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Turtle Conservation in Guatemala

Turtle Conservation in Guatemala

Price From: 719 USD

Overview

Operator: Love Volunteers

Price From:  719 USD

Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51

Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit

Program duration: 2 weeks

Travel to a beautiful seaside village in Guatemala and assist with turtle conservation! You’ll have the incredible experience of making a difference, meeting like-minded travelers, making new friends, and discovering a new culture.

As a volunteer on this program, you will contribute to this program in a number of ways and can expect to get your hands dirty! You’ll be a support to the local biologists, and staff on the program through hands-on work assisting injured or sea turtles in need. 

The goals of this program are: 

  • 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 sea turtles to gain a greater understanding of how to save them
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange between international volunteers and locals

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Itinerary

Impact of this project:

By joining this program, you will play a crucial role in the conservation of the sea turtle population on Guatemala's Pacific Coast.

Over decades of human impact, the populations of sea turtles has drastically reduced, and some species have been placed on the endangered species list. Without your help and the important conservation efforts being made in the areas of environmental, education, research, and more, the great sea turtle could become extinct.

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. These tasks include:

  • Collecting and reburying eggs in safer locations
  • Relocating nests to the hatchery
  • Counting eggs and turtles
  • Beach clean-ups
  • Preparing the turtles for release and releasing them
  • General maintenance of the hatchery and museum
  • Feeding and cleaning the iguana and alligator areas 

*Minimum age for this program is 18.

Country Fast Facts

Country Fast Facts

Guatemala

 
FlagFlag_of_Guatemala.svg
Continent:Central America
Official Language(s)Spanish
Capital:Guatemala City
Population15,806,675 (2014 estimate)
Climate(s)Equatorial, Tropical
Major Airport(s):La Aurora International Airport (GUA), Mundo Maya International Airport (FRS)
Economic Driver(s):Tourism, Agriculture

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