Published: September 16, 2022

Location: Seychelles

Type: VOLUNTEER / INTERNSHIPS & EXPEDITIONS


Closing Date: Ongoing

Island Conservation Expedition to the Seychelles

Contribute to marine and terrestrial conservation efforts and experience an unspoilt island paradise.

Durations: 1 – 12 weeks
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Program information

Travel to Curieuse Island and join one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection organisations in Seychelles. Take part in critical research within the Seychelles 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.

Program 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), just 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 a variety of plants and wildlife 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 sicklefin 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 and assist in our annual census of the island’s Aldabra giant tortoise population, while keeping tabs on the growth rates of hatchlings and juvenile tortoises in the nursery.

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. Please note that our monitoring program and work schedules change seasonally; and projects are available based on the time of year you visit.

Highlights

  • Watch as a female hawksbill turtle crawls out of the sea to lay her eggs
  • Help sea turtle hatchlings in their first journey to the sea
  • Release a baby shark after collecting valuable measurements
  • Take a minute to unwind in the company of the island’s gentle giant tortoises
  • 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, reef sharks, and spot dolphins from the boat
  • Hike to the top of Mount Curieuse for a stunning panorama
  • Experience breathtaking sunsets, make lifelong friends and have an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world

How to apply

To find out more and apply, visit the GVI website: Island Conservation Seychelles – Volunteer Expedition | GVI Planet

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