Island Conservation Expedition

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Island Conservation Expedition

from £1,495
Duration: from 4 weeks
Countries: Seychelles
Contribute to terrestrial conservation efforts and experience in the unspoilt island paradise of the Seychelles!
Summary

Island Conservation Expedition

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.

Overview

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.

Join a team of international volunteers as an expedition member and volunteer, assisting on priority conservation projects. You will work with an abundance of flora and fauna whilst living the island life, surrounded by the striking azure waters of the marine park.

Work with the critically endangered sea turtles which nest on the island; study nesting success in Hawksbill and Green turtles, collect data such as tag numbers, carapace (shell) measurements and number of eggs laid or carry out nest excavations to measure hatching success. Help us track down Sickle-fin Lemon shark pups for our catch-and-release project, gathering population and growth rate information on this understudied species. Record the rate of coastal erosion with our beach profiling surveys. Collect growth and reproductive data for the endemic and unique Coco de Mer palm tree. Assist in our annual census of the island’s Aldabra Giant tortoise population and keep tabs on the growth rates of hatchlings and juvenile tortoises in the nursery. Get muddy in the Curieuse Mangroves, collecting salinity and temperature data, or recording which Bird species are found there.

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 don’t have to look any further. 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.

Highlights

Living in one of the most visually stunning countries in the world, working alongside local partners, 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. Climb into a Coco de Mer Palm with stunning views over the bay, take a minute tounwind 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 days work. Snorkel in crystal clear waters alongside coral, fish, turtles, eagle-rays and reef sharks, and spot dolphins from the boat. Hike to the top of Mount Curieuse for a stunning panorama, or visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Vallee de Mai. Spend your free time exploring neighbouring islands, sign-up for a try-dive or add some more to your logbook at a local PADI centre. Experience breath-taking sunsets, make life-long friends and have 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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Price details:

from £1,495

Phone:

Call 0333 333 9952 to enquire or book

Inclusions

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

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

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Anna and Polly with some baby giant tortoises

Anna and Polly with some baby giant tortoises

In the Seychelles hawksbill turtles come onto the beaches to nest during the day

In the Seychelles hawksbill turtles come onto the beaches to nest during the day

Volunteers will be working closely with giant tortoises

Volunteers will be working closely with giant tortoises

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