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Travel to a beautiful seaside village in Guatemala and assist with turtle conservation! Experience the incredible feeling of making a difference, meeting new friends and getting to know a new culture.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
Collecting and reburying eggs in safer locations
Relocating nests to the hatchery
Counting eggs and turtles
Preparing the turtles for release and releasing them
General maintenance of the hatchery and museum
Feeding and cleaning the iguana and alligator areas
This program plays an essential role in conserving the sea turtle population on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast, 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. Volunteers will provide support to local biologists and staff on this dedicated sea turtle program, helping on any number of tasks required to help these amazing creatures. Along with hands-on work assisting turtles who may be injured or in need of help, volunteers will also play a huge role in the hatchery. There are many tasks associated with this work and volunteer help is greatly needed and appreciated. The turtle season runs from June – December and shuts down from mid-December – early January. Volunteers can still assist at other times, however, this work will be with iguana and alligators. Goals of this Project: To save the sea turtle from extinction Work on projects to improve the environment for nests and to make the hatchlings journey to the Pacific Ocean safer Research these wonderful creatures so a greater understanding of how to save them can be gained Enable inter-cultural exchange between international volunteers and locals.
|Population||15,806,675 (2014 estimate)|
|Major Airport(s):||La Aurora International Airport (GUA), Mundo Maya International Airport (FRS)|
|Economic Driver(s):||Tourism, Agriculture|