Programme: Volunteer with Turtles Mavrovouni Our Greece turtle conservation project is held at Mavrovouni, in the Mani Peninsula, just south of Gytherio. The area is famed for its beach, which extends for over 6km and is the largest one around Gythio. Mavrovouni has also been awarded the Blue Flag award for its pristine waters and provides an ideal environment for the loggerhead turtles to lay their eggs.
This programme runs for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks. Contact us to find out the dates and start planning your adventure!
Room & Board (any housing, food, and transportation included). Accommodation is in shared tents (separate compartments, single sex) with shared (single 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, single sex) are available at the campsite, and participants share ARCHELON camp duties, including cleaning, cooking and other chores.
Does the project require any special 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.
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant. 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
What specific skills, education, or experience must the participant have? What skills, education, or experience are desirable? Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. Volunteers need to be comfortable and confident swimmers and be physically fit and healthy. In most cases volunteers dive twice a day, 6 days a week weather dependent. As a result of the basic living conditions volunteers need to be flexible and able to work well in teams and people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
Health and safety (site specific health and safety information). 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
Inclusions/things to do (trips or extra features). 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 (supervision and preparation the participant will receive). 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.
Costs (detailed list of what’s included/not included and per diem estimate). What's included:
Pre-departure support and discounted services:
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support
Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
Community work workshop
Certification and summary of training and experience received
Weekly evaulation with your mentor
First Aid & CPR training
PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master certifications (not including PADI professional fees)
Use of O2 equipment workshop
Diving compressor training workshop
Coral reef ecology
First Aid & CPR training and certification
Confidential professional reference
PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality
PADI Advanced Open Water
Transfer to base location
Teamwork and leadership experience
Leading biological surveys course
Work placement (if successful on training period)
What's not included:
Medical and travel insurance
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
PADI Open Water
Food during work placement
Additional Information. 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 information.