Bahamas Marine Conservation with Greenforce

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On this engaging marine conservation volunteering project, you'll be trained by experienced scientists in how to carry out underwater marine surveys.  You'll also be learning about marine ecosystems and how to identify the animals that you'll see in the field, including invasive species.  Other learning activities will include finding out how to monitor marine movements as well as how to locate breeding and feeding grounds.  You'll need to be a capable diver in order for you to complete your … [Read more...]

Hawksbill Conservation Volunteer Program in Nicaragua

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Take some time-out to team up with researchers and fieldworkers and get close to nature in a vibrant community on the Pacific coast of the Americas.  You will join a project site and experience the local culture while you make a hands-on contribution to Hawksbill Sea Turtle conservation.  Located on the northwest pacific coast of Nicaragua, the Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve is one of the most ecologically important natural areas in the country.  A large mangrove estuary surrounded by several … [Read more...]

Marine and National Park Volunteering on the Volcanic Island of St. Eustatius in the Caribbean

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Volunteer in the Caribbean on the stunning island of St. Eustatius, and join the St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation, helping to protect and conserve their National and Marine Parks. During the turtle nesting season which runs from March to October, you may be assisting with night patrols on Zeelandia beach monitoring nesting sea turtles (not applicable for November to March groups).  Teams will be established and days rotated.  You will assist with gathering data from sea turtles that … [Read more...]

Environmental Education & Park Monitoring in the Bay Islands

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From the moment you set foot on Utila, you’ll know why this place is worth protecting. The tiny little island is home to an incredible mix of ecosystems including mangroves, marshes, and tropical beaches. It’s also surrounded by one of the world’s most spectacular reefs. But sadly this natural wonderland is under constant threat. Over-fishing, illegal poaching, pollution and development are already taking their toll. The Honduran government has charged BICA with ensuring the well-being of … [Read more...]

Critically Endangered Marine Turtles Conservation in Grenada

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YWF-Kido Foundation, based at Kido Ecological Station in Carriacou Island and part of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network, is looking for volunteers to participate in a Sea Turtle Monitoring and Tagging Program. Volunteers will actively participate in monitoring and collecting data on two critically endangered sea turtle species, Leatherback and Hawksbill, nesting on three different beaches on the island, helping protect them and their eggs or hatchlings. Duties and … [Read more...]

Protect the Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtle on this World-Famous Conservation Project in Grenada

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2016 marks the 17th year of the sea turtle leatherback monitoring programme. During the nesting season (March – July) Research Assistants & Project Supervisors will patrol the key nesting beach at night for nesting females, assist in the application of tags and collect biometric data - this is very much a hands on sea turtle volunteer programme. You can expect to complete approximately three to four night surveys per week (8pm to 6am) during the three week stay. During hatching season, … [Read more...]

Hawksbill Conservation Volunteer Program in El Salvador

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The Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO) is a unique charity dedicated to the protection of the critically endangered Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Sea Turtles and their habitats.  ICAPO manages community based-conservation projects along the American Pacific coast where turtles have been indiscriminately hunted and their eggs extracted for decades. ICAPO have been conducting a Hawksbill Sea Turtle conservation volunteering program at Bahia de Jiquilisco Biosphere Reserve, El Salvador. … [Read more...]

Help a Community-Based Sea Turtle Conservation Project on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica

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The programme’s site at Río Oro beach offers volunteers the opportunity to protect one of the most significant nesting habitats on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Over 4000 Olive Ridley and Green sea turtles visit the beach each year, and the area is a untouched and secluded wilderness paradise! Volunteers are virtually guaranteed to see turtles nesting, and often they will see dozens during their stay. The Río Oro site is located on the unsealed road between Puerto Jiménez and Carate (the … [Read more...]

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Ostional Beach & the “Arribadas”

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The project works directly with the Olive Ridley turtles nesting in Ostional and our volunteers will frequently  be lucky enough to witness first hand the seldom-seen spectacular biological event of the arribadas – one of nature’s genuine wonders. Thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles exit the sea simultaneously, bumping into and crawling over each other as they attempt to ascend the beach to lay their eggs. Initially a few hundred turtles arrive, followed by a steady stream of females for the … [Read more...]

Caribbean Reef Conservation – Belize

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The project’s primary objective is to encourage the Belizean Government to enforce preservation zones in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. The team carry out marine surveys, collecting data on the local fish & invertebrate population and this is submitted internationally to Reef Check headquarters for inclusion in global coral reef status reports, and locally to the Belizean Department of Fisheries. The volunteers’ primary role is to contribute towards the project's on-going surveys, … [Read more...]