A collection of small islands in the Indian Ocean, 1600 km of the coast of Kenya, is the nation of Seychelles. Small it may be, but lacking in beauty it is not. In fact, it boasts some of the most picturesque beaches, emerald-tinged forests, impressive rugged granite boulders and reaching palm trees. The few main islands hold 98% of the population while multiple others are largely uninhabited and model magnificent miniature worlds of biodiversity. Marooned amidst what used to be extremely popular Indian Ocean trading and exploration routes, the islands have seen influences from Asia, India, Africa and Europe. This blend means the food, music, traditions and language are all an interesting mix and are characteristically spicy, fresh and colourful.
It is also a nation that is home to some incredible endemic species and exhibits some truly successful conservation stories, including the rescuing of two rare bird species from the brink of extinction. Now a safe haven for many exotic and unique fauna and flora, this is a place where Mother nature really shows off. Volunteering in the Seychelles offers both an escape from busy lives and the opportunity to discover unique wildlife and a tantalising culture.