Support turtle and tortoise conservation efforts in the magnificent sun-drenched Curieuse Island in the Seychelles. Spend your days in the forests, on the beach and snorkelling in the warm clear water, conducting valuable research.
AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Live within a National Park on a tropical island where giant tortoises outnumber people!
- Assist the Seychelles government and local NGOs with research, including tortoise conservation programs and seasonal turtle nesting research
- Help track down Sicklefin lemon shark pups for our catch-and-release project, gathering population and growth rate information on this understudied species
- Get up close and personal with the island’s amazing wildlife: watch as a female Hawkbill turtle crawls out of the sea to lay her eggs, help sea turtle hatchlings in their journey to the sea or release a baby shark after collecting valuable measurements
- Take a minute to unwind in the company of the island’s gentle Giant tortoises or relax with a swim in the Indian Ocean at the end of a hard day’s work
- Snorkel in crystal clear waters alongside coral, fish, turtles, eagle-rays and reef sharks, and spot dolphins from the boat.
- Experience breath-taking sunsets while making life-long friends and having an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world
- Live and work from an iconic tropical island, in rustic accommodation near the beach
About the Destination
Colorful tropical life abounds below the Indian Ocean waters of the Seychelles. For many people, a holiday here is an opportunity to kick back, relax and enjoy the fantastic food, beaches and culture. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful locations in the world for a volunteer working holiday. Whether it’s part of a gap year program, or a shorter stay, you will discover a piece of paradise.
The Seychelles’ climate is generally warm without hot or cold extremes. The temperature rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C. Life at home base will be simple, island living, sleeping in basic dormitory style accommodation with shared bathrooms as well as shared cooking and cleaning duties.
Facilities will be more basic than you are accustomed to so please travel with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to local conditions. Meals are prepared by volunteers on a rotational basis. The weekends are yours to explore and there is plenty to see and do, making this a guaranteed trip of a lifetime.
Fun & Travel
This is the world’s largest coral atoll enclosing a huge tidal lagoon. SCUBA diver or snorkel here and experience a unique underwater world with the chance of seeing tiger sharks and manta rays.
Land and Water Sports
You can enjoy the warm Indian Ocean waters on board a yacht, catamaran or sailboat. You can also windsurf, scuba dive, snorkel and fish in a variety of different locations. Play a beautifully scenic round of golf, go on a horseback ride, bike and hike as you explore a bit of paradise.
Dates & Rates
- All airport collection and returns
- All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
- 24 hour in-country support with experienced long-term staff
- All necessary project equipment and training, including First Aid, CPR and wildlife research training
- Medical and travel insurance
- Flights to your chosen destination
- Visa-related fees
- Weekend trips and other non-project activities
- Items of a personal nature, including gifts, curios and snacks
How your volunteer fee is used:
Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.
African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.
Today, the Seychelles is known for success in protecting its flora and fauna and has managed to ensure an intact and stable natural environment. It holds a record for the highest percentage of land under natural conservation at nearly 50 percent of the total land area. Like many fragile island ecosystems, the Seychelles saw the loss of biodiversity during its early history, including the disappearance of most of the giant tortoises, forests and the extinction of certain animal species.
“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.”
Elidh Johnston, UK
“The survey work was incredible, especially the turtle surveying where I was lucky enough to experience several turtles lay eggs and even some hatchlings surface from the nest. Also being in a tight knit group of volunteers where it almost felt like a family, some will become friends for life.”
Ronnie Smith, UK