Program Details

Volunteer in the Caribbean on the stunning island of St. Eusatius, and join the St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation and help to protect and conserve their National and Marine Parks. You will often be divided into two groups, and will spend time doing
Location:
Willemstad, Netherlands
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Animals, Education, Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Volunteer in the Caribbean on the stunning island of St. Eustatius, in the Dutch Antilles, overlooking St. Kitts in the Caribbean Sea. You can take part in the following conservation volunteer work activities: Trail building in the Quill and Boven National Parks Maintaining the Botanical Garden Helping with night turtle patrols during nesting season Red Billed Tropic Bird Conservation research Environmental Education You can join for 2 week up to 12 weeks all year round and we have places all throughout 2015 available. Individuals, groups and students doing research all welcome. Cost for lodging in volunteer house, gas, water, materials, project tshirt, training & orientation, airport pickup; £690 for 4 weeks.

Volunteer in the Caribbean on the stunning island of St. Eusatius, and join the St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation and help to protect and conserve their National and Marine Parks. You will often be divided into two groups, and will spend time doing various conservation volunteer projects including The Quill and Boven National Parks, Sea Turtle Volunteer Programme, Botanical Garden, Red Billed Tropic Bird Conservation Research and Environmental Education. Fridays are known as ‘Family Friday’ and are an opportunity for the whole group to work together with interns on a particular project, such as marking out a new trail, installing new signposts, cleaning the turtle nesting beach, planting a new garden or carrying out a survey.

The Quill National Park was pronounced the first official National Park of the Netherlands Antilles on May 4th, 1998. The area is now a protected Nature Reserve, which consists of the dormant volcano, The Quill, and the limestone formation to the south of it, called White Wall. Within the National Park, there are several good hiking trails for visitors – you will be working on these trails. The Boven sub-sector comprises five hills in the Northern Hills of St Eustatius: the Boven, Venus, Gilboa Hill, Signal Hill and Bergje. This area has only been actively managed since 2007 due to a long running land ownership dispute.The Statia National Marine Park is defined as the waters surrounding Statia from the high water mark to the 30m (100ft) depth contour. It was designated the Statia Marine Park in 1996 through the St. Eustatius Marine Environment Ordinance, with the objective to preserve and manage Statia's marine resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the people and future generations. STENAPA also manages the Botanical Garden which is located in on the windwardside of the island, at the base of the Quill National Park with a view of St. Kitts.
Setting Description:
St. Eustatius, better known as Statia, is located in the Netherlands Antilles islands of the Caribbean, and is only 8 km long and 3 km wide. It is a tranquil and beautiful island which gives a visitor the feeling of stepping back in the Caribbean of decades past – islanders enjoy striking up conversations, stray goats and chickens wander around the streets and the pace is calm and slow. Visitors don’t go to Statia for its beaches, but rather for its amazing diving and snorkelling opportunities as well as for its hiking trails in the National Parks, and for visiting its old Dutch colonial buildings and forts. Statia has a population of approximately 3200 people, most are of mixed African and European descent. Dutch is the official language, but the spoken language is English.
Cost:
The cost for the 8 week project is £1230 and for 4 weeks is £690, which covers all project costs, including all food (monthly allowance of 300 USD), lodging in volunteer house, drinking water, materials for trail project, all training and supervision by STENAPA staff, pickup and drop off from airport in Statia, project t-shirts, use of mountain bikes, WorkingAbroad Projects backup and placement support, and so on. For those volunteers assisting with the work at the marine park in addition to the

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