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Conservation Projects in the Seychelles

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Strengths

  • 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
  • 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 description

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. The program in 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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Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up
  • Meals while on project
  • Safe and basic accommodations
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • Location orientation

Not included in the price

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

Your accommodation

Participants sleep in dorm rooms of up to 10 people. Bathrooms are shared but split-sex, with showers and flush toilets. The entire building is equipped with electricity.

 

Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters are a national park, managed by our local partner, the Seychelles National Parks Authority. Our beach-front camp is located on the white sand beach of Anse St Jose and overlooks Praslin (Seychelles’ second largest island), a short boat ride away.

Activities

Additional information

Conditions

- 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
A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 

Cancellation

A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.

Other

Founded in 1998, our partner organistion run award winning programs in 21 locations, in 13 countries around the world, each manned by their own staff and aligned to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs as well as the objectives of local partners. 

 

As an organisation, their aim is to constantly develop an understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, they aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Their Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better.

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Conservation Projects in the Seychelles
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