Your trip at a glance


  • Experi­ence the beauty and biodi­ver­sity of Platte Island
  • Advocate for nature conser­va­tion in the Seychelles
  • Acquire skills and knowledge in protecting the environ­ment
  • Become part of an inter­na­tional team of conser­va­tion­ists
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the under­water world


Platte Island

Preserving the ecosystem on Platte Island

Experience the nature of the Seychelles: Monitor endangered species, explore the marine reserve, collect data, and protect ecosystems.


Arrival and orien­ta­tion

The project always starts on a Monday and will end 26 days later on a Friday. For this reason, you will first travel to the Seychelles' international airport on the main island of Mahé on the weekend before the project begins.

On Monday, you will fly to Platte Island on a twin-propeller aircraft in just 20 to 30 minutes. On arrival, your luggage will be inspected before you move into your eco-apartment and your volunteering adventure begins.


Activ­i­ties as a volunteer

As a volunteer, you will take part in a variety of projects, including collecting data and observing marine life underwater as well as daily beach patrols.

This also includes excavating turtle nests, translocating endangered nests and tagging sea turtles. Your duties will also include caring for juvenile giant tortoises and vegetation rehabilitation.


Also, you will be part of a mission to create a new database of all the island's creatures using ID kits and contribute to the lexicon of life on Platte Island. During your project you will spend a lot of time in the water, which is ideal due to the low current.

You'll engage in snorkelling expeditions aimed at monitoring young turtles and their habitat. Equipped with a camera and necessary gear, you'll actively participate in various surveys, including monitoring juvenile sharks and manta rays.


Accom­mo­da­tion on Platte Island

On Platte Island, you will share a one-bedroom flat with another participant in the hall of residence. The flat offers a bedroom with two single beds, a shared bathroom, wardrobes, extra storage space, office chairs, tables and a kettle with cups.

The accommodation is air-conditioned, but due to the tropical location, insects such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, beetles, and spiders may occasionally be present.


Leisure and board

Enjoy meals together at Café Koko, where three meals a day are provided – a vegetarian or vegan diet is easily catered for, but please let us know if you have any other dietary requirements. You will volunteer six days a week and have one day off. In your free time, you can explore the pristine beaches by swimming, snorkelling, or stand-up paddle boarding. You can also play basketball on the multi-sports court in the staff village and work out in the 24-hour gym. After work, enjoy a drink, read a book, or spend time together with the other volunteers.

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Review Volunteering Seychelles North Island – Claudia

“It was an awe-inspiring trip that gave me a lot in many ways. I would go on a plane immediately to experience it again.”

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Review Volunteering Seychelles North Island – Milena

“Particularly impressive were the views over the island when you climbed one of the mountains.”

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Review Volunteering Seychelles North Island – Marco

“I especially liked nature and the people on North Island. They are like a huge family and welcome you immediately.”

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    1. Platte Island

    Platte Island, a secluded haven within the Seychelles archipelago, boasts an intriguing landscape defined by its natural splendor and ecological significance. Spanning 1250 meters in a north-south direction and reaching a maximum width of 550 meters east-west, this island encompasses a land area of 0.54 square kilometers (54 hectares).

    The Island boasts a marine ecosystem teeming with diverse marine life, among which are endangered sea turtles. The island's vast seagrass meadows serve as essential nurseries for endangered Green Turtles, critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles, various rays, shark pups, and an impressive variety of other marine species. Its landscape features lush palm forests and flourishing wildlife. Moreover, the island's distinctive ecosystem offers a sanctuary for migratory birds. Encircled by a coral reef and lagoon, this tropical paradise witnesses the graceful glide of bottlenose dolphins and green turtles.

    Engage in activities such as snorkeling in crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life, hiking along scenic trails, or simply relaxing on the island's tranquil shores. With its captivating natural beauty and commitment to conservation, Platte Island offers an unforgettable expedition for those seeking adventure and environmental stewardship in equal measure.

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Background of the Seychelles

The Seychelles, a paradise in the Indian Ocean, is made up of 115 stunning islands blessed with turquoise blue waters, white sandy beaches, and lush tropical vegetation. The islands offer an abundance of activities such as snorkelling, diving, and hiking. The unique wildlife, including giant tortoises and exotic birds, as well as the friendly culture, make the Seychelles an unforgettable destination for nature lovers and relaxation seekers alike.

Platte Island in the Seychelles is a pristine gem, a sanctuary for those in search of untouched natural beauty. Yet, it is more than just an island; it serves as a modern Noah's Ark, a haven where endangered species of animals and plants native to the Seychelles can thrive once again. This ambitious conservation endeavor is among the most extensive of its kind, presenting a unique chance to profoundly benefit the region.


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