running of information kiosk
  • Experience Greek culture, gastronomy, and hospitality in one of Greece’s most beautiful corners: South Peloponnese
  • Plenty of time in the afternoon and evening to enjoy the beach, swim, snorkel & relax

This sea turtle volunteering holiday is suitable for young and old, students, families, friends and couples! Children as young as 8 years old can participate, as long as there is adult guidance. Accommodation will be in a caravan or tent in 1 of Greece’s best camping sites! Sandy beaches provide the setting for this project where you make a difference! The volunteering is on the beaches near Gythio, a pretty coastal village. A perfect setting to enjoy those long, warm Mediterranean Summer evenings. Check out another sea turtle conservation opportunity on offer: Greece Eco Volunteering Vacation.

Departure dates 2018: 18 June, 3 & 11 August

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Athens, Greece
TOUR DURATION
9-days
PRICE €850 p.p. adult

€750 p.p. children <12 years

Includes
  • All volunteering activities
  • Training & local support by staff of sea turtle protection society
  • Tour leader travelling with your group
  • Accommodation in Camping Gythion Bay, Mavrovouni (near Gythio)
  • All meals
  • Transfer from and to airport
  • Donation for sea turtle protection society
Excludes
  • Flights (to Athens and return flight)
  • Travel insurance (when volunteering you are insured)
  • Extra activities or excursions (optional) such as windsurfing, visiting Mystras, yoga lessons

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Day 1 - Arrival in Athens, Greece (D)

Arrive at Athens airport. Transfer by comfortable coach to the South-Peloponnese (289 km, 4 hours’ drive). Halfway: time for a break and a drink. At Corinth canal.

Accommodation: Camping Gythio Bay, Mavrovouni (near Gythio)

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Day 2-8 - Sea Turtle Volunteering

During nesting season (mid-May – mid August):

Morning surveys to look for adult turtle tracks, locate nests, enclose and mark them to protect them from human activity and predation by mammals or relocate the threatened ones.
During nesting season and depending on the project they will probably be able to join ARCHELON volunteers in night surveys where they observe and protect nesting females.

During hatching season (mid July – end of October):

Morning surveys to look for baby turtle tracks and locate nests, marking of hatching nests, dealing with any hatchlings that are still on the beach
Shading of the nests to protect the hatchlings from disorientation – help them arrive at sea
Excavations of hatched nests to determine the hatching success.

Public Awareness work:

Beach patrols where we inform beach users how to behave on the nesting beaches in order not to harm the nests
Safe guarding of nesting beaches at night to prevent people from entering the beaches and therefore disturbing turtles
Running of information kiosk
Giving slide shows and conducting Information Tables at hotels (occasionally).

During your stay you can be involved in other activities of the project such as beach cleanings, collection of bamboo sticks to construct the protection of the nest, wooden constructions such as boxes for injured turtles and maintenance activities for the equipment. At the beginning of your participation, they will attend a presentation for the protection of sea turtles.

The participation is always done in consultation with the field leaders of the project. Members of the group must be able to communicate in English.

In the afternoon you can participate in optional excursions to nearby Sparta, Monemvasia or Mystras.

Accommodation: Camping Gythio Bay, Mavrovouni (near Gythio)

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Day 9 – Departure day

Transfer from Gythio back to Athens airport.

(289 km, 4 hours’ drive).

Take flight back home.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
September 3, 2017

ACCOMMODATION: Rating on a scale of 1 to 5 (Poor to Excellent): 5 ACTIVITY PROGRAM: Rating on a scale of 1 to 5 (Poor to Excellent): 4 YOUR LOCAL GUIDES: Rating on a scale of 1 to 5 (Poor to Excellent): 5 Overall rating for this holiday: Rating on a scale of 1 to 5 (Poor to Excellent): 4 Thank you for a very nice week!

Caroline Kube
The Netherlands

August 31, 2017

ACCOMODATION-4 I could stand up in my tent and am grateful for that. However due to gaps in canvas and floor some ants and insect life – very hot. ACTIVITY PROGRAM-5 excellent YOUR LOCAL GUIDES- 5 couldn’t have been more helpful and pro active. Katrina and Chantal were SO helpful and really helped me – especially when I cut my foot.i had to go to hospital and have stitches. without their help I would have been lost. A BIG Thank you.They went beyond the call of duty OVERALL RATING- 5- really good experience. Lovely group of people.

Xanthe Oliver
UK

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