Sea Turtle Conservation in the Seychelles 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. Your accommodation 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. Age limit: 18+ Start date: 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. 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. Duration: 4/6/8/10/12 weeks Project location: North Island / Seychelles Accommodation: Houses on stilts with kitchen and bathroom for 4 to 6 people Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient) Suitable for: volunteer work, sabbatical Certification: upon request 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: Price for four weeks 2.450 EUR Price for six weeks 3.450 EUR Price for eight weeks 4.450 EUR Price for ten weeks 5.450 EUR Price for twelve weeks 6.400 EUR 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!