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Volunteer at Wildlife Sense in Kefalonia, Greece

24 Feb Posted by in Greece, Volunteer | Comments
Volunteer at Wildlife Sense in Kefalonia, Greece
 

Wildlife Sense Kefalonia is a research-based sea turtle and wildlife conservation project on the island of Kefalonia, Greece. The project operates in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, the Municipality of Kefalonia, and the National Park of Ainos, where some of the conservation actions take place.

Their primary focus is on sea turtle conservation, both through protecting new nests on some of the island’s busiest beaches, and by monitoring and protecting the adult turtle population. Volunteer tasks range from morning patrols to locate and protect new nests, turtle identification patrols in areas where sea turtles swim, vegetation surveys in the National Park of Ainos, and informing locals and visitors about the island’s biodiversity.

Learning is emphasized throughout the project, so that volunteers acquire practical experience on a wide range of wildlife research and conservation practices, including their legal and social aspects, which are often the most controversial aspects of conservation.

What to Expect

Most mornings will begin by either biking to the nesting beaches at sunrise to identify and record new for sea turtle tracks/nests, or walking around the Argostoli harbor collecting important behavioral data on the permanent sea turtle population that resides within the Bay of Argostoli.

Taking nest measurements on morning survey

Taking nest measurements on morning survey

Volunteers will gain valuable research experience, increase their knowledge in the field of conservation and improve interpersonal skills while exploring new places, experiencing a new culture and making lifetime friends. Most importantly volunteers will be helping preserve some of the unique and endangered wildlife of Kefalonia.

How to Get There

Flying into the Argostoli Airport (EFL) is the fastest way to get to Kefalonia and is only a 20 minute drive from the base camp. However, the more affordable option is to fly into Athens International Airport (ATH) and take a bus to Kefalonia. There is a KTEL bus to Argostoli available from the Athens Kifisou bus station. To get to the Kifisou bus station from the Athens International airport, simply get on the X93 bus available from the Athens International airport.

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Minimum stay of 2 weeks
  • Comfortable riding a bicycle
  • Able to walk/bike during a hot day

What’s Included

  • All accommodation while participating in the project
  • Tent and camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
  • Cookware and equipment
  • Trained crew leader and support
  • Educational tour of the island
  • Use of all tools and equipment

What’s Not Included

  • Flights
  • Transport to the island
  • Travel insurance
  • Food
  • Personal expenses

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