Sea turtle protection internship in Greece
Sea turtle protection internship in Greece

Useful information

Take part in this internship offer and immerse yourself in Greek culture. This project aims to train you, and to contribute to the conservation of the turtles in the region. This is international work experience, where you will be supervised by specialists and work in a multicultural team. You will monitor, observe and analyse the behaviour of marine turtles, and help raise community awareness of sustainable development.

Bac pro CGEA
Scientific license
Prépa BCPST
Prépa ATS
ENS
Veterinary school
Bachelor's/Master's degree in solidarity and sustainable development
Studies in the health field

IN SHORT

Kyparissia Bay

From
 4  
to
 12  
weeks

Intermediate English

Description of the program

In the beautiful bay of Kyparissia in the south of the Greek Peloponnese, the animal care internship offers the opportunity to acquire knowledge, among other things, on the conservation and protection of turtles in the Mediterranean. Our interns are based in Giannitsochori, one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in all of Greece. Here they will have a unique opportunity to truly immerse themselves in environmental protection and develop their own skills. The project is intended to provide long-term benefits to the environment and the local community. Like all of our animal internship programs abroad, this project in Greece allows you to gain university credits while contributing to the protection of animals in the region.

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The tasks of the trainee

Interns will conduct daily morning surveys to record nesting activity and protect turtle nests from mammalian predation and seawater inundation. In addition, the participants of the animal caretaker internship will inform foreign visitors and the local community about the conservation of these turtles. All of our internships focus on developing your leadership skills, allowing you to develop a variety of soft and hard skills that will enhance your marine conservation experience. At Giannitsochori, we work to educate the local community and visitors about conservation efforts around turtle farming. Our local partner has a group of highly experienced field staff who will work with you to develop and enhance your skills and, in doing so, give you a fantastic starting point for developing your professional career in conservation. Our partner organisation also offers you the opportunity to gain additional leadership skills and experience in a conservation environment.

Details of the ecovolunteer project in Greece

Our project is done in collaboration with a Greek organisation that has been heavily involved in research in this area since 1983. It is one of the oldest projects of nature conservation in the Mediterranean.

The contribution made by this project

Protecting turtle nests from predators and flooding allows the eggs to hatch, and increases turtle populations over time.

It also positively affects locals' and tourists' attitudes towards the fragile natural environment, reducing our environmental footprint in the region.

Key advantages

- Work with one of the most endangered species in the Mediterranean.

- Observe the laying of turtle eggs until they hatch.

- Discover Greek culture in a beautiful area that you can explore in your free time.

- Make a unique and lasting contribution to the conservation of endangered turtles.

- Get exclusive team management training approved by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) with this turtle animal caretaker internship.

Host organization

Founded in 1997, our partner organisation coordinates participatory science projects around the world. It employs 150 permanent staff in its local branches.
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It works closely with local organisations on long-term projects. They work only under the supervision of the community leaders and at their request.

Sustainable solutions, minimum impact on the environment

- Creating sustainable solutions to support self-sustaining communities.

- Ensuring access to clean water sources.

- Developing micro-enterprises around food, with a particular focus on education and agriculture.

- Supporting local schools with school supplies.

- Providing expertise and ideas on energy and electricity issues.

- Implementation of studies and educational programs on the marine environment.

Partner organisation member of the United Nations

Our partner organisation sits on the United Nations International Commission on Sustainable Tourism. All their initiatives and volunteer projects are led by experts in collaboration with the local population and national governments.

As a non-profit organisation, our conservation project is completely transparent. Volunteer contributions are used to cover on-reserve project planning (reconnaissance, team recruitment and logistical support), direct field costs (transportation, lodging, staff meals) and finally to support the project itself. Without the physical and financial help of volunteers, this project would not have been possible.

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Strong points

Help to protect one of the most endangered species in the Mediterranean
Observe the laying of turtle eggs until they hatch
Get exclusive team management training
Join an international team