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Statia Conservation Volunteer Project, St. Eustatius, Caribbean

8-12 Weeks from

£680
18+
minimum age

  • Help to conserve local wildlife of the island, including sea turtles
  • Work alongside a team of local and international volunteers
  • Experience the scenic and relaxing nature of the Dutch Caribbean
  • Spend time snorkelling and scuba diving during your time off

Food, Lodging and Travel 

Volunteers at the shared house in St. EustatiusYou will be living in a volunteer house in a quiet part of the island. The volunteer house has 3 bedrooms with bunk beds and 3 bathrooms. It is situated on Rosemary lane, a 10 minute walk from the main office, main town areas and the Oranje Bay area. The house has views of the Caribbean sea, a small garden and outside sitting area. The house has basic facilities including WIFI, kitchen and washing machine. It is communal living and there may be up to 10 people sharing the accommodation at any time.

You will be responsible for preparing all of your own food. Food is not included in the project fee and so you should aim to budget for your food at least $350 per month, which you can use to buy your supplies at the local grocery store. There is also a local farmer called Hazel’s Vegetables who sells his produce near the airport- ask a member of staff to show you where. There are also a few restaurants on the island you can visit. Volunteers also sometimes pool their funds to buy food together and also prepare communal meals in the house kitchen.

Health, weather, facilities

The climate on Statia is known as a tropical dry climate. It is warm year round, ranging from 25 to 35 degrees, with a gentle ocean breeze. Rainfall occurs during the rainy season, but only for short spells. Oranjestad is the capital of Statia, which caters for facilities such as internet access, 2 banks, post office and a few local shops.

There are no health hazards to be aware of for Statia, except for sunburn possibly or mosquito bites. You can drink the water straight from the tap in most establishments but ask before doing so as it may come from a cistern. The island is very peaceful, and there are no problems with crime or safety.

How to get there?

In general, you can travel from your home country to St. Maarten (Air France, KLM fly daily from Europe, American Airlines and others from the USA), and from there, get a connecting flight with Winair (www.fly-winair.com) to St. Eustatius – this local airline that flies there (flights usually take about 20-30 minutes and there are several flights a day – prices can range from 100 to 150 USD return). Trans Anguilla Airlines http://transanguilla.com/ also flies there too. You should arrive on the weekend (preferably the Sunday) before your project start date, we will pick you up from the airport when you arrive and take you to the volunteer acommodation, your programme will begin the following Monday morning with your orientation.

Type of volunteers needed

Conservation volunteer in foliage in the CaribbeanYou should be 18 years old or over, fit, healthy and capable of carrying out strenuous manual work in all weather conditions in a hot climate. The upper age limit is generally 50 years old, due to the strenuous nature of the physical activities in this project. We can be flexible with placing older volunteers than this though on a case by case basis, as we assess all applications individually, particularly if you have a lot of outdoors or manual work experience – please email us if you have any questions on this. No specific skills/qualifications are needed, but those with previous experience of manual conservation work, trail work, gardening, sea turtle monitoring etc. would be particularly useful, as well as those who are self-motivated. We need people who take their own initiative and are flexible. Keep in mind that STENAPA is an NGO with limited funds and capacity. Tools and equipment can get broken, so you have to be able to overcome these adversities. You will work in a cross-cultural environment, so the success of your volunteer project depends on being accepting of alternative practices from your own. The project will especially appeal to those with an interest in conservation, tropical botany and marine biology. Anyone with additional skills, such as ornithology are especially welcome.

Statia Conservation Volunteer Project, St. Eustatius, Caribbean

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