The Island Conservation volunteer programme in the Seychelles was established to further promote the cause of wilderness and conservation on Cousin Island and beyond. The island is a nature reserve with a strong science and monitoring programme used for the purpose of wildlife conservation as well as supporting locals livelihoods.
“After experiencing 8 islands, and having the opportunity to spend 4 weeks on Cousin, I can safely say this island is a favourite. For such a small island there is so much activity, so much to discover, so much to contribute to, and in return, you get so much back.”
In this blog piece, Caitlin Schindler tells about what she’ll be taking home from her time volunteering on the remote Cousin Island in the Seychelles. From important conservation lessons to her own transformation doing field work for the first time. Get inspired from a previous volunteer to be part of the project too.
Volunteers will get to immerse themselves in the culture and nature of the Seychelles, while living and working on a remote island designated as a nature reserve in its entirety, protecting the island and its various species through their conservation efforts.
Cousin Island has been a protected area for almost 50 years considered to be quite a wildlife jewel and one of the world’s great conservation success stories. Despite its size, it is home to a great variety of endemic wildlife and is the most important nesting site for Hawksbill sea turtles in the West Indian Ocean.
Free time on the island can be used for relaxing, snorkelling, guided sessions of stargazing, going to the beach and even doing yoga with a certified teacher. Once a month, volunteers might also be able to travel off the island for the weekend to explore other parts of Seychelles’ natural and cultural wonders.