Food, Lodging and Travel
Both project locations offer shared apartments near the nesting areas. Field stations are all situated near to one of the nesting beaches. Volunteers get around on foot and by bicycle. The nesting beaches in Argostoli are quite close to the house which is located in quite a rural location and boasts a huge garden full of lemon, orange, fig, plum and grapefruit trees, hammocks and lots of places to relax in. The nesting beaches in Lixouri are a bit further away by bicycle, however you are a short walk to the central square in Lixouri where you can indulge in delicious ice creams in the evenings, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars too. All beaches are accessible when you want to swim, sunbathe, and relax during your free time. There are also swimming pools on foot next to both field stations that volunteers can use in free time. All field stations have electricity, cooking facilities, and bathrooms with hot-water showers. Wi-Fi is available at the local cafes and restaurants and the mobile phone connection is good enough from both houses to use for internet too. You can bring a laptop or smartphone to connect and stay in touch with family and friends.
To help volunteers save on food costs, we have equipped our accommodation with fridges, cooking equipment and utensils. We help organise an (optional) food share in which all volunteers pool a weekly amount and shop at the supermarket. The food share costs about €20 – €30 per week and will cover breakfast, a light lunch and dinner for most days. We keep it vegetarian but do make an effort to include alternative sources of protein if asked.
- 18 years of age or older (If you are aged between 17-18 you can still join, provided you fill out a parental consent form)
- Able to commit to a minimum stay of two weeks
- Comfortable riding a bicycle on hilly terrain
- Able to walk/bike several hours per day in very hot weather conditions
- Flexible, self-motivated and willing to get involved in hands-on conservation work as part of a team of international volunteers
Travel & Orientation
We recommend that volunteers fly directly to Kefalonia or come via Athens. From Athens, you can get a bus to Kefalonia. You will be met at Kefalonia airport or bus station by a member of our team and will travel to the project accommodation. The first day allows volunteers to rest, settle in and meet the team.
Upon arrival, you will attend an orientation session. Here, you will meet the field leaders and the other researchers in your team. The orientation includes a brief presentation about the island and our conservation work in Greece.
On your second morning, you will begin taking part in field surveys. At first, this is done with experienced members of your team who will provide your first in-field training. Your first three afternoons and evenings are packed with training and workshop sessions. This is to get you acquainted with all aspects of our fieldwork and with our supporting keys, guides, and manuals that will be available in the field. Attending this training is essential to your participation and is why you must arrive at the project on time.