Even though I was only on this project (Greece Turtle Conservation) for two weeks I feel like it has made me grow into a more independent person. The project has allowed me to experience and learn new things, such as relocating nests which are too close to the sea (under 18m) and experience a night survey, when the turtles come out to lay their eggs. I have met great new people which I probably wouldn’t have met back home but that’s part of it. It’s a nice change.
My favourite part of the experience is a tough one; I can’t say I have actually disliked any of the things I have got involved in, but as I have said before the night survey was a great opportunity to help with the tagging of any turtles which have laid their eggs.
We may have had to walk a few miles along the beach every morning to check if there was any new nests laid the night before but to be quite honest I really enjoyed it, what’s wrong with walking along the beach and watching the sun rise every morning. Oh and ofcourse the daydreaming while you walk is great too, just watch where you are walking.
The best advice I could give a new volunteer would be to be prepared for walking along the beach for a varied amount of time and possibly in the heat. Also to bring lots of plasters, you will cut yourself at some point! And lastly work hard.