- Athens, Greece; Amalfi, Italy
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
We are introduced to the Mediterranean's ecological wonders on an adventure along Italy’s western coast and an authentic cooking class. Explore colorful towns and soak up the sun on a warm, Greek beach. Energized, begin to focus on sea turtle nesting along the stunning Mediterranean coastline. Observe sea turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat, where you will work with biologists to learn survey techniques and the behaviors and habits of these amazing creatures.
Take your skills into the field as you assist with ongoing research. Your first night shift is amazing. No lights are allowed on the beach, but your eyes adjust and you can see by the light of the brilliant night sky. Each time you find a turtle nesting, your small group drops down in the sand to begin its work. Measure the carapace and flippers. Check the turtle for irregularities. Count her eggs as she lays them and diagram the nests. Finally, record every step as you assist researchers tagging green and leatherback turtles.
Then, head out to sea where you glide alongside graceful dolphins. Snorkel through the clear waters of Greece and discover caves and ancient ruins. After this summer, you will return with hands on experience and amazing stories that bring together your love for marine biology and turtle and dolphin conservation.
- Setting Description:
- If only we could navigate around like sea turtles, using the Earth’s magnetic field to determine longitude and latitude. Fortunately for you, we’ve created a map to make getting around the Mediterranean a little easier. Follow it around these sunny countries to discover the diversity of flora and fauna that await you. From the stunning Amalfi coastline, to pristine seaside villages that are perfect for relaxing after a day of adventure. Italy and Greece are hidden gems when it comes to viewing sea turtles and dolphins, one of the many reasons this is the perfect setting for enhancing your marine biology skills and encouraging your love for these mysterious creatures.
Based on 1 Reviews
- Broadreach Alumni Ambassador trip review10/21/18
In the summer of 2018, I participated in the Mediterranean Sea Turtle and Dolphin Program. In my program, there were 12 kids, including me, and my instructors, Katie and Matt. We spent two weeks in Italy, visiting Maiori, Positano, Amalfi, and Policoro,
and one week in Crete and Athens, Greece. It was the first time I traveled internationally. The beauty, the culture, and the food were amazing, but the experience of studying and working with sea turtles and dolphins was an experience that changed my life. We worked with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Sea Turtle Rescue Center and the Jonian Dolphin Conservation in Policoro, Italy, and Archelon in Crete, Greece. In Policoro, Italy, we stayed and worked at the WWF sea turtle rehabilitation center for 9 days. We all came to love this place, calling it “home” and never wanted to leave. We helped release three sea turtles back into the ocean after they had been rehabilitated. That was amazing! We learned about the anatomy, nesting, behavior, and feeding of sea turtles. We cleaned the turtle tanks, helped with their exams and feeding, looked at blood samples, and watched a necropsy of a sea turtle. We located new Loggerhead Turtle nests along the beaches in Crete and set up protective barriers. We worked on a research boat in the Ionian Sea conducting marine mammal surveys of wild dolphin pods using a hydrophone for their communication. Seeing how strongly these workers and volunteers cared for and fought for these animals was inspiring. While in Policoro, we had the pleasure of working with Stefano and Sarah from the Jonian Dolphin Conservation, the most open-minded and joyful people, I have ever met. One of the things that really stuck out to me was that Stefano and Sarah do this every day and see these animals all the time. But when they see a pod of dolphins, a whale, or a turtle, in the distance, they get so excited, as if it’s their first time ever seeing one of these animals. Stefano would always tell us all about living in the moment. Instead of thinking about what we are doing later, tomorrow, or the next week, stop and look at where we are right now. There is beauty in everything. I realized how lucky I was to be traveling to Italy and Greece, the two places I have always wanted to go to while studying the thing I loved and getting to make so many new friends. Being with these marine animals and helping them was life changing. This trip had such an impact on my life. It strengthened my dream of being a marine animal biologist, helping rescue, rehabilitate, release, and conserve marine animals. I got so much out of this trip. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience that I wouldn’t take back for the world. I met so many people that have the same passion as me.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend