26 August to 5 September · 11 days
Starts in: Colonia de San Jordi, Mallorca
Ends in: Colonia de San Jordi, Mallorca
Area: Balearic Islands
A new chapter begins for Alnitak with the first ever expeditions on board RV Bon Coeur. After working in the Cabrera Archipelago National Park, we head to the East and survey the waters to the south of Menorca. The entire Island and surrounding waters are a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and we often see creatures such as sperm whales and manta rays, but our main focus is on Risso’s dolphins and loggerhead turtles.
Volunteers are vital to our work
Your share of 1100 Euros (calculated at 100 euros/day) covers living costs while on board plus supports the scientific programs. It also includes membership, and is tax-deductible.
Life on Bon Coeur
Depending on the weather and sea conditions, there are different types of days. Ideally, when conditions are adequate we aim to spend as much time as possible in the open and deep waters of the Mediterranean. This means waking up often as early as 5 AM to get going. You will be divided into pairs and trained to help take scientific data on wildlife and human activities, help sail the ship, and do other chores such as cooking and cleaning. When the weather is less ideal, there is still plenty to do such as ship maintenance, data entry, coastal clean ups and our “Monitoring the Open Sea” lectures. Every single expedition is unique due to weather, sea state, wildlife that we may encounter, harbours, the crew and volunteers on board, and more variables, meaning that there is an aspect of uncertainty and excitement that adds to the sense of adventure.