Greece Action Project

Greece Action Project
  • Minimum age

    17

  • Departs

    (Sunday start and finish dates)

     

    Animal Welfare: Available year-round

     

    Marine Conservation: 2 week posts between June & September

  • Duration

    From 2 to 12 weeks (longer options subject to visa requirements)

  • Roles available

    Animal Welfare Assistant

     

    Environmental Marine Conservation

     

     

Based on the stunning island of Kefalonia, we offer 3 meaningful Action Project options with a focus on animal welfare, the environment and marine conservation, running all-year-round.  Accommodation in dormitory style shared rooms in either the Lattitude Action Project hostel or one of the placement ‘hostels’.  The Lattitude hostel is in the island capital of Argostoli, with fabulous views of the town, the sea and mountains.

Kefalonia sea & hillside villageAction Project Fees from 430€ for 2 weeks (approximately US$495) and include airport pick-up, briefing, accommodation, basic meal ingredients at the Lattitude hostel, 24/7 in-country support and a Project T-Shirt.  See individual project costs below for more details.

Map of Kefalonia

Kefalonia Action Projects 

Animal Welfare: Projects & Costs

Stepping Stones Animal Foster Home

Stepping Stones Logo

Stepping Stones is a not-for-profit animal foster home, with a focus on dogs and particularly re-homing puppies. There are always approximately 50 dogs and all the animals are abandoned or stray. The project is run from the home of a British expatriate on the island and comprises a number of dog pounds and kennels.Puppies at Stepping Stones dog rescue

 

The ARK Animal Shelter

The Ark Animal Rescue Kefalonia

The Ark is the main animal shleter and rescue centre on the island, with a focus on dogs. There are always 250-300 dogs at the centre. This is a not-for-profit organisation that relies solely on donations and voluntary assistance.

Dog at Animal Rescue Kefalonia

Volunteer at Dog shelter Kefalonia

Volunteer Role Summary:

Volunteers are needed all year round. Minimum stay is two weeks but longer stays are preferable.  The roles comprise of:

  • Daily cleaning of the dog pounds, collection and disposal of dog waste
  • Socialising and walking the dogs/puppies in order to make them familiar with human contactCuddling puppy duty!
  • Caring for sick animals
  • Photographing animals and adding content to relevant social media to assist with re-homing and awareness raising
  • Accompanying dogs to the vets for treatment and inoculations
  • Assisting with fundraising activities

Costs for Stepping Stones & The Ark:

Length of Project Kefalonia Action Project Fee Euros
2 weeks (minimum) 430
3 weeks 600
4 weeks 770
5 weeks 940
6 weeks 1110
8 weeks 1450
10 weeks 1790
12 weeks 2130
  • All Action Project placements have a Booking Fee of Euro 345 on top of the Action Project Fee.  This is a one off Booking Fee and covers one or a combination of Lattitude Action Projects in Greece or worldwide.   A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment, where applicable.
  • To convert these prices to your local currency click here.
  • Terms and Conditions do apply.

What extra costs will I have?

  • Pre-departure:  Tourist visa (if applicable), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), appropriate clothing/personal belongings, medical check and vaccinations (if appropriate).
  • On placement:  You should expect to supplement the basic ingredients provided to fit your own preferences or dietary needs.
  • Free time:  In-country trips or tours, social spending, gifts, mobile phone charges, personal effects.

Booking Fee

What it covers:

  • Affordable Action Project fees based on actual project costs per week
  • Dedicated support from our Kefalonia-based Lattitude Program Coordinator pre-departure
  • Comprehensive information, advice and guidance packs and tutorials
  • Matching service to ensure your placement is the right fit for you and expectations are clear
  • Volunteer personal development plan

Action Project Fee

What it covers:

  • 24/7 Helpline
  • Meet and greet from airport and transfer to accommodation
  • Action Project briefing and advice on local facilities, shopping, site seeing, events and student discounts, including where to buy the cheapest frappe (chilled coffee) and ‘gyro’ (filled pita)!
  • Lattitude Kefalonia Action Project T shirt
  • Volunteer placement with named Action Project staff mentor
  • Support from our Kefalonia-based Lattitude Program Coordinator
  • Hostel-style accommodation shared with other volunteers for instant social connections
  • Basic food ingredients and cooking facilities.  You will supplement the basic ingredients to fit your own preferences or dietary needs.  We encourage volunteers to pool an agreed amount per week and share cooking/food preparation.
  • Public bus transport to placement  (if applicable)
  • End of Action Project review
  • Lattitude Global Action Project e-certificate/testimonial

Contact the Lattitude team at volunteer@lattitude.org to arrange your bespoke volunteering experience; why not add some variety and add a couple of weeks Marine Conservation, helping protect Kefalonia’s endangered loggerhead sea turtles?! (see below)

Finn the injured Turtle

Marine Conservation: Project & Costs

Wildlife Sense

Wildlife Sense Logo

Wildlife Sense Kefalonia is a research and conservation project to study and protect Kefalonia’s endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Wildlife Sense recruit volunteers directly for just two week programmes from June to September.

Lattitude works in conjunction with Wildlife Sense to help recruit suitable volunteers for this important conservation work and give volunteers the opportunity to take part in this two week programme as part of a longer Lattitude stay on the island, volunteering with one of our other placements (see Animal Welfare roles above).

Note that for this two week project you will stay at one of the Wildlife Sense volunteer houses and food is not provided.

Wildlife Sense Volunteer Turtle Team
Join the Team!

Volunteer Role Summary:

  • Gain valuable research experience and increase your knowledge in the field of conservation
  • Survey the beaches of Kefalonia to find and protect sea turtle nestsTurtle nest-inventory. Marine Conservation
  • Carry out environmental studies to quantify light pollution and determine light source
  • Measuring the continuous changes of the nesting beaches and the distance of the water from nests.Volunteer Marine Conservation - Turtles in Greece

Check out this Happy Ending story about Finn, the baby turtle’s, release back into the wild: Finn’s Release

Finn the injured Turtle

Costs for Wildlife Sense:

Length of Project Wildlife Sense Action Project Fee Euros
2 weeks 500
  • All Action Project placements have a Booking Fee of Euro 345 on top of the Action Project Fee.  This is a one off Booking Fee and covers one or a combination of Lattitude Action Projects in Greece or worldwide.   A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment, where applicable.
  • To convert these prices to your local currency click here.
  • Terms and Conditions do apply.

What extra costs will I have?

  • Pre-departure:  Tourist visa (if applicable), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), appropriate clothing/personal belongings, medical check any vaccinations (if applicable).
  • On placement:  Food is not provided at the Wildlife Sense project.  The project encourages volunteers to pool an agreed amount of money and shop and prepare food collectively.  You should expect to supplement food to fit your own preferences or dietary needs.
  • Freetime:  In-country trips or tours, social spending, gifts, mobile phone charges, personal effects.

Booking Fee

What it covers:

  • Affordable Action Project fees based on actual project costs per week
  • Dedicated support from a Lattitude Volunteer Coordinator pre-departure
  • Comprehensive information, advice and guidance packs and tutorials
  • Matching service to ensure your placement is the right fit for you and expectations are clear
  • Volunteer personal development plan

Action Project Fee

What it covers:

  • 24/7 Helpline
  • Meet and greet from airport by Wildlife Sense and transfer to Wildlife Sense shared accommodation for the two week project
  • Action Project briefing
  • Wildlife Sense T shirt
  • Wildlife Sense named staff mentor
  • Support from our Kefalonia-based Lattitude Program Coordinator
  • Hostel-style accommodation shared with other volunteers for instant social connections
  • Cooking facilities.  Wildlife Sense encourage volunteers to pool an agreed amount per week and share cooking/food preparation.
  • End of Action Project review
  • Lattitude Global Action Project e-certificate/testimonial

These 2 week marine conservation projects are intended to be mixed with 2 or more weeks Animal Welfare (see above)

Puppies at Stepping Stones

Please contact the Lattitude team at volunteer@lattitude.org to arrange your bespoke volunteering experience.

Interested in a volunteer placement with a local Vet practice on the island?  Register your interest with us now.

Action Projects are designed to offer variety, working on a few different programmes.  Please contact the Lattitude team at volunteer@lattitude.org to arrange your bespoke volunteering experience.

Puppy at Animal Rescue Kefalonia

Greece Animal & Marine Welfare

I love volunteering at Stepping Stones! It is so rewarding spending time helping with the dogs and seeing them have such a happy life"

Katie