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Date and time/Ημερομηνία και ώραName/ΌνομαCountry/ΧώραType of Involvement/Είδος αλληλεπίδρασηςRating/ΑξιολόγησηTestimonial /ΣυστάσειςLinks/σύνδεσμοι
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19/06/2017 9:43:00 pmPhilippeSwitzerlandEcotourism 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 !
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17/07/2016 12:47:00 pmAnn-ChristinGermanyField 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!
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17/07/2017 2:37:00 pmNickAustraliaOther/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.
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22/07/2017 6:08:00 pmMailysFranceField 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.
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10/09/2017 8:00:00 AMAnnieUSAField 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!
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26/11/2017 11:51:00 pmanachileField 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.
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10/01/2018 10:05:00 AMTongxinChinaField 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
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16/01/2018 5:47:00 pmJohannesBelgiumField 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.
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26/02/2018 6:00:00 pmKatherineUnited States of AmericaField 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.
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