Our Sea Turtle Conservation program works to conserve the future of this majestic creature, which through decades of indiscriminate human plundering, has been drastically reduced in number to a point where it is now on the endangered species list. Sadly, without the help of widespread conservation efforts, including environmental, research and re-education programs, the great Sea Turtle could be lost forever.
Working with several of the main species of Sea Turtles to inhabit the Pacific, the main focus of this project is to protect and nurture the clutches of eggs laid across vital beach nesting grounds (June to December).
Volunteers will support research and conservation work which involves counting turtles, measuring nests, collecting scientific information and night beach patrols. Volunteers will also help protect turtle nests from human poachers, assisting on the egg-harvesting programs, and helping in the hatcheries. Volunteers may also get the opportunity to participate in the subsequent release of hatchlings to the sea!
Outside of the breeding season (January to May), volunteers will assist with other vital conservation projects such as the development of advance infrastructure on the beaches, including building and lighting projects to mitigate the adverse effect of vehicle and human traffic on Turtle nesting grounds, as well maintaining the beach environment itself.
Volunteers work 6 days per week, often late nights and early mornings, therefore they need to be physically fit and willing to help when required. This project is set at one of three picturesque locations, Playa Montezuma, Playa Buenavista, and Playa Matapalo (see Details page) – unforgettable locations for a life-changing program!