From sea turtles nesting on the beaches of Lakonikos Bay to dolphins surfing the wake off Policoro, the picturesque coasts of Italy & Greece are teeming with marine life. In other words, the ultimate labs for sea turtle and dolphin field studies.
Put your passion for marine science to use during this hands-on exploration of sea turtle biology and dolphin behavior. As part of a team of student researchers, you’ll partner with local rescue centers and organizations dedicated to their study and conservation. Stroll beautiful Mediterranean beaches counting eggs, looking for hatchlings, protecting nests and collecting data on turtles for further study. Observe nesting behavior and assist biologists with excavation during nesting season. Work with turtles in natural habitats, measuring carapace and collecting data on local turtle populations. On the water, search for the playful and intelligent dolphins in the Mediterranean's stunning bays and other dolphin hot spots. Italy and Greece have a long history of promoting conservation and your participation in this expedition will provide valuable contributions to their efforts. Outside of turtle and dolphin encounters, there are many more adventures to be had. Hike along the stunning Amalfi Coast, sprinkled with colorful villages and sweeping vistas. Explore the ancient caves of Diros and Mylopotamos waterfall. Venture to the Island of Aphrodite and snorkel the sparkling, crystal waters of Kythira. Get a taste of the warm and welcoming Italian and Greek cultures. After three life-changing weeks, you’ll leave the Mediterranean with valuable field research experience, a deeper connection to marine life and real-world exposure to the important conservation initiatives that surround these magnificent creatures.
“Working with the sea turtles was amazing and I will never forget spotting my first turtle on the beach.” — Madeleine Ruff, New York, NY
- Hike the 'Walk of the Gods' along the Amalfi Coast
- Visit an olive farm and take an Italian cooking class
- Explore the Diros Cave by wooden boat
- Participate in a sea turtle night patrol
- Collect research and data on dolphin behavior
- No experience necessary
Costs & Dates
|Jun 16–Jul 6||21||9-12||$5680|
|Jul 9–Jul 29||21||9-12||$5680|
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