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Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters are a national park, managed by our principal in-country partner, Seychelles National Parks Authority. Our beach-front camp is located on the white sand beach of Anse St Jose and overlooks Praslin (Seychelles' second largest island), just a short boat ride away.

Join a team of international volunteers as an expedition member and volunteer, assisting on priority conservation projects. You will work with a variety of plants and wildlife whilst living the island life, surrounded by the striking azure waters of the marine park.

Work with the critically endangered sea turtles which nest on the island; study nesting success in hawksbill and green turtles, collect data such as tag numbers, carapace (shell) measurements and number of eggs laid or carry out nest excavations to measure hatching success. Help us track down sicklefin lemon shark pups for our catch-and-release project, gathering population and growth rate information on this understudied species. Record the rate of coastal erosion with our beach profiling surveys and assist in our annual census of the island's Aldabra giant tortoise population, while keeping tabs on the growth rates of hatchlings and juvenile tortoises in the nursery.

If you are looking to learn more about conservation, contribute to a meaningful project and spend some time in an incredible location, you don't have to look any further. Please note that our monitoring program and work schedules change seasonally; and projects are available based on the time of year you visit.

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Day 1 - (Saturday)

Meet the local teams The Fishtail Restaurant located at the Cat Coco Ferry Port in Victoria at 12PM. Airport pick-ups can be arranged between 07:00 - 10:00 AM the day before your program start date and must be arranged in advance.

Day 2

Receive orientation and training on the program and our local partners  as well as health & safety training. With the beach being a short walk away from your accommodation, you may be given some downtime to explore and enjoy the immediate surroundings.

Days 3 - 7

Most of your time during the week will be spent on project activities. 

On his expedition you will focus on several key conservation efforts within and around the Curieuse Marine National Park.

This project has various different program focuses that run at various times of the years due to seasons. You would be expected to remain flexible and participate in the below listed project focuses depending on the time of year: 
  • Lemon Shark Surveys 
  • Hawksbill Turtle Surveys
  • Mangrove Distribution surveys
  • Giant Tortoise Census
  • Beach Profiling
  • Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) surveys

Day 8 - Day 9 (usually Saturday and Sunday) 

Weekends will be free for you to explore the local culture and sites along with your fellow volunteers. 

Here are some examples of things you can do in your free time: 
Visit Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles 

  • Do some island hopping
  • Hiking and Climbing 
  • Water Sports 
  • Visit Beau Vallon Bay 
  • Do some hiking

Day 10-14 (Monday to Friday) 

Project work will commence and you will pick up on the activities you started in your first week.

Your last day

Oh no …… no matter how long you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends.  The local project coordinator will drop you back off at the airport in time for your departure flight.

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start date

Saturday's

minimum age

you gotta be 18 to do this program

Highlights

  • Watch as a female hawksbill turtle crawls out of the sea to lay her eggs
  • Help sea turtle hatchlings in their first journey to the sea
  • Release a baby shark after collecting valuable measurements
  • Take a minute to unwind in the company of the island's gentle giant tortoises
  • Relax with a swim in the Indian Ocean at the end of a hard days work
  • Snorkel in crystal clear waters alongside coral, fish, turtles, eagle-rays, reef sharks, and spot dolphins from the boat
  • Hike to the top of Mount Curieuse for a stunning panorama
  • Experience breathtaking sunsets, make lifelong friends and have an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

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