Saving Zakynthos: 3 reasons to volunteer with Earth Sea and Sky

The volunteers taking a photo with founder Yannis on the new sea turtle statue

Last summer, I spent the month of July in the beautiful island of Zakynthos, Greece volunteering with the turtle conservation group Earth, Sea and Sky and had the most wonderful time. In fact, if I haven’t already applied for the travel writing course with CTR Berlin I would have stayed on for the rest of the season.

Volunteering in Zakynthos, Earth Sea and Sky

One of my friends in uni was so impressed by my experience as well as the photos I have taken that he went there himself this summer and loved every second of it. Here’s 3 reasons why you should do the same:

1) Stay in the paradise known as Zakynthos while saving turtles

Gerakas Beach, Zaknythos, Grecee
The nearest beach to us in the southern most island: Gerakas Beach, Zaknythos, Grecee

It’s not often that you get to have a legitimate reason to live in the Mediterranean where you can swim with dolphins (ok, maybe not literally, but I have seen them on a boat trip), work on your tan and save the wildlife.

Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
The infamous Shipwreck beach, Zakynthos, Greece

In your time off, you can explore the beautiful island or sunbathe on one of the secluded beach only a few people know about. If this doesn’t have you hitting the volunteering now button, I don’t know what will.

2) Become part of something bigger

Volunteering in Zakynthos with Earth, Sea and Sky
Dinner with four other volunteers and the founder, Yannis and manager Jonna

And it’s a great feeling knowing that you are actively making a difference there due to the small size of the organization. From morning beach surveys to putting up posters, you get to be involved in every aspect. Your role is as active and meaningful as you make it – remember, it’s all for saving Zakynthos.

3) Making great friends from all over the world

The volunteers taking a photo with founder Yannis on the new sea turtle statue
The volunteers taking a photo with founder Yannis on the new sea turtle statue

Volunteers come and go; with everyone staying a minimum of two weeks, I have met a dozen people during my month long volunteering there and made some great friends. You all live in the same complex with rotating shifts, so you get to spend time with an array of people from different backgrounds. I became great friends with the girl I roomed with for the first week and we literally talk nonstop until she left.

Right now, Earth, Sea and Sky are looking for interns to help them run things for the 2016 season. It’s an amazing opportunity where you get to stay in Zakynthos for six months and volunteer for free, saving the turtles and contributing to a greater cause. Not to mention it will look excellent on your resume/CV. Click here to learn more. Don’t hesitate to apply, deadline is 31/1.

P.S. – you get 50% food in their restaurant, which serves up some delicious local cuisine.

Beach clean up whilst volunteering with Earth Sea and Sky| Laugh Travel Eat
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Written by Nam Cheah

Hi, my name is Nam. I am 24 and spent half my life in Hong Kong and the other half in UK. I believe there's endless experience and beauty in the world and this is me chronicling how to experience the best at the best price.

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