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6 Weeks From £ 2,200.00
Code: SCMH0455N

Seychelles Environmental Conservation Short Term Internship

Gain practical conservation experience whilst contributing to conservation efforts on an island paradise!

Our Impact


Location

Volunteer in 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.


Program Information

Join one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection organisations in the Seychelles as an intern with GVI. Support the creation of conservation policies and take part in critical conservation research within a national park. Gain irreplaceable practical skills and knowledge on the conservation of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world while contributing towards the long-term survival of endangered species such as the hawksbill turtle.    
Overview Life on the Internship Project Details Free Time The Team Dates & Costs

Overview

Join a team of international volunteers, interns, staff members and partners as a short-term intern to assist on priority conservation projects. Whilst working with an abundance of flora and fauna you'll be living the island life, surrounded by the striking azure waters of the marine park.



If you are looking to learn more about conservation, contribute to a meaningful project and spend some time in an incredible location, you don't have to look any further. You'll receive comprehensive training and mentorship, giving you the opportunity to learn skills in a wide range of activities to impact your future career.

Our monitoring program and work schedules change seasonally; which projects are available will depend on the time of year you visit - speak to our team for further details. As an intern, you'll be on rotation between the different projects which gives you the opportunity to really make a difference in a variety of different ways while at the same time giving you a broad range of professional skills and experience for your future career.

You could be working with critically endangered sea turtles which nest on the island; studying nesting success in Hawksbill and Green turtles, collecting data such as tag numbers, carapace (shell) measurements and number of eggs laid or carrying out nest excavations to measure hatching success. Or, you could be helping us track down Sickle-fin Lemon shark pups for our catch-and-release project, gathering population and growth rate information on this understudied species.

Or, get involved with recording the rate of coastal erosion with our beach profiling surveys, collecting growth and reproductive data for the endemic and unique Coco de Mer palm tree, assisting in our annual census of the island's Aldabra Giant tortoise population and keeping tabs on the growth rates of hatchlings and juvenile tortoises in the nursery.

The internship encourages participants to develop their own ideas and introduce new aspects to help further their contribution to the conservation of an incredible species. Interns will be given specific leadership responsibilities as well as weekly assignments and evaluation from their mentors, who will monitor their progress throughout their stay at the hub.

After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organisations in Seychelles, or in other countries around the world where GVI operate. Over 50% of GVI staff are recruited from our alumni database. Qualification for positions is at the sole discretion of Global Vision International.

Highlights

  • Living in one of the most visually stunning countries in the world, and working alongside local partners

  • Gaining unbeatable practical field experience, skills and qualifications which will help you to boost your future career, whether it be in conservation or not.

  • Getting 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.

  • Snorkeling in crystal clear waters alongside coral, fish, turtles, eagle-rays and reef sharks, and spotting dolphins from the boat.

  • Experiencing breath-taking sunsets, making life-long friends and having an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Testimonial

"GVI afforded me the opportunity of gaining valuable practical experience relevant to the environmental management and impact assessment fields. Further to this it also provides the individual with a unique experience in a visually stunning and stimulating environment. I would recommend this to any individuals wishing to further themselves with regard to environmental science and would be ideally suited for recent graduates looking to develop their practical ability after the theory of University."
- Ian Thomson (USA)

Program Details

Program Type Internship

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • GVI Leadership course
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs

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GVI Seychelles

GVI CURIEUSE: Read our new blog post here by volunteer Sam,... https://t.co/oHsVyiMZJm

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GVI Seychelles

GVI CURIEUSE: Staff and vounteers continue the giant tortoise census here on Curieuse Island.

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Life on the Internship

Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters are a national park, managed by our principal in-country partner, Seychelles National Parks Authority. Our beach-front camp is located on the white sand beach of Anse St Jose and overlooks Praslin (Seychelles' second largest island), a short boat ride away.

As an intern, you'll cover a wide range of conservation efforts as you rotate between projects, however the majority of your time will be spent on foot working in the forests and on the beaches, experiencing different field techniques and varied project sites.

As part of the GVI Leadership course, a lot of focus will be placed on developing your leadership and teamwork skillset. After returning to base from your various field work responsibilities, you will undergo extra training with your mentor. The Leadership course enables you to get more involved by equipping you with the skills to lead teams and supporting logistics. At the end of the internship, you will have the necessary skills, field based experience and certifications to begin a rewarding career in the conservation field of your choice.

At the end of each workday, you will return to our base with the rest of your team to relax together, socialise, and catch up on any studying or assignments you have. Camp duties are shared on a rotational basis, and accommodation is basic, shared dormitory style. Embrace it, this is real island living!

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

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • GVI Leadership course
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs

Project Details

On this internship, 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.

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 investigating seedling recruitment and mortality, and further determining species distribution across the mangroves.

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.

Curieuse's short, mid, and long-term objectives:

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfill our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Curieuse:

1. Increase scientific knowledge and baseline data on the health of ecosystems on Curieuse Island
2. Increase awareness of GVI Seychelles projects and the ecological value of the Curieuse Island National Parks in-country
3. Build local capacity to support long-term conservation of biodiversity and sustainable community development in Seychelles
4. Continue to minimize our environmental impact on Curieuse Island and raise awareness of environmental issues amongst volunteers and visitors

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

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • GVI Leadership course
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs

Free Time

Interning 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

Interns 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.

Public transport is cheap and frequent and many parts of Praslin 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

Rosabella Mangroo

Research Assistant
Meet Rosabella, our awesome research assistant. Rosabella is a Seychelles national and was a participant in our National Scholarship Program before she started working us. "I am thrilled to have an opportunity to discover the underwater world and contribute to monitoring of the reef which has both ecological and economical importance for my country."

She is taking a gap year from her Bsc. Environmental Science degree before she continues with her final year of studies. Her previous work experience has mainly been in the Human Resources field yet she never gave up on her dream of living to help the world's environment. Her favourite part of her job is diving and she especially enjoys doing wreck dives.

Bella recommends that you make a travel list before any trip to ensure that you have all the things you need and that your favourite things are present.

Dave Rowe

Dive Officer
Meet Dave, our knowledgeable dive officer in Seychelles. Dave has always had a passion for the ocean and when the opportunity came to volunteer in the Seychelles he jumped at it. Since then he kept up with everything GVI and Seychelles and now he's back on the island as a GVI staff member!

Apart from his diverse range of skills and knowledge he is also a member of Greenpeace International, Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Oxfam International. Dave has also volunteered all over the world, from beach care to dive clean-ups and wildlife conservations programs in Australia, Europe and USA.

This well-travelled Aussie recommends that everyone should travel to a country where you don’t speak the language at least once and then you're left to do it alone and figure things out for yourself!

Claire Atkinson

Science Officer
Meet our friendly science officer Claire, a bird and sea turtle enthusiast. Claire has travelled to many parts of Europe, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and New York. She has volunteered and worked with a few sea turtle and bird conservation organisations around the world and her passion for the environment is something she feels very strongly about.

Claire completed an MA in Marine Conservation and Policy, and a BSc in Marine Vertebrate Zoology and even has a black belt in Taekwondo!

Claire loves her job with us here in the Seychelles where she gets to work with wildlife on an island and contribute to conservation while meeting and working with passionate volunteers.

Corey Cole

Dive Officer
Meet Corey, our entertaining Dive Officer here in the Seychelles. Apart from his adventures under water, he has more than 10 years experience volunteering with youth in Scouts promoting personal growth and conservation.

Corey has a personal quest to visit all the countries in the world and he is currently at country #37, not bad at all! Before working for us here in the Seychelles he joined us in Fiji as a marine conservation intern. Being so well-travelled he reckons that keeping an open mind while abroad is one travel must-have that he recommends to everyone!

What has been his most entertaining travel story (so far)? "I danced until dawn in a world bar in Napoli featuring Afrikaner music with a Malaysian, Moroccan, German, American and a few Italians I had just met in my hostel. I cannot think of a better way to improve world relations."

Fanchon Wright

Science Officer
Meet our science officer, Fanchon, also known as French Fry (as no one can say Fanchon properly). She has completed various research and volunteer projects, allowing her to travel to Madagascar and various other amazing countries in Asia and Europe.

Apart from being well-travelled, she also has an extensive academic background. Fanchon completed a BSc. in Applied Marine Biology, an MSc. in Marine Resources Development and Protection, and a PGCE in Secondary Science. Through her work with GVI she get's a chance to get involved in community projects, meet local people, and work with the great volunteers and staff on project.

Fanchon is one of the unfortunate people that suffer from altitude sickness, but she doesn't let it spoil her travels and she always packs some Chiu Chau Chilli Sauce while travelling. "My altitude sickness can be cured with intense chilli!"

 

Fanny Vessaz

Science Coordinator
Meet our friendly science coordinator, Fanny, a passionate wildlife lover. She has been involved with various volunteer and conservation projects, from sea turtle rehabilitation in the Maldives, managing a scientific reef monitoring program and running community awareness programs in Indonesia, to conservation efforts in Brazil and Costa Rica.

Fanny received her MSc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and believes that environmental conservation cannot be effective without engaging the local people, it has to benefit both. She never travels without her notebook to write down her your impressions, thoughts, directions or contact details of the people she meets on the way.

"GVI’s philosophy matches mine, and that is the best part about this job, thinking that you are working in an organization that has a strong work ethic, puts people before business and has a positive impact locally for the local people instead of developing projects with no effectiveness in the long-term. And of course, being on/in/underwater keeps me happy!"

Amy Bradley

Science Officer
Meet Amy, our passionate wildlife lover and science officer here in the Seychelles. With a university degree in Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology, she brings some valuable knowledge to the project.

During her studies Amy also managed to do some summer volunteering at small wildlife sanctuaries in the UK. She has been involved with GVI since 2013 when she took part in a 6 month conservation internship in Costa Rica with GVI Jalova. Following this, in 2014/2015 she spent a year working for GVI Chiang Mai in Thailand at our Elephant Reintroduction Project.

What is her favourite part about working for GVI? "The number of amazing experiences that being part of a GVI project allows you to have, the amount of amazing animal encounters I have had and the amazing friends I have made from all over the world."

Peter Kowalski

Science Officer
Meet Peter, our Science Officer in Seychelles. Peter previously volunteered with GVI in Costa Rica and has extensive experience working with and researching green turtles in Canada, USA and Taiwan.

This well-travelled nature lover has also created a short nature documentary related to turtle conservation. He holds a Master of Science in Marine Biology and can speak a total of four languages!

"I was first attracted to GVI by the exciting research being conducted on Curieuse, as well as the chance to work for an organisation that aids and empowers local communities in the management of their marine resources."

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.

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.”

Andrea Ezeta Watts

Science Officer
Meet Andy, one of the Science Officers and also one of our newest staff members. Andy holds a degree in Biology and is a certified Dive Master and boat driver. Originally from Mexico city Andy worked in a Science communication office, where she was in charge of designing board games, writing TV scripts and collaborating in a radio program.

Lucky for us, Andy got fed up with her life in the city and started looking for a way to develop her biology skills in the field. She came across GVI and volunteered as one of our National Scholarship participants. Having impressed everyone by the end of the programme, Andy was offered a temporary staff position on our turtle monitoring programme and is now the newest edition to our growing team in Mexico and now is working for us in the Seychelles.

Andy is also a professional fencer! She has travelled the world competing in international tournaments and was one of the best fencers in Mexico before she retired. So if you fancy testing your fencing skills while visiting our projects, don't forget to challenge her to a friendly dual!

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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What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • GVI Leadership course
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Terrestrial research training
  • Welcome meeting
  • What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs

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