Συχνές ερωτήσεις / Volunteer FAQ

How many volunteers are there?
What’s the average age of volunteers?
Where are the other volunteers from?
How much do volunteers work in June/July?
How much do volunteers work in August/September?
How much free time do I have?
When is the best time to come?
Can I come any time?
How long can/should I stay?
Do I need to be very fit?
Do I need to bring cooking equipment, plates etc?
How much money should I bring?
Should I bring cash, traveller’s cheques, a bank card?

How many volunteers are there?

Normally around 30-40 volunteers during the whole season.

What’s the average age of volunteers?

The majority of volunteers are typically in the range 18-25. We don’t take volunteers under the age of 18. Older volunteers 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 volunteer 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 a volunteer 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?


Volunteers 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 volunteers because of the nights on the beach.

Can I come any time?


We take volunteers 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.

2 Responses to Συχνές ερωτήσεις / Volunteer FAQ

  1. Caroline Corringham says:

    Hi,

    I am 52 years old and am planning to go to Sri Lanka in November to help with the turtle project there. My children have their own plans for summer and I have just read about your project with interest.
    I am not that fit but not that unfit for my age – love walking and need to get out of London and do something for myself. I am really interested in perhaps coming over and helping you. I teach English as a Foreign language particularly to children and would be very happy to do this as part of my experience as well as assisting in the project.
    I would feel a little odd sharing a room with someone younger and wondered if you had the facility for me to have a single room? I would be considering coming out in July or August this year. I love cooking so that may be of interest. I would love walking on the beach and doing the night shift. I love life, adventures, new experiences and adore children, being a mother myself. I really want to give something back and spend some time away from London.
    Not sure if you need anyone with my experience or age – I am pretty fit for 52 and have a great sense of humour and tolerance. I also adore Greece and the sunshine.

    Let me know what you think and get back to me when you can.
    With kind regards
    Caroline

  2. Sophie says:

    Hello!

    I visited the education evening back in 2007 with my dad while we were on holiday in Katelios.
    My mum and I are thinking of returning for a week or two and would like to know if it is possible for us to help with the hatchlings? I understand the hatchling season runs august to september, but we also have the option of coming in june when the mothers are laying – cost dependant.
    We are both big walkers and regularly partake in at least 10 miles a day.

    Would you please be able to advise on this?

    Thanks,
    Sophie

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