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Marine research Sanremo

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Introduction

This program is an exciting opportunity to observe marine mammals in their natural environment and make a contribution towards their survival and conservation. Research cruises in the north western Mediterranean, Italy, are aimed at the study of eight cetacean species, including fin whales, sperm whales and dolphins.

Marine research Italy

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Project fee from EUR 1,220

Your role as a volunteer

Dolphins and whales are usually sighted when the sea is calm. Participants are involved in various research activities, from sighting shifts during the day to night watches, when weather and sea conditions are good enough to spend the night in the open sea.
Volunteers also help the researchers collecting scientific data, including geographic location of sightings, dive durations, behaviour, group size and composition. In some cases, faceal and prey samples are also collected in order to obtain information on dietary habits of fin whales and sperm whales.

Projects aim

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.

Partner

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 whales and humans. The organization has had many volunteers throughout many years, so we can guarantee that you will have a very enriching and good time in Italy.

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 info@volunteertravels.com. 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 accomodation

“Pelagos” has two masts and can sail and manoeuvre using a fully electronic system, that can be switched to manual at any time. The surface of the deck and the inside of the boat are covered with teak wood. There are five cabins hosting up to 16 people (up to eleven participants, four researchers and the skipper). Each cabin has its own private bathroom with hot water. Together with the researchers, volunteers may be involved in “creative cooking sessions”.

Experience more!

Project participants also have the opportunity of exploring beautiful sites and landscapes. If weather conditions are unfavourable, volunteers can participate in inland trips and visit the small town of Sanremo or the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

About Italy

With the famous cities of Rome, Venice and Florence, Italy is a popular destination which attracts approximately 45 million tourists a year from all over the world. With over 3000 years old history, and exciting food culture, you are not likely to be disappointed.

Pratical

Insurance

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.

Vaccinations

For any questions about vaccinations, please be sure to ask your doctor or local vaccination centre.

Visas

Please check with your local embassy or consulate. EU citizens do not need a visa for visiting Italy.

Flights

Is not included in the tour price. Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You could book your tickets from any travel agency of your choice. Your final destination is Sanremo, Italy. You can arrive in either Nice (France) or Genova (Italy). Please book your ticket so that you arrive on a Monday the same day as the project start. You will board the boat at 5pm. If you want to go home right after the end of the project, you should book a trip home on a Sunday afternoon/evening. Be sure to check that the arrival and departure dates on the tickets are right and that your names are spelled correctly. Tell us your arrival time and flight number as soon as you have them.

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