From sea turtles nesting on the beaches of Crete to dolphins surfing the wake off Policoro, the picturesque coasts of Italy & Greece are teeming with marine life. In other words, the ultimate labs for sea turtle and dolphin field studies.
Develop your interest in marine biology during this hands-on course exploring sea turtles and dolphins in their natural habitats. As part of a team of student researchers, partner with local rescue and research organizations dedicated to their study and conservation. Stroll beautiful Mediterranean beaches counting eggs, looking for hatchlings, protecting nests and collecting data on turtles for real-world projects. Observe nesting behavior and assist biologists with excavation during nesting season. On the ocean's surface, search for pods of playful and intelligent dolphins in the Mediterranean's stunning bays and other marine mammal hot spots. Italy and Greece have a long history of promoting conservation and your participation in this expedition will provide valuable contributions to their efforts for years to come.
“We learned a lot about sea turtles, but also about the different cultures and communities we visited.” — Randelle B., Seekong, MA
- Participate in a sea turtle night patrol
- Collect research and data on dolphin behavior
- Join marine biologists in rehabilitating, feeding and tagging sea turtles
- Promote conservation by sharing your knowledge with locals and tourists
- Hike the 'Walk of the Gods' along the famous and stunning Amalfi Coast
- Try your hand at traditional Italian cooking and visit a lemon farm
- Minimum 18 years old
- High school graduate
- High school or college biology
- Minimum GPA: 2.50
- Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago