"Target: Students & Experts”

The Project

The “MARINE BIOLOGY CAMP” is the international research camp of the Jonian Dolphin Conservation that involve the active participation of young student. The first camp has been realized in 2017 and it involves participants from all over the world. It will be a unique and great opportunity to live a training strictly in contact with the world of marine biology: work on a reseach vessel side by side of experts, volunteers and students of other countries, experience the activities directly in contact with cetaceans and marine biodiversity; participating in scientific activities of monitoring and conservation of these important species. The project aims to realize 3 research days by the sea, implementing several research methods, such us: visual surveys, photo-id, ethological observation, bio-acoustic and dna analisys. The team of the JDC, in collaboration with the experts of the Department of Biology of the University of Bari and the C.N.R. (National Council of Research) will realize trainings and data analisys workshop after the activities on board.

Programme & Activities

  • DAY 1:
    • Arrival to Policoro (after lunch)
    • Welcome and presentation by JDC Team


  • DAY 2-3-4:
    • Dolphin & Whale watching activities to study and observe cetaceans and participating in the research activities of Jonian Dolphin Conservation
    • Practical-theoretical lessons of biology, ethology and methodologies to study and preserve cetaceans.
  • DAY 5:
    • Departure (after breakfast)

Accomodation & food

Fee & Costs

You will be hosted in Hotel Heraclea, in the beautiful and wild region of Basilicata, in the town of Policoro.
Dinner and breakfast will be served in the hotel and lunch (day 2-3-4) will be served and offered by our team on board of the boat.
Please alert us about any special dietary requirements (e.g. diabetes, lactose intolerance or other serious food allergies and needs) writing it in the application form.
The fee to cover the costs is connected to the period and the kind of activities that we are going to realize. Contact us by email to know more.
The cost includes: accomodation and food, workshop, boat excursions for whale and dolphin watching, research activities, local transports in Policoro.
The cost does not include: extra food and drinks, travel to and from Policoro
The whole amount of the fee needs to be payed by bank transfer and we are going to send you the bank details by email after your email of application.

Selection criteria:

Travel information

  • Age: 18-40
  • Good (at least basic) knowledge of English (lessons and the working language will be in English)
  • Good motivation & desire to live strictly in contact with youngsters from all over the world & local volunteers
  • Previous experiences in this field
  • Predisposition to live in contact with nature, animals and to spend several hours on a boat
  • Attitude to live with other young people
  • It’s not mandatory to be student of biology or natural science. This project is open to everyone: passionate people for the Sea, for the animals; people ready to live an unforgettable adventure, a volunteering experience in South Italy.
If you travel by airplane, the nearest airport is Bari but also Rome or Brindisi are good connections. If you travel by train, connections to Policoro are available on the website trenitalia.it.
If you need help for your travel arrangements contact us by mail and we are going to help you with all the travel info that you may need like shuttle bus info from Bari Airport to Policoro.
We are going to pick you up from the train or bus station when you arrive to Policoro.

Contact person Stefano Bellomo

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Your help is of great and fundamental importance for tomorrow. To achieve this we need supporters like you, with the desire and in any case the need to participate in activities to protect and protect the environment. Now we must fight together to protect cetaceans and to allow future generations to observe these fantastic animals in their natural environment. Nature has given us this gift, let us forgive the mistakes of the past. Together we can do it, continue to follow us and support us.

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