Volunteers work alongside local partner staff, looking out for incredible mega-fauna in the area, visiting breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle, as well as the endangered giant tortoises. Learn more about conservation and contribute to a meaningful project!
Terrestrial Expedition Volunteer Programme, Seychelles Curieuse Island
Volunteer pricing for 2014:
4 weeks GBP 1395 / EUR1675 / USD2370
8 weeks GBP 2195 / EUR2635 / USD3730
12 weeks GBP 2995 / EUR3595 / USD5090
Start dates on the Terrestrial Volunteer Programme:
Seasonal - only runs from September until March
2014 start dates:
On this expedition you will focus on several key conservation efforts. Volunteers on this project assist the Seychelles government and local NGOs on their priority conservation programmes on Curiesue Island, including tortoise conservation programs, seasonal turtle nesting research and in water turtle surveys, Coco de Mer palms census, seasonal endangered endemic bird monitoring, habitat management and National Park conservation and rehabilitation; together with additional training and assistance to our partner organisations.
• Turtle Nesting - Involves long walks up and down the beach each day looking for turtle tracks and turtles. If any are seen then the site, size, species, nest, carapace and id markings need to be recorded. In water snorkels are also done using a search pattern and data recorded.
• Turtle Snorkels - Must bring fins, mask, snorkel as will be conducting U-shaped and expanding square search patterns for Turtles observing and recording behaviour of any turtles seen along with gender, species, size, noticeable markings, food type etc.
• Coco de Mer - Endemic to the Seychelles. Volunteers record information on the male and female species. Often get to go to the Valle de Mer on Praslin and meet Chris Kaiser (a consultant and researcher on the topic) who teaches volunteers about the plants.
• Giant Tortoise census - A population lives on Curieuse. They are hunted and eggs taken to either eat or sell on as pets etc. Therefore population is carefully guarded especially the babies! When a giant tortoise “escapes” the local rangers take the volunteers looking for them, tracking them and counting any new nests and eggs laid.
• Mangrove census - Mangroves on Curieuse virtually wholly destroyed during the 2004 Tsunami. Trying to find the right way to carry out the rehabilitation as previous attempts have been unsuccessful. Learning about 6 of the 7 different mangrove species that grow in the Seychelles on Curieuse and how to identify them to record useful data.
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
What will I be doing?
Focussing on Turtle Conservation
- Living in one of the most visually stunning countries in the world
- Working alongside local partner staff
- Swimming in the Indian Ocean at the end of hard day’s work
- Exploring the other islands of the Seychelles
- Enjoying snorkeling and seeing turtles in the water
- Trying a fun dive
- Looking out for incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as whale sharks, manta rays, and dolphins from the boat
- Exploring National Parks
- Visiting breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle and endangered giant tortoises
- Having an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world
- Pre-departure support, 24-hour emergency phone and round-the-clock support on location
- Airport pick-up will be at 7:30 am the day before the expedition start date
- Arrival- and location orientation, and welcome meeting from long-term experienced staff
- Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
- All meals
- All necessary project equipment and materials except dive kit, and project training by experienced staff
- First Aid & CPR training
- Community work workshop
- Marine research training
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Additional drinks and gratuities
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes
- Airport Transfers if not on scheduled time
- Project Cost Includes
- Project Cost Excludes
No previous experience is required. However, volunteers must be physically fit as the project involves daily hikes across the island and up quite steep hillsides in the heat and humidity of the day.
Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health and physical fitness. Volunteers must be very physically fit as the project involves daily hikes across the island and up the quite steep hillsides in the heat and humidity of the day.