Greece: Wildlife and environmental protection on the Ionian Islands

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Arrive in Athens and onward journey

Your journey begins with your arrival at Athens airport. It is recommended to spend a night in Athens before starting your onward journey, as the next day’s travel starts very early. From Athens, you will travel to the island via public transport, taking a five-hour bus ride. The bus ticket is valid for the return trip and remains valid for two months. Please note that the cost of reaching the island is not included in the program price.

Upon arriving at the island, the coordinator will be there to greet you and take you to your accommodation. You’ll then be given a brief tour of the project site and facilities, allowing you to familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Following this, a welcome dinner will be organized, providing an opportunity for you to bond with fellow volunteers.

Over the next few hours, you’ll have the chance to explore the island alongside your new colleagues. Additionally, there will be a guided tour of the village, where you’ll be introduced to nearby grocery stores, restaurants, and doctor’s offices. The team will also share insights into the village’s history and its local community, ensuring you feel comfortable and well-informed during your stay.

Orientation program in the Ionian Islands

The orientation program for the project kicks off the following day and spans approximately four hours. During this session, you will participate in an introductory course on wildlife monitoring, which will also include essential health and safety guidelines. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a Greek language lesson, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture and enhance your interactions with the community during your stay. The orientation is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to make the most of your volunteering experience and ensure a meaningful and fulfilling time on the island.

Your first day in the project

At the onset of your assignment, you will have a personalized meeting with our on-site team to collaboratively create an individual weekly plan tailored to your skills and interests. During this orientation, you will also receive comprehensive introductions to the various areas of work. Under the guidance and supervision of the team, you will have the opportunity to engage in diverse tasks, gaining hands-on experience and contributing to the project’s goals. This approach ensures that your time on the island is both rewarding and aligned with your preferences, allowing you to make a meaningful impact while broadening your knowledge and skills in wildlife conservation and environmental protection.

Your tasks as a volunteer

Volunteering in our program offers a diverse range of tasks, and no special knowledge is required. Your passion for environmental protection and commitment to making a difference are what matter most. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast, conservationist, or interested in organic farming, there is a role for you. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to be involved in:

  • Building an eco-community on one of the islands in the Ionian Sea and an experimental organic fruit and vegetable farm.
  • Monitoring wild cats on a small group of islands in the Ionian Sea.
  • Monitoring marine ecosystems, including Mediterranean monk seal monitoring and seagrass mapping.
  • Conducting ornithological habitat surveys, studying bird behavior and population dynamics.
  • Engaging in wildlife surveillance.
  • Participating in agricultural work such as planting, weeding, seeding, harvesting, and growing in the eco community.
  • Occasionally, you may assist with special projects, such as planting trees to study their impact on bird breeding behavior.

You will typically work five hours a day, five days a week, from Monday to Friday. However, the schedule may be adjusted due to weather conditions. In cases of adverse weather, work might be postponed to a different day, and you may have some flexibility in your weekly schedule.

During your volunteer period, you will have the opportunity to experience various aspects of environmental conservation and wildlife monitoring. From June to September, the focus will be on seagrass monitoring, making the most of the favorable weather conditions. Throughout your stay, you will actively contribute to preserving the island’s biodiversity and natural habitats, making a positive impact on the environment.

Accommodation Catering

As a volunteer, you will be accommodated in a charming and recently renovated traditional stone house, sharing it with up to 13 other volunteers. The house features two floors, with the first floor serving as an open-air laboratory and meeting space. On the second floor, you will find a shared kitchen, two bathrooms, two interior seating areas, and a total of 14 beds. During the summer, fans are available to keep you cool, while a wood stove provides warmth in the winter months.

The kitchen is spacious and well-equipped, allowing you to cook together with fellow volunteers and the team. Essential kitchen utensils and food items like oil and spices are readily available. You can source fresh and locally grown ingredients nearby. Periodically, the team also enjoys dining together at local taverns. Additionally, you have access to a free-to-use washing machine and drying areas, and a cleaning service comes once a week to take care of bed linens, towels, and dishes.

Conveniently, shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, and beaches are all within walking distance from your accommodation. There’s even a sports facility nearby for basketball and football enthusiasts.

While going to the deployment site, you’ll usually travel in teams of two or more, either on public roads or footpaths. Occasionally, you’ll also have the opportunity to travel by boat, exploring the Mediterranean Sea on your way to work. Depending on the island you’re heading to, the boat journey can take up to three hours.

Approximately 10 to 15 days a year, the team and volunteers go on camping trips for monk seal monitoring and other environmental activities. These camping expeditions typically take place on the northern part of Kastos or Atokos islands. The specific duration and timing of camping periods may vary depending on ongoing activities and needs. All camping equipment will be provided, and the local team will take care of transportation arrangements. During camping trips, you’ll be responsible for your own meals, making it a unique and adventurous experience in your volunteering journey.



  • Build an eco-community on one of the islands with experimental organic fruit and vegetable farm
  • Monitoring of wild cats on a small group if islands
  • Monitoring marine ecosystems; monitoring Mediterranean monk seals and mapping seaweed
  • Ornithological habitat surveys
  • Wildlife surveillance
  • Agricultural works like planting, weeding, seeding, harvesting and growing in the eco

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included Services

Before departure

Individual advice and support from our trained RGV team.
Organization including placement in the project and coordination of your stay on site
Assistance with preparation: visa, health care, travel insurance, etc.
Non-binding flight advice
Travel ABC with packing list for your travel preparation
RGV t-shirt

On site

Orientation program with the team on site
Support and guidance from the on-site team
RGV 24h emergency number
Transfer to the site
Important: Transfer is only partially included (depending on prior agreement of activities)
Accommodation in Volunteer House

After return

Participation confirmation of your voluntary commitment
Reflection course on your experiences abroad
Evaluation sheet and optional feedback discussion

not included Services

Round trip
Private expenses on site
Travel and cancellation insurance
Visa and Vaccinations
All nights outside your agreed accommodation
Public transport and extra transfers
Airport transfer on the day of arrival and departure
Food and drinks

  • Starts on either Sundays or Wednesdays
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Stay in volunteer house
  • Independent trip by bus and ferry to the island

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