Program Details

  • Program Type: Volunteer
  • Location: Seychelles
  • Starting Price: EUR 2,010.00
Seychelles

Travel to the Curieuse Island and join one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection organisations in the Seychelles.

 
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Location: Curieuse Island, Seychelles

Duration : 4 to 12 weeks

Start Dates: See dates tab

Highlights: 

  • Help sea turtle hatchlings in their first journey to the sea
  • Climb into a Coco de Mer palm with stunning views over the bay
  • Release a baby shark after collecting valuable measurements
  • Take a minute to unwind in the company of the island's gentle giant tortoises
  • Snorkel in crystal clear waters alongside coral, fish, turtles, eagle-rays, reef sharks, and spot dolphins from the boat
  • Spend your free time exploring the neighboring islands

Program Focuces:

On this expedition, you will focus on several key conservation efforts within and around the Curieuse Marine National Park which may include the following:
 

  •  Lemon Shark Project: we are conducting a capture, release and recapture study of the lemon shark population using P.I.T. (Passive Integrated Transponder) tags. Peak shark tagging season in September to January, far less activity outside of that time.
  • Hawksbill Turtle Surveys: we conduct year-round, weekly patrols of the beaches, recording data on nesting turtles and tagging females, monitoring the beaches for signs of nesting activity, and marking nests when we locate them. The peak Hawksbill season runs from September to March, although some nest excavations usually continue into April.
  •  Mangrove Distribution Surveys: Curieuse Island has one of the largest remaining areas of mangrove forest left within the Seychelles inner granitic islands. GVI Seychelles Curieuse is investigating seedling recruitment and mortality and further determining species distribution across the mangroves. Mangrove surveys are conducted in February and August.
  • Giant Tortoise Census: we conduct an annual census of the giant tortoise population and record key measurements on growth and distribution. The free-ranging tortoise census is conducted during the months of April to September, but monitoring of captive juveniles year-round.
  • Beach Profiling: our beach profiling studies monitor changes in beach width, slope and area annually in July and August, and contribute to a long-term data set describing annual changes in our beaches.
  • Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) Surveys: we are conducting BRUV surveys to assess the populations of carnivorous and scavenging fish species along the remote north shore of Curieuse Island. BRUVs are conducted throughout April and May.
  • Rat Eradication Project: we are conducting an experimental eradication of the invasive rat population in a two-hectare area of forest to allow recovery and recolonisation of native species, this is a year-round project. Throughout the year volunteers may also have opportunities to participate in an array of other projects developed by interns participating in our program.  

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Testimonials

  • Eilidh Johnston, (United Kingdom) Island Conservation Expedition

    I gained invaluable field surveying experience which helped to solidify what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. I have applied to university to study Environmental Science and hopefully pursue a career in environmental research.

  • Lynsey Wheater, (UK) Marine Conservation Expedition

    I had a brilliant time, the staff were really friendly and welcoming and I loved all the diving/Coco de Mer surveys and turtle walks. There was so much variety and a lot to learn – I would definitely go back. This experience has made me change my career to what I love and I’m currently now looking for marine research/science work throughout the world. The GVI experience has made me reconsider what I want from life

Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
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Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Activities & excursions
  • Personal spending

Terms and conditions for volunteers

  • Up to date CV/ resume
  • Copy of return flight itinerary
  • Police clearance
  • Basic level of English; understanding and speaking
  • Acceptance subject to availability of position

Payment & Cancellation

The non-refundable deposit payment is due within 48 hours of notice of acceptance onto the program. Deposits are currently €300(or equivalent) or €900 (or equivalent) for Programs costing €5000 (or equivalent) or more, or for Programs with a duration of 90 days or more.

For Programs with a deposit of €300 or equivalent 50% of the balance will be due 16 weeks before departure and the outstanding balance must be paid by the Participant no later than 10 weeks prior to departure. For Programs with a deposit of €900 or equivalent 50% of the balance will be due 20 weeks before departure and the outstanding balance must be paid by the Participant no later than 12 weeks prior to departure.

For Programs with a deposit of €300 or equivalent the Participant will be entitled to cancel at any time up until 16 weeks before departure. For Programs with a deposit of €900 or equivalent , the Participant will be entitled to cancel at any time up until 20 weeks before departure. In the event of timely cancellation, the Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of the deposit, but will be entitled to a refund of any other monies paid. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of €15, or equivalent. In the event of cancellation after the deadlines above, the Participant shall not be entitled to a refund of any monies paid.

national-geographic-logo.jpgOur partner on this programme is the Seychelles National Parks Authority. Data collected from your efforts will be passed to the Seychelles Ministry of Environment and participating NGOs to be used in creating local conservation policies and shared worldwide with other conservation teams and efforts.

In conjunction with our partners, we are one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection in Seychelles. We help local organisations execute projects that they do not have the manpower to do alone.

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