|A project offered by:||Working Abroad|
|Based in:||St. Eustatius, Dutch Antilles|
|Working with:||Hawksbill Sea Turtles
Green Sea Turtles
Leatherback Sea Turtles
|Activities including:||Monitoring nesting sea turtles
|Duration:||from 4 weeks|
|*Please note that pricing may be subject to change (check with operator)|
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 generally nest between dark and dawn. Data gathered by the crew will be shared Caribbean-wide through a linked database which wildlife managers use to improve protective measures for endangered species. In general, you will be monitoring Hawksbill, Green and Leatherback Turtles. This programme may also be combined with beach sand monitoring. Please note that turtles don’t nest every night and therefore you shouldn’t expect to see turtles during every patrol. Please also note that the nesting population of turtles is small and therefore the beach is not patrolled every night throughout the season. Outside of the turtle nesting season, there is an in-water survey in the Marine Park to observe turtle behaviour and volunteers may SCUBA dive and snorkel to assist on this survey (SCUBA qualification and 10 open water dives required).
Go to Working Abroad’s website to find out more about this project.