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Είναι βασικό οι νεαροί εθελοντές να έχουν ισχυρούς στόχους για την προστασία του περιβάλλοντος και έφεση για την ενασχόληση τους σε ερευνητικό πρόγραμμα.

Χρειάζεται επιμονή, φαντασία, παρατηρητικότητα, αποτελεσματικότητα, καλή φυσική κατάσταση και όρεξη για εργασία στο ύπαιθρο και βασικά συνεργατικότητα.

O μικρότερος χρόνος παραμονής στον εθελοντισμό είναι ένας μήνας.
Οι ώρες εθελοντικής εργασίας είναι διάρκειας περίπου από 5 έως 6 ώρες καθημερινώς με μια ημέρα άδεια την εβδομάδα.

Volunteers are required to help with the project activities during the busy summer period of May-September.

The Katelios Group seeks to work with like-minded volunteers that have enthusiasm, motivation and interest in the environment and the activities of the Group.

The minimum stay for new volunteers is one month.

Volunteers work on average 5-6 hours a day and have one day off per week.

Δραστηριότητες των εθελοντών / Interns' activities

During nesting season (late May – early August) a team of volunteers patrols the nesting beach every night (22:30-05:30) looking for turtle tracks. When a team finds a nesting female, data about the turtle (health, size, tag number) is collected.

The eggs hatch after a period of about 55 days (August – September). During hatchling season the beach is not patrolled at night so that hatchlings can get to the water with as little disturbance as possible. Volunteers are on the beach early in the morning and also during the day. Volunteers keep the beach clean, remove obstacles that may prevent the hatchlings from reaching the water safely, and collect data on nests and hatchlings also with excavations.

 

 Volunteers take part in another vital action: environmental education. Tourists and locals are informed on how to reduce or avoid actions that could harm turtles (even the most harmless-looking, like building a sandcastle) through leaflets, presentations, permanent exhibitions in our Environmental Centre. During the day volunteers staff the Environmental Centre and the info desks in the village of Katelios and on Mounda beach.

Other activities include,  cleaning nesting beaches, taking part in turtle rescues/burials when we get reports of injured or dead turtles, organizing the Environmental Festival in August.

Έξοδα διαμονής / Accommodation expenses

  • Katelios Group only provides the interns with the list of the land owners (rooms to let) in the turtle project area and is under volunteer choice the final decision for their accommodation places. Interns could deal with the land owners for better prices.The monthly cost of a room with 2 beds and a small kitchen is around 700 euro. 

 

  • The minimum stay is one month, due to the training that volunteers need in the beginning.

 

  •  You should also budget some money for all your personal expenses.  There are one(1) ATMs in Katelios and two(2) in Skala(8km). There are  several banks in Argostoli (32km). However, you should come with at least some Euros in cash.

Εφόδια εθελοντισμού / What to bring on your internship

  • During the summer the weather is exceptionally hot and it cools during the night.  Below is a list of belongings that are a good idea to bring.¨       Shorts¨       T-shirts¨       Good stout trainers for walking on rocky paths¨       Waterproof tent,  sleeping bags , pillows and airbed¨       Very warm, dark old clothes for night watch¨       Walking Sandals¨       Normal trainers/shoes¨       Rain jacket¨       Swim suits¨       Going out clothes¨       Warmer clothes for the evening long sleeves¨       Camera

    ¨       Sun-hat/sun-cream/after-sun/sun glasses

    ¨       First Aid Kit, insect repellant, foot scrub

    ¨       Personal toiletries

    ¨       Torch, batteries, bulb – for the campsite.

    ¨       Torch with red filter (or you can simply colour the lens with red permanent marker) Turtles cannot see this light wavelength particularly well.

    ¨       Alarm clock.

    ¨       Mosquito net for your bed

    ¨       Insect repellent

    ¨       Waterproof cases for phone and camera

    ¨       Greek dictionary/ phrase book

    ¨       Reading books, music

    ¨       Adapter plugs

    ¨       Notebooks pens/pencils

    ¨       Small rucksack/daysack

    ¨       Binoculars (good bird watching)

    ¨       Musical instruments

    ¨       Thermos flask

    ¨       A drybag for kayaking

    ¨       Small rucksack /daysack

    ¨       Money or bank card

     Noisy flip flop slippers are not allowed on the beach at night. Some people prefer sandals, some trainers, some trekking boots, and some walk barefoot on the beach at night. It is up to you, but good shoes are needed to walk safe on rocky paths to get to some beaches.

    Do not bring drugs – there is a very heavy jail sentence here in Greece and they are not welcome in the local community

Ευρωπαϊκός εθελοντισμός στην Κεφαλονιά / European voluntary service (EVS) in Kefalonia

Since the year 2000, we have been accredited as an EVS hosting organisation.

European Voluntary Service is a programme of the European Union that funds young people from Europe and other countries to volunteer for some months in one of their approved projects.

If you are between 18-30 years old, you may apply. You will need a sending organisation, that you can find on the EVS database.

All your expenses will be covered (food, accommodation, travel, insurance) and you will even receive a small monthly allowance.

We apply to take six (6) EVS volunteers for internship every season, for 5 months from May to September.

If you are interested, you should write to us well in advance. We usually start to select EVS candidates in August for the next summer.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Συχνές ερωτήσεις / Volunteer FAQ

How many volunteers are there?

Normally around 30-40 interns during the whole season.

What’s the average age of volunteers?

The majority of interns are typically in the range 18-25. We don’t take interns under the age of 18. Older interns are very welcome and appreciated, and always form part of our team.

Where are the other volunteers from?

We have a range of nationalities, and obviously it varies from season to season.People come from as far as America and Australia.

How much do volunteers work in June/July?

Nesting season is the hardest, because we do nights on the main nesting beach as well as day shift.
Each intern can expect to do 2-4 night shifts per week, and day shifts on the other days.

During night shift you will walk the nesting beach from sunset to sunrise (about 22:00 – 6:00), with breaks, up to 3-4 nights in a row. This is a hard and tiring task.
When you have day shifts you will usually have one shift in the morning (could be beach survey from 6:00 or Centre 9:30-13:30) and one in the afternoon (again beach or info shift, usually from 17:00).

How much do volunteers work in August/September?

Typically an intern during hatchling season has this amount of work in a day:
one beach shift in the morning (usually about 3-4 hours) and one education shift in the afternoon (again 3-4 hours), or viceversa.
It’s easier than nesting season, and especially in August we focus more on the educational aspect.

How much free time do I have?

Interns have one day off per week. This is the best time to go around. You may also have some mornings or afternoons free in a week. Every day you have some free hours to rest, swim, read, look around or whatever you like to do.

When is the best time to come?

Between begining of June and the end of July. This is when we need the highest number of interns because of the nights on the beach.

Can I come any time?

We take interns from June to end of September.

How long can/should I stay?

One month is the minimum.

Do I need to be very fit?

Mostly you should like walking a lot and be able to cope with the heat. During nesting season you need to be able to walk for 7-8 hours, with breaks, on sand at night. On average you cover 10-15 km each nightshift. You also walk a lot during the day. In general you also need to be able to cope with the hot temperatures of the Mediterranean summer.

Do I need to bring cooking equipment, plates etc?

It is not necessary to bring your own cooking

How much money should I bring?

You will need at least 40 Euros per week for food. You should allow some extra money for your personal expenses (snacks, drinks, phone, internet, bus, etc.).
Examples of other expenses:
Dinner in a restaurant: 10-30 Euros.
Bus to Argostoli: 3 Euros.
Internet connection: free in many places

Should I bring cash, traveller’s cheques, a bank card?

You may be able to change traveller’s cheques in some shops in Skala . There are more bank machines in Argostoli (32km). You should really come with at least some money in cash. Katelios is in general a safe place where it is ok to have cash.