Seychelles Island Conservation



Gapforce program

Travel to the remote and uninhabited Curieuse Island and join one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection organisations in Seychelles. Take part in critical research within the Seychelles National Park and help support the creation of conservation policies.

Live amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as you work with endemic flora and fauna while also contributing towards the long-term survival of endangered species such as the hawksbill turtle.

Suitable for: Adventure Travel & Wildlife Conservation


Highlights

  • Develop valuable skills needed for a career in conservation 
  • Contribute to the conservation of endangered species 
  • Live the island life on an uninhabited, untouched island 
  • Snorkel in clear blue waters and spott dolphins, fish and coral 
  • Experience spectacular sunrises and sunsets while living on an uninhabited island

The Project:

Work alongside partner organisations such as the Seychelles National Parks authority to contribute directly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as #14 – Life Below Water, #15 – Life On Land, #4 – Quality Education and #17- Partnerships For Goals. 

Project work varies depending on seasons. You could expect to be working with endangered green & hawksbill sea turtles; collect data on the understudied sicklefin lemon shark pups; conduct beach profiling surveys to monitor coastal erosion or partake in a yearly census of giant Aldabra tortoises. Rotating between various focuses provides the chance for you to make a valuable impact and to develop a vast range of new skills.       


Daily Life:

Volunteer work is Monday through to Fridays with weekends free to explore. The Island is only accessible by boat.

Participants are expected to remain flexible as project work changes based on weather as well as needs of our project partners.

Estimated schedule:

  • 5 or 6am:         Wake up call
  • 6 - 10 am:         First Survey 
  • 12pm:               Lunch
  • 1pm - 4pm:      Second Survey 
  • 6pm:                 Dinner 
  • 9pm:                 Bed Time

Life on the Island:

Curieuse Island and the waters around it are listed as a national park. Our camp is positioned on the beach front of Anse St Jose and overlooks Praslin island. Accommodation is in shared dorm rooms. There is cold running water available for showers and the tap water is safe for drinking. Bathroom facilities are shared, and participants also share base duties, including cleaning and other chores.

Evenings can be spent swimming in the crystal blue sea, enjoying a chat around the campfire or exploring the island. You will have access to reliable Wi-Fi on the island but be ready for a remote 'back-to-basics' lifestyle! 

Volunteers take it in turns to prepare meals for the group. Food is basic but nutritious, and primarily vegetarian with optional fish or meat available once or twice a week. Breakfast could be porridge with fresh fruit, or occasionally pancakes or cereal, and lunch and evening meals may include pasta, beans, rice, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables etc.


Weekend Excursions:

Weekends are free for relaxing or independent exploration. There are a number of excitings ways to keep yourself busy over the weekend. This includes visits to the local islands of La Digue and Praslin, exploring the surroundings of Curieuse or visiting other coral islands like Desroche, Bord, Dennis, Farquhar and Amirantes which are a bit further away but so worth it!

What is included?

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support;
  • Local coordinators supervising throughout the program;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Welcome and safety briefing;
  • Accommodation;
  • 3 meals a day;
  • 24/7 UK emergency backup

What is not included?

  • Flights to and from destination
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa and Vaccinations
  • Spending money
  • Additional excursions/activities

Who takes part in this program?

The program is designed for those with a passion for wildlife, travel and remote places, who wish to help protect some of Africa’s most iconic species.  A minimum age of 18 is the only requirement, along with passion, enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck-in!


Who will be supervising me?

Throughout the volunteering program you will be supervised by the friendly and knowledgeable members of the island conservation team. Our coordinators are highly experienced and experts in their field. They will provide 360 degree support and facilitate participants for their entire duration on the program.

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  • Seychelles
  • Duration: 1 to 4 weeks
  • Departures: Every month

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