The field station is located in the centre of the village of Vonitsa.
Our field base is 50 meters away from the seaside. It consists of the first floor of a two-storey house and is divided into two areas. The first area is an apartment with a large living room, an open kitchen and a big balcony, two toilets with showers (one for the research staff and one for the project participants), two bedrooms (for our staff) and the office. The second area is a large comfortable loft of 90 square meters with a wooden floor and windows on three sides (front side with a sea view). Team members will use this loft to relax after the long hours spent at sea, work on dolphin data, and sleep. Male and female participants will share the same quarters, but male/female areas can be divided by separators. Participants will sleep on bunk beds. Sheets and blankets are provided.
Volunteers will have their own bathroom, which may be shared by up to 5 persons (our maximum number of volunteers per team). Also, due to plumbing in Greece you will need to dispose of all toilet paper into a receptacle (i.e. bin) rather than down the toilet (this is common practice in Greece).
Electricity is 220 volts. European standard connection is a two-pinned plug (no ground plug). If you need to plug equipment with ground plugs you may want to bring an adapter. Internet access won’t be available in the house, but there is an Internet café nearby that provides access for about 2.5 Euro per hour until late at night, seven days a week. Volunteers who bring their own laptops or cell phones will be able to get free wireless Internet access in most of the bars on the seaside.
The house is equipped with a refrigerator, a gas-stove, several computers used for research, and a printer. There is no air conditioning in the accommodation, however several fans are available to render the living conditions more pleasant during the warmest months. Smoking is not allowed in the house or onboard the research boat.
Vehicles are not necessary to move around in this small village. Everything (harbour, supermarkets, taverns, bars, post office, etc.) can be reached by foot within minutes. There is no self-service laundromat locally available. Volunteers may do their laundry by hand in our field-base. On some occasions, volunteers have used a local laundry service, which is a drop off and pick-up service.
Volunteers and researchers alike will engage in cooking and housekeeping shifts (on a rotation). Shared tasks will include meal planning and preparation. Please bring with you some recipes if you are not familiar with cooking. Dishwashing and house cleaning are also communal activities shared by all.
Vonitsa offers a choice of nice and inexpensive restaurants and taverns where volunteers may choose to eat dinner at their own expense (an average lunch or dinner costs about 12-18 Euro). Shopping is usually done by project staff members in Vonitsa, where one can find well-equipped, modern supermarkets and ingredients for the most demanding palates.
At the house there will always be a good provision of fresh water or ice, and juices. Alcoholic beverages will be available at your own expense, provided you make moderate and appropriate use of them.
Breakfast: Greek yogurt, cereal, biscuits, toast, butter, jam/marmalade, honey
Lunch: Salad, cheese, olives, freshly baked pies and excellent bread from the local bakery and fresh fruits.
Dinner: Pasta, rice, meat, seafood, cooked/stuffed vegetables, sauces, etc.
Snacks/Other: Crackers, fruit, tomatoes, olives, cheese
Beverages: Coffee, tea, milk, fruit juices, soft drinks
Water: Tap water (tastes good and is safe for drinking and cooking)
Please alert us about any special dietary requirements (e.g. diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other serious food allergies) as soon as possible. Accommodating special diets is not guaranteed and can be very difficult due to availability of food, location of field sites, and other local conditions.
Special note to vegans and strict vegetarians: Please be aware that it is often difficult to accommodate strict vegetarians and vegans. It may be possible to get meatless meals but vegans may have a problem avoiding animal products altogether.