"Overall this trip was one of the best experiences of my life so far"
Natalia Buggenhout, from Belgium, volunteered for 2 weeks in July
The project i volunteered on in July was an amazing experience for me. So much better than I expected, the people, the accommodation and the work. I really enjoyed the cycling and walking we did every day, waking up early and seeing the sunrise.
In terms of physical exercise it was just perfect, not too much under the heat but still quite active. I learned loads and I’m very grateful to all the people that made my stay there possible. The educative talks the first days were interesting, but maybe a bit long if we had many the same day, but it didn’t really bother me. I was surprised by how much i got to learn and very pleased to be able to put everything in practice on field. The people there, Sophie, Anya, Josh, Ellie, Holly, Luke, Simon, they were sooo nice and easy going. English not being my native language, I’m not always comfortable talking, but I really didn’t feel any shyness with the group. The other volunteers as well were amazing people i will certainly won’t loose contact with.
What surprised me the most was the organisation. It was simply perfect. There was no pressure, no stress, no shouts or fights, and still i knew what I had to do when, could talk to Holly to ask to change this or that, get a good amount of rest and nap everyday. We nearly were 40 people there and still everything remained clean, we ate good food with at least a hot meal per day, got a day off. I really couldn’t ask for more.
The amount of time I had to volunteer per day was very reasonable. Overall this trip was one of the best experiences of my life so far. Being only seventeen and never having spend 2 weeks with complete strangers, I really didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be an unforgettable experience I’ll probably want to do again. Thank you so much 🙂
"I was impressed by their dedication to detail and duty"
Cathy Gunn, from the UK, joined the project for 2 weeks
I had a FANTASTIC experience volunteering with the Sea Turtle Conservation project in Kefalonia. They are a hard-working group who work, with passion, for the survival of the endangered sea turtles. The leaders informed and trained us voluntary field researchers every step of the way. I was impressed by their dedication to detail and duty. They deserve to be supported every which way for the benefit of their cause.
You certainly paved the way too to something I had never ever imagined would be so worthwhile and memorable. Despite being the eldest member of the team, I felt entirely at ease as the organisers and volunteers were all so welcoming. We had lots of fun and happy times together. Your organisational skills with the run-up to my experience were impeccable too. Thank you so much for this great experience.
"Waking up in the early hours, just before sunrise, going down to the beaches"
Previous volunteer Josh Keedy
I arrived 2/3 days prior to the project starting and so stayed in a hotel near Argostoli, I then got a taxi to the accommodation, which was easy enough. The field leader/assistants were there to pick up any volunteers from the airport on the day they arrived. Orientation was in the evening and all the next day, explaining some basic loggerhead turtle facts and about all of the scenarios that we might encounter.
Sleeping was a mixture of bunk beds or single beds on their own, they had mosquito net hooks which you could attach your own mosquito net onto. The main kitchen was a floor lower which had everything you could need for cooking and 2 large fridge/freezers. There is a food kitty, which if you participate in you are required to cook with 2 others for the rest of the group, normally at least once a week, the food kitty is 20 euros a week depending how many volunteers are there. I, however, preferred to cook for myself, getting my ingredients after harbour shift or when they travelled in the minibus to get the food kitty stock.
Would highly recommend, it was an amazing experience and one of my coursemates has just booked her volunteer position for this summer!
"Seeing hatchlings swim away in the sunlight on my final morning was something I’ll never forget."
Previous volunteer Simon Waitland
I would most definitely recommend the project to other volunteers! I loved it so much the first time that I came back the next year for a longer stay. The staff are great, the people you meet are wonderful, and you are involved with so many different activities. My advice would be to throw yourself at everything you do in your time there – the more you put in, the more you’ll get out. Seeing hatchlings swim away in the sunlight on my final morning was something I’ll never forget.