Volunteer as Raptor Migration Counter

The 10th Batumi Raptor Count survey will be held fromraptor counters wanted for Batumi
17th August until 16th October 2017

We are welcoming subscription for volunteering from March 2017. So NOW!

What you should bring to BRC

You should

  • have strong interest in bird migration and/or raptors,
  • be able to come for at least twelve days,
  • speak at least good basic English,
  • be able to focus on counting migrants in a standardized manner and follow protocol,
  • be able to endure a variety of weather conditions,
  • be able to manage a daily walk (30 min.) over rather rough and steep terrain,
  • enjoy being in an international group of people, and discovering new environments, places and people, where one's race, gender, religion, culture, sexuality, age etc. are not considered relevant.

Practical information

BRC will provide the following arrangements for counters:

  • Accommodation: The project takes place in a village of Georgia, where we develop year after year the comfort of accommodations and the quality of meals together with host families, but keep in mind that accommodation is basic. The guesthouses have several rooms shared by 2 - 4 people. Hot showers, toilets, washing machine are available and shared responsibly.  All volunteer accommodation is close to each other, and within walking distance of count station 1, the office and the green bar. Wireless internet is available in some houses and around the office, although irregular and often slow.
  • Delicious food provided by our host families: breakfast & lunch are prepared daily to be consumed on the counting stations and a hot dinner will be waiting for you at the end of the day.
  • Transportation: going to the stations and coming back is done on foot (station 1) or with regular BRC drivers in a minibus (station 2).
  • Days off: during your time you will have the opportunity to have some days off. Once per week you will have the opportunity explore the surroundings or take a rest.
  • Introduction and training: volunteers will receive a protocol by email, an introduction presentation on the arrival and some time on the spot to get used to the working environment. Some evenings, coordinators will give training presentation to identify groups of raptors.
  • Pleasant atmosphere: we will make sure the atmosphere is at it's best, and everyone can enjoy their time in Batumi. Good comfort for everyone is important, as well as a quiet and relaxed environment to work and rest in. During the season, volunteers and visitors can have a drink in the village "Green Bar".
  • A contribution of 38 GEL (about 15€) per person per day will be asked to help us cover the expenses for counters. Half season and full season counters will have a reduced daily fee (12.5 and 10 Euro per day respectively). As we are happy to have counters from Georgia and other Caucasian countries in our count, these counters will also get a reduced price.

You can indicate the preferred duration and timing of your volunteering in the application form.

Extended count on Turkish site!

In 2017 our colleagues in Turkey want to continue their pilot counts from last year in Arhavi and Borcka. The aim of these surveys is to see how the migration flow splits up after Batumi and which species follow the coastal route or the inland route. They are currently in the process or organizing things and when we know more details (such as accommodation or counting period) we will share them here. The protocol followed will be similar to the one we use in Batumi. 

If you are interested in joining these counts, please let us know in the comment section of the application form (or directly via email) and we will bring you into contact with people from this project.


Apply here

You might also be interested in the followings before you come:
>> Travel information
>> Video footage
>> Photo Gallery
>> Migration count data

Who will be our team of coordinators in 2017?

The call for coordinators is open. Please read carefully the description of the tasks and how to apply HERE!