Kido offers volunteer opportunities from March 15 to August 31. Minimum term 3o days, patrolling 5 nights a week. Two days off weekly. Volunteers patrol selected beaches along with local guide from early evening to morning, helping to monitor, measure & tag nesting turtles, mark & disguise nest location and monitor hatchlings. During the free time volunteers may explore the island, dive, snorkel and hike.
Occasionally volunteers may assist in rescue operations of sea turtles caught in fishers’ nets.
Accommodations and Costs
At Kido Ecological Station volunteers reside in the Pagoda, with bunk-style beds, a shared kitchen & two bathroom/shower areas. Volunteers take turns with chores such as cooking and cleaning. Volunteers buy their own food from the local market in town (2 1/2 miles from Kido). The costs for lodging is $ 500US for the first month and $15US for each additional day.
Applicants should be good swimmers, physically fit to walk on beaches and hiking trails, adaptable to patrol at night and sleep during the day. According to the nature of the challenges working with wildlife, volunteers need to be flexible with monitoring changing schedules. Applicants should have a keen interest in conservation ecology and be dedicated animal lovers. Vegetarian only.
Smoking, drugs, and alcohol are not allowed at KIDO. Travel insurance is required.
To apply as a Volunteer
Complete the application form here: http://www.givingway.com/organization/kido-foundation/?context=apply
It is indeed hot here during the nesting season so you need to be prepared to sweat and to think cool thoughts. You will often be pleasantly surprised by a cool breeze and/or light rain that you will no doubt appreciate and there is always the blue Caribbean Sea to cool down in!
You need to know that there are a lot of rescued dogs, cats and wildlife in rehab here, as well as insects, in case you have any insect phobias or pet/fur allergy.
Non-cotton fast dry clothing is best for daytime. Cotton shirts are good for sleeping and when it is cooler. All water we use is collected from rain water (there are no fresh water wells on the island), so you will be conserving water at every step. We boil water for drinking. We take quick showers. We wash our clothes by hand (sometimes with the aid of a “semi” automatic wash tub) using ONLY organic soaps. Other detergents for washing clothes and dishes or chemical spray for insects are not allowed at Kido.
What you spend while you are here will depend entirely on what you consume. You should be able to buy groceries/food for $10US per day. We do encourage you to take advantage of the area and take trips to visit offshore islets and Marine Parks on your days off which can cost between US$20-150 each.
Travel Costs and Info
Check flights to GND (Grenada – Maurice Bishop’s Airport) and catch the Osprey Shuttle to Carriacou (160 EC$ = 60 US$) at 9 am at the Carenage in St. Georges (8am on Sundays). Volunteers are responsible for obtaining travel and health insurance for the period volunteering at Kido.
Checklist of things to bring with you
- A HEADLAMP WITH L.E.D. LIGHT and RED light option (Petzl L.E.D. or Black Diamond are good choices)
- CHARGER WITH RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES FOR YOUR HEADLAMP (without a headlamp with red-light option – charger & rechargeable batteries – you cannot patrol the beaches at night without disturbing nesting turtles!)
- MOSQUITO NET (very fine mesh)
- MOSQUITO REPELLENT (natural / no DEET)
- YOUR LAPTOP (if you need to use Internet, we have wireless connection in one area of Kido compound) / alternatively you could use Internet Cafes in town for e-mails. etc…
- A SLEEPING PAD (for beach camping: self-inflating is best but anything comfortable will do)
- SUNSCREEN (100% natural) and HAT
- 100% ECO-WASHING POWDER OR SOAP FOR LAUNDRY/DISHES (there is no gray water filter system at Kido)
- LIGHT SLEEPING BAG OR JUST SHEETS
- LIGHT, LONG, EASY TO DRY, WASHABLE TROUSERS
- LIGHT SHIRT WITH LONG SLEEVES (when bugs are really biting!)
- RAINCOAT WITH HOOD
- LIGHT SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS OR T-SHIRTS (you will sweat a lot!)
- BATHING SUIT
- WASHABLE RUNNING SHOES (for walking in mangroves, trails, and sand)
- SANDALS (“Tevas” or equivalent)
- SIMPLE FLIP FLOPS (for lounging and/or shower shoes)
- HIKING SHOES (if you choose to hike some of the more challenging trails)
- WATER BOTTLE (Nalgene or equivalent to carry water with you)
- BACKPACK (DAYPACK) – for hikes and carrying your things to the beach/outings
- MASK & SNORKEL (optional)
Other toiletries and basic medications you may need but forget to bring can be purchased in the nearby town (20 minute walk to bus stop) so don’t worry. Most places accept US dollars and Pounds Sterling so don’t worry about exchanging money to XCD (or “EC”) before you arrive. There are 2 ATMs in town that run the PLUS network so you can get cash from your bank card 24×7 just like at home.
Special diet needs
There are plenty of non-meat protein sources such as eggs and soya (vegan) that can be purchased in the markets in town. Soymilk can also be found most of the time. Specialty items that you might find in your local organic foodstore are harder to come by (things like vegan “cheese” and tofu) so if you must have them you will need to bring them with.
Your address while you are here will be:
KIDO Ecological Station – Attn: Your Name – Sanctuary, Carriacou, Grenada, West Indies. Tel: (473) 443 7936