SEYCHELLES

Known for their pristine beaches and untouched nature reserves, a country with 115 granite and coral islands, it remains one of the most unique places on earth.

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VOLUNTEER

Our beach-front base-camp is located on the remote island of Curieuse, a national park. The majority of your work with focus on hawksbill turtle nesting sites, lemon shark tagging and collecting data on damaged coral reefs areas.

CULTURE

The rich culture of the Seychelles is a melting pot of the people who settled the islands. From 17th century pirates to Arab and Indian slave traders to French and British settlers. Their island history is kept alive through storytelling, art and music.

ISLAND & FOREST SAFARIS

Called the original ‘Garden of Eden,” we will trek through the Vallee de Mai palm forest, travel by private boat to some of the most stunning and remote islands in the world and spend 2 nights on La Digue Island where sole transport is by ox cart!

DIVING / SNORKELING

No diving experience is required on this trip. Your volunteer experience will be divided between land and ocean conservation work. However, you will be snorkeling much of the time, so you must feel comfortable in the ocean when conducting your research work. If PADI certified, more adventures await you!

USEFUL DETAILS

Meals

When staying on the main island of Mahe, a wide range of cuisine is readily available.

While at base-camp on the island of Curieuse, meals will primarily be vegetarian based due to limited refrigeration. Basic meals range from fresh veggies, green salads, beans, rice, tomatoes and pasta. Volunteers are in charge of preparing meals on a rotating basis. Bottled water is brought in as needed for drinking.

Climate

The Seychelles climate is one which is always warm and does not reach extremes of heat or cold. Average year-round temperatures range between 75– 90 degrees.

Living Conditions

Accommodations are very basic with shared dormitories, kitchen and social areas. On the island of Curieuse, toilets are bucket flush as there is no running water in the lavatories. There is running water in the showers. There is intermittent generator use and solar power for a few hours each night.

How to Dress in Seychelles

Expect comfortable to hot temperatures during your time in the Seychelles. You’ll be pretty much living day-to-day in bathing suits, shorts and short sleeve/tank tops. Other than you time spend on the main island of Mahe, dress code while visiting remote islands is very casual.

Passport & Documents

Copy of passport (copy for parents & trip leader)

Money belt and/or similar, to keep cash and passport secured.

In the event a passport is lost or stolen, another form of ID will be required for replacement at the US Consular Agency – Seychelles. Please bring your driver’s license and/or other form of ID with your picture on it. A photo copy of your passport will also be required. Replacement passports are usually issued within a 48-hour period.

Money

US dollars must be dated 2010 to present year. Cash will be used for tips, shopping and misc. meals outside the allotted daily per-diem. Your team leader will oversee the conversion from US dollars to in-country currency & the conversion receipt will be given to you for confirmation of exact amount(s).

On the island of Curieuse, where we will be conducting our volunteer work, only local currency is accepted. Although everything is included while on the island, there will be options for both afternoon and weekend excursions, water sports, which is not covered by The Zuri Project.

Upon return to the US, if your child brings back with her/him a large sum of foreign currency, The Zuri Project will buy her/his foreign currency and pay you in US dollars.

Credit / Debit Card

Visa is the standard credit/debit card widely accepted in the Seychelles. Master Card and American Express are not recognized. There are ATM machines available on the main island of Mahe. Please note all ATM machines disburse foreign currency only. Credit card and/or debit card – make sure to call your credit card company/bank stating country of use and travel dates.

WHAT TO BRING

CLOTHING

Tops

Short/long sleeve t-shirts
Light rain jacket
Tank tops
Top/Jacket for cool evenings

Bottoms
Long/regular length shorts
Capris (optional)
Linen pants (optional)
Skirts

Footwear
Flip-flops / sandals
Tennis shoes and/or hiking boots
Water Shoes for snorkeling, HV diving & protection from coral reefs

Electronics
Digital Camera + extra batteries
Electronic plugin converter

Swimwear
2+ bathing suits (In ocean for 2 weeks!)
UV shirt+ for snorkeling to protect from sun
2 beach towels
Sunscreen!

MISC.
Sun hat / Baseball cap
Head Lamp (extra batteries)
Light sleeping bag (light weight 50 degree+ bag is good)
Tiny travel pillow if desired for flight / Masa Mara
Water Bottle
Light day-pack for hiking/beach excursions/city tours
2 travel locks to secure luggage/bags during travel
Laundry bag – FYI local village women can do laundry while volunteering on remote island / machine wash available on main island of Mahe.
Mosquito repellant
Hand/Baby wipes

LUGGAGE

You are individually allowed one suitcase on the designated trip. Weight limit is 50 pounds. If over 50 pounds there is a charge of $250 USD, which is not covered by The Zuri Project. Make room for shopping items! You are allowed 2 carry-on, daypack size, pieces of luggage on all flights.

Lock all luggage with universal travel lock. Bring an extra lock for your daypack(s).

Distinguish your luggage by placing a ribbon/sticker on it. When landing in Nairobi there will be over 200 black suitcases and we want to be sure to find yours!

Liquid Items

Due to new flight regulations, you are only allowed to bring on the plane with you one, large, clear, plastic zip-top bag of liquid items such as lotion, hand sanitizer etc. You are free to pack any type/volume of liquid items in your checked luggage.

MEDICATION

If your child is taking a prescription medication, carry prescription medication in its original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. In the event medication is lost, this will ensure that your child will receive the same medication without issue.

Vaccinations

The Zuri Project does not require any vaccinations in-order-to participate, other than an updated Tetanus shot. The only potential medical issues in the Seychelles are Chikungunya and Dengue Fever, both caused by a mosquito and there is no vaccination for this. If your child does contract either/or, it will run its course is roughly 7-10 days. There is no malaria in the Seychelles.

Please note that the decision to receive vaccinations is an individual choice, which should be made with a travel health specialist and/or your personal physician. You do not require proof of vaccination(s) when entering Seychelles.