Program Details

Sea turtles have existed for over 100 million years, traveling in abundance through the earth’s oceans. But today these gentle, fascinating creatures are in danger of extinction. Learn about sea turle behavior, ecology, and threats due to man's impact.
Location:
Athens, Greece; Amalfi, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

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.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 1 Reviews

  • Broadreach Alumni Ambassador trip review
    5.0
    10/21/18

    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,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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