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Animal Care – Sea turtle rescue centre, Greece

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Since 1983, the primary objective of ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece has been to protect the sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles.

Students will typically work for the first 3months in Athens at the Rescue Centre, helping to treat sick and injured turtles and they will also be trained in the conservation work.

The main daily activities within the Rescue Centre are rehabilitation duties, since at any given time there is an average of 20 to 25 turtles under treatment. Please note that this is a highly physically demanding task.
This includes:

● the preparation and administration of food (usually fish) to the turtles

● daily treatment of the animals as determined by the vets (administering medication, cleaning wounds)

● taking biometric data

● making behavioral observations


For the project, trainees need …

● an interest in working with turtles/conservation

● be ready for physically demanding tasks

● happy to live with basic facilities on a campsite

● confident in meeting/speaking to new people


The project places:

Athene: Athens is the capital of Greece. It was also at the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire.

Crete: Crete, Greece’s largest island, is known for its varied terrain, which ranges from fine-sand beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains.

Zakynthos: Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea and a well-known summer resort.


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