Volunteering holidays in Greece

There’s a year practically etched into the Greek consciousness: 2009, the beginning of The Crisis. The Greek economy remains in the doldrums, with conservation organisations struggling to get support from a strapped government and people. They’ve had to adapt, bidding for funding from elsewhere and – vitally – finding volunteers from abroad.

Our volunteering holidays in Greece work in partnership with conservation charities and use Greek biologists and wildlife experts as guides. No day is the same, either – whether you’re on a boat watching out for dolphins or getting hands-on with sea turtle conservation in Kefalonia.

Types of volunteering holidays in Greece

When volunteering in Greece, you’ll usually keep the sea within stone-skimming distance. This is where you’ll find some of the country’s most vulnerable creatures, including loggerhead turtles and dolphins. Keep reading to find out more about the types of volunteering holidays in Greece.

Save the sea turtles

Sea turtles might be the symbol of the Greek seas, but only one out of 1,000 baby turtles make it to adulthood. They live in a changing world, nesting on beaches increasingly used by tourists and swimming in seas that are an assault course of cruise ships and speedboats. Choose a volunteering programme that puts you in the hands of organisations like Archelon, Greece’s sea turtle protection society. You’ll work in rhythm with the sea turtles, keeping them as undisturbed as possible. Tasks could include night patrols, cutting up bamboo to mark out nests below the sand, helping with egg counts and educating beach users.

When: Summer
Where: Kefalonia, Greek Islands
Who: Turtle volunteering is suitable for all, especially families with young children

Dive with dolphins

Go on a dolphin watching trip with a difference while making a difference. Instead of boarding a tourist boat, you’ll get the chance to join a marine research vessel on field trips skippered by biologists on the hunt for pods of dolphins. After a briefing, you’ll help log dolphin behaviour and numbers; by the end, you might get the hang of identifying dolphins by their dorsal fins. It’s not all hard work, either. The boats are well-stocked with snorkels and flippers, meandering back to port via remote islands and beaches.

When: June to September
Where: Gulf of Ambracia
Who: Anyone from 11 years old and upwards

Read more about dolphin watching holidays in Greece.
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