Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society Greece
Archelon, was founded in 1983 and works to protect sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles. In 1990, the organisation began running summer field projects on Crete to monitor and protect the nesting population of Loggerhead turtles, and raise awareness among local people and tourists.
Our volunteers will join Archelon’s large number of volunteers from all over the world and be accommodated across various campsites. Each campsite is in a different site on the island, up to an hour’s travelling distance between each.
- Morning surveys searching for baby turtle tracks and locating nests, marking of hatching nests and dealing with any hatchlings that are still on the beach
- Night surveys to tag adult female turtles during nesting season
- Excavations of hatched nests to determine the hatching success
- Beach patrols to inform beach users how to behave on the nesting beaches to prevent harming the nests
- Safe-guarding of nesting beaches at night to prevent people from entering the beaches and therefore disturbing turtles
- Running of information kiosk to help raise awareness
- Presenting and managing information events at hotels and on touristic boats
- Assisting with camp-life, e.g. cooking and cleaning on a rota basis
Project location: Crete, Greece
Duration: 4 weeks
Accommodation: Camping with fellow volunteers on campsites arranged by charity organisation
Fundraising: £100 to contribute directly to the charity that you will be working with.
Project Fees: £850 (all volunteers are eligible for our £100 Global Engagement Bursary, which would make total fees payable £750)
To read more about our project in Greece, please download our Volunteer Information Document.