Program Details

Dolphin populations living in the Greek seas are a fragment of what they were a century ago due to degradation of the marine environment. Help us identify the main threats affecting bottlenose coastal dolphins and their ecosystem while aboard our research
Location:
Vonitsa, Greece
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Join the Ionian Dolphin Project and help us to ensure the long-term viability of dolphins species living in coastal waters of western Greece. For over 20 years, 1,156 non-specialist volunteers from 40+ nations, encompassing the five continents, have joined the IDP. They have provided us deeply needed support and helped us obtain crucial data. YOU will fuel science-based conservation action aimed towards a respectful management of the local resources, for the benefit of both dolphins and humans.

Dolphin populations living in the Greek seas are a fragment of what they were a century ago due to degradation of the marine environment. Help us identify the main threats affecting bottlenose coastal dolphins and their ecosystem while aboard our research vessel. Experience dolphins up close as they surf in the boat’s wake. With your help, we can identify measures to slow-down, halt or reverse such trends that allow dolphin populations to flourish.

From our research boat, you’ll scan the water for dolphins and record data on their numbers, behavior and interactions with the area’s fishing industry. Back at the field station, you’ll enter data and match images of the dolphins’ dorsal fins to catalogue and identify those you spotted. Working alongside seasoned dolphin researchers, you’ll gain insight on threats faced by these charismatic creatures, while helping scientists understand the urgent conservation measures needed to protect them.
Setting Description:
All of us, research staff and volunteers alike, will be living in our field station in the quiet village of Vonitsa, on the southern shore of the Gulf of Ambracia. A large, medieval castle looms over the village, and offers rewarding views of the central part of the Gulf. This fortress is a privileged spot to observe the villagers enjoying the local gastronomy in the traditional Greek tavernas and cafes along the seaside. The small harbor right below is where the project’s boat is moored and is frequently visited by foreign sailors that contribute to give to the place a nice and warm atmosphere of camaraderie among boaters.
Cost:
750-825 EUR. Special fares are available in some teams for students under 26. Food and accommodation included in the participation fee. The cost derived from reaching the research site are not. All teams start in Sunday and finish on Saturday. Volunteers willing to participate in consecutive teams are welcome.

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