Internship

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Turtle and Marine Conservation Internship in Greece

Gain practical experience in marine and sea turtle conservation on the Greek island of Kefalonia.

Durations: 4 - 12 weeks
Fieldwork hours40 hrs of fieldwork per week
Participant ratio1:6 staff to participant ratio
GVI experiencesIncludes GVI Experiences

Program information

Deepen your understanding of critical marine species, including green and loggerhead sea turtles, as you gain valuable experience for your marine conservation career. This internship runs in partnership with highly regarded organisations such as the National Environment and Climate Change Agency (NECCA). The skills and knowledge you gain will contribute directly to the future of this critical marine ecosystem.

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Program overview

Head to the picturesque Greek island of Kefalonia on the Ionian Sea, where you’ll contribute to endangered sea turtle and marine conservation. You’ll receive comprehensive training on local species including green and loggerhead sea turtles, as well as research techniques like seabed mapping, drone surveys, turtle capture-mark recapture and data analysis. Our research station on Kefalonia is just a five-minute walk from the beach, affording you easy access to project sites and an ideal place to relax in your downtime.

Internship activities vary throughout the year, as sea turtles are seasonal visitors to these waters. Year-long projects include identifying and mapping seagrass meadows and sea turtle foraging sites, habitat mapping, coastal plant identification and surveys, beach profiling and cleanups, bird surveys, light pollution assessments and sand dune surveys. 

Seasonal activities include turtle capture-mark-recapture, megafauna population surveys, harbour surveys and seagrass snorkel surveys. Depending on your personal goals – whether you’re pursuing higher education or a career in marine conservation – you can tailor your internship project to fit. 

Previous snorkelling experience is required for this program. At a minimum, participants should have experience snorkelling in a swimming pool, ideally with prior experience in the sea. 

A highlight of this internship is the opportunity to work with our local project partners, such as Wildlife Sense, a prominent Greek NGO dedicated to sea turtle conservation in the Ionian Sea. Alongside our partner Seagrass Watch, you’ll learn the role of seagrass identification and mapping for habitat protection. Through these partnerships and others you’ll contribute directly to vital research, conservation initiatives and community engagement efforts aligned with UN SDG: 13 Climate Action, 14: Life Below Water and 15: Life on Land.

Highlights

Understand coastal ecosystems
Develop your knowledge and understanding of coastal ecosystems through habitat monitoring, coastal species identification and biodiversity mapping.
Greek island activities
Enjoy Greece’s stunning beaches. Snorkel, hike, go birding and experience the island culture of Greece.
Get hands-on experience
Get broad exposure to a variety of conservation fieldwork projects and training opportunities to grow your skills.
Contribute to vital research
Support a team of scientists and academics with ongoing, cutting-edge research that gets published and makes an impact.
Work for real partners
Work on a real project for a conservation partner to address critical environmental issues in the area.
Stand out from the crowd
Participate in practical training sessions to develop your leadership skills and receive guidance from experienced mentors.
Advance your career
Gain international experience, receive four recognised qualifications and get a LinkedIn reference to boost your CV.
Live in remote habitats
Travel off the beaten track to live and work on a research station in the wild. Get exclusive access to protected species and unique ecosystems.

Is this program for me?

This internship is specifically useful for someone who has or is actively studying the below subject areas at school, university or college, or has an interest in these subject areas.

  • Marine science
  • Ecology
  • Population biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Biology
  • Environmental science
  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Marine biology
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Environment management
  • Marine conservation

Activities

Some of the example typical activities you could participate in on this program.

Fieldwork training
Receive comprehensive training on the biology of vital local species, including green and loggerhead turtles and Posidonia oceanica.
Leadership responsibilities
Apply and develop your leadership skills as you lead conservation surveys and take on additional duties like data analysis and fieldwork checklists.
Personal project
Work on an individual project that aligns with your interests, such as sea turtle foraging data or coastal pollution.
Mentorship
Meet weekly with your small group and mentor to discuss projects and leadership, and to receive feedback.
Turtle marking
Assist staff with identification toolkits for individual turtles, collecting observational data and analysing data.
Drone surveys
Assist with seagrass mapping and identification; escort drone pilots on shallow area surveys; gain insights on drone use in marine conservation.
Habitat mapping
Conduct visual assessments of orthophotos from drone surveys to determine the presence of habitats and assess seasonal changes.
Biodiversity surveys
Evaluate sand dune and vegetation survey data using GIS and quadrant survey techniques.
Harbour surveys
In season, observe turtles concentrated in harbour and record information regarding foraging and social behaviours.
Megafauna counting
Review orthophotos from drone surveys to identify and count megafauna and understand habitat preference.
Snorkel surveys
Take part in snorkelling expeditions to monitor and document Posidonia seagrass meadows. 
Light pollution assessments
Assist with wide-scale night studies of coastal light pollution, using specialised photometers.

Skills

  • Biological survey techniques
  • Coastal conservation
  • Data entry
  • Marine conservation
  • Species identification
  • Leadership

Partners

Some of the partners we work with on base.

Wildlife Sense
Seagrass Watch
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency (NECCA)
Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy

Program details

Dates and prices

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Payment plans. Flexible payment plans allow you to pay in instalments.

What happens next?

Once you apply, a personal Enrollment Manager will be assigned to walk you through the rest of the process.

Itinerary

The following itinerary is an example of the activities and project work that participants might get involved in on this program. More specific details of the program are finalised several months before each start date.

06:00

Start the day nice and early so you can get involved in a variety of project work.

06:30

Help yourself to breakfast options such as cereal bars, Greek yoghurt with honey and bananas.

07:00

Assist with sea turtle studies and harbour monitoring from March to mid-April. From May to November, focus on projects like monitoring seagrass meadows and bird surveys.

11:00 – 13:00

Harbour surveys from March to mid-April. From mid-April to November, activities include monitoring seagrass meadows, coastal ecology, bird surveys and learning about marine species.

13:00

Take a break and enjoy your lunch.

14:00 – 19:00

Afternoons typically involve coastal maintenance, beach profiling and cleanups. Participants also attend presentations and analyse data, like interpreting drone-collected photos.

19:00

Enjoy an evening meal together with options such as stuffed tomatoes, giant beans and vegan moussaka.

20:00

Choose to relax at the accommodation, socialise with other participants or analyse data.

What’s included?

What's included
General
Food
Safe and basic accommodation (usually shared)
Airport pick up (unless stated)
All project equipment
24-hour in-country support from local staff
24-hour emergency desk
GVI Experiences
Activities
Sustainable project work
Data collection and research
Leadership responsibilities
Personal project
Mentorship
Weekly group sessions
Internship supervisor guidance
Pre-program training
Pre-departure webinar
Pre-departure training (online)
University of Richmond endorsed specialisation course
University of Richmond endorsed leadership course
Welcome training
GVI welcome presentation
Health & safety
Local culture & environment
UN SDGs
Impact & ethics
Child protection
Advanced leadership training
Personal development record
Project planning and management
Career services
University of Richmond careers course
Career coaching sessions (x2)
Career guarantee
LinkedIn reference – upon request
Job portal
Certificates
Program certificate
University certificate – specialisation (University of Richmond)
University certificate – leadership (University of Richmond)
University certificate – careers (University of Richmond)
What's excluded
Not included
Flights
International and domestic airport taxes
Medical and travel insurance
Visa costs
Police or background check
Personal items and toiletries
Additional drinks and gratuities

Life On Base

Experience the laid-back vibes of Mediterranean living in Kefalonia, Greece, where our research station is situated. Wake up to breathtaking views from your accommodation at Ammes Beach, which is just a five-minute walk from the beach. With its quaint village charm and proximity to the pristine beaches and clear waters of the Ionian Sea, Ammes offers the perfect backdrop for your island adventure.

Kefalonia’s underwater world is teeming with life, from colourful fish to graceful sea turtles gliding through the waves. Contribute to the preservation of endangered sea turtle species, including loggerheads, by joining in conservation efforts aimed at protecting their natural habitat. Your involvement will play a crucial role in ensuring the survival of these majestic creatures.

Since 2013, we’ve been teaming up with local partner organisations to safeguard the sea turtle population in Kefalonia. From conducting surveys to participating in beach cleanups, our efforts are aimed at preserving the island’s precious marine ecosystems. 

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or diving into marine conservation efforts, there’s a vibe here that’s all about embracing the beauty of Kefalonia’s natural wonders.

Accommodation

Stay in self-catering accommodation in Ammes Beach, featuring shared apartments equipped with Wi-Fi, a kitchenette and a bathroom. Beds include a fitted and flat sheet with a pillo...

Transportation

You’ll have access to bicycles for getting around and a project vehicle dedicated to scheduled shifts. Transportation is also provided for start and end dates to keep things ...

Communication

Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi at your accommodation to keep in touch with friends and family back home.

Meals

While meals aren’t provided, you’ll have access to a kitchenette in your apartment to cook up your favourite dishes.

Climate

In Greece, from June to September, the summer season brings temperatures ranging from 30 to 40°C. While it’s great for hitting the beach or exploring outdoors, the heat can b...

GVI experiences included in your program, at no extra cost.

Offered once a month, expand your adventure with GVI Experiences. These are just some of the activities offered on your program!

We want you to make the most of the chance to live in – and contribute towards –  the most diverse and unique wildernesses and communities on earth. Introducing GVI Experiences – immersive adventure, cultural and wellness activities exclusive to GVI that have been specially designed in collaboration with our local partners to support and stimulate sustainable economic development. 

Enhance your impact. Expand your adventure. Explore your world.

Discover traditional Greek coffee and cookies
Through the generations
Coastal hike to Ai Helis Beach
Cliff meets the sea
Learn essential Greek words from a local Greek speaker
Language immersion
Learn about Greek star mythology
Cosmic oasis
Explore Italian ruins from WW2
Time-travelling adventure
Birdwatching and nature walk in Mount Ainos National Park
Nature exploration
Olive oil tour and tasting
Taste of Kefalonia
Visit the lighthouse of St. Theodore
Sunset viewpoint

Free time & cultural immersion

By joining a GVI program, you not only contribute to preserving unique ecosystems but also get the chance to explore the surrounding area or venture further to see what else the region has to offer on weekends.

Our field staff are a great source of advice on local travel options. Many participants choose to travel before or after their experience, solidifying friendships made on the program. 

Engaging with a new context teaches global awareness, adaptability and critical thinking – skills highly valued in today’s world. Cultural immersion is encouraged, and there are many activities to enjoy during your free time or before and after your program. Please note, these suggestions aren’t included in the program fee and are at your own expense.

Spirituality and religion

While Greece is a secular state, the majority of the population identify with the Greek Orthodox Church faith.

Local handcrafts

Greece has a thriving tourist souvenir industry, and sells many locally made souvenirs such as hand woven carpets and rugs, beautifully decorated jewellery, and leather items. Gree...

Cooking and dancing

Greek cuisine highlights fresh Mediterranean ingredients like pita bread, olive oil and feta cheese. Popular traditional dishes include moussaka, tzatziki, Greek salad (sans lettuc...

Festivals

The Greek people’s most notable holiday is the celebration of Greek Independence Day on the 25th of March. There are also many festivals throughout the year, such as the Patras Car...

Languages

Greek is the official language of Greece and spoken by the vast majority of the population. Other languages spoken in the country are Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, Arumanian and B...

Local adventures

Hiking adventures

Lace up your hiking boots and explore the scenic trails surrounding Ammes. Trek through lush olive groves, fragrant pine forests and coastal cliffs. With trails suitable for all sk...

Argostoli day trip

Explore the harbour, check out the local markets, and keep an eye out for the resident loggerhead turtles at the lagoon. Argostoli also provides easy access to neighbouring islands...

Scuba-diving

Bring your own scuba gear to explore Kefalonia’s underwater world. Whether you’re an experienced diver or new to the sport, Kefalonia offers an exciting scuba-diving op...

Foodie adventures

Enjoy the local food scene at nearby tavernas. From classic Greek dishes like moussaka to fresh seafood, there’s no shortage of delicious options.

Myrtos Beach

Nestled between towering limestone cliffs, this iconic beach offers unparalleled natural beauty. Whether sunbathing, snorkelling or simply marvelling at the scenery, Myrtos Beach i...

Ammes Beach

Hang out at Ammes Beach for the day. Relax on the golden sands, go for a swim and soak up the sun. With sunbeds and beach bars, it’s the perfect spot to chill.

Svoronata Village

Take a stroll through the streets of Svoronata Village. Check out the whitewashed buildings decorated with colourful bougainvillaea, and take some time to wander through hidden cou...

Ancient ruins

Step back in time with a visit to Kefalonia’s ancient ruins. Soak up history at the Castle of Saint George or enjoy panoramic views from the Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi. Ot...

Melissani and Drogati Caves

Get ready for a double dose of natural wonder! Start with Melissani Cave, cruising through its pristine waters. Then, venture into the depths of Drogarati Cave, where you’ll ...

Speak to alumni

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

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Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Heritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

GVI is a proud member of the Gap Year Association.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy and high participant ratios.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

Arrivals

We meet you at the airport.

When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.

As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. In most locations, we also set up a Whatsapp group to help with managing airport arrivals.

We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile.

This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.

Flights

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We are also not responsible for any loss, damage (including loss of profits or consequential damages), injury, illness, harm or death in relation to your flight and travel arrangements.

Your Impact

All of our programs have short-, mid- and long-term objectives that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualise their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Prior to your arrival on base, you will be educated about the UN SDGs. Then once you arrive on base, you’ll learn about the specific goals we have in this particular location, our various objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to be an active global citizen after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Based on the island of Kefalonia, our project work focuses on conserving loggerhead and green sea turtles and their habitats along the coast of Greece. 

We undertake a variety of activities, including snorkel surveys, conducting harbour surveys and bird surveys, as well as learning to identify marine species. We also engage in coastal vegetation maintenance and restoration, utilise drones to explore seagrass and megafauna foraging sites and participate in beach profile and cleanup activities. Additionally, we use drones for sea turtle photo-ID at foraging sites and conduct mountain surveys.

We assist in the conservation of endangered sea turtles and directly contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, such as Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 14: Life Below Water and Goal 15: Life On Land.

Project objectives

 

GVI Ammes Kefalonia’s long-term Objectives:

1. Carry out seagrass surveys to monitor loggerhead turtle foraging areas in the Mediterranean. This data supports the ongoing protection of this threatened species and its ecosystem.

2. Contribute to the efforts of our local partners to protect marine animals in Kefalonia.

3. Reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the turtles’ nesting area.

4. Educate participants on environmentally sustainable practices and the importance and impact of climate change.     

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.

 

We want to constantly develop our own understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, we aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Our Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better. Find out more, click on the Badge below.

Our 10 ethical commitments

01

Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.

02

Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.

03

Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.

04

Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.

05

Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.

06

Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that every participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.

07

Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.

08

Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conducted, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.

09

Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.

10

Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.

Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics. GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.

However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.

Program ethics

No orphanage programs

We don’t support or allow participants to work in institutional residential care facilities, also known as orphanages. We partner with ReThink Orphanages and Freedom United.

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Child and vulnerable adult protection policy

Our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy requires all our staff and participants to complete a criminal background check and to learn why you shouldn’t reveal a child’s identifying factors in photographs. We support the ChildSafe Movement.

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No medical volunteering

We don’t offer any programs where our participants engage in medical treatment. This is because our participants aren’t typically qualified to do this work and would therefore not be able to do this work in their home country. Our participants only assist with public health programs.

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No disability support programs

We don’t offer any programs where our participants work directly with people with disabilities. This is because our participants aren’t typically qualified to do this work and would therefore not be able to do this work in their home country.

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Aligned to local objectives

Each one of our initiatives is aligned to objectives set by a local organisation or professional. Our staff and participants work to support these local actors in achieving their specific goals.

Local employees remain employed

Our participants don’t replace the staff employed by local organisations. Rather, they support currently employed staff with achieving their objectives. Our goal is always to increase local capacity to address local problems.

Local employees remain focused

Participants require training and support to ensure that they carry out tasks correctly. Our staff provide this training and support so that local staff can focus on what is truly important to their organisation at the time.

No entertainment-based activities

We don’t support the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes. This includes riding animals, having them perform tricks, feeding or bathing them or getting close to them to take photos

No orphaned animal sanctuaries

We don’t encourage, support or allow the rearing of “orphaned” wild baby animals kept at a “sanctuary”. The conservation value of these types of programs is negligent and would only ethically be used in extremely rare cases

Guidelines for touching or movement restriction

When wild animals are restricted for conservation purposes we follow the guidelines of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Animal welfare guidelines

We ensure that the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare are followed. These include the freedom to express normal behaviour and freedom from distress, discomfort, hunger, thirst, fear, pain, injury or disease.

Local community empowerment

We ensure that conservation efforts are also always locally led, that community needs are front-and centre of any conservation effort and that our participants, projects and partners work to increase local community engagement in local conservation efforts.

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No veterinary programs

We don’t offer any veterinary programs or animal rescue and rehabilitation programs. We don’t allow participants to do any work they would not be able to do in their home country.

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Training

A GVI program is an investment in your career. No matter which you choose, you will be working toward improving your employability by mastering new social skills, gaining further technical expertise and earning qualifications in many cases. Most of our staff are, in fact, GVI Alumni, and we have helped many of our Alumni discover, move toward, and earn their own personal dream jobs. Each program includes introductory workshops, ongoing presentations, as well as on-the-ground professional support provided by our very own trained staff members. In addition, our training programs are critical for helping us to ensure the long-term impact of our sustainable development projects around the world.

For all GVI participants

Orientation: Travelling Responsibly and Ethically

Learn about the importance of child and vulnerable adult protection best practices and how to apply them while on project.

Orientation: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction to the history and evolution of sustainable development, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and how these related to your project work.

Orientation: Further Opportunities for Impact

Learn about our country locations and further opportunities available to you during or after your program.

For all participants at Ammes, Kefalonia

Marine Conservation: Seagrass

Learn about what seagrass is, its importance, how it is formed, and how this ecosystem works.

Conservation: survey techniques and logistics

An introduction to different survey techniques and best practice guidelines for surveys; introduction to different types of data and how to record information via a datasheet.

Conservation: biodiversity & target species identification

Learn about biodiversity and how biodiversity is measured, and classifying different species and how to identify species that indicate the health of the habitat.

Marine conservation: pollution and plastics

Learn about issues with plastic and measures that can be taken to help reduce plastic consumption.

Certificates & qualifications

University of Richmond Certificate Careers in Sustainability

Career paths in social and environmental impact are not as well-established as in other fields. That’s why we’ll provide our interns who have successfully completed their program with our Careers in Sustainable Development course. In this course, you’ll learn about current and emerging opportunities in a range of sectors, allowing you to make the best decision about your future.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all internships. Full course details can be found here.

University of Richmond Certificate Leading Teams for Impact

Leadership is a critical skill set for anyone looking to make an impact or drive sustainable development. Develop your own leadership style and learn how to set achievable objectives, give effective feedback and manage conflict successfully. After successfully completing the course, which you have the option of doing prior to your in-country program, you’ll receive a certificate from the University of Richmond.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all volunteering programs. Full course details can be found here.

University of Richmond Certificate Marine Conservation

Learn more about what is contributing to the decline in the health of the world’s ocean and marine species and what can be done to prevent it. You’ll gain a greater understanding of the field of marine conservation, explore how to protect marine ecosystems and discover how you can contribute towards conservation-related initiatives. After successfully completing the course,