Volunteering in the Seychelles – Turtle Protection and Island Conservation

Company : NATUCATE
Location : Seychelles: North Island
Duration: 4 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 2500 to 3000+ € Euro

This volunteer project provides an opportunity to play an active role in nature conservation on an almost entirely uninhabited island in the Seychelles.

As part of an international volunteer team, you will become active in a dedicated conservation project, with a focus on preventing endangered sea turtles from going extinct and restoring the Seychelles’ original flora.

 

Details

North Island, your project site, is located at the heart of the Seychelles. Snow-white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and bizarre granite formations shape the landscape. Experts call islands "laboratories for evolution", which explains why there are so many species on the isolated Seychelles. North Island looks back on hard times, though: Until the 1970s, the island was used for intensive coconut plantations and native flora and fauna was under pressure from invasive species.

The purpose of the project is to use renaturation measures to restore the original ecosystem of the island. The work of reintroducing native species is already bearing fruit: Endangered Seychelles white-eye and Seychelles giant tortoise populations have recovered to sustainable levels. Volunteer responsibilities vary depending on what is required to implement the necessary conservation measures.

You will work in a team of experienced researchers devoted to protecting this area of natural beauty. Your work will focus on recording sea turtle populations: You will survey the beach on foot at regular intervals to monitor the growth of baby turtles and the population levels of the various endangered species. You will also be responsible for planting new plant species, conducting bird survey and for photographing the entire coral reef.

 

Accommodation

Together with other volunteers you will live near the employee village at the centre of the island. Each house has two twin bedrooms (mixed-gender), a shared bathroom and a lounge. Three daily meals are provided in the staff canteen. The beach is reserved for project workers and has watersport equipment freely available. Your day off during the week is an opportunity to visit the main island of Mahé. The hour-long ferry trip is free for project workers.

 

Services, Cost

Services

  • Placement in the project
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Accommodation during the project
  • All meals during the project
  • On-site orientation and project training
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • 24/7-support throughout the project

 

Fees

4 weeks: 2.450 EUR
6 weeks: 3.450 EUR
8 weeks: 4.450 EUR
10 weeks: 5.450 EUR
12 weeks: 6.400 EUR

Start Dates

2019: 14.01., 28.01., 11.02., 25.02., 11.03., 25.11., 08.04., 22.04., 06.05., 20.05., 03.06., 17.06., 01.07., 15.07., 29.07., 12.08., 26.08., 09.09., 23.09., 07.10., 21.10., 04.11., 18.11., 02.12. --- 2020: 13.01., 27.01., 10.02., 24.02., 09.03., 23.03., 06.04., 20.04., 04.05., 18.05., 01.06., 15.06., 29.06., 13.07., 27.07., 10.08., 24.08., 07.09., 21.09., 05.10., 19.10., 02.11., 16.11., 30.11., 14.12., 28.12.

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