Travel to the beautiful Kyparissia Bay in the southern Peloponnese of Greece and discover the local area whilst you learn more about the critical conservation efforts of these turtles. Our interns are based in the most important Loggerhead sea turtle nesting areas in the whole of Greece and have a unique opportunity to truly immerse themselves in protecting the environment and developing their own skills. The project is geared at providing long term benefits to the local environment and community.
Interns will engage in daily morning surveys to record nesting activity and protect turtle nests against predation by mammals and inundation by sea water. Furthermore, interns will inform overseas visitors and the local community about the conservation of these turtles. All our internships are geared at developing your leadership and role model skills, allowing you to develop a variety of soft and hard skills that will boost your marine conservation experience. GVI have been running community development, education, and conservation projects since 1997 and our highly experienced field staff will help you gain and improve vital skill sets to improve your future job prospects. This internship offers the opportunity for you to gain additional qualifications and experience in a conservation environment, giving you a fantastic starting point for developing your conservation career.
Working with one of the most endangered species in the Mediterranean and discovering the beauty of Greece’s Mediterranean coast. You can look forward to the thrill of seeing turtles lay their eggs and watching the hatchlings head for the sea. Experience the Greek culture first hand in a beautiful area which you can explore in your free time; take a great first step towards your career in practical conservation or simply making a lasting one-off contribution to the preservation of endangered turtles.
"I’ve met so many interesting people who have opened my eyes to ideas and places I hadn’t even thought about before. It seems ages ago that I saw my first hatchling waddle out to sea under the equally spellbinding night sky with the Milky Way as their roof and the moon leading them. I have really enjoyed working for the turtles and it feels so good to being doing something for the world no matter how small my actions, every bit counts! I feel like a better person for this special experience. This has been a highlight of my life."
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Life on the Internship
Interns will be trained to participate in a variety of important tasks, as the work we do here is varied and interns will rotate around the different roles. During your internship you will spend time on the following tasks:
· Turtle patrol (morning and night surveys)
· Scientific data collection and analysis.
· Camp duty
· Bamboo harvesting (used to protect the nests)
· Nest shade making (used to prevent hatchlings from getting disorientated)
· Environmental education for the locals and tourists
Your accommodation will be in tents right next to the beach, where you will be able to hear the sound of the waves as you wake up in the morning. The campsite has a number of facilities, including a mini-market, a typical Greek restaurant and access to the wifi.
Interns will work hard, but will also have plenty of time to soak up the sun on the sandy white beaches or relax with other interns back at the campsite.
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GVI works in collaboration with a Greek organisation that has been conducting research in this area since 1983, making it one of the oldest conservation projects in the Mediterranean.
Key internship tasks may include:
· Patrolling the beach to locate new tracks and nests
· Recording data and taking measurements
· Elaborating the paperwork where the data is recorded
· Installing protective nest grids
· Nest relocation (if required)
· Nest excavation (from August onwards)
· Bamboo harvesting - assembling nest grids
· Educating public about the project
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Optional Side Trips
Whilst not part of the program most interns will have the opportunity to visit the Villages of Giannitsochori an Elaia, and the towns of Kyparissia and Kalo Nero that are all very close to the campsite. Kalo Nero is a little town with a few lovely beach bars with stunning sea view where you can see one of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece. From the top of the Kyparissia castle the entire bay can be seen. On occasion the project staff may take interns to Turtle beach where it is sometimes possible to snorkel with turtles.
The Archaeological Site of Mystras is now a world heritage site. It was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erected in 1249 and since then has been conquered, re-conquered, occupied and abandoned. Now only the medieval ruins remain.
Monemvassia is a well-known medieval fortress with an adjacent town, located on a small peninsula off the east coast of the Peloponnese near Laconia. Its remains include the defensive structures and the small adjacent town and Byzantine churches . Its name derives from two Greek words, ‘mone’ and ‘emvassia’, meaning "single entrance". Many of the streets are narrow and fit only for pedestrians. Areopoli is the second-largest town in Mani and is one of the few areas in Greece that was not under occupation rule. The inhabitants, in the past, built their homes like small fortresses in order to feel secure. Now you will find narrow streets, majestic tours, markets and a small port.
Further Travel Opportunities
Greece is a country with one of the most fascinating histories in Europe. If you have the available time and funds, then you should definitely try and explore it further. Possible side trips include relaxing on some of the island beaches, visiting the traditional villages of Metsovo and Kythira, taking in the ambience of Nafplio or Corfu Town, investigating the royal tombs at Vergina, and above all, seeing the ancient ruins at Delphi, the Acropolis and Olympia. Ferries depart from Gythio to Crete twice a week and from there it is possible to island hop back to Athens.
Meet Alyssa, also known as “Miz or Missouri”, one of our very enthusiastic staff for this upcoming season here in Greece. Miz has always had a passion for wildlife and sharing her knowledge with the world. Her entire childhood was filled with nursing orphaned rabbits, and opossums back to good health and releasing them back into the wild.
She aspires one day to open her own rehabilitation center in South-west Missouri. Miz has worked on a number of GVI projects including Costa Rica, India, and Greece. She has had the opportunity to work with 5 of the 7 species of sea turtles and hopes to get the opportunity to work with the remaining two in the near future!