Seychelles Island Conservation

Company : GVI
Location : Curieuse Island, Seychelles
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1500 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Join one of the leading marine and terristrial data collection organisations in Seychelles on the uninhabited Curieuse Island.

Take part in important research within the Seychelles National part and help support implementation of new conservation policies. Work with endemic flora and flora while contributing to longer term survival of endangered species.

You will be based amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. On this expedition, you will focus on several key conservation efforts within and around the Curieuse Marine National Park which may include the following:

  • Lemon Shark Project: we are conducting a capture, release and recapture study of the lemon shark population using P.I.T. (Passive Integrated Transponder) tags. Peak shark tagging season in September to January, far less activity outside of that time.
  • Hawksbill Turtle Surveys: we conduct year-round, weekly patrols of the beaches, recording data on nesting turtles and tagging females, monitoring the beaches for signs of nesting activity, and marking nests when we locate them. The peak Hawksbill season runs from September to March, although some nest excavations usually continue into April
  • Mangrove Distribution Surveys: Curieuse Island has one of the largest remaining areas of mangrove forest left within the Seychelles inner granitic islands. We are investigating seedling recruitment and mortality and further determining species distribution across the mangroves. Mangrove surveys are conducted in February and August.
  • Giant Tortoise Census: we conduct an annual census of the giant tortoise population and record key measurements on growth and distribution. The free-ranging tortoise census is conducted during the months of April to September, but monitoring of captive juveniles year-round.
  • Beach Profiling: our beach profiling studies monitor changes in beach width, slope and area annually in July and August, and contribute to a long-term data set describing annual changes in our beaches.
  • Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) Surveys: we are conducting BRUV surveys to assess the populations of carnivorous and scavenging fish species along the remote north shore of Curieuse Island. BRUVs are conducted throughout April and May.
  • Rat Eradication Project: we are conducting an experimental eradication of the invasive rat population in a two-hectare area of forest to allow recovery and recolonisation of native species, this is a year-round project. 

All of our projects have short, mid & long-term objectives which are directly linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world as well as help out local communities and partners measure and visualise their contributions to the UN SDGs.


Program Highlights:

  • Living within a National Park on a tropical island, where giant tortoises outnumber people
  • Collecting data on endangered and endemic species; ensuring their continued or enhanced protection in Seychelles
  • Returning from fieldwork and taking a dip in the warm, clear Indian Ocean


Costs / Benefits

Since we opened our doors in 1998, we have spent over 65% of all funds directly on our projects. It is our mission to support field operations in the long term. Rather than abandon programs that recruit fewer volunteers we strategically invest from our fully staffed sites to help maintain our presence across the globe. The remaining 35% that is not directly invested in our programs covers the cost of volunteer recruitment, the operations of our head office.

Cost for the program by duration:
2 weeks £1,545
3 weeks £1,835
4 weeks £2,095
5 weeks £2,335
6 weeks £2,595
7 weeks £2,885
8 weeks £3,145
9 weeks £3,385
10 weeks £3,645
11 weeks £3,935
12 weeks £4,195


- 18+
- English
- Criminal Background check
- Medical History
- Good physical fitness

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