The online application is used for full-time volunteers, Greek speakers and interns in all projects. Please read carefully all information for participating in our Projects in the BECOME A VOLUNTEER section of our website. Fill in the application you will find at the bottom of each project and then apply online. A copy of the successfully delivered application is sent to your email address automatically.
Yes. You can find the specific applications for family volunteers, selection of field leaders, part-time Rescue Center volunteers and the participation of groups in the BECOME A VOLUNTEER-Special categories & other opportunities section of our website.
You can apply anytime of the year, making sure that your application is submitted from 1 to 12 months before your desired participation. Before applying, please read carefully all information for participating in our Projects in the BECOME A VOLUNTEER section of our website, which is updated around August/ September, each year.
Normally you will get an answer within 10 days. In a busy period it may take us up to 20 days to respond. If you don?t hear anything from us within the next 20 days then please contact us in volunteers@archelon.gr to check the status of your application.
The choice of the project depends on your personal interests, your time availability and the ideal time of the year for your participation. All projects are described in the BECOME A VOLUNTEER section of our website. It is very important to take a look at the Overview of all projects, categories and fees part of this section.
We always try to place applicants in one of their first three preferences. Placements are depending on the needs of each project, the date an application was submitted, the time period it concerns and the duration of participation. In case none of your first three preferences can be satisfied, we will propose your participation in another project.
We can only accept two or three friends at maximum as volunteers at the same time and project. In such a case you need to 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, taking into account the availability of places in our projects, the duration of your participation and time period it concerns. If you are more than three persons, we will try to place you at the same project, but you will have to start your participation each pair 5 days apart from the rest.
We suggest that you start thinking about your itinerary before you decide on the time period and the duration of your participation and the project you want to participate in. It is safe to book your airplane tickets as soon as your participation is confirmed. Please note that the duration of the application process from the submission of your application until the confirmation of your participation may often be 30 days or more.
Most of the summer field projects start in early May or the end of May- beginning of June depending on the project. You can find more information about when each project starts in the section BECOME A VOLUNTEER- Overview of all projects, categories and fees part of the website.
Most of the summer field projects end in around end of September or early/mid October, depending on the project. You can find more information about when each project ends in the section BECOME A VOLUNTEER- Overview of all projects, categories and fees part of the website.
The Sea Turtle Rescue Center is operating with volunteers all year round and applications for full-time and part time-volunteers are accepted all year round. The Rescue Center is open for the public during weekends 11am to 5pm with free entrance. For double checking please contact them directly Email: (rescue@archelon.gr); Tel: +30 210 8944 444.
You need to be over 18 and under 65 years old, in good health and very good physical condition.
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. Please check the description of your project in the BECOME A VOLUNTEER- Our projects section of our website, in order to make your travel arrangements.
The meeting point is ARCHELON?s Research Field Station of each project. There is no particular time set for arrivals, but we recommend that you arrive during day time so as to set up your tent and get to know the place before the night comes. Please e-mail your expected arrival time at least 5 working days before your arrival day to your Project Officer, so that your field leader will be informed about it (your Participation Guide will contain the Project Officer?s email).
You need to contact the Volunteers Officer by email (volunteers@archelon.gr) and ask if it is possible to change your participation date for one or two days. Then the Volunteers Officer will let you know if this is possible and then you can book the flights.
Yes, provided that there are places available in the projects. A change of participation dates is allowed ONCE free of charge, before the payment of volunteer participation fees. If a significant change of dates is requested after the confirmation of participation, the terms of cancellation policy will be applied as appropriate.
The amount of the fee and the deadline for its payment are mentioned in the acceptance letter you have received from ARCHELON in response to your application. To pay it online, you may use a credit card, or the PAY PAL system or make a bank transfer/ deposit to ARCHELONs account. You need to send the proof of payment together with the other documents listed in the acceptance letter to the Volunteers Officer by email (volunteers@archelon.gr ). ARCHELON will issue a receipt once the transaction is completed and send it to your email address.
We advise all volunteers to bring their own camping gear, because some projects are in isolated locations or near villages where shopping camping equipment is not an option. In case you wish to buy the necessary camping gear from the nearest town or city, you will need to organize it before your arrival to the project. ARCHELON will not offer/ let camping equipment to volunteers.
Normally, all personal objects of volunteers remain in their tents. In some projects there are possibilities for using other space for safe storage. Please check the participation guide you have received with your letter of acceptance.
Unfortunately, ARCHELON is not organizing pickups from the airport. You will need to plan carefully your full itinerary up to the project meeting point, which is the Research Field Station. You have received instructions on how to get there, in the participation guide you have received with your letter of acceptance.
Yes of course. Please email directly the Project Officer upon the end of your placement and ask for a certificate of participation.
Yes, you can apply for full time volunteering at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center. Please read carefully about these options in the BECOME A VOLUNTEER- Our projects. In case you are a resident of Athens and the surrounding areas you may consider the possibility of part time volunteering. You can find more in the BECOME A VOLUNTEER- Special categories & other opportunities section of our website.
Yes. The maximum duration of full-time volunteering at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center is 5 months. For the summer field projects the maximum is the whole period from the start until the end of the project.
In the Personal State of Health Declaration you give information for your own health, to be used in case of emergency. The confirmation or certificate from your doctor is a document that you need to get from your doctor (a general practitioner usually) which confirms that you are in good health and good physical condition, and that your health will not be affected by the project. In case of any specific health issue, ARCHELON will ask for an additional document from the doctor treating you (a specialist usually), 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.
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.
It depends on the health issue. You need to consider that field projects are normally quite demanding physically, with long hours of walking on the beach and some of the time under the sun, with excessive heat. Accommodation in most projects is in tents, in camping grounds with quite basic living conditions. If you are considering a participation in the Rescue center or the Amvrakikos Gulf project, remember that there is daily turtle lifting and transport of adult turtles weighing up to 80 kg daily. Finally, you may consider that living and interacting in an international environment with unknown people may cause stress to some people. 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 your participation.
Yes, in the Sea Turtle Rescue Center Project. Be reminded that EVS volunteers follow a completely different procedure, which takes at least 6 months to be completed. EVS volunteers usually stay for about 6 months in ARCHELON. We accept emails from candidates twice every year at the end of July and the end of November. You can email us (volunteers@archelon.gr ) with your CV and Cover Letter in the dates mentioned above. Please mention if you have a sending organisation. The selection is taking place in early August and early December for activities starting in March or September every year. Please note that the EVS posts are few in number.
Yes, we do have posts for interns. Please make sure you read carefully the information given in the BECOME A VOLUNTEER- Special categories & other opportunities section of our website about interns. Keep in mind that these are NOT research posts, so no unpublished scientific data can be collected or used in any report you may be asked to submit after your internship. Interns are considered as full time volunteers of the projects and ARCHELON is unable to give any additional training /support to them. You will need to fill in and submit the online application, mentioning you are interested in an internship.
Yes, under some specific prerequisites. Please read carefully the information given in the BECOME A VOLUNTEER- Special categories & other opportunities section of our website about research opportunities.

 

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