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Volunteering in the Seychelles: Nature and Species Conservation on Cousin Island

Pays d’action: Seychelles, Afrique
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat
You have always dreamt of traveling to a true tropical paradise and, at the same time, contribute to nature and species conservation and experience a real (educational) adventure? Then take a look at this fascinating volunteer project on the magnificent Seychelles island of Cousin!

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

The Seychelles, located 1000 miles off the East African coast, are not only a popular travel destination, but also home to numerous animal and plant species – the archipelago in the Indian Ocean is a biodiversity hotspot and a special, magical haven. This volunteer project dedicates itself to implementing different conservation measures in order to contribute to restoring the island's orginal flora and protecting endangered wildlife like sea turtles and seabirds. During the project you acquire basic research skills as well as essential knowledge about species conservation and respective measures. Depending on the season, your tasks involve turtle and seabird monitoring, beach patrols, wildlife censuses and certain maintenance activities. You also gain insight into the field of ecotourism and get the chance to lead a guided tourist tour yourself.

The project starts on the first Monday of a month. During your time as a volunteer you live in a shared field house on Cousin Island together with other volunteers of the projects.
Your tasks depend on the season; the project's focus is primarily on sea turtles and sea birds.
The essential operation time for sea turtle monitoring is from September to March. During these months beach patrols need to be done up to six times a day. Here you note down turtle tracks, observe them until they lay eggs and leave the island, measure the animals’ carapace, count eggs when possible, identify each stage of nesting, tag in case the turtle is untagged and mark the nest site.
Sea bird monitoring takes place from February to October. Here you gather information on the health and state of marine ecosystems by helping with population and chick censuses. Moreover, seabird monitoring reveals when certain conservation measures are necessary. Other volunteer tasks include invasive plant removal, further wildlife censuses, beach profiling, beach cleaning and maintenance activities.

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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Seychelles, Afrique
Type d'activité :
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 4 semaines / 1 Mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
2 semaines : 850 €
4 semaines/1 mois : 1425 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
The project usually starts on the 1st Monday of the calendar month (Exceptions 2020: 30 Mar, 31 Aug, 30 Nov (instead of 1st Monday in Apr/Sep/Dec)). Volunteers can take part for either 12 or 26 days.
Age minimum :
18 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Individuelle / Groupe
Maîtrise de langues :
Qualifications particulières :
- min. 18 years old - good English skills - physical fitness! (beach patrols for several kilometres, tropical climate) - serious interest and motivation - open-minded, flexible, be willing to work and live in basic conditions
Hébergement & repas :
- Field house (3 shared bedrooms) - Shared bathroom, kitchen, living room, patio - Toilet outside of field house ("long drop-toilet") - Self-catering (1x/week an organised supply boat trip goes to Praslin for grocery shopping)

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  • Recevez gratuitement notre guide avec une check-list à imprimer
  • Un guide de conversation en cadeau, si vous vous inscrivez plus tard
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