Dolphins inhabiting the coastal waters of Greece are facing significant threats. Some dolphin populations must deal with increasing human encroachment, while others have disappeared altogether from portions of their former range. At the Dolphin Project you will work to ensure the longterm viability of two dolphin species living in two coastal areas of western Greece: the Gulf of Ambracia and the Inner Ionian Sea archipelago
Dolphin expedition Greece
Project fee from EUR 1,190
Your role as a volunteer
You will conduct daily surveys onboard the research boat, working side by side with the researchers and contributing to field data collection. You will actively engage in visual surveys, looking for dolphins, sea turtles, birds and other fauna during navigation. As soon as dolphins are sighted, volunteers will help record angle and distance from the boat. During the sighting, you will help record dolphin spatial distribution and record dolphin group size (a demanding task, as dolphin groups are often large and fluid), record group composition (i.e. number of newborns, calves, juveniles and adults) and behavior at five-minute intervals throughout the duration of the sighting, collect fish scales with a dip net following surface feeding events performed by the dolphins, store the scale samples into numbered vialsand file them, and look out for sea turtles, birds and other animals.
You will gain a firsthand understanding of the motivations that inspire the work of the project organization, appreciate its significance for dolphin conservation and learn about the importance of protecting the marine ecosystem and its wonderful inhabitants.
The program is run by a local organization which goals are science based conservation action aimed towards a respectful management of the local resources, for the benefit of both dolphins and humans. The organization has had many volunteers throughout many years, so we can gurantee that you will have a very enriching and good time in Greece.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your every day life
Food and accommodation
Based in the centre of the village of Vonitsa, just 50 meters away from the seaside. It consists of the first floor of a twostorey house and is divided into two areas. A large living room, an open kitchen and a big balcony, two toilets with showers (one for the researchstaff and one for the project participants), two bedrooms (for our staff) and the office.
Volunteers and researchers alike will engage in cooking and housekeeping shifts (on a rotation). Shared tasks will include meal planning and preparation. Please bring with you some recipes if you are not familiar with cooking. Dishwashing and house cleaning are also communal activities shared by all.
The area around Vonitsa is dotted with many lovely places to visit. About 16 kilometers to the east, at the entrance of the Gulf, lies Preveza, a relatively large city with nice restaurants and pubs and good shopping opportunities. Nikopolis, eight kilometers north of Preveza, is one of the most interesting archeological sites in the area; the Roman emperor Augustus founded it to commemorate his victory over Antony and Cleopatra in the battle of Actium in 31 B.C.
No matter what part of the country you choose to visit, you will have a wonderful time in a country with nice people, good food and wine, beautiful turquoise sea, many historical places that is worth a visit and great shopping opportunities. No wonder Greece is such a popular destination!
You are responsible to get insurance to cover illness, injury or theft while working as a volunteer. Travel agencies normally sell travel insurance to complement your flight tickets. For more information about insurance ask your travel agency while receiving a flight ticket. Included in your tour price is a liability insurance which covers you in case you unintentionally hurt someone or damage someone else’s property.
For any questions about vaccinations, please be sure to ask your doctor or local vaccination centre.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
Is not included in the tour price. Reaching the village of Vonitsa is relatively simple. Most volunteers take a bus from Athens directly to Vonitsa. This takes about 5 hours and is the cheapest way to get there. Those coming by bus from Athens, if leaving the same day of the rendezvous, should take the bus that leaves from the Kifisos Central Bus Station at 7:00 a.m. and should arrive in Vonitsa around 12:00 p.m. You will meet the other volunteers at 3 PM in Vonitsa.