GrEco Week Eco – Volunteering Holiday

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Volunteer at a Sea Turtle Rescue Centre and make a difference by helping these seriously endangered creatures
  • Hiking & volunteering (cleaning, maintenance) on walking paths on a stunning Greek island
  • Visit the Acropolis and other major attractions and have fun with your mates
  • Experience Greek culture & gastronomy in beautiful Athens
  • Connect with nature, local communities & like-minded volunteers

TOUR DESCRIPTION

(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

DAY 1 – Arrival (D)

Arrival in Athens, Greece (D)
(Time TBD)
Arrive at Athens airport. Transfer to your hotel in the scenic Athens Riviera.
Welcome dinner

DAY 2 – Sea turtle volunteering (B, L)

Morning
Intoduction to the Mediterannean and Greek marine life and to the sea turtles and Archelon organization
Volunteering at the only Sea turtle rescue centre in Greece, located in the Southern suburbs of Athens (Glyfada). Operated by the NGO Archelon.
Activities may include:
• preparation and administration of food,
• operation of the sea water supply systems,
• carrying and cleaning the animals, as well as cleaning the facilities and equipment.
• Public Awareness like the running of exhibition area and providing information to visitors.
• Other duties such as basic maintenance activities as well as cleaning of surroundings and living quarters.
The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre is within walkable distance from your hotel. After the volunteering, you get some time to unwind in your hotel or to relax at a nearby beach.

Light lunch/ pic nic

Afternoon
Athens walking tour including visit to Acropolis with all of its magnificent monuments (Partenon Temple, Temple of Athena Nike, Temple of Erechteum), visit Acropolis Museum and the Plaka district (all admissions included).

DAY 3 – Sea turtle volunteering (B, L)

Morning
Volunteer at the only Sea turtle rescue centre in Greece, located in the Southern suburbs of Athens (Glyfada). Operated by the NGO Archelon.

Light lunch/ pic nic

Afternoon
Free

DAY 4 – Sea turtle volunteering (B, L)

Morning
Volunteer at the only Sea turtle rescue centre in Greece, located in the Southern suburbs of Athens (Glyfada). Operated by the NGO Archelon.

Light lunch/ pic nic

Afternoon
Ferryboat trip to Poros island (2 hrs. approx.)
Introduction to Paths of Greece and Poros island

DAY 5 – Paths of Greece/ trails maintenance (B, L)

Morning
The group will volunteer with Paths of Greece, helping with cleaning/ maintenance of some of the footpaths of the island.

Light lunch/ pic nic

Afternoon
Free (optional activities at an extra charge)

DAY 6 – Paths of Greece/ trails maintenance (B, L)

Morning
The group will volunteer with Paths of Greece, helping with cleaning/ maintenance of some of the footpaths of the island.
Light lunch/ pic nic

Afternoon
The participants will engage in the cleaning of one of Poros’ main beaches). For this action the local community will also be involved and through this small initiative we will aim to re-establish the beach to a decent condition, raise awareness in the local community, municipality etc., and make a bold statement to claim the rights of the public to free and well-maintained beaches.

DAY 7 – Paths of Greece/ trails maintenance (B, L)

Morning
The group will volunteer with Paths of Greece, helping with cleaning/ maintenance of some of the footpaths of the island.
Light lunch/ pic nic

Afternoon
Ferry to Piraeus

Farewell dinner

DAY 8 – Free time/ Departures (B)

In the morning, the participants will enjoy some free time to take a last walk, shop gifts/ souvenirs or just rest by the hotel and its area. Then bus transfers to the airport will be arranged.

ACCOMMODATION

Days 1,2,3,7 at Hotel Sea View, Glyfada (B&B)

Days 4,5,6 at Odyssey Apartments, Poros island (B&B)

INCLUDED

  • Transfers from/ to Athens airport to/from Hotel Sea View, Glyfada on arrival and departure (fuel, driver, all road tolls, all taxes)
  • English-speaking (other languages available upon request) local tour leader services
  • B&B accommodation in 3-star hotel in Glyfada area
  • B&B accommodation in 3-star apartment hotel in Poros island
  • All activities (included necessary gear and equipment) as described in the program
  • Return ferry boat tickets Piraeus-Poros
  • Light lunches/ pic nic provided in all days
  • Light lunches/ pic nic provided in all days
  • One welcome dinner
  • One farewell gift/ memorabilia
  • General liability insurance
  • All applicable taxes and VAT

NOT INCLUDED

Fee of 30 Euro p.p. for Archelon to cover volunteering at Sea Turtle Rescue Centre:

  • Administration and training costs
  • Fee of an ARCHELON leader who will be in charge of the group
  • An exclusive Volunteer t-shirt and being supporters of ARCHELON for one year (annual subscription)

 

International flights

Travel insurance

NOTES

Contact us in case of larger groups (> 12 participants)

In case of the desire to extend the holiday this weeklong Eco Volunteering Week Athens can be combined with a:

  • Weeklong Sea Turtle Volunteering Holiday on the South coast of the Peloponnese or a
  • Weeklong Menalon Walking Trail Volunteering Holiday in mountainous Peloponnese or a (/li>
  • Weeklong Northern Greece Bear Conservation Holiday

 

The weather from mid-June until late August is usually hot with sunshine. Until early June and from early September the weather is cooler with a possibility of rain.

Make sure you bring along following:

  • Durable and casual clothing for fieldwork (e.g. overalls and sweatshirts, shorts)
  • Swimming suit, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, rucksack
  • Comfortable and cool clothes and shoes (especially in June, July, August)
  • Waterproof and warm clothes and shoes, especially in spring and autumn
  • Optionally camera, music, electronic equipment etc.

 

A first aid kit is available but you should bring with you any medicine you take or you may need, such as allergy medications.

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