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.
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.
|June 17 - July 7||HS||21 days||$6,480||Open|
|June 25 - July 15||HS||21 days||$6,480||Available|
|July 10 - July 30||HS||21 days||$6,480||Limited|
|July 18 - August 7||HS||21 days||$6,480||Available|
Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours and even college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.
Mediterranean Sea Turtle & Dolphin Studies offers 3 marine science college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 50 hours of documented community service.
This course is a survey of natural history, biology, behavior, conservation, and monitoring and research techniques of sea turtles and dolphins in the Mediterranean. Coursework will consist of both academic discussions and field work designed to introduce you to the methods and equipment that marine biologists commonly use. Work and study at field research stations and collect data that will contribute to ongoing projects in conservation for multiple organizations. Leave with a record of your achievements and the feeling that you have made a positive and lasting impact on the long-term viability of Italy & Greece’s sea turtle and dolphin populations.
In addition to the sea turtle and dolphin studies, explore the rich biodiversity, environmental sustainability and use of the natural environment in the region.
Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. In Italy & Greece, partner with community organizations on a variety of projects focused on sustainability and conservation, which may include opportunities to:
Before settling in to a sea turtle rescue center for hands-on research and conservation work, spend the first few days orienting yourself to the astounding beauty of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Upon arrival in Naples, the group has time to get acquainted, then it’s off to a villa-style hotel in the scenic and artsy village of Ravello. Take in the stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea then set out to hike the Valle delle Ferriere, a nature reserve teeming with rocky pathways, clear streams, waterfalls and ruins. The trekking continues on the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ or ‘Walk of the Gods.’ Discover wild gorges and make stops along the way to peer out at the colorful Italian towns and beaches down below. Then, find yourself in the midst of lemon groves where you’ll learn all about lemon production and the art of cooking with the citrus.
Arrive in the rustic, coastal town of Policoro, home to a wildlife refuge and the setting for our focused work with sea turtles and dolphins. After an open water snorkel, spend mornings delving into the history of turtles in this region while also performing daily nest walks. Learn turtle monitoring techniques from experts and put them into practice as we survey loggerhead turtles. Summer is nesting season for this fascinating species, providing numerous opportunities to engage in hands-on caring, including rescue, rehabilitation, assisted tagging and turtle feeding. A mind-blowing day trip to the nearby canyon town of Matera will enlighten you as we descend into cave dwellings that were home to Italy’s earliest settlers. Once we’ve gotten our hands wet working with turtles, it’s time to venture out and begin our dolphin research. Climb aboard a catamaran and head into the Gulf of Taranto and Northern Ionian Sea. Here, you’ll learn to use nautical instruments that help track dolphin in open waters. Practice species identification, record sightings, plus analyze dolphin behavior.
Next stop: Greece. The group sets up camp in Lakonikos Bay, a beachside turtle conservation site near the port city of Gytheio. According to Greek mythology, Gytheio is where the god Apollo fought with Hercules and thus its modern-day name, ‘Land of the Gods.’ Spend days conducting sea turtle surveys, relocating threatened nests, building turtle pathways to the sea and constructing protective barriers. You and your team of fellow turtle researchers will also take part in a public awareness campaign to help educate locals on the significance and importance of sea turtle conservation. During downtime, take a small wooden boat through Diros Cave, navigating caverns dripping with awe-inspiring stalactite and stalagmite formations. We even find time to learn about olive oil production at a nearby olive grove.
The last part of our journey is no less thrilling as we spend two days and nights on the unspoiled and undiscovered island Kithira, also known as the island of Aphrodite. Stay in a quaint and authentic Greek village and spend days snorkeling, hiking to majestic waterfalls and relaxing as only Greeks know how. Before flying home, ready to build upon our knowledge of marine science, we close the adventure with a delicious Greek meal and a trip to the Acropolis, the ancient citadel that towers proudly over Athens.
My daughter loved the Sea Turtles Studies trip. She bonded with the kids and counselors so much that she called them her second family. She loved the activities and loved studying the sea turtles. She returned even more mature and confident and determined to pursue her love of field biology and continue traveling internationally. Broadreach was outstanding in their communication and organization. They are obviously great at hiring, too, because the trip leaders were really great. I was never worried about her safety. This trip was perfect for my daughter because she has been so ready to travel and pursue field biology. It gave her the experience and confidence she’ll need to pursue her dreams. As soon as she came home, she started looking for a job so that she can go on another Broadreach trip in the future.
To see the world, experience life and draw closer helps you find purpose and reason. This trip reminded me to slow down and find beauty in my world – which, with the rush and competitiveness of my life at home, is something I often do not do, and I am slowly falling back in love with life. We often forget how good our bodies and minds are supposed to feel and how much we can and should think. Although I do not know where I am headed, I have learned what to remember to do on my journey there.
It was the most amazing experience of my life. In the beginning I was afraid because I didn’t know anyone, but everyone in the group acted like they knew each other for years within five minutes of meeting everyone.
Micah came back more focused, with increased self confidence, willingness to be a team player, and a new appreciation for the world of others as well as his own.
This trip was truly a life changing experience! The immersion into a whole new culture and world while learning so extensively about the sea turtle species gave me new perspectives that I will continue to use throughout all paths of my life. I made amazing friends out of the strangers I met at the beginning of this journey, and I will continue to keep in touch and appreciate these bonds long after we say our goodbyes.
My son said this was one of the most amazing experience of his life and he has been fortunate enought to experience many things. He felt that it was very well organized, safe and continuiously eye opening from assisting children to experiencing animal life. Before he left for the trip, I was a little concerned about the safety; however, we were updated every step of the way and I would suggest this program to anyone. He made life friends, was able to experience different cultures and actually hear first hand how people live day to day. The staff were amazing from the first phone call to set up the trip, travel, daily updates and and pictures.
Catching eggs was a memorable experience for me. I learned how endangered they were and how low chances of survival are so each egg felt like a very small important life.
Everyone on this trip was amazing and all the experiences we had were life changing. This has been the best trip of my life.
This trip was an epic quest of nature conservation and friends who share the same interests as you.
I really liked being led on this trip by Laura and Nathalie. They were really aware of our needs as individuals and as a group. When I had a rough day, they took really good care of me.
My daughter had a great time on this trip. It was an excellent growth experience for her! I am very satisfied with the program and the way it is managed.