- What is the accommodation like?
Together with other participants you will live in a field house on the island of Cousin. It provides three bedrooms which single beds as well as bunk beds. Furthermore, the house has a bathroom, a kitchen and a patio. Instead of a western style toilet, there is an ecofriendly longdrop/pit toilet which you can find next to the field centre. Each volunteer is in charge for his/her daily meals and laundry. Mosquito nets, ventilators, bed linen and mosquito repellent coils can be found on site. Due to scarce water and energy resources, you will be asked to limit your water and electricity consumption and live consciously.
- Is it possible to share rooms with a partner?
In general, it is possible to share rooms with a travel partner. Nevertheless, we ask you to let us know as soon as possible, if you would like to get accommodated with a partner.
- How is the food provided?
You are in charge for your meals. Once a week, mostly on Mondays, a scheduled boat trip leaves for Praslin where you can buy groceries, gas, petrol and other things needed.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
Since you are in charge for purchasing groceries and preparing your meals, a vegetarian/vegan diet is possible. Be aware, though, that the Seychelles are a “fish nation”. Fish is available almost everywhere and is really tasty. Fresh vegetables and fruits are available on markets and in grocery stores; depending on the season the range of fruits and vegetables may vary.
- How can I spend my free time?
In general, evenings and weekends are free of any work. You can spend this time relaxing in the house or at the beach or you can take part in organised snorkelling trips – the waters surrounding the island are suitable for great under water sightings. Due to Cousin’s unique night sky many volunteers spend their evening hours star-gazing. Outside the turtle season it is possible to have a free weekend to explore other islands of the Seychelles.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
If any problems or questions occur, there is always a contact person on site which will support you. Moreover, you can contact the team at NATUCATE at any time.
- What expenses do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on side and do I have to pay in local currency?
Local currency in the Seychelles is the Seychelles rupee. On site you should consider exchanging euros or US-dollars preferably. Nevertheless, we recommend taking only small amounts of cash and searching for an ATM to withdraw more. You can find these at the airports or in Grand Anse on Praslin. In bigger island cities you can find ATMs as well. But don’t forget that there might be a transaction fee of 4 euros (about $5) for every withdrawal. Contact your local bank before your departure and get advice on that topic. Expenses you will have during your project are costs for catering, the hotel stay before the project starts und potential free time activities. The low-priced accommodations in the Seychelles take about 30 euros per night. Moreover, you can expect to spend about 200 euros for groceries per month. For the time before and after the project or as emergency stash we recommend taking some extra money as well.
- How can I contact family and friend at home?
We recommend buying a SIM-card on Praslin so you are able to use your phone for national and international calls. Depending on provider conditions you may be able to use the internet to keep in touch with family and friends. The employees of the project have their own phones; there are no other telephone or internet options on Cousin.
- What’s the weather like?
The Seychelles’ climate is perfect climate pretty much year-round. It is pleasant with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 32°C. Between November and March the climate is a little cooler due to Northwest winds. Wind blows with a suitable speed of 15 to 22 kilometers per hour. December and February are the rainiest month. These months are a little bit cloudy and less sunny.
- Is there a prohibition concerning alcohol?
Our projects aim at providing our volunteers with a deep learning experience. Thus, alcohol should only be consumed moderately – if necessary. Excessive alcohol consumption will lead to immediate termination of your volunteer stay.
- What happens in case of emergency or sickness?
On Cousin there are certified first aiders and first aid kits distributed all-round on the island. It takes about 10 minutes to go to on Praslin by boat, where they have a hospital and doctors. For emergencies there is a helicopter landing strip on Cousin. To avoid emergencies a list of precautions and dos and don’ts are explained to all participants. Don’t forget to get foreign health insurance before leaving for the project.
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