Welcome to sunny Giannitsochori, where the crystal clear waters are home to the remarkable and vulnerable loggerhead turtle. As a volunteer in Greece, you’ll not only help protect critically threatened marine life, but you’ll also have the opportunity to grow as a person and gain skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Join us on an adventure beyond compare, make a difference and be a part of something truly special.
In a word, volunteering in Greece is unmatched. This is the definition of travel with a purpose as you have the opportunity to explore the breathtaking coastline and play a real part in the mission to protect endangered marine life.
You’ll be based close to the village of Giannitsochori. Nestled between the stunning turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea and the rugged coastline of the Peloponnese, Giannitsochori is truly a hidden gem of Europe.
Added to exploring a stunning location and helping with marine conservation efforts, you also have the opportunity for personal growth and development when you volunteer in Greece. You’ll be living and working alongside people from all over the world, building lifelong friendships and connections. You’ll learn new skills and gain experience in a unique and challenging environment, which will help you develop as a person and set you apart from your peers. And you’ll experience all this with the support of our expert team, all of whom are trained to adhere to rigorous health and safety standards.
Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Let’s go!
It’s no mystery why Greece is considered one of the most beautiful parts of Europe, and the village of Giannitsochori is a prime example. Located in Kyparissia Bay, in the western part of the Peloponnese peninsula, Giannitsochori is a small, traditional village. It is a well-known beach destination and has fascinating Greek historical ruins close by.
As a volunteer in Greece, you’ll work on a project site that’s just a 10-minute walk from Giannitsochori village.
As you wander through the narrow streets, the sound of the waves and the gentle breeze from the sea will make you feel as if time has slowed down. It provides the perfect environment for marine conservation work that will impact the planet for years to come.
The fascinating loggerhead turtle is the living representative of a group of reptiles that has travelled our seas for the past 100 million years. Very sadly, many loggerhead turtles’ nesting beaches are under threat from tourism development.
Giannitsochori is home to some of the world’s most important loggerhead turtle nesting sites as they provide a safe haven for the turtles to lay their eggs and hatch their young. These beaches are carefully monitored and protected to ensure that the turtles can nest undisturbed, and their hatchlings can make their way safely to the ocean.
Without conservation efforts – like our volunteer in Greece and marine internship programs – the loggerhead turtle population would be at an even greater risk of decline. This would have a devastating impact on the marine ecosystem as a whole. Our marine conservation programs are effective here because we work in support of our outstanding local partner organisation, ARCHELON.
Each one of our participants who choose to intern or volunteer in Greece can make a measurable contribution toward critical conservation efforts. Joining a volunteering program in Greece means you’ll help to preserve and protect this vital coastal habitat. It’s a unique opportunity to contribute to – and learn from – the work, the community, and other participants.
GVI has been operating volunteer projects all over the world for the past two decades. We are proud of our approach to establishing long-term partnerships and sustainable projects. The local community is always consulted first and foremost in order to determine their needs. With the contribution of volunteers, we work together in partnership to achieve these goals.
As a volunteer in Greece, you’ll assist our renowned local partner organisation, ARCHELON – The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece – who have been working to conserve turtles and their habitats since 1983.
With ARCHELON, our volunteers and interns focus on the protection of endangered loggerhead turtles that nest on the white-sand beaches of Giannitsochori. Your turtle conservation opportunities in Greece include:
You can also participate in marine research, giving you a well-rounded and unforgettable experience.
Whether you’re experienced in marine science or you’re someone who has never volunteered before, there’s a place for you on GVI’s conservation programs. Our volunteer program in Greece is designed for those who are passionate about marine conservation and want to make a meaningful contribution to protecting precious species – there are no other prerequisites!
Our programs are designed to be accessible and engaging for all volunteers, regardless of your background or experience level. Our expert staff will provide you with all the training and support you need to make a meaningful contribution to conservation efforts.
Over the years, we’ve welcomed families and groups who want to volunteer together, as well as students who need to complete community service hours or want to gain experience in environmental conservation before pursuing higher education or a career in a related field. We also see career breakers and retirees joining us often. Whatever your motivation for volunteering, we believe that everyone has the potential to make a positive impact, and we strive to create a safe, inclusive environment for all.
If you’re under 18, we offer a range of programs specifically designed just for you. You can boost your language skills, add to your resume and experience a different way of life safely – all while travelling through incredible places. Join us!