Συλλόγου για την Προστασία της Θαλάσσιας Χελώνας, ΑΡΧΕΛΩΝ

 

Become a Volunteer

FAQ

1. How do I apply?

Please visit our website in the menu of volunteering, read carefully all the information and then apply online. The successfully delivered application are sent to your email address automatically. This is a way that you are aware of the successful delivery of your application form.

2. When can I apply?

For the summer field projects: You can apply after mid October every year until September of the next year. Please note that most of our projects are ending in the end of September, early or mid October. The sooner you apply the more possibilities you have to be placed in the project you want at the period you prefer.

For the Sea Turtle Rescue Center: All year round.

3. When should I expect an answer?

Within maximum the next 20 days we will reply to you. Normally you will get an answer within a week. If you don’t hear anything from us within the next 20 days then please contact us in volunteers@archelon.gr in order to check the status of your application.

4. How do I decide which project to choose?

Please read carefully the general information in our website along with the Participation Guides.

5. What are the chances to be placed in my first choice?

It depends on when you apply. The sooner you apply the more possibilities you have to be placed in the project you want at the period you prefer. We try to place you in your first three options, but this is not always possible, so you will be placed in other project.

6. Can I volunteer with a friend(s)?

We can only accept two or maximum three friends together. We are unable to accept group of volunteers. For up to two or three friends (altogether), please mention the name(s) of your friend(s) in your application(s) and that you want to be together. We will do our best to place you together. However, this is up to availability. If you are more than three persons, then what we can do is to try to place you at the same project with around three days difference of the period of participation.

7. When the summer field projects start?

Most of the summer field projects open in mid May. You can find more information about when each project starts in its own Participation Guide in ARCHELON’s website.

8. When the summer field projects end?

Most of the summer field projects end in around end of September or early/mid October depending on the programme. You can find more information about when each project ends in its own Participation Guide in ARCHELON’s website.

9. Does the Sea Turtle Rescue Center has open and end date?

The Sea Turtle Rescue Center is open all year round and has volunteers during the whole year. ARCHELON accepts applications for the Rescue Center all year round. The Rescue Center is open for the public during weekends 11am to 5pm with free entrance. For double checking please contact directly Email: rescue@archelon.gr Tel: +30 210 8944 444.

10. How old I should be in order to volunteer full time in ARCHELON?

You need to be over 18 years old (you need to have turned the 18th birthday) and under 65 years old.

11. When I have to arrive at the project?

You need to be at the project one day before your participation period and leave one day after. For example if you have been accepted from 1st June to 28th June, that means that you need to arrive at the project the 31st May and leave 29th June.

12. What time should I arrive at the project?

There is no particular time, but we recommend the volunteers to arrive during day time so as to make their tents and get to know the place before the dark comes. Please make sure you contact directly the project (around a week before you come) and inform them about your approximate time of arrival.

13. If the flights are too expensive for the dates of my arrival/departure what am I doing?

Please contact volunteers Coordinator Theoni Karkoulia in volunteers@archelon.gr and ask if it is possible to change your participation date for one or two days. Then Theoni will let you know if this is possible and then you can book the flights.

14. How do I find out that the fee is successfully delivered?

The Volunteers Coordinator will send you an email informing you about the successful transaction of the fee. In the email you will find a copy of your receipt and a welcome letter. If you haven’t received a confirmation of the receipt of the fee within two weeks of the payment then please contact the volunteers@archelon.gr to check the status of your payment.

15. How much does it take until I get informed about the successful transaction of the fee?

It might take few weeks until we inform you that we have received the fee successfully. But if three weeks pass after the successful transaction then please contact us in volunteers@archelon.gr in order to find out what is the status of the fee.

16. Do I need to bring my own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag etc) or can I buy or rent when I come?

Normally we advise all the volunteers to bring with them their own camping gear. This is because some projects are isolated or are placed in small cities or in towns where there is no shop with camping equipment. There are some projects that you might be able to find some of camping equipment, so please contact directly the project to ask. ARCHELON is unable to rent camping gear.

17. Is there any storage areas that I can store my valuables?

Please check the Participation Guide of your project or contact directly the project.

18. Do you make pick ups?

ARCHELON’s projects meeting point is directly to the Research Field Station. I am afraid that ARCHELON is unable to make pick ups from the airport.

19. If I cannot participate for full 4 weeks, what else I can do?

You can become part time volunteer. Please read carefully the information you can find in our website.

20. Can I get a certificate of participation?

Yes of course. Please email directly the Volunteers Coordinator in volunteers@archelon.gr upon the end of your placement and ask a certificate of participation.

21. I want to volunteer between November and April. Is this possible?

Yes, you can apply for volunteering at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center.

22. Is there any maximum participation period for the Sea Turtle Rescue Center?

Yes. It is three months maximum at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center. Then you can move to another project. For the summer field projects the maximum is the whole period the project is open.

23. What is the difference between the State of Health and the confirmation or certificate from your doctor?

In the State of Health you give information for your own health and in case of emergency the leaders take it with them. The confirmation or certificate from your doctor is a document that you need to get from your doctor (General or personal doctor) which confirms that you have good health, you are fit enough and that your health will not be affected by the project. If there is any specific health issue, ARCHELON asks for an additional document from your specialized doctor, who is responsible for you, which confirms that your health will not be affected by the project. The volunteers need to have with them all the necessary medication they might need during the project. Please note that the projects’ tasks are quite physical demanding and the living conditions are basic.

24. Is the blood group important to fill it in at the State of Health?

No. It is recommended to inform us about your blood group but it is not a prerequisite. It is only for your safety in case of emergency.

25. If I have some health issues, can I still participate in the project?

The projects are normally quite physical demanding, with long hours walk on the beach and some of the time under the sun, living in an open area (camping), the living conditions are quite basic, turtle lifting, it can be quite stressful to work with people that you don’t know in an international environment etc. For these reasons, you need to be completely sure that your health will not be affected by the project. This is why we definitely need a paper from your doctor which will ensure that your health issue will not be affected by this.

26. Can I participate under EVS (European Voluntary Service)?

The EVS volunteers follow a completely different procedure. Normally it takes at least 6 months for completing the whole procedure. The EVS volunteers stay for about 6 months in ARCHELON. Normally we accept emails from candidates two times per year (end of July and end of November each year). The selection is taken place in early August and early December each year for activities either starting in February or May every year. If you are interested in this then please send us your CV and Cover Letter in volunteers@archelon.gr in the dates mentioned above. Please mention if you have a sending organisation. Due to the huge amount of emails we are not always able to reply to all the requests. Please note that the posts are quite limited.

27. Do you accept interns?

Yes, we do have posts for interns, but please make sure you read carefully the information given in our website about interns and keep in mind that this is not a research post, so no unpublished scientific data can be collected or used. The interns are treated as regular volunteers. ARCHELON is unable to give any additional support. Please make sure you mention in the application form that you want to be an intern and let us know well before hand all the requirements your University has in order to be able to check if we can meet them. Please note that interns are not entitled of the seasonal discounts on the fee.

28. Do you have research posts?

Yes we do. Please make sure you read carefully the information in the general information of volunteers in our website.

 

 
 
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