Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation,
This voluntary project provides an opportunity to play an active role in nature conservation on an almost entirely uninhabited island in the Seychelles. You will be part of a small team helping out on the renaturation project, with a focus on preventing endangered sea turtles from going extinct. As part of the ongoing conservation of the marine habitat, you will be putting on your snorkel and goggles to map the coral reef off the coast.
North Island, your project location, is located at the heart of the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands. 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. It wasn’t always like this though. Until the 70s, 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.
The responsibilities of volunteers on this project will 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 photographing the entire coral reef.
Together with other volunteers you will live in volunteer houses near the employee village at the centre of the island. Each house has two twin bedrooms, a shared bathroom and lounge. You'll be provided with three meals a day in the staff canteen. Internet access (WiFi) is available at the research office for an hour a day, but only for e-mail purposes.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.
2018: 01.01. | 15.01. | 29.01. | 12.02. | 26.02. | 12.03. | 26.03. | 09.04. | 23.04. | 07.05. | 21.05. | 04.06. | 18.06. | 02.07. | 16.07. | 30.07. | 13.08. | 27.08. | 10.09. | 24.09. | 08.10. | 22.10. | 05.11. | 19.11. | 03.12.
2019: 14.01. | 28.01. | 11.02. | 25.02. | 11.03. | 25.03. | 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.
Important information about the organisation
This project involves working with a renowned nature conservation organisation. The heads of the project have a significant amount of experience in the field of nature conservation and will be available to mentor you. In addition to observing rare and endangered species, you will also be helping to save them!
Telephone 1: (+49) 241-91 99 43 57
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