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Wildlife Sense Project Kefalonia, Greece

A project by: Michaela Warnes

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WE RAISED £805

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This project received pledges on Fri 14 Apr 2017
2 week volunteering project to support the research and conservation of sea turtles

Wildlife Sense - Greece

I am hoping to volunteer on the Greek island of Kefalonia, working with 9 other students to research and conserve the habitat of the endangered sea turtles on the island, protecting their nests from accidental damage. To be able to participate I need to raise £900!

Who am I?

I am Michaela, a 3rd year Mathematics student at the University of Essex. I have always been passionate about the environment and conservation and this opportunity to go to Kefalonia, Greece through Essex Abroad is a dream come true.

why do i want to participate?

There are a number of reasons why I wish to participate in this volunteering programme:

  • To help the endangered sea turtles.
  • To participate in research outside of my own field of study to get an insight into practical research.
  • To gain experience in something which I wouldn't have the opportunity to otherwise.
  • To learn more about the world I live in and to make a difference.

Where will the money go?

The money that would be raised is to allow me to volunteer in Kefalonia, Greece with endangered sea turtles. From monitoring their nests to marking and measuring new ones this project will enable me to get a first-hand experience of researching and conservation work. This volunteering project also looks at the impacts of light pollution and storm effects on the turtles, something which is vital to their survival.

The minimum I need to raise to participate in this programme is £800, ideally I would love to raise £900 to be able to have the best experience and memories from the 2 weeks.

The programme fee is £450. This money goes towards:

  • Accommodation – shared rented apartment with basic cookware provided
  • Travel Insurance
  • Field training and leader support in Kefalonia
  • Food – a weekly vegetarian food kitty is provided for communal cooking.
  • A researchers t-shirt
  • Use of bicycles to travel to and from the nesting locations each day
  • Airport Transfers

Up to £350 (dependent on costs) for return flights to Kefalonia from the UK, and transport to the airport.

=£800

The extra £100 (if reached) will be put towards equipment for volunteering as well as purchasing better quality camera equipment to document the 2 weeks.

Find out more!

As part of my volunteering trip I will be creating a multimedia record of everything I do in Kefalonia   and will be sharing this on my social media platforms as well as posting to my Instagram account   over the course of the 2 weeks.

To find out more check out the following links:

https://wildlifesense.com/en/kefalonia/

https://www.instagram.com/michaelak1995/

https://www.facebook.com/michaelak1995

Any donations will be hugely appreciated, but please also help promote my project to all of your friends and family. Making my page known is just as valuable! Thank you very much!