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...]

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...]

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...]

Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation

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The aim of the project is to help protect and preserve some natural nesting sites that do not hold an official category of protection from the Costa Rican Government.  Four different species of sea turtles frequent the Pacific coast of Costa Rica - Lora (Olive rRdley), Negra (Green Turtle), Carey (Hawksbill) and Baula (Leatherback Turtle). These species are in danger of extinction as a result of various human activities such as infrastructure development, light pollution, transportation of … [Read more...]

Sea Turtle & Coastal Ecology Conservation Volunteer Projects in Mexico

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Our Conservation & Environment Project in Mexico is in a unique location for volunteering abroad – right next to the ocean!  It offers you the chance to work alongside local experts on a variety of conservation and environmental projects.  You can get involved in protecting turtles, crocodiles and birds.  There are turtles all year round in Mexico, but the high season is from June to December, with September usually being the busiest month.  However, we are finding increasing numbers of … [Read more...]

Costa Rica Leatherback Volunteer Vacation

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Spend 4 nights working with giant leatherback turtles at the Pacuare Research Station along the northern Caribbean coast. Patrol nesting beaches at night and relax and explore the rainforest during the day. The turtle work includes helping to measure the turtles, collect the eggs and move them to hatcheries, and working with hatchlings (June date). Spend the downtime hanging out on the beach or in a hammock, helping to clean the beach, or exploring the surrounding area. This trip is open to … [Read more...]

Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

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Travel to Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park and help protect endangered sea turtles. Assist with the monitoring of endangered green turtles and critically endangered hawksbill and leatherback turtle species, contributing to the long-term conservation of these species while you develop research skills and gain an understanding of the region's rainforest and its ecosystem. Go to Global Vision International's website to find out more about this project. … [Read more...]

Costa Rican Sea Turtles

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Help this dedicated team study the behavior of adult and newly hatched turtles, their migratory routes, and how human activities and pollution impact them. Only by gathering a trove of data on these ancient creatures can we fully understand the dramatic decline of leatherbacks in the Pacific Ocean and the population dynamics of marine turtles in general. Go to Earthwatch’s website to find out more about this project. … [Read more...]

Gray Whale and Sea Turtle Research Camp

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Paddle in Baja through dense mangrove canals lush with wildlife and take part in a sea turtle conservation project recognized around the world as a model for community based conservation. You will learn about the importance of the green sea turtle's survival from our base camp on a secluded shell island. Spend time exploring Magdalena Bay discovering neighboring islands and hiking up pristine sand dunes that lead to miles of untouched beaches. Experience the perfect combination of adventure, … [Read more...]