Tunisia marine conservation volunteer work aims to enhance the protection of fragile species and threatened sea turtles within the Mediterranean area by reducing human induced mortality and to support the management of the protected areas.
Go Volunteer Africa marine conservation volunteer work throughout the Mediterranean has contributed in the increase in the number of sea turtles visiting the country’s beaches to build their nests. Habitat loss and degradation of nesting beaches due to marine and coastal development and tourism, collision with vessels, marine pollution and illegal trade are only a few of the threats to marine turtle populations, cause by human activities.
- Join our Research and monitoring teams on known and potential nesting sites and marine hotspots
- Organize capacity building trainings on management and conservation.
- Protection of nesting sites
- Sensitization and reduction of illegal trade of sea turtles
- Implement and strengthen the monitoring Programs of the key species and the threats affecting the site
- Reinforcement of coordination through the use of standardized protocols, maps and databases
Sea turtles are keystone species, they play a critical role in making the marine environment what it is. Of the three species of sea turtle – green, leatherback and loggerhead – that are encountered in Tunisian waters, it is only the loggerhead that nests here. It lays its eggs at just a tiny number of sites.
The Kuriat Islands are located northeast of Cape Monastir, about 20 km from the mainland. These are two small islands covering about 270 ha for Qurya El Kbira, and 50 ha for Qurya Sghira. These small earthen emergences consist of sandstones belonging to shallows and occupy a pseudo-anticlinal position in the middle of a ditch filled by a very thick sedimentary formation. They are characterized by a flat and low morphology. These islands are a migratory stopover for an avifauna of international importance, such as the meager gull, classified as a vulnerable species. They are one of the main nesting sites of the Carettacaretta turtle in the southern Mediterranean, and thus constitute a vulnerable ecosystem.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Tunis–Carthage International Airport in Tunis city. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Tunisia will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the guest house which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Tunisia has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. The volunteer guest house will be your base for volunteering while living in Tunisia. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.
Tunisia has a 1,300 km-long coastline and holds a central position in the Mediterranean. The country is unusual in that it has access to both the eastern and western Mediterranean. The Kuriat islands are the westernmost permanent loggerhead turtle breeding site on the Mediterranean’s south coast, and are listed as a protected nature reserve.
Go Volunteer Africa and her local partners with the help of Tunisian government, have pushed back, protecting the nesting grounds on Kuriat through Tunisia marine conservation work. But while the islands are an important turtle sanctuary, the white sand beaches and crystal waters of little Kuriat are irresistible to holidaymakers. Rather than ban visitors, our volunteers sensitize visitors on the local fauna, including the jellyfish-eating turtles.
The turtle hatching season starts from July to October and this is a very important period for our volunteers at the Tunisia marine conservation work. Volunteers help defenseless hatchling turtles—measuring just five centimeters (two inches) across—on their journey from the nest to the sea.
Loggerheads are classified as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. They do not become fertile until about 20 years old and breed only every two to three years. Female loggerheads return to the same beach where they were born to lay their clutch of about 100 eggs. But it is a perilous life cycle and only one in a thousand juveniles lives to reproductive age.
Only one in 1,000 of these tiny turtles survives to reproduce at the age of about 20. The Kuriat islands—the largest of which is a military zone and the smaller is not permanently settled—offer young turtles slightly better survival odds. Tunisia marine Sea turtle conservation volunteer work is a great way to combine your beach holiday with hands-on project to turn it into a truly meaningful experience.
GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS
Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Tunisia conservation volunteering project.
LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK
Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering opportunities the marine conservation program in Tunisia. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.
RESEARCH WORK AND SURVEYS:
Contribute to a greater understanding of this wilderness area by conducting marine and turtle surveys, learning about the migration of different species at different times of the year, and building knowledge about resident individuals and herds.
Monitor camera traps and document nocturnal activities. All of this data feeds into the broader management planning of the area and contributes to the ultimate goal of a larger conservation area.
For volunteers working with our marine conservation project in Tunisia, accommodation will be provided in beach volunteer house which is basic but comfortable. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures.
Bathrooms are usually shared and you have access to a kitchen to prepare your meals. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.
Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves nature, marine and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!
Visitors to Tunisia must obtain a visa from one of the Tunisian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold passports valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. Citizens of Canada and Germany can visit visa-free for up to 4 months. Citizens of Bulgaria can stay up to 2 months without a visa. Citizens of Greece are exempt up to 1 month. According to some sources the citizens of the United States can stay for up to 4 months without a visa, while other sources state that the maximum stay without a visa is 3 months.
You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:
Weekends are free for the volunteer to enjoy their time in Tunisia. In your free time you will have ample opportunity to relax in the camp and surroundings, watch the marine-life, read or sit around the beach socializing with the others and reflecting on the day’s activities.
|Availability:||Project open all year round|
|Duration:||Minimum 2 weeks commitment|
|Age Limits:||Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.|
|Dates:||Flexible start and end dates|
|Arrival dates:||One day before the start date|
|Airport Arrival:||Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative|
|Hatching season||July to October|
|Accommodation:||Beach Volunteer House|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily|
|Support:||Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7|
|Location:||Tunis / Kuriat Islands|
|Language:||English / French|
PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:
Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us