Turtle conservation project in Mexico

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP




Short-Term (few weeks/months)


La Peñita


The aim of this project is to protect the endangered 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!

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!

Project dates:

July 18 - July 30, 2018

August 1 - August 13, 2018

August 15 - August 27, 2018

August 29 - September 10, 2018

September 12 - September 24, 2018

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

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.

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.

For more information, please visit http://cadip.org/volunteer-in-mexico

CADIP International Volunteer Program: http://cadip.org


  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Enrollment and other similar volunteer projects: http://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