|Date and time/Ημερομηνία και ώρα||Name/Όνομα||Country/Χώρα||Type of Involvement/Είδος αλληλεπίδρασης||Rating/Αξιολόγηση||Testimonial /Συστάσεις||Links/σύνδεσμοι|
|19/06/2017 21:43:00 PM||Philippe||Switzerland||Ecotourism program/Πρόγραμμα οικοτουρισμού||*****||Thanks to TED for the very interesting tour we had, visiting all around Kalamos the forests and the various trees... a splendid and scientific afternoon we had !|
|17/07/2016 12:47:00 PM||Ann-Christin||Germany||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||****||The stay on Kalamos Island was really nice. It is a small island with a beautiful landscape. The sea is really clean, so you can see a huge amount of fish and other animals while snorkeling. The forest is magical and really quiet. There aren't living many people in the island but the ones who do are really kind. You can feel a bit isolated from the rest of the world and everything went a bit slower on Kalamos but I appreciated that.|
The Members of Terra Sylvestris are also very nice an helpful. Spending their life on protecting the gorgeos nature is a precious work which needs a lot of helping hands. They're doing a great job!
|17/07/2017 14:37:00 PM||Nick||Australia||Other/Άλλο||*****||I am very grateful to Ted Karfakis for giving me a half day tour of Kalamos and explaining the origins/purpose of the Kalamos/Kastos sustainability development project. I wish him and his team the best of luck in this important and greatly needed work.|
|22/07/2017 18:08:00 PM||Mailys||France||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||****||I had a great time in Kalamos, I discovered the Island and all its wildlife and participated into different projects such as birds or posedonias surveys. Ted was a great host, he told me a lot of stories about the island and made sure I had everything I needed for my stay there.|
I recommend this experience with Terrasylvestris to anyone who wants to help protecting an ecosystem and wants to discover a beautiful Greek island.
|10/09/2017 8:00:00 AM||Annie||USA||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||*****||I participated in Terra Sylvestris’s marine monitoring field research program in June 2017, where I worked closely with Ted to monitor seagrass populations and better understand the impact of nearby fish farming operations on the health and vitality of this endangered species. This experience was not only academically/professionally enriching but also gave me the opportunity to learn about European environmental policy—all while living and working in one of the most beautiful islands in the world. |
Ted was extremely accommodating- he helped me navigate my way to the remote island and provided detailed background research and logistics information ahead of time to make my journey safe and easy. Once there, I stayed in the field volunteer research station which is equipped with bunk beds, a functioning kitchen, and everything you would need. Ted supervised my research and was kind enough to make frequent trips to nearby cities to purchase important research materials and whatever else I needed. Ted is extremely knowledgeable about Kalamos ecology and I learned so much from his explanations about the island’s flora and fauna and the political context of environmental policy in Europe and Greece specifically. He is a great resource and is very enthusiastic and open to new ideas from volunteers.
I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in some hands-on field research experience where you will learn about the unique flora and fauna in Kalamos, better understand how Greek NGOs function and operate, and cutting-edge and important research to the cause of environmental protection and stewardship. Thanks, Ted for the amazing opportunity!
|26/11/2017 11:51:00 PM||ana||chile||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||*****||My time as a volunteer in Terrasylvestris was one of the most beautiful and enriching experiences of my life. The program achieves a balance between work, learning, and sense of purpose and freedom (time to relax, meditate and enjoy the island). This combination allows for a deeper understanding and feeling for the island as an entity which is almost alive and breathing, and therefore work is accomplished not merely with an abstract sense of doing good, but with a personalized intention: commitment to the island of Kalamos and its issues. |
Ted was a wonderful host, conversations with him were always illuminating about the history of the island and about the different dangers that prey on Kalamos which we try to neutralize with our work.
The field station has everything that at least I ever needed, hi speed wifi, a kitchen, a bed, a fire and a beautiful view!!! I especially enjoyed the hammocks and the garden.
The work as such is interesting, engaging and allows space for creativity and inventively and I enjoyed it very much.
All in all an experience I will always remember very dearly and one I totally recommend.
|10/01/2018 10:05:00 AM||Tongxin||China||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||****||I have stayed with The Terra Sylvestris team for half months and I got so much. Kalamos is a unknown but super beautiful island with olive trees and bush on land as well as blue-green coastal line and marine organism in water. We not only had cave experience by boat and on foot, but also enjoyed great time together with others, watching documentary and sharing ideas.||Photos|
|16/01/2018 17:47:00 PM||Johannes||Belgium||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||****||Hi! I had a great time at Kalamos. The team was very nice and it was a pleasure to meet other volunteers from around the world. It was a pleasure to participate in the volunteer program (data collection for birds, feral cats and monk seals). The island is beautiful (even in winter) with al lot of different areas to discover (woods, mountain, shrub, sea, beaches, village,..). Caring for the ecosystem in the purest and simplest wat, great experience.|
|26/02/2018 18:00:00 PM||Katherine||United States of America||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||****||This was a wonderful experience which taught me a lot about not only what goes into scientific field research but also about how conservation works in the world today. Ted is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of conservation, especially about natural history of not only Greece but Europe as a whole.|
|08/10/2019 12:09:00 AM||Stanislas||Belgium||Internship program/Πρόγραμμα πρακτικής άσκησης||****||I have been working as an intern for Terra Sylvestris for three months in spring 2019. I took part in the bird monitoring and Mediterranean Monk Seal programmes. This internship provided me new practical knowledge in the field of monitoring wildlife. This was an interesting and important work regarding the biodiversity situation and its threats in the area.|
|19/10/2019 14:01:00 PM||Damien||Belgium||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||****||"I learned a lot of things during my stay in Kalamos. The first was that sometimes the running water is out of service ! Life on a small island can be challenging if you're used to the comfort of big cities, but you will eventually adapt. All in all, Kalamos has a lot of commodities for such a small island such as supermarkets, restaurants, cocktail bars, a doctor, ... The people of Kalamos are quite friendly as well. I recommend learning the basics of Greek, it always brings smiles from the locals. |
Ted is the head of the center and the person that will guide you in the work to be done. He is quite flexible on the tasks he will assign and always made sure to ask if I was okay with my assignments before giving them. I also met Georgia, another member who works with the logistics aspects of the center. She's very helpful and caring, I hope you get to meet her !
Where the island shines most is in the nature/population ratio. You could stay for a week on most parts of the island and see no one. This makes for great expeditions on land, amazing underwater life (compared to other places in the Mediterranean), and afternoons spent alone on the beach. Life does have a smaller pace here. I found it quite relaxing to spend a month taking things calmly and getting some good work done.
And on the topic of good work, you will certainly learn how to do it here. You will learn about the constrains of *actual* fieldwork and how to go about them. More than techniques, I learned how to accommodate for situations, something you can only learn on the field.
On the whole, I was afraid on spending a month alone stuck on a island living with people I didn't know but I ended up making good friends and leaving a bit of myself on that island."
|20/08/2020 12:01:49 PM||Ceccilia||Italy||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||*****||I have been working as volunteer for Terra Sylvestris for two weeks in summer 2020. I took part in the Mediterranean Monk Seal programs. This was a wonderful experience which taught me a lot about how conservation works. Life on a small island can be challenging if you're used to the comfort of big cities, but Kalamos is a unknown and beautiful island with olive trees on land and blue-green coastal line. We enjoyed great time together with others.|
|20/08/2020 12:45:00 PM||Ambra||Italy||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||****||My experience in Kalamos was truly formative. I participated in the monitoring program for two weeks in August, unfortunately this year due to covid-19 we were a small group of 4 girls but this did not have a negative effect. From an academic point of view I was able to learn more about monitoring and the issues surrounding it, and certainly the beautiful landscapes of Kalamos and Kastos were a great setting!|
|19/10/2020 15:40:00 PM||Niklas||Germany||Field volunteer program/Πρόγραμμα εθελοντών πεδίου||****||My time in Kalamos, with Ted, Georgia and the other volunteers was a great experience! I got friends for life, got more knowledge about the ecosystems and the nature, how important and also difficult it is to protect it and also I improved my greek. It was very interesting to work and help in such an unique and beautiful enviroment. The information and the introduction we got were very interesting and very helpful. Especially I liked the bird sound recording and the trip to Kastos, were we searched for caves. It was a pleasure to contribute my time to the project. |
It is an amazing place and I would love to come back and contribute my help again.