Navigating Ancient Shores

Sea Turtle And Marine Conservation Teen Volunteering In Greece

Conserve turtles on this teen volunteer project in the historic coastal town of Giannitsochori, Greece.

Durations:  2 weeks

Program information

Explore historic Greece when you join a team of international teen volunteers conserving endangered loggerhead turtles which nest on the white sand beaches of Giannitsochori. Record nesting activity and protect hatchlings from predators as they make their first journey to the ocean.

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Program overview

GVI has successfully been operating ethical and responsible programs for under 18s since 2012. Since then, it has treated health and safety as a number one priority and takes extra measures for its under 18 programs. As such, it is also a British Standards 8848 compliant provider. This project has been specially designed for those looking to volunteer, but are aged between 15 and 17 years old. Throughout this project, volunteers are provided with supervision and training, by world class leaders in the field who have been chosen for their mix of relevant experience and ability to mentor and inspire young adults.

Based in Giannitsochori, you will live and work with a team of international volunteers and staff to conserve and protect one of the most important loggerhead turtle nesting areas in Greece.

You’ll get straight onto the beach every morning to engage in surveys, this is done to record nesting activity and to protect turtle nests against predation by mammals and inundation by sea water. During these activities, you’ll also be able to share your passion for conservation with international visitors and the local community members. You’ll have a weekend to enjoy some cultural activities in the surrounding area, organised by the field team, providing you with an opportunity to explore a beautiful and historic region of Greece known for its mythological history of heroes and their quests.

Although all teen participants are greeted by GVI staff at their arrival destination, flight chaperoning services are also available upon request. Chaperones provide on-flight accompaniment, and in-airport assistance. To book this service please contact one of our enrollment managers.


  • Get involved with practical work to protect one of the endangered species in the Mediterranean;
  • Take your first steps towards your career in conservation and making a lasting contribution to the preservation of endangered turtles;
  • Experience Greek culture first hand in the beautiful Peloponnese area;
  • Meet like-minded young adults and create friendships that last a lifetime;
  • Successfully complete this program and get a professional reference from your program manager. You’ll also have the option of earning a certificate endorsed by the University of Richmond if you choose to complete our included online leadership course, which is valued at £295.

Program details

Program type
Under 18
GVI Europe, Greece, Giannitsochori
Marine Conservation
Animal Care


The following itinerary is an example of the activities and project work that participants might get involved in on this program. More specific details of the program are finalised several months before each start date. The itinerary shown below has been followed by our staff and group volunteers in the past.