Checklist for signing up as raptor migration counter at BRC
If you want to volunteer as raptor counter at BRC, read the information below, fill out the application form and keep your fingers crossed. We will accept applications until our schedule reaches full capacity for the count season. To apply, you'll need to follow four steps.
1. Read the Autumn Count page
If you haven't done this yet, make sure you do so before sending us your application!
To help defray the full cost of food and accommodation, remember that we will be asking you to commit the according amount for each day of your stay once you arrive. A pre-payment will be expected to reserve your place. A contribution of €16 (about 48 GEL) per person per day covers the expenses for counters. For half season and full season counters we have a reduced fee of €12 and €8 respectively. Counters from Georgia can join the count for free. You can pay in both EUR and GEL. Detailed information will be sent to all participants upon confirmation.
By filling in this form you agree that in the highly unlikely scenario that the autumn count cannot continue, we (BRC) will only refund prepayments made for accommodation, but not any made travel costs (e.g. flights).
2. Check your schedule
We will be conducting the count from August 12th until October 21st and offer full season, half season, and plenty of blocks of 13 and 14 days. Please note that your arrival to our guesthouses should be one day before your count period starts and your departure should be one day after it finishes.
If you absolutely must be in Georgia for the peak migration of a certain species or cannot commit to working with us during the remaining slots in the count schedule, please consider joining us on your terms as a visitor.
3. Fill out the application form
Answer the questions in the application webform below briefly but accurately. We are trying to assemble a diverse team of counters with different backgrounds, and your honesty is key to a satisfying experience for everyone! As such, we are not necessarily looking only for expert counters, nor will we necessarily refuse someone who has never participated in a migration count before.
4. Wait for confirmation
Once you've submitted the application webform below, you may expect a response from us around the 15th of each month (starting from April). Once you are accepted, you will need to email us a copy of your flight invoice within four weeks of acceptance to secure your block(s) or transfer half of the payment for the accommodation by the same time. If you do not do this, you will forfeit your reservation and it can be given to someone else!
In case of questions just e-mail us at volunteer(at)batumiraptorcount(dot)org.
All the information you provide below is strictly confidential and used only for the purpose of assembling a team of counters and communicating with you about the autumn count you applied for. Furthermore, in the form we ask your permission to use some of this information to list your name, give you a BRC Mimino Membership and to send you a newsletter a few times a year.