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Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 1, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Project is a European Voluntary Service, involving two volunteers and is expected to have a duration of 9 months. For the one volunteer the project activities are centered at ARCHELON’s Sea Turtle Rescue Centre from February to August 2015 (six months duration), where injured or sick sea turtles are sent from all over Greece for treatment and rehabilitation. For the other volunteer the activities are centered Zakynthos (from May to October 2015, six months duration) which has the most important nesting beach for loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean. The volunteer at the Rescue Center will be involved in all the project activities, which include applying the daily treatment of the animals (medication, feeding, etc, supporting the National Stranding Network, providing information to the public and helping to keep scientific data on the relevant databases. At Zakynthos project the volunteer will be involved in all the project activities, which include collection of scientific data, active management of sea turtle nests as well as environmental education and public awareness. The project aims at (1) providing young people with the opportunity to work directly for the conservation of a protected marine species, (2) promoting the importance of protecting the marine and coastal environment, and (3) acquiring knowledge that can make young people adopt a friendlier attitude towards the environment, which is something that they can use no matter where they are in the world. Participants are expected to gain experience on the conservation of protected species and habitats, as per the EU’s Habitats directive (92/43/EEC).
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