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ARCHELON, a nonprofit conservation organization active since 1983, runs a number of volunteer projects
for the protection of sea turtles and their habitats in Greece every year. More than 500 international
volunteers per year participate in our projects, including about 30 field leaders. Every year we are entering
in internship agreements with 70 Universities and other educational establishments from all over the world.
With this letter we are providing information about our projects for 2022 and the volunteering/internship
opportunities available in order to help students prepare their applications. Measures against the spread of
COVID-19 will be implemented (pls. open the hyperlink for more info).

Our projects for 2022:

  • Protecting sea turtle nesting activity in 7 locations
    • Locations: Zakynthos, the Peloponnese (Kyparissia – Lakonikos – Koroni) and Crete (Rethymno – Chania
      – Messara).
    • Participation period: From May to mid-October. These sites together host about 50% of the nests of the
      loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in the whole Mediterranean.
    • Activities/tasks: monitoring of nesting activity, nest and hatchling protection, public awareness, fundraising,
      living in a campsite and maintaining common living spaces with an international team of volunteers.
  • Taking care of rescued sea turtles and other operations of ARCHELON’s Sea Turtle Rescue Centre
    • Location: Glyfada, near Athens
    • Participation period: All year round. The Centre receives about 70 rescued sea turtles per year from all
      over Greece, which are injured or sick. The turtles receive treatment and care and when they are fully
      rehabilitated, they are released back into the sea
    • Activities/tasks: participation in the Rescue network, the sea turtle care and rehabilitation schedule, the
      public awareness/fundraising schedule, the tanks/surgery/open space maintenance duties, the data
      collection needs, living in shared rooms with a small team of volunteers.
  • Monitoring sea turtles in the foraging area of Amvrakikos bay
    • Location: Amvrakikos bay, Kopraina
    • Participation period: From end-June to end-August (two fixed time periods).The shallow waters of
      Amvrakikos bay provide a great opportunity for studying loggerheads and green turtles foraging in the area.
    • Activities/tasks: daily transects with the boat where turtles are captured, measured and released within a
      few minutes, living in shared rooms and maintaining common spaces with a small team of volunteers.

Volunteering / Internship Opportunities for 2022:

For 2022 projects we are offering opportunities for full time volunteers as well as field leaders.
Full time volunteers. Full time volunteers receive induction upon arrival by their field leaders and they are consequently trained
on the spot. Their duties are well described, following international monitoring standards. The organization
of our projects has been evolving through the 37 years of experience in running them. Below are the
projects which are available for full time volunteers:

  • Protecting sea turtle nesting activity in 7 locations
  • Taking care of rescued sea turtles and other operations of the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre
  • Monitoring sea turtles in the foraging area of Amvrakikos bay
    Field Leaders. Field leaders are volunteers selected on the basis of their experience and skills and they are responsible for
    leading the teams in the nesting beach conservation projects as below:
  • Protecting sea turtle nesting activity in 7 locations
    Field Leaders are volunteers responsible for leading the teams and ensuring the proper on- site
    implementation of sea turtle monitoring actions (Monitoring Field leaders), public awareness actions (Public
    Awareness Field Leaders) and the good state of ARCHELONs Research Stations (Camp and Volunteer
    Leaders).

Online introductory sessions will be organized for the selected Field leaders at the end of April/beginning of
May, their exact dates and times will be communicated in due time.
IMPORTANT NOTE: the deadline for applying for a Field leader post is the 7th February 2022 at 5 PM.
As the success of our work in protecting sea turtles in Greece relies mainly on the participation of
volunteers, we would be really grateful if you could publish this text along with ARCHELON’s Volunteer.