BECOME A VOLUNTEER

General information & Requirements

 

Enthusiastic and committed volunteers are needed to help sea turtles by participating in ARCHELON's projects in Greece. The projects address a range of sea turtle conservation issues and take place in the following locations:

  • The nesting beaches of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), on Zakynthos island, the Peloponnese and Crete. You will be monitoring the nesting activity, protecting nests and hatchlings and contributing to public awareness actions in the major breeding sites in Greece and the Mediterranean. These beaches have been monitored by ARCHELON for the last 30 years and continuation of conservation efforts is vital. Projects run from May to September every year.
  • The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada (a suburb of Athens), on the sea side. You will be participating in the daily operations of the Centre, which is receiving injured and sick sea turtles from all over Greece for treatment and rehabilitation. Fully recovered animals are released back to the wild. ARCHELON’s Rescue Centre was established in 1994 and has a year round rescue, rehabilitation and public awareness activity.
  • The shallow waters of Amvrakikos Bay and the beaches near Preveza, in northwestern Greece. In Amvrakikos Bay you will be monitoring and collecting data from an important sea turtle “feeding ground”. The turtles are ‘captured’ using the ‘rodeo’ technique from a boat, they are then measured and examined, and finally released all within a few minutes. On the beaches of Preveza you will do surveys for nesting and nest protection. The project runs from mid-June to mid-August every year.

Important to know:

  1. A longer stay of volunteers contributes greatly to the success of projects.
  2. Returning volunteers are welcome to our projects as they enhance team performance with their experience.
  3. Internships for many academic fields can be arranged for all projects.
  4. A combination of participation in more than one projects is possible if the duration of stay is 8 weeks or longer.
  5. Opportunities for family volunteering are in place at 4 nesting beach projects.
  6. A valid driver’s license greatly contributes to the functioning of the project.
  7. We will respond to your application within 10 days.

Please note:

English is the language used in all the projects. Any knowledge of other languages and useful skills will be appreciated.

A specific number of volunteers with excellent knowledge of the Greek language is needed for the nesting beaches projects.

No particular prior experience or knowledge on sea turtles is required.

Highly skilled returning volunteers may consider applying for a Field leaders post, following a separate application procedure with an early deadline

Volunteer participation fees cover administration and training costs, accident insurance coverage (up to a limit), annual subscription as ARCHELON supporter and in most cases include accommodation costs. Our cancellation and change of date policies are described in the Overview table of all volunteer projects, categories and participation fees which is valid for participation after 1/1/2019.

Requirements for full-time volunteering

  • Applicants must be over 18 years old. They must be able to communicate fluently in English, (since English is the language used in all the projects) and must be covered by a personal health insurance policy.
  • The minimum participation period is 4 weeks/28days, but it is highly recommended that volunteers stay with the project for a longer term, i.e. more than 6 weeks. Long-term participation is highly appreciated and greatly contributes to the success of the projects.
  • Applicants must be in very good health and in good physical shape due to the projects' physically-demanding tasks and living conditions.
  • Volunteers are selected on an individual basis. Groups of more than two persons are not accepted for the same project and period of time.
  • Only those volunteers who have been formally accepted will be allowed to participate in the projects.
  • The application process includes the following steps:
    • filling in and submitting the official ARCHELON application form,
    • the receipt of an acceptance letter from ARCHELON. The acceptance letter includes a list of additional requirements relating to items such as payment of fees, a certificate from a doctor verifying the status of a volunteer’s health, etc.
    • Volunteers must submit all the items listed on the acceptance letter in order for their participation to be confirmed by ARCHELON. Please make sure your participation is confirmed (in other words, that you have completed all the requirements specified by ARCHELON in the acceptance letter before you arrive at the project. As mentioned above, no one is permitted to participate in ARCHELON projects without having followed the above-mentioned procedure.
  • Volunteers must bring their own camping gear (e.g. sleeping bag, tent, torch, alarm clock, etc).
  • Volunteers must be prepared to share in a communal life, and to live and work in both populated and secluded areas, often as members of small teams and usually under harsh conditions. Although relevant experience is not necessary, the ability to live and co-operate with people of different cultures and backgrounds is essential.
  • Volunteers are trained and supervised by field leaders and experienced project members. They must be prepared to participate in every aspect of the work. Duties are allocated by the field leaders and may include working throughout the night or long hours during the day.
  • Fieldwork includes working in the heat (sometimes for up to 6 hours), and walking long distances or up/downhill to reach some of the sites. With an average level of fitness, this is manageable, but please be prepared that the work can be hard and exhausting. With the right attitude and the right team, it is still fun!

 

Our projects 

The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre

The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre

Join the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre. Get a close up interaction with these amazing creatures and help them to rehabilitate and return back to the sea.

Duration: All year round
Participation fee: from €400 (accommodation included)

More

PELOPONNESE - Bay of Kyparissia

The Peloponnese - Kyparissia

Protect the nesting activity of the loggerhead sea turtle by joining ARCHELON’s sea turtle conservation program in Kyparissia.

Duration:  8 May – 30 September
Participation fee: from €350 (accommodation included)

More

PELOPONNESE - Lakonikos Bay

The Peloponnese - Lakonikos

BECOME A VOLUNTEER and save the sea turtles in the beautiful beaches at Lakonikos bay.

Duration:  26 May – 30 September
Participation fee: from €350 (accommodation included)

More

PELOPONNESE - Koroni

The Peloponnese – Koroni

Protect the nesting activity of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) on the beaches of Koroni, in the southwestern Peloponnese.

Duration:  08 June – 15 September
Participation fee: from €350 (accommodation included)

More

Amvrakikos Bay

Amvrakikos

A unique opportunity to (1) have direct contact with sea turtles as part of an on-going research project to protect them and this distinctive natural environment, and (2) take part in a new research project on nesting activity on beaches in western Greece.

Duration: 15 June – 15 August
Participation fee: €600 (accommodation included)

More

Zakynthos Island

Zakynthos

Protect the most important nesting area of the loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtle in the Mediterranean.

Duration:  8 May-15 October
Participation fee: from €350 (accommodation included) 

More

CRETE - Rethymno

Crete - Rethymno

Protect the nesting activity of the loggerhead sea turtle by joining ARCHELON’s sea turtle conservation program in Rethymno.

Duration:  8 May - 10 October
Participation fee: from €350 (accommodation included) 

More

CRETE - Chania

Crete – Chania

Protect the nesting activity of the loggerhead sea turtle by joining ARCHELON’s sea turtle conservation program in Chania.

Duration:  11 May-30 September
Participation fee: from €350 (accommodation included) 

More

CRETE - Bay of Messara

Crete - Messara

Protect the nesting activity of the loggerhead sea turtle and its habitat in the bay of Messara, southern Crete, by joining ARCHELON’s sea turtle conservation program.

Duration:  2 June – 25 September
Participation fee: from €350 (accommodation included) 

More

Special categories & other opportunities 

Part time volunteers

Family volunteers

Groups

Rescue Network Member

Internships & Research opportunities

 

Navigation

Social Media