- What is the accommodation like?
You will live in a shared house and sleep in twin rooms that you share with other participants. The house consists of two bedrooms, one lounge and one bathroom. This means that volunteers will have to share a bathroom among four people. The house is not air-conditioned, but there are standing fans in each bedroom. Since you will live on a tropical island there will of course be insects including mosquitos, spider, beetles and more. They may occasionally come into the house as well. Volunteers need to take responsibility for cleaning the house on their own.
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
It is possible to get placed with your friend, but always depend on the current booking occupancy. Let us know if you want to get placed with a partner before applying.
- How is the food provided?
Participants eat together in staff canteen – all meals provided (3 basic meals a day). Four times a week before dinner (on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday), participants will be able to purchase snacks (soft drinks, sweets and beer) from the staff shop. There is clean drinking water available on the island – bring 2 water bottles with you, which you can fill whenever you need to, in the canteen or at the research office.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
Vegetarians do need to bring supplements to add to their meals to ensure a balanced diet – the island does not cater well for vegetarians or vegans. Supplements could include nuts, snack bars or any other snacks which have high protein content or a protein shake.
- How are working hours and free time divided?
Generally you will be working six days a week. There will be a lunch break and work ends every day around 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
- How can I spend my free time?
You can spend your free time however you want. You can visit the village or rent kayaks, boats or surfing gear. The beach invites for a nice relaxing sunbath or long swim. You can also go for a little walk and experience the nature around.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
On site you will be working with a team of volunteers and project leaders. The supervisors will be responsible for you and may help you with your problems.
- What expenses do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?
In general you don’t need a lot of money during the project. You might spend money for additional snacks, beverages or free time activities as well as extra transfers outside of the project. The currency is the Seychelles Rupee. You can exchange and withdraw money easily at the airport. There are ATMs in the bigger cities. Inform yourself about the current exchange rate before leaving your country.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
Wi-Fi is available in the Environment Office all the time; the staff uses it for work and it is not password protected, so participants are welcome to use it. We merely ask that participants do not abuse it by downloading movies, being on Facebook all the time etc. There is mobile phone coverage on North Island – Cable & Wireless. This is the only Seychelles provider which works on North Island.
- What’s the weather like?
Seychelles is an ideal destination all year-round, as it is always warm and temperatures don’t reach cold or hot extremes. Temperatures rarely drop below 24 °C and don’t rise much higher than 32 °C. It is generally cooler when the north-west trade winds blow during the month of November to March. The sea is generally calm and the weather warm and humid. A larger amount of annual rainfall occurs during the months of December to February. In these months you can be surprised by short burst of rain. During these months it is also fairly cloudy. The weather is hottest from December to April and the humidity reaches over 80 %. The months of May to October bring drier, cooler weather.
- Is there an alcohol prohibition?
There are certain rules about bringing alcohol into Seychelles. You may take one bottle of high percentage alcohols OR alternatively two bottles of wine. Everything above that will be taken by the security. You can buy beer and cider at the supermarkets.