2014 ARCHELON VOLUNTEERSʼ REPORT
The work of the Society is quite extended and it would be impossible to implement without the contribution of the hundreds of volunteers who devote some or the biggest part of their spare time for the protection of sea turtles. These volunteers come from all around the world and offer over 15.000 days of volunteer work for the protection of sea turtles in Greece.
The report for ARCHELON volunteers of 2014 has been completed. The report captures the entire group of volunteers who participated in ARCHELONʼs projects throughout 2014, but also all of those people that applied and for some reason did not eventually take part. The volunteersʼ report is the mirror of the Societyʼs human resources and shows the entire group that managed to protect the nesting beaches and help injured turtles, with numbers and statistics. Below there are some features indicative of the volunteersʼ participation in ARCHELONʼs 2014 projects.
For the 2014 summer programs and Rescue Center, the ARCHELON main office received 852 applications (approximately 5.7% reduction from last year). The majority of the candidates originated from Great Britain, for yet another year!!
Specifically, the number of candidates according to their nationality:
“Other” includes the following countries:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroun, Canada, Caucasus, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, St. Mauritius, Mexico, N. Zealand, Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, S. Africa, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Arabic Emirates
Graph 1: Total number of applications per year
470 volunteers participated in ARCHELONʼs 2014 projects, 3 volunteers less than last year. The average age of volunteers was 23 years old and the volunteers offered a total of 15.097 days of work. The average time of their stay in the projects was 31 days.
Graph 2: Final volunteer participation per year
Graph 3: Nationality of participating volunteers 2014
Graph 5: Volunteers categorized by region 2014
In conclusion, in 2014 ARCHELON had the required number of volunteers for successful implementation of its work, but the beginning and end of the projects had limited number of volunteers.
Off note, the participation in the “Ambassadors” program was increased and as a result ARCHELON acquired thirteen additional «Ambassadors» for 2014.
It is worth mentioning that during fall 2014, upon the initiative of Dionysios Arvanitakis,a group of Greek volunteers was created, aiming to reinforce the Greek volunteers in the Rescue Center, organization of events, volunteer recruitment, raising public awareness, integration of foreign volunteers in the Greek society etc. The group meets up once a month and has already organized various events.
(translation: Georgia Kalozoumi)