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There are many opportunities for volunteering in Crete, Greece.
Tips for your journey:
A few suggestions are made below of organisations where you can find an organised volunteer program. Please contact the organisations directly.
Sea Turtle Conservation Projects
The Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society is based in Athens and has been organising volunteer projects in different parts of Greece, including Crete, for many years. The Mediterranean turtles are some of the most endangered in the world.
Sea Turtle Conservation is the chosen charity of the team here at We Love Crete.
Sea turtles are endangered by human activities and development on beaches and need our help.
See how to get the bus to turtle projects near Matala Beach. Of course, you need to apply via Archelon's website first. Make a difference this summer, meet like-minded people, and get a lot out of volunteering in Crete.
Help The Donkeys
Suzanne, Alistair and the donkeys can be found near the village of Anatoli in Lassithi, in eastern Crete.
This is a real experience of authentic Crete, yet is only minutes away from beautiful beaches and the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos. This is a small family-run operation and very grass roots (excuse the pun). Enjoy volunteering in Crete at this donkey retreat in eastern Crete.
A good way to experience farm life in Crete and help support the work of the "Walk with Donkeys' team is to stay 'Glamping With Donkeys' at Agios Giorgos near Anatoli in eastern Crete, not far from Ierapetra town.
Dinner, delicious organic wine, and breakfast, teas and coffees and sanctuary visit included in price. The wild nature and fresh air is free...
Tents are available from April to October. Turn off your mobile phone, listen to the sounds of nature, just bring your comfortable walking shoes.
Helping Disadvantaged Kids
Many of us know how fulfilling and life-affirming a beach holiday can be. Sadly, some kids have never experienced this simple pleasure. Some have never seen the sea.
'Crete for Life' has been providing beach holidays for disadvantaged kids for many years, and opportunities for volunteering in Crete.
The results are just so heart-warming, and Olimpia and her team need lots of help to keep up this great work.
Through Workaway you can find Irini and Vassilis or other families and make your own arrangements to live and work for a short time in Crete. You might help picking olives in November and December, and at other times of the year you might help with cleaning, gardening and other collaborative work with Irini and Vassilis. In exchange you have a wonderful local experience, not to mention Irini's wonderful cooking!
Nature Park Helper
Volunteer at Botopoi Nature Park near Rethymnon in Crete. The Nature Park is a beautiful wild Cretan ecosystem with plants and
the small animals of the island. This is a not-for-profit public activity based on volunteers from all over the world.
From April to October, guests are guided through the park, exploring and learning about the Cretan flora and fauna.
Improve Water Quality
Kissamos Beach Cleanup - get involved with the local community in the west of Crete and help clean up the beaches. The removal of rubbish and plastic from our oceans, seas and beaches is a global concern. Pitch in while you are on holiday.
Ancient Site Digger
2019 Volunteers are required from 5 June to 15 August 2019 at the Mochlos Excavations in eastern Crete.
This site, on the tiny island of Mochlos off the beach of the same name on the north-east coast of Crete, is just 40km from the town of Agios Nikolaos.
This is a joint Greek-American project, by University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Athens. Digs on this island have uncovered remains dating from 3000 BC to the 10th century AD, which include Minoan, Mycenaean and late Hellenistic periods.
Volunteers are usually students or those with a profound interest in ancient history, they work on site, cleaning the excavated remains and helping with their conservation under the leadership of the permanent academic historians on site.
Volunteering in Crete - do you need volunteers for a project in Crete? Holiday makers are keen to give back to the communities in which they travel. Some visitors want a complete package and a summer program, but some are independent travellers who just want to work for a day or so. Contact us at We Love Crete, and we will assess your program for suitability for our web listings.
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