Volunteer in Seychelles with Africa’s leading and largest volunteer travel organization. Our volunteer travel Seychelles programs focus on Education, Conservation, Research and we can also help you to gain a padi scuba diving certification. Discover the clear waters, Aldabra giant tortoises, seabird colonies and orchids in their natural habitat as you combine adventure with a rewarding experience as a volunteer in Seychelles with Go Volunteer Africa.
Volunteer travel Seychelles program allows you to experience what it’s like to live and make a difference to the local community, you can get involved in our Teaching English project, Conservation project and Research work. No previous experience or local language knowledge is necessary.
Our volunteer program in Seychelles will allow you to live in close harmony with nature, far from the outside world. Numerous unique animals have evolved in this safe haven, which is why this piece of paradise has been identified as a biodiversity hot-spot and a region of international importance.
As a volunteer, you will be fully integrated into our local teams daily activities – working mainly in the natural environment, marine coastal area and sustainable community development projects. Marine conservation enthusiasts and other developmental volunteers, will find the volunteering Seychelles experience extremely rewarding.
- Monitor sharks, whales and marine life
- Coral reef monitoring and recovery research
- Whale shark migration observations
- Invertebrate fish surveys
- Sea turtle nesting surveys
- Helping local communities to get involved with conservation efforts
- Produce awareness campaigns
- Contribute to environmental research and education
The Seychelles are home to a variety of endemic and unusual animal and plant species. Go Volunteer Africa is combining nature conservation with ecotourism in order for our participants to get the best of this country.
As a marine conservation volunteer in Seychelles, your day might be spent scuba diving near the coral reefs, collecting data for research about the various types of fish, shellfish, the coral, turtle nesting, whale migration and other important surveys used to help the local government with its conservation efforts. Apart from participating in vital volunteer work, you gain the first-hand experience of learning how to identify the marine life, as well as an opportunity to dive in the beautiful tropical islands of the Indian Ocean.
Go Volunteer Africa offers a Marine Conservation Expedition in Seychelles where undergraduate volunteers can gain PADI advanced and PADI Coral Reef Research diver courses while helping with marine conservation efforts that are vital to the area.
Volunteering in Seychelles is an assured way to enjoy an excursion like no other in Africa. We arrange programs for solo travelers, families and groups. Volunteer and explore Seychelles’ exotic wildlife and rare animals both on land and in the water! What better place to enjoy an island vacation and do some volunteer work at the same time?
Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago country in the Indian Ocean. The capital of the 115-island country, Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte (region of France), Madagascar, Réunion (region of France) and Mauritius to the south; as well as the Maldives and Chagos Archipelago to the east. With a population of roughly 94,367, it has the smallest population of any sovereign African country.
Seychelles is a member of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the United Nations. After proclamation of independence from the United Kingdom in 1976, Seychelles has developed from a largely agricultural society to a market-based diversified economy, with agriculture being supplanted by rapidly rising service and public sectors as well as tourism. From 1976 until 2015, nominal GDP output has increased nearly sevenfold and the purchasing power parity nearly sixteenfold.
Today, Seychelles boasts the highest nominal per capita GDP in Africa, excluding the French regions. It is one of only a handful of countries in Africa with a high Human Development Index. It is also the only country in Africa which is classed as a high-income economy by the World Bank. Despite the country's newfound economic prosperity, poverty remains widespread and one finds a high level of economic inequality, one of the highest in the world, and unequal wealth distribution among the populace, the upper and ruling class commanding a vast proportion of the country's wealth.
Volunteering in the Seychelles usually means being immersed in nature on conservation projects, which are usually based in remote camps that can be Spartan in their facilities. As a volunteer in the Seychelles, your accommodation is part of the package on your program. The Seychelles have a high cost of living compared to other African countries.
There are three languages spoken in the Seychelles: Creole, English, and French. English is the language of Seychellois commerce and law but all three are widely used and understood. Most local people, however, speak Creole, a patois with a vocabulary that’s very close to French, with words and phrases adopted from Swahili and Arabic.
The climate of the Seychelles is reliably hot and sunny, with temperatures sticking close to 80°F all year around. Leave your winter clothes at home and pack loose-fitting cotton clothing to stay cool in, but don’t forget a raincoat or umbrella to counter the occasional tropical rainstorm. As pharmacies on the islands are expensive, bring plentiful supplies of sun cream and mosquito repellant.
You’ll need swimming gear plus beach shoes to protect your feet against sharp coral, and snorkeling gear to explore the paradise below the waves. Although bikinis are tolerated on tourist islands such as La Digue and Praslin, please be respectful and cover up away from the beach.
Take US plug adaptors as all electrical sockets in the Seychelles are three pointed. The voltage is 220-240 volts, which is higher than in the USA. The Seychelles has a high cost of living. Almost everything is imported, making the cost of food, transport, and accommodation expensive. There’s decent Wi-Fi coverage across all the islands.
Capital: Victoria (Population: 50,000)
Currency: Seychellois rupee (SCR) $1 = 14 SCR / £1 = 18 SCR (2019)
Population: 101,843 (approx.)
Official languages: English and French
Area: 459 sq km
International Calling Code: + 248
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Scattered in the Indian Ocean off east Africa, the Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 islands famous for their lush beauty. Known as a tropical nirvana, they are blessed with white-powder beaches; pristine coral reefs; rainforest-clad mountains; laid-back, Creole-influenced towns and villages; and an array of rare and fascinating wildlife.
More than 90% of the island nation’s population lives around Victoria, the pocket-sized capital located on the island of Mahé; it’s a lively town crammed with temples and mosques, markets, and museums. With sports available from rock climbing inland to scuba diving over wrecks in waters swarming with dolphins and sharks, the country is an exciting destination for volunteers.
Many of Go Volunteer Africa's volunteering opportunities in the Seychelles are conservation-based, from measuring hawksbill turtles to filming Aldabra giant tortoises in the wild. Other people-based options include helping locals to develop business skills and mentoring small business owners, english teaching and medical care.
Programs are located throughout the country in places like: Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. A lot of environmental and conservation projects are in National Marine Parks and you will live close to the beach in coastal areas.
VOLUNTEERING IN SEYCHELLES QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 4 outstanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being Mahé
- Accommodation available at the beautiful guesthouses overlooking the ocean
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
Marine Research & Conservation
Here’s your chance to monitor lemon sharks as well as measure hawksbill and green turtles, and assist in the annual census of the island's Aldabra giant tortoises. All this while living in a tropical paradise, swimming in pristine waters, traveling across the beautiful islands of the Seychelles, and watching spectacular sunsets over the Indian Ocean.
Combine working with endangered sea life and a 22-week scuba-diving internship, becoming a PADI dive-master as you learn to dive alongside whale sharks, dolphins, rays, and turtles. You’ll get to swim over spectacular coral reefs and dive over wrecks as you monitor the health of the coral and the teeming marine life that thrives on the reefs.
Work inland among the rainforests, collecting vital data from endemic fauna and flora in the national parks. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the wonders of tropical rainforests while helping endangered species.
Community Development & Business
If you’re majoring in business management, you’ll find a stellar opportunity to develop your management skills in the Seychelles, volunteering to mentor local small-business owners. You might also choose to support the community by helping individuals to develop marketable skills and increase their job prospects.
The islands of the Seychelles archipelago are blessed with pearly white, palm-fringed beaches sheltered by pristine coral reefs and dotted with rainforests. However, like any apparent 21st-century paradise, the country has its issues. Much of its economy is based on fishing and tourism, and its low-lying islands are under threat from severe monsoon storms brought on as part of climate change.
We provide local, guided, safe, insured, comfortable, and amazing Island holidays in the Seychelles. This small but perfectly formed African nation in the Indian Ocean provides an amazing road-trip destination thanks to its scale, the perfect relaxation break thanks to its resorts or the ultimate adventure playground thanks to its national parks and water-sports.
Welcome to the most beautiful beaches in the world- explore Seychelles with Africa's leading and largest volunteer travel organization - Go Volunteer Africa.
VOLUNTEER TOURISTS REQUIREMENTS
Participants need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless visiting with a parent or guardian. All participants are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the beautiful beaches, wildlife and culture. There is a lot to see and do in Seychelles.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
SEYCHELLES PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Seychelles International Airport, in Victoria, Mahé island. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Seychelles will meet you on arrival and take you to the guest house which will be your base for volunteering and holidays.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers. Seychelles has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, North America and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN SEYCHELLES
Participants in our programs and tours in Seychelles are provided accommodation in a nice well organized guesthouses managed by the local coordinating team in the beautiful islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday. Life at the accommodation facility is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!
The accommodation is neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteer tourists on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed. The facility has western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people.
The accommodation is very close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the accommodation. Its equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities and spare electricity sockets.
The accommodation has a private beach and organize lots of activities during the day, so you can do things like go diving, snorkeling, swim with humpback whales (in season), go on a hike and wake up early to see sea turtles laying their eggs.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas: All foreign nationals visiting Seychelles are granted visa free access. They must be in a possession of a valid passport, return or onward ticket, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds. The Visitor’s Permit is issued free of charge and is initially valid for up to three months but it can be extended for a fee for a period of up to three months with further extensions not exceeding total period of twelve months.
Insurance: 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.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.