Short-Term (few weeks/months)
La Peñita de Jaltemba is a small beach town on the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the state of Nayarit. It is the main service community for the popular beach resort area Rincón de Guayabitos. The closest city is Puerto Vallarta.
The aim of this project is to protect the endangered marine turtles working in close collaboration with the local population of La Peñita Town or as they say “the place where turtles arrive at night”. Volunteers, along with local people and a team of professional biologists, will realize activities to protect the turtles, and will help to ensure the survival of the turtles for the future generations. There are five species of turtles arriving to this area: Negra (Black Turtle), Golfina (Olive Ridley Turtle), Laud (Leatherback Turtle), Carey (Hawksbill Turtle) and more!
The main work consists in patrolling the beach at night. The goal is to find the adult turtles and collect the eggs, burying them in a secure place (vivero in Spanish) and set the baby turtles free back into the ocean when they hatch. Volunteers will also help collecting statistical data in order to learn about the evolution of the species. Activities must be carried out by night since turtles do not go out of the ocean by day because of their natural predators. In collaboration with local people and biologists from La Peñita, volunteers will seek for the turtles, taking care of their eggs and the baby turtles.
If you like nature, enjoy spending time in an astonishingly beautiful beach close to a nice beach town, and are willing to witness the magic that nature had made for millions of years, this project is for you!
- September 26 - October 8, 2018
- October 10 - October 22, 2018
- October 24 - November 5, 2018
- November 7 - November 19, 2018
- November 21 - December 3, 2018
- December 5 - December 17, 2018
- December 19 - December 31, 2018
- January 2 - January 14, 2019
- January 16 - January 28, 2019
For more information, please visit www.cadip.org/volunteer-in-mexico
CADIP International Volunteer Program: www.cadip.org
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Enrollment and other similar volunteer projects: www.cadip.org
USA: 646-657-2900; 617-841-0400; 310-882-7400
Canada: 416-943-4900; 514-316-8500; 604-628-7400; 780-638-2500