Drone shot of North Island in the Seychelles: The indian Ocean meets the island's palm beach

Your trip at a glance

Highlights

  • Live and work in a true island paradise
  • Become involved in real nature and wildlife conser­va­tion
  • Help protect sea turtles and tortoises
  • Support conserving North Island’s natural flora
  • Be part of an inter­na­tional team
  • Experi­ence the breath­taking biodi­ver­sity of the beautiful Seychelles archi­pelago

Locations

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North Island

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A large tortoise on our species conservation project's grounds on North Island
Several newly hatched sea turtles on Norrth Island are making their way to the ocean
Volunteering in Africa: Two plovers are walking on North Island's beach
A volunteer in our project on North Island is sitting on a Rock and looking over the Island
Two young sea turtles on North Island beach on their way to the Indian Ocean
Drone shot of North Island in the Seychelles: The indian Ocean meets the island's palm beach
A volunteer in our species conservation project goes for a beach walk on North Island
A sea turtle in the Seychelles is swimming richt under the water surface of the Indian Ocean
Stay abroad in Africa: The sea off North Island is covered in the evening sun's red and pink light
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Volunteering in the Seychelles

This volunteer project offers you the chance to actively contribute to nature and wildlife conservation in the Seychelles and, at the same time, experience the incomparable beauty and fascinating biodiversity of a true island paradise.

Volunteering in Africa: Two plovers are walking on North Island's beach

Arrival and orien­ta­tion on North Island

After your arrival at the Seychelles International Airport of Mahé you will be taken to North Island by the staff boat on Monday morning. In case your flight arrives on Sunday you need to stay at a hostel in Mahé for one night. After your arrival on North Island you can settle into your room and receive an overview of the project and your tasks.
You will be issued a uniform to wear while working on the island – the only clothes you need to bring are for personal use (during off-time and if you would like to travel to the mainland). The staff uniform is compulsory at all times, unless in the staff village or on the staff beach.

Several newly hatched sea turtles on Norrth Island are making their way to the ocean

Volunteer activ­i­ties in the Seychelles

A passionate team of experienced workers and researchers has devoted itself to protecting the natural environment of the Seychelles. As a volunteer, you will be fully integrated into their activities, made easier by their infectious ideology and their commitment to the task. You will be part of a project that will continue to be a success story thanks in part to your efforts.
The concept is perfectly named “Noah’s Ark” and its ambitious target is to return the island ecosystem to its original state through renaturation measures. This includes the monitoring of and data collection on existing species, both on land and in the surrounding waters. You will patrol the beach each morning, looking for signs of turtles and their nests. This process has enabled the successful reintroduction of tortoise species which are native to the Seychelles, such as the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, the Green Sea Turtle, the Hawksbill Sea Turtle, rare land and sea birds such as the wedge-tailed shearwater or the white-tailed tropicbird and many endemic plant species.

A sea turtle in the Seychelles is swimming richt under the water surface of the Indian Ocean

Accom­mo­da­tion during the conser­va­tion project

Your base is North Island. You will live near the staff village, located in the heart of the island. Together with other volunteers you will share a volunteer house. Each house has two twin rooms, separated by gender, a shared bathroom and a lounge. Participants eat together in the staff canteen; all meals are provided (3 basic meals a day). Four times a week before dinner participants will be able to purchase snacks from the staff shop. The Environment Office has Internet access (WiFi), but only for email purposes.

Conservation work in Africa: Eggs in a turtle nest on the beach of North Island

Leisure time as a volunteer in the Seychelles

Participants can expect to work 6 days a week, with a rest day on Fridays. The island offers unlimited opportunities for retreating to magic spots where you can enjoy being far away from the rest of the world in your spare time, either in solitude or with others. North Island equipment such as surfboards, paddleboards and kayaks are available for use every day after 4 pm, so there are plenty of opportunities to have fun! The sea provides excellent conditions for surfing, kayaking, swimming or fishing. Just off the north coast lies an extensive coral reef with a breathtaking underwater world which is ideal for snorkelling or diving.

Learn what others say about their Natucate adventure.

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Review Volunteering Seychelles North Island – Sandra

“I especially liked the evenings at the west beach, in particular when there was a breathtaking starry sky one evening.”

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Review Volunteering Seychelles North Island – Ina

“Everything was great. It was a time that gave a lot to me personally because you concentrate on other things than your daily life at home.”

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Review Volunteering Seychelles North Island – Peggy

“To me, the overall island feeling was beyond words and with it the “isolation from the outside”, animals and nature were unique.”

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Review Volunteering Seychelles North Island – Nancy

“My expectations have definitely been exceeded. I will never forget my time on North Island.”

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Volunteering auf den Seychellen: Blick auf den Ozean mit Palmen am Strand
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Review Volunteering Seychelles North Island – Petra

“Since most turtles are starting to come to the beach, night patrols belong to the daily routine. With a beautiful sky full of stars this is more fun that actual work.”

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    1. North Island

    The private island of North Island in the Seychelles is a magnificent island jewel that combines peace and relaxation with unparalleled natural beauty. North Island lies in the heart of the Seychelles archipelago – white sandy beaches, a turquoise ocean and a mountainous, wooded hinterland characterize the landscape. Also the tropical mangrove forests and impressive granite formations amaze its guests.

    During your time as a species conservation volunteer you will have the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the island up close, actively contribute to its protection and encounter fascinating, partly endemic species in their natural habitat.

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Purpose of the volunteer project in the Seychelles

The Seychelles lie off the east coast of Africa and are home to a variety of endemic and unusual animal and plant species.
Intensive coconut plantations had a serious impact on the natural environment and put native species under pressure until the 70s. A decision was made in the 90s to restore the original ecosystem of North Island (Île de Nord) and elsewhere.
The nature conservation organisations responsible for doing so are combining nature conservation with ecotourism in order to finance the renaturation measures. This led to the launch of a number of nature and species conservation projects, in which volunteers work hand-in-hand with locals to protect the natural environment of the Seychelles.

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