On the Side of the Islands

Island Nations Climate Change and Biodiversity Volunteer in Seychelles

Work on conservation initiatives on Mahe Island, boosting the rich and biodiverse ecosystem in the region, while also gaining formal qualifications for your own career advancement.

Durations:  1 - 12 weeks

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Travel to the tiny tropical island of Curieuse to learn about the effects of climate change on Small Island Developing States. Collect data to support the Seychelles Parks & Gardens Authority with the sustainable management of the nationally protected island.

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Program overview

Islands are fragile habitats and often the only home of endangered and threatened species, like Hawksbill sea turtles and giant Aldabra tortoises. Island Nations, like Seychelles, are at the forefront of environmental challenges presented by climate change. Trends like rising sea levels, coastal erosion, seasonal change, and coral bleaching, can have dramatic impacts on islands environments. 

Volunteer to study the impact of climate change and other environmental stressors on Curieuse island. The data you collect will be used by local authorities to make decisions about sustainably managing the island. Conduct beach profiles to measure how higher sea levels and more forceful waves are resulting in coastal erosion impacting critically endangered species like the Hawksbill sea turtle. Carry out surveys of mangroves to learn how rising sea levels are affecting mangrove forests and conduct biodiversity studies to investigate how seasonal changes are impacting species. 

Highlights

  • Learn about how climate change is affecting island nations. 
  • Assist in the preservation of Curieuse Island. 
  • Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #14, Life Below Water, and #15, Life On Land. 
  • Earn experience in conservation.
  • Live sustainably on a virtually uninhabited island with a community of like-minded individuals. 
  • In your free time, snorkel in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to spot tropical marine life.

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