Volunteer Testimonies

The center relies on the help of volunteers from all stretches of the world. Without their support the center would not be possible.


California, USA


Words cannot describe the experienced that I had at Lampedusa Rescue Center. I arrived with little knowledge of sea turtles and a non-related field of study. I seized the opportunity to volunteer on this beautiful Mediterranean island after a wonderful semester of studying abroad in Spain. Little did I know that the spontaneous decision I made would change my outlook on life completely. 

The volunteers here become a family, with Daniela as the mom! We all work, laugh, cook, eat, relax on the beach, and learn together. It is beautiful because not only do we help this endangered species but we also created cherished memories that will last a lifetime. For those of you potential volunteers, I highly recommend this opportunity. I can almost guarantee that you will not be dissapointed!


Florida, USA


I am a first year student at Yale interested in biology and environmental policy. I heard about the organization from a friend who works with sea turtles in Florida, and decided to come here to have first-hand experience in the field of conservation and biology. I have appreciated seeing the effects of different marine policies and hope to write a report for my school based on my experience here.

I loved cooking with my new housemates, the other volunteers, and seeing the natural beauty of this Mediterranean island. I would recommend volunteering here to anyone that cares about the environment, is willing to get their hands dirty, and hoping to learn about new cultures. 

Check out my blog to find out what I learned, how I lived and what you can experience!


Verona, Italy


I came to Lampedusa Rescue Center in September, 2012 as a graduated student of Marine Biology at Pisa University, with a project concerning the interaction between sea turtles and boaters. This year is my second adventure at Lampedusa and I can say whole heartedly that this has been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life! On a professional point of view it has been enriched and strengthened my knowledge of these wonderful animals, while also helping me understand  the human point of view. I love how this has given me the opportunity to create links with extraordinary people from all over the world and has helped me to grow by testing me in different situations.


Livorno, Italy


I am a student of Marine Biology of Pisa University. This is my second year as a volunteer here, where I’m collecting data for my thesis. During this time I learned and understand the importance of sea turtles, and the precious value of this endangered species. In order to preserve this speciesit involves the commitment of volunteers, fishermen, tourists and Coast Guard.



Bologna, Italy

1994 - 2020

I am a vet working on sea turtles for almost 15 years. My love for sea turtles started long time ago in the Carribean (St.Lucia), where as an exchange student I had the chance to see my first sea turtle, a leatherback. Since then this love has grown stronger and stronger, leading me to take most of the decisions I took in my life, such as to graduate in Veterinary Medicine, to complete a PhD in ecotoxicology and a  post PhD in Mexico, but none of these things could have been possible without choosing to go in Lampedusa and to test me as a volunteer,  discovering day by day new things about those amazing animals.


Bristol, UK


I am a Biology Student at Surrey University.  I'm currently doing my placement year here collecting data and running the social media. I love how hands on this experience is and how my opinion is valued by the people around me.  I have learnt so much about sea turtles biology and rehabilitation and also how important education and awareness is to ensure conservation. 



lisboa, portugal


As an Animal Biology & Ecology student, choosing Lampedusa Turtle Rescue for my placement year was easy. Working with sea turtles was an opportunity that I wouldn't be able to have where I come from. But truly, I was not ready for what was coming next.

Denise came here, but the Denise leaving is not the same. Everyday I learned something new about Italian culture, about sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation, but even about myself. I have explored my interest in animal behaviour and found my passion for science communication.

And I am grateful to everyone I met, especially Daniela Freggi. In the future, I hope I can be at least a fraction of the person you are, my forever mentor.

It wasn't always easy but I would choose it all over again, every time.