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Volunteering in Greece – Looking for Turtles


Volunteer in Greece – Under 18 Sea Turtle Conservation
Giannitsochori, Greece

As soon as you get to the airport, there is someone from the organization waiting for you and ready to help you out. It’s a four hours bus ride from the airport to the campsite, but it’s a great time to get to know the rest of the volunteers and sleep a bit.

The campsite
The campsite

 

Everything is really well organized and straightforward. There are three shifts. Two at night and one in the morning and obviously, you will never get more than one shift per day. The night shifts involve walking along the beach looking for turtles and waiting for them to nest. If they nest you get to watch them lay eggs and help measure and tag them. It’s honestly an amazing experience because it’s something so different and unique. The morning patrols consist of writing down all the turtle tracks and finding nests to help secure them.

A GoEco volunteer digging for a nest
Digging for a nest.

You then have a lot of free time during the day to go to the beach which is where we spent most of our time. The beach is so beautiful and so clear. We would tan and rest and play with the volleyball in the water.

Playing volleyball at the beach.
Playing volleyball at the beach.

It’s also recommended to rest during the day at one of the hammocks in the campsite because I can assure you, you will need it. The shifts can be exhausting.

Taking a much needed nap
Taking a much needed nap

There is also a taberna where you can buy some food like ice-cream and coca cola and also get wifi to talk to people back home. It was an amazing experience and a trip I would highly recommend volunteering in Greece.

All the volunteers taking a group shot at the beach.
All the volunteers taking a group shot at the beach.

Get involved and begin the journey of your lifetime! Click here for more details about Under 18 Sea Turtle Conservation!

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