On the Side of the Islands

Island Conservation Expedition to the Seychelles

Contribute to marine and terrestrial conservation efforts and experience an unspoilt island paradise.

Durations:  1 - 12 weeks

Program information

Travel to Curieuse Island and join one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection organisations in Seychelles. Take part in critical research within the Seychelles National Park and help support the creation of conservation policies. Live amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as you work with endemic flora and fauna while also contributing towards the long-term survival of endangered species such as the hawksbill turtle.

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Included in your program

Make the most of our unique programs with these exclusively curated local adventure and wellness experiences.

Learn to cook Seychellois Creole cuisine

Experience traditional moutya dancing on the beach

Stargaze and learn the southern constellations

Hike to the top of Mount Curieuse

Stand up paddleboard at sunrise

Visit Vallée de Mai in Praslin National Park

Spend the day at a secluded beach

Sleep under the stars on Mount Curieuse

Connect with our alumni
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Sebastian Oehme

11 Oct, 2018
In the moment the project began GVI took care of everything. From the second I arrived at the meeting point, to the airport 3 month later everything was perfectly organized. I felt the whole stay very comfortable. The reason for this was amongst other things the kindness of all the current staffmembers. I know that this is a bit corny to say but especially after quarter of a year they were like a family for me. I was surprised how diverse the work in field can be and how much I as a volunteer was allowed to do by myself. This trip was worth every second!

Alison Jones

11 Oct, 2018
I volunteered with GVI on a conservation project in Seychelles and I can honestly say that I loved it. If anyone is wondering whether they should book a project with GVI, I would advise them to go ahead and book with confidence. Here’s a little about my experience in August 2015. I travelled Seychelles for a month of volunteering Curieuse, to take part in the GVI island conservation programme. We worked during weeks and had weekends off to explore the islands: Praslin, La Digue and Bird. We carried out field surveys in the mangrove to test soil salinity and monitor birdlife. On the beaches, we searched for turtle tracks and recorded nesting activity of hawksbill and green turtles. I loved the tiny green turtles hatchlings and the giant tortoises. We snorkelled off the most beautiful beaches and swam with hawksbill turtles. Training was provided by the GVI staff and all surveys were supervised. Volunteers were always kept busy with surveys and camp chores, but I always managed to find time for a swim or a walk on the beach in between duties. The camp was surprisingly well equipped and comfortable and Creole fish barbecued and Friday nights was delicious. I made new friends, learned new skills and made new discoveries. I connected with nature and I am becoming a conservationist. I had a wonderful experience and I can recommend this project to anyone who is looking for a adventure.

Nina Bogosavljiev

11 Oct, 2018
Sitting on Dexter boat and approaching Curieuse Island, my future home for the whole month of April, and looking in turquoise water, bright endless sky, I was already in love. All the hard work I have done in the past month, all the hikes, muddy feet, mosquito bites, make me so proud and aware I have contributed on something good. This changed me inside, and made me see the only way of my future - live in harmony with nature, fight for it, share the knowledge and spread the awareness among people. I have learned so much while working on surveys on Curieuse and while finishing my GVI's team leadership internship. I will never stop educating myself in this field. I had the best time of my life with the best team ever. I am looking forward to new adventures with GVI.

Brooklyn Norton

11 Oct, 2018
I cannot speak highly enough when it comes to GVI; without babbling on too much I was the epitome of a girly girl who rarely got her hands dirty, so when I revealed to my friends and family I was planning on volunteering on a remote island for two months, to say their reaction was surprised is an understatement. I'd put a lot time into researching any volunteering ideas I had beforehand, and I when it came to GVI I found every review to be bursting with positivity, and after reading comments and posts from GVI volunteers and staff the inspiration and enthusiasm was infectious! And my decision was made, which lead to me having the most amazing two months of my life, which I have every one at GVI to thank for. Especially the Seychelles staff - Dan, Alan and Cheryl who so effortlessly make sure every volunteer comes away with the fondest of memories! Working in The Seychelles is truly paradise, and although I took thousands of pictures none of them can quite capture how beautiful and unspoiled it really is. Aside from the idyllic beaches and island setting, I was initially drawn to variety within this program, mornings could be spent hiking to the top of the island, in search of the endemic Seychellois palm tree - Coco de Mer, and by the afternoon you could be hip deep in mud wading through the mangroves, spotting giant tortoises along the way! Curieuse brings you as close to nature as anyone could wish, I was lucky enough to be on the island for nesting season, this would involve early starts looking for tracks on the beach as well as excavating old nests. Excavating nests is certainly a messy job but one I found most rewarding, there are often stragglers stuck beneath rocks or roots who have been unable to leave the nest, but being able to release these hatchlings onto the sand and watch them charge their way to the sea is truly magical, and certainly is my best video on the GoPro to date! I enjoyed my time SO much on Curieuse I returned less than a year later to relive my volunteering experience all over again, the island never ceases to amaze me and every day feels like you’re on a Planet Earth documentary! But my GVI journey didn’t stop there, I now work for GVI in the Cape Town office, assisting volunteers who just like me wanted to embark on an adventure.

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