SEYCHELLES - Island Conservation Expedition

Travel to Curieuse Island and join one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection organisations in the Seychelles. Take part in critical research and conservation research within a national park and help support the creation of conservation policies. Live amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as you work with endemic flora and fauna while also contributing towards the long-term survival of endangered species such as the hawksbill turtle.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) – Longer options available

Dates: See Dates tab below

Location: Mahe and Curieuse, Seychelles

$1,525 $1,220

Description

Experience Highlights:

  • Live in one of the most visually stunning countries in the world. Our beach-front camp is located on the white sand beach of Anse St Jose and overlooks Praslin (Seychelles’ second largest island).
  • Get up close and personal with the island’s amazing wildlife – watch as a female Hawkbill turtle crawls out of the sea to lay her eggs, help sea turtle hatchlings in their journey to the sea or release a baby shark after collecting valuable measurements.
  • Climb into a Coco de Mer Palm with stunning views over the bay.
  • Take a minute to unwind in the company of the island’s gentle Giant tortoises or relax with a swim in the Indian Ocean at the end of a hard days work.
  • Snorkel in crystal clear waters alongside coral, fish, turtles, eagle-rays and reef sharks, and spot dolphins from the boat.
  • Hike to the top of Mount Curieuse for a stunning panorama, or visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Vallee de Mai.
  • Spend your free time exploring neighbouring islands, sign-up for a try-dive or add some more to your logbook at a local PADI centre.
  • Experience breath-taking sunsets, make life-long friends and have an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world

 

A typical Island Conservation Expedition Experience:

  • Work with the critically endangered sea turtles which nest on the island; study nesting success in Hawksbill and Green turtles, collect data such as tag numbers, carapace (shell) measurements and number of eggs laid or carry out nest excavations to measure hatching success.
  • Help us track down Sickle-fin Lemon shark pups for our catch-and-release project, gathering population and growth rate information on this understudied species.
  • Record the rate of coastal erosion with our beach profiling surveys.
  • Collect growth and reproductive data for the endemic and unique Coco de Mer palm tree.
  • Assist in our annual census of the island’s Aldabra Giant tortoise population and keep tabs on the growth rates of hatchlings and juvenile tortoises in the nursery.
  • Our monitoring program and work schedules change seasonally; which projects are available will depend on the time of year you visit.

 

NB – Our monitoring schedules change seasonally and which projects are available will depend on the time of year you visit.

  • Lemon Shark Project – We are conducting a capture and release study of the lemon shark population using P.I.T. tags (peak shark tagging season in September to March).
  • Coco de Mer Survey – The endemic Coco de Mer has the largest seed of all living plants and is found only on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse. Census work is carried out year round, but more effort is expended during the months of April to September.
  • Mangrove Distribution Surveys – Curieuse Island has one of the largest remaining area of mangrove forest left within the Seychelles inner granitic islands. We are investigating seedling recruitment and mortality and further determining species distribution across the mangroves.
  • Giant Tortoise Census – We conduct an annual census of the giant tortoise population and record key measurements on growth and distribution. The tortoise census is conducted primarily during the months of April to September.
  • Hawksbill Turtle Surveys – We conduct patrols of the beaches, record data on nesting turtles and tagg females. We also monitor the beaches for signs of nesting activity and mark nests when we locate them. The peak hawksbill season runs from September to March, although some nest excavations usually continue into April.
  • Beach Profiling – Our beach profiling studies monitor changes throughout the seasons, and will contribute to a long-term dataset to follow the long-term trends.
  • Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) Surveys -We are conducting BRUV surveys to assess the populations of carnivorous fish species along the remote north shore.

Inlcuded

Experience Fee Includes:

  • 24-hour emergency phon in-country support.
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts.
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated).
  • All necessary project equipment and materials.
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff.
  • First Aid & CPR training.
  • Live and work in a protected reserve under GVI.
  • Location orientation.
  • Long term experienced staff.
  • Meals while on project.
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared).
  • Welcome meeting.
  • Wildlife research training.

 

Experience Fee Excludes:

  • Additional drinks and gratuities.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Extra local excursions.
  • Flights.
  • International and domestic airport taxes.
  • Medical and travel insurance.
  • Personal kit.
  • Police or background check (where necessary).
  • Visa costs.

Dates

  • 12 January – 25 January 2019
  • 09 February – 22 February 2019
  • 09 March – 22 March 2019
  • 06 April – 19 April 2019
  • 04 May – 17 May 2019
  • 01 June – 14 June 2019
  • 29 June – 12 July 2019
  • 27 July – 09 August 2019
  • 24 August – 06 September 2019
  • 21 September – 04 October 2019
  • 19 October – 01 November 2019
  • 16 November – 29 November 2019
  • 11 January – 24 February 2020
  • 08 February – 21 March 2020
  • 07 March – 20 April 2020
  • 04 April – 17 May 2020
  • 02 May – 15 May 2020
  • 30 May – 12 June 2020
  • 27 June – 10 July 2020
  • 25 July – 07 August 2020
  • 22 August – 04 September 2020
  • 19 September – 02 October 2020
  • 17 October – 30 October 2020
  • 14 November – 27 November 2020

Documents Required

  • Personal Details – Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Nationality.
  • Medical Form – to be signed by doctor if volunteer has illnesses to declare.
  • Clear criminal background check.

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