Volunteer in Greece
Would like an opportunity to make a real and positive impact while you travel? Maybe you are coming to Greece on your gap year or summer holiday and are looking for a meaningful experience where you can truly make a difference? Come and volunteer at sea turtle conservation center while you visit Athens!
Your Greek Volunteer Placement
Spend time in Athens, from two weeks to several, in a voluntourism program taking care of injured sea turtles in the Sea Turtle Rescue Center, in the southern seaside Athens suburb of Glyfada. Sea turtle protection volunteers will be working in ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society with a 30 year history of protecting, researching and rehabilitating sea turtles all over Greece. ARCHELON also works to raise public awareness about sea turtles and the dangers they face by man.
Your Greek Volunteer Role
The Sea Turtle Rescue Center's turtle rehabilitation area is open all year round. Sea turtle protection volunteers
at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center prepare food and feed turtles, as well as care for the animals and clean the center's facilities and equipment. Sea turtle protection volunteers may also take part in ARCHELON's public awareness programs, helping out at the exhibition area and providing information to visitors.
Your Athens Tours
Your Greek gap year or Greek summer holiday is not all work! We have organised for you several Athens tours so that you may socialize and become acquainted with Greece's bustling capital. Experienced locals will take you on a series of educational, informative and entertaining tours of Athens. Covering areas such as social movements, arts & crafts, photography, bike tours and night life, you'll get a better understanding of contemporary Greece and its people!
Gap Year Volunteering in Greece
A sea turtle protection gap year in Athens is a great way for sea turtle protection volunteers to rehabilitate sea turtles and help them return to the wild. By taking part in a volunteer project for your Greek gap year, you will also make life long friends and experience Greek culture and people like never before!
Sea Turtle Rescue Center schedule:
The center's working hours are from 8 to 12 (and sometimes until 2) - depending on the workload.
Monday - Grassroots Exarhia-Psyrri Tour (Social movements, Street art, Architecture, Arts & Crafts)
Exarchia is the most intensely politicized areas in Athens. You'll take a historical journey and learn the many different political initiatives, and battles, that the area has born witness to. You'll examine the area's street art as well as it's characteristic modern architecture, creative studios and galleries.
Tuesday - Urban creatives Metaxourgeio Tour (Street art, Architecture, Arts & Crafts)
We'll walk through the artistic and fashionable neighborhood of Metaxourgeio, one of Athens' most central districts, where meany creative individuals chosen to live, work and hang out. You'll get to know Athens older architecture and the way artists use public space to interact with their audience.
Wednesday: Nightlife in Gazi-Metaxourgio
Once a neglected industrial district centered around an old gas factory, this area west of the Acropolis has now blossomed into a nightlife Mecca that hosts an impressive array of bars and restaurants. We'll be bar hopping through some of the more interesting places in the area, so that you'll get an idea of how well Greeks spend their Wednesday nights!
Friday: Nightlife in Syntagma-Psyrri
The Syntagma area, stretching from Parliament down to Monastiraki, retains its cosmopolitan air and remains active day and night! The area harbors no end of stylish cocktail bars and older, more established venues which cater to a wide variety of musical tastes and styles.
Saturday: Downtown Athens Photo Tour
You'll walk and photograph your way through Athens, gaining some useful photography tips in the process! Athen's bustling nature and varied neighborhoods are a photographer's paradise. From the quiet white-washed walls of Anafiotika underneath the Acropolis to the bustling meat and fish markets in Athenas St., Athens offers many of photo opportunities, for both seasoned and novice photographers.
Sunday: Greek music workshop
A fun day exploring the different styles of traditional Greek music, practicing on traditional percussion and wind instruments, and learning to dance Greek dances!
Thursday: Acropolis – Acropolis museum tour (Guide price: 110€)
- Two weeks in hostel or hotel in southern Athens (Glyfada area)
- 3 Athens Tours and workshops
- 2 night tours
- 3 workshops
- Two meals a day, breakfast at the hotel
- Archelon charity annual support donation
- Extra workshops are available
- Flight tickets
- Transfers to/from Airport
- Public transportation (14€ / week)