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Island Conservation Expedition to the Seychelles

Contribute to terrestrial conservation efforts and experience an unspoilt island paradise

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Wildlife Conservation

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£1,495.00

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Travel to the Curieuse Island and join one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection organisations in the Seychelles. Take part in critical research and conservation research within a national park and help support the creation of conservation policies. Live amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as you work with endemic flora and fauna while also contributing towards the long-term survival of endangered species such as the hawksbill turtle.    
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Overview

Join a team of international volunteers as an expedition member and volunteer to assist the local government with crucial wildlife and terrestrial conservation projects in the stunning Seychelles Islands.

You will work with an abundance of flora and fauna in and around the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, assisting on priority conservation projects on Curieuse Island. Exploring the beautiful forests and beaches, you might even chance upon the sighting of some bigger animals in the area such as whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays, either from shore or on your free time.

If you are looking to learn more about conservation, contribute to a meaningful project and want to spend some time in an incredible location, you do not have to look any further.

Highlights:

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 days work, exploring the other islands of the Seychelles, enjoying snorkelling 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.

Testimonials

"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."

- Eilidh Johnston, (United Kingdom)

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Students

What's 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Parents

Why Study Abroad

GVI Difference

What's 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Course Life

This expedition covers a wide range of conservation efforts as you rotate between projects. You will spend the majority of your time on foot working in the forests and on the beaches, experiencing different field techniques and varied project sites.

At the end of each workday, you will return to our base with the rest of your team to relax together. You will share camp duties on a rotational basis, as well as sleeping in shared dormitory style accommodation.

You should expect to work 5 ½ days each week, Monday to Friday, with weekends free for you to explore the surrounding area, snorkel, dive or just enjoy island living.

What's 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Course Details

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

Lemon Shark Project 
The mangrove system on Curieuse Island is an important nursery ground for the sicklefin lemon shark (Negaprion acutidens). GVI Seychelles is conducting a capture and release study of the shark population using P.I.T. tags and acoustic tracking. Presently, very little is known about these creatures and we hope to answer many questions such as what time of the year do they pup, what is the survival and growth rate and in which areas are they found.

Bird Monitoring
GVI is undertaking a baseline study of the bird life that is found on Curieuse Island. Regular bird surveys record species that are utilising different parts of the island with new sightings sent to the Seychelles Birds Record Committee.

Coco de Mer Survey
The endemic Coco de Mer has the largest seed of all living plants and is found only on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse. Following on from a successful census of the trees covering Curieuse Island the GVI team is now conducting a growth study of these charismatic palms.

Mangrove Distribution Surveys
Curieuse Island has the largest remaining area of mangrove forest left within the Seychelles inner granitic islands. GVI Seychelles is conducting a mangrove distribution survey in relation to hydrology, temperature, salinity and tidal inundation.

Giant Tortoise Census
Giant tortoises were relocated to Curieuse Island in the 1980s as part of conservation efforts to protect the species. Over the last thirty years, the population has reproduced successfully and spread throughout the island. GVI conducts an annual census of the tortoise population and records key measurements on growth and distribution.

Hawksbill Turtle Surveys
Curieuse Island has some of the most important hawksbill turtle nesting beaches within Seychelles. Throughout nesting season, GVI conducts patrols of the beaches, recording data on nesting turtles and tagging females.

In conjunction with the Seychelles National Parks Authority, you may also find yourself participating in various educational campaigns and activities including mangrove replanting, endemic flora re-vegetation, beach cleans and environmental education classes.

How this project makes a difference:

Our 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 organisations in Seychelles. We help local organisations execute projects that they do not have the manpower to do alone.

What's 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Life on the Internship

This expedition covers a wide range of conservation efforts as you rotate between projects. You will spend the majority of your time on foot working in the forests and on the beaches, experiencing different field techniques and varied project sites.

At the end of each workday, you will return to our base with the rest of your team to relax together. You will share camp duties on a rotational basis, as well as sleeping in shared dormitory style accommodation.

You should expect to work 5 ½ days each week, Monday to Friday, with weekends free for you to explore the surrounding area, snorkel, dive or just enjoy island living.

What's 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Program Details

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

Lemon Shark Project 
The mangrove system on Curieuse Island is an important nursery ground for the sicklefin lemon shark (Negaprion acutidens). GVI Seychelles is conducting a capture and release study of the shark population using P.I.T. tags and acoustic tracking. Presently, very little is known about these creatures and we hope to answer many questions such as what time of the year do they pup, what is the survival and growth rate and in which areas are they found.

Bird Monitoring
GVI is undertaking a baseline study of the bird life that is found on Curieuse Island. Regular bird surveys record species that are utilising different parts of the island with new sightings sent to the Seychelles Birds Record Committee.

Coco de Mer Survey
The endemic Coco de Mer has the largest seed of all living plants and is found only on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse. Following on from a successful census of the trees covering Curieuse Island the GVI team is now conducting a growth study of these charismatic palms.

Mangrove Distribution Surveys
Curieuse Island has the largest remaining area of mangrove forest left within the Seychelles inner granitic islands. GVI Seychelles is conducting a mangrove distribution survey in relation to hydrology, temperature, salinity and tidal inundation.

Giant Tortoise Census
Giant tortoises were relocated to Curieuse Island in the 1980s as part of conservation efforts to protect the species. Over the last thirty years, the population has reproduced successfully and spread throughout the island. GVI conducts an annual census of the tortoise population and records key measurements on growth and distribution.

Hawksbill Turtle Surveys
Curieuse Island has some of the most important hawksbill turtle nesting beaches within Seychelles. Throughout nesting season, GVI conducts patrols of the beaches, recording data on nesting turtles and tagging females.

In conjunction with the Seychelles National Parks Authority, you may also find yourself participating in various educational campaigns and activities including mangrove replanting, endemic flora re-vegetation, beach cleans and environmental education classes.

How this project makes a difference:

Our 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 organisations in Seychelles. We help local organisations execute projects that they do not have the manpower to do alone.

What's 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Project Life

This expedition covers a wide range of conservation efforts as you rotate between projects. You will spend the majority of your time on foot working in the forests and on the beaches, experiencing different field techniques and varied project sites.

At the end of each workday, you will return to our base with the rest of your team to relax together. You will share camp duties on a rotational basis, as well as sleeping in shared dormitory style accommodation.

You should expect to work 5 ½ days each week, Monday to Friday, with weekends free for you to explore the surrounding area, snorkel, dive or just enjoy island living.

What's 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Project Details

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

Lemon Shark Project 
The mangrove system on Curieuse Island is an important nursery ground for the sicklefin lemon shark (Negaprion acutidens). GVI Seychelles is conducting a capture and release study of the shark population using P.I.T. tags and acoustic tracking. Presently, very little is known about these creatures and we hope to answer many questions such as what time of the year do they pup, what is the survival and growth rate and in which areas are they found.

Bird Monitoring
GVI is undertaking a baseline study of the bird life that is found on Curieuse Island. Regular bird surveys record species that are utilising different parts of the island with new sightings sent to the Seychelles Birds Record Committee.

Coco de Mer Survey
The endemic Coco de Mer has the largest seed of all living plants and is found only on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse. Following on from a successful census of the trees covering Curieuse Island the GVI team is now conducting a growth study of these charismatic palms.

Mangrove Distribution Surveys
Curieuse Island has the largest remaining area of mangrove forest left within the Seychelles inner granitic islands. GVI Seychelles is conducting a mangrove distribution survey in relation to hydrology, temperature, salinity and tidal inundation.

Giant Tortoise Census
Giant tortoises were relocated to Curieuse Island in the 1980s as part of conservation efforts to protect the species. Over the last thirty years, the population has reproduced successfully and spread throughout the island. GVI conducts an annual census of the tortoise population and records key measurements on growth and distribution.

Hawksbill Turtle Surveys
Curieuse Island has some of the most important hawksbill turtle nesting beaches within Seychelles. Throughout nesting season, GVI conducts patrols of the beaches, recording data on nesting turtles and tagging females.

In conjunction with the Seychelles National Parks Authority, you may also find yourself participating in various educational campaigns and activities including mangrove replanting, endemic flora re-vegetation, beach cleans and environmental education classes.

How this project makes a difference:

Our 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 organisations in Seychelles. We help local organisations execute projects that they do not have the manpower to do alone.

What's 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Free Time

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate in programmes assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your downtime or further afield either before or after your programme. Below is some information on trips and travel options in the Seychelles.

Optional Side Trips

Volunteers may have the opportunity to visit the islands of Praslin and La Digue. Praslin is home to the Vallee de Mai (a world heritage site) thought by early explorers to be the original “Garden of Eden”, that is home of the famous Coco de Mer palm tree that produces the huge double nut famous for its provocative shape. La Digue is the picture perfect tropical island, small and intimate with quaint guest houses and arguably the most beautiful beach in the world – Anse Source d’Argent.

Victoria is the capital city of the Seychelles, the smallest capital city in the world. Volunteers often visit to catch up at internet cafes, do a little shopping, or visit the market to soak up the local atmosphere.

Public transport is cheap and frequent and all parts of Mahe can be explored easily by catching a bus. Many volunteers spend happy times bouncing around the island roads on buses taking in the beautiful scenery whilst enjoying the company of locals going about their daily business.

Further Travelling Opportunities

With 115 islands in the Seychelles group stretching over 800 miles, the possibilities of exploring this tropical paradise are endless. The inner islands, situated closer to Mahe are easily accessible by fast ferry. Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette, Felicity and Sister, to name a few, all have their own unique charms with hotels and guest houses within most people’s price range.

The outer islands such as Desroche, Bird, Dennis, Farquar and the Amirantes group are harder to get to and can only be reached by small plane or charter yacht. Most have small exclusive resorts which can be extremely expensive, but the marine environment and bird life at these outposts of civilization have been barely marked by the hand of man, and as such are in a pristine condition rarely found anywhere in the world today.

The Team

Bridgette Rademakers
Science Officer

Meet Bridgette, officially titled Marine Gypsy Queen for her love of the marine environment and habit of tip toeing around the world. Bridgette joined GVI Curieuse Island Conservation Expedition in July 2015. After experiencing a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with juvenile sharks in the dazzling waters of St Joseph Atoll, she couldn’t dare to part with the wildlife and island lifestyle of the Seychelles. The fact that she now gets to wake up every morning in the big blue, that is the Indian Ocean, and help conserve this piece of paradise while inspiring others along the way is pure magic!

Bridgette has traversed 4 seas and 3 continents to get here from New Zealand, where she obtained her BSc in Geography. Prior to joining GVI Bridgette’s days consisted of fighting pollution much akin to that of Captain Planet, playing with some seaweed in the Pacific, giving a sea turtle a cuddle or two in Thailand and Western Australia, and somehow squeezing in a sneaky car rally, one third of the way around the world, on her time off.

What would Bridgette’s perfect day consist of? Waking up to blue skies and sunshine (despite her red-headed roots she still manages to get a sweet tan). Then heading off to explore new places above and below the sea, all the while sharing her discoveries with a great bunch of people. With the perfect ending involving copious amounts of chocolate eating and a spectacular sunset. So pretty much a stock standard work day with GVI!!

Chris Mason-Parker
Country Director

Meet Chris, our Country Director for Seychelles. Chris first joined GVI back in 2009 as Field Staff on a Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico before transferring to Seychelles a year later.

Chris says there have been numerous highlights to working for GVI, not least the opportunity to encounter some amazing creatures, including whale sharks, giant tortoises and nesting turtles. The most satisfaction though has been seeing the Seychelles programmes develop and diversify over the years. Today GVI Seychelles projects are conducting research and collecting critical data on numerous species within a variety of habitats; an achievement that would not be possible without the volunteers.

Chris’ favourite part of the job is its unpredictability from one day to the next. Whether it is meeting with project partners and government ministers, or standing knee deep in murky water attempting to catch a lemon shark, no two days are ever the same!

Mariliana Leotta
Base Manager

Mariliana had been in the GVI family for nearly two years before joining the Seychelles team, having previously held the role of Base Manager for the Costa Rica Jalova wildlife projects. But it was no surprise when she applied to come back to the Seychelles to get back into marine conservation work. Mariliana started her ocean career with a Masters of Science in Biological Science, later becoming a PADI dive instructor, underwater videographer, and dive centre manager for many years.

She has also been a professional traveller for nearly three decades, spending long periods of time in Indonesia, Egypt, Seychelles, Costa Rica, Mexico, and many other countries. Now that she’s back in the Seychelles for the third time, she can’t wait to lead a team of conservationists in one of her favourite countries.

Anna Koester
Science Coordinator

Meet Anna, the head of the science department here on the marine conservation program. Anna comes to us with a strong knowledge of marine surveys and conservation, having done a Bachelors in Environmental and Resource Management and a Masters in Tropical Marine Biology, combined with field experience in Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia, and the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, Greece. She completed her PADI Divemaster certification in Tofo, Mozambique where she spent many an hour surrounded by whale sharks and manta rays and was thrilled at the opportunity to work in the Seychelles, because who wouldn’t want to work where most people holiday?

Anna always travels with her music, a good book, and at least one extra hanger, and has been doing so for years. While born and raised in Germany, Anna spent a year working in Australia, including six months on a banana plantation (maybe she can do something to our little banana patch?!), several months studying and working in Greece, and completed her Masters degree in Essex, England. She even got stuck in Turkey when a worker strike prevented her from taking the ferry back to Greece, and so was “forced” to spend an extra week travelling. Tough life.

Hamadi Mwamlavya
Science Officer

Hamadi, or Teja as he’s sometimes called, hails from Kenya where he was previously a staff member on the Shimoni GVI conservation base.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Coastal and Marine Resource Management at Kenyatta University before joining the Shimoni team, where he once had a super close encounter with a humpback whale mother and her calf.  They could have toppled their boat but luckily they chose to go underneath and resurfaced on the other side of the boat, just inches away!!  We’re hoping he brings more exciting megafauna encounters to Bay Ternay.

For Hamadi, the Seychelles has always been his ‘ultimate dive destination,’ so the opportunity to work and dive here while getting very involved in the marine research GVI does on Mahe and gaining extra skills in the field was an ideal opportunity.   He has also blessed Cap Ternay base with some delicious Kenyan recipes and unmatched limbo skills, so we’re more than happy to have him on board.

Matt Waller
Science Officer

Meet Matt, our King of the Fish, or so he calls himself.  As a recent graduate of marine biology at Plymouth University, Matt began his GVI experience as a volunteer here in the Seychelles back in early 2013, but after a few months exploring the underwater world (and big sharks) of Australia he found himself back on Mahe island as a Scholar.  Here he stayed for another 3 months as unpaid staff on the marine expedition, which sparked the decision to travel to Thailand to complete his Divemaster certification.  Now a year later he’s back as a full time Science Officer.

Ask Matt what his favourite thing is that he’s seen underwater and you’ll get a rambling list: wobbegong near Sydney, great white sharks in Neptune Island, whale shark in the Seychelles; I suppose it’s hard to pick just one.  But in the end of the day he still says Bay Ternay is one of his top dive sites and never gets old.

Emily Sibley
Dive Officer

Our Sibbers, is the other side of our Dive Officer team.  Born in the UK but raised in Dubai, Emily seemed to be born to travel and live overseas.  For her, there was no other way to do so than working in diving and marine conservation.  This career started with an honors degree in Marine Biology, which was immediately followed by time volunteering abroad on marine conservation projects in the Indian Ocean, her favorite place to dive.  After one of her good friends returned from the GVI South Africa Wildlife Expedition raving about her experience, Emily took one look at our website, found the Seychelles Divemaster Internship, and the rest is history! She later became an instructor in Bali, Indonesia before returning to the Seychelles since the beginning of 2014.

This career started with an honors degree in Marine Biology, which was immediately followed by time volunteering abroad on marine conservation projects in the Indian Ocean, her favorite place to dive.  After one of her good friends returned from the GVI South Africa Wildlife Expedition raving about her experience, Emily took one look at our website, found the Seychelles Divemaster Internship, and the rest is history! She later became an instructor in Bali, Indonesia before returning to the Seychelles since the beginning of 2014.

Anyone who tries to beat Emily on the ‘who uses the least air’ game on a dive will unquestionably lose…we’re pretty sure she actually has gills.  What will she never travel without?  A towel (cue Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy reference) and her Kindle, since a good book to read makes any airport layover go so much faster.

Ben Hughes
Dive Officer

Dive Officer Ben has been working in the dive industry for the past five years since he completed our PADI Divemaster Internship back in early 2010.  After some time back in the UK, he became an instructor in Indonesia and soon returned to the beautiful Seychelles to work on North Island.
Ben has now returned to GVI because of the amazing experience he had as an intern and the opportunity to contribute directly to reef conservation.

Ben won’t travel anywhere without his camera, which must mean he has some good shots of the time he took a bath with an elephant in Bali or when he got chased by Komodo Dragons in Komodo, Indonesia, but we have yet to see this footage.

Our favorite story about Ben is that he applied to the Divemaster Internship before even learning to swim!  He then spent the next six months in pools, to the point that soon before he landed in the Seychelles he was racing in a three mile charity swim.  We aren’t surprised then that he made a career out of working in the ocean.

Daniel Ponce-Taylor
Director of Programs

Meet Danny, our Director of Programs. Although he’s based in Playa del Carmen, Danny oversees the development and running of all of our field operations. He started out with GVI as our Country Director in Mexico and quickly became an invaluable part of the team.

Although being Director of Programs is a pretty demanding job, Danny manages to find time to do the other things he loves in-between. He’s an avid photographer and is always training for a triathlon or ironman.

What’s Danny’s favourite aspect of his job? “Starting new projects – we get lots of request for assistance and it’s difficult to decide when funds are limited. The evaluation process and those initial talks with local partners are very interesting. Seeing projects grow from an idea to full programs is very exciting. I also love the relationships you create with local organisations, they become friends and we jointly work to achieve the project aims.”

James McClelland
Science Officer

Meet James, the other half of our Science Officer team in the Seychelles. James had his first taste of island life whilst studying for his degree in Environmental Science and keeps coming back for more! He conducted his dissertation on the Tioman Island in Malaysia and returned to work in South East Asia shortly after graduating – we’re guessing this is where he developed his insatiable curry habit and incessant need for spice!

James’ pre-GVI career is certainly varied – in addition to the environmental and ecological work as well as a brief volunteering stint on nearby Aride Island, it included masquerading as a Ski Chalet Maid, a Greek Sailor Boy and Postman Pat … and yes there was the occasional run in with a dog!

What’s James’s favourite part of working with GVI? “Wandering out of the staff decking, blurry eyed first thing in the morning, taking a quick dip in the sea before a day spent chasing after the wildlife of Curieuse and our volunteers … what could be better?”

Rebecca Hodgkiss
Science Coordinator

Meet Rebecca, or Becky as she is fondly known around base camp. Becky is a true child of the world, having spent her childhood in the UK, USA, Norway and Indonesia before completing most of her secondary schooling in Singapore.

Becky returned to the UK to complete MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, but it wasn’t long before she started suffering withdrawal from a severe shortage of Nasi Campur and hot-footed her way back East to conduct her thesis at a primate rehabilitation centre in West Java, Indonesia.

Before joining the GVI team in the Seychelles, she worked in environmental education in Malaysia, was a zookeeper in the UK and volunteered as a Conservation Ranger on neighbouring Aride Island in the Seychelles.

Becky began her GVI journey first as a Scholar before being promoted to one of our Science Officers. Since then she’s been brining not only her awesome skills and knowledge to the GVI Curieuse team, but has been schooling the team on all things vegetarian at their famous BBQ nights!

Alan Grant
Base Manager

Alan joined GVI as the Curieuse Island Terrestrial Conservation Project Science Officer in April 2014. Since completing his degree in Aquatic Bioscience at Glasgow University in Scotland he has spent several years living and working in field stations in a variety of science, management and technical roles in Scotland, the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands. He has always had a passion for tropical island field projects, so following a five year spell as a Park Ranger back home the Curieuse base was an excellent step to take.

Alan loves the challenge of island life, and the more remote the better. When not out in the field he can commonly be found up a ladder, in a water tank or somewhere in the workshop! He also gets a lot of satisfaction out of getting to know the constant stream of new volunteers and sharing his fascination with them of all that Curieuse has to offer, on camp, on the terrestrial surveys, and in and on the water.

 

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Charitable Trust Climate Offset Contribution

Donate money to GVI’s Chartiable Trust Carbon Offsetting initiative and help reduce the impact of climate change and help communities who are most affected.
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GVI Biological Survey Techniques - Seychelles

This course provides training and experience needed to start planning and running independent surveys in the field and can be applied to any environment around the world.
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GVI Internship Training Fee - Seychelles Mahe/Curieuse

Only available for volunteers who are staying for a minimum of 4 weeks. By doing so, volunteers will receive additional training specifically designed to develop leadership skills and prepare volunteers for a career in the field.
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What's 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Personal kit
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Airport transfers

Our Impact

Location

Mahe and Curieuse

Experience the beautiful Indian Ocean paradise of the Seychelles islands. We operate two bases in the inner granitic islands, both within National Marine Parks next to stunning palm-fringed beaches and forested areas. Our Cap Ternay marine expedition base is located on the NE coast of Mahe adjacent to the spectacular Baie Ternay Marine Park. Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters are rich in wildlife, the setting for terrestrial and construction programs. The paradise of the Seychelles is the ideal location to volunteer, gain new skills on our internships or enjoy a short volunteer holiday in a well-preserved and tranquil tropical archipelago.

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