Volunteer Details

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Volunteer Requirements

  • Good physical condition and ability to walk several kilometers per night if required.
  • Work in remote areas under very basic conditions.
  • Keen sense of responsibility and desire to make a positive impact.
  • Minimum 18 years old.
  • Volunteer for a minimum of one week.
  • Conversational Spanish (preferred).
  • Travel and medical insurance (recommended)

Volunteer Project Dates and Application Process

  • Project duration: April 15 to September 15, yearly
  • Start date: anytime during project duration with spaces subject to availability.
  • Specific start date must be noted on Volunteer Form
  • No deadline for Volunteer Form submission.
  • Prices and payments applicable to volunteer duration (See Prices & Payments)

Be Prepared for the Real Experience

  • Night patrols are between the hours of 7 pm and 5 am when you might walk up to several kilometers, often with the limited use of flashlights, sometimes in the rain.
  • Some 24-hour shifts may include a night patrol and a daytime hatchery shift.
  • Endure tropical weather that is wet, hot and humid.
  • Encounter mosquitoes that bite, though there is no malaria in the area.
  • Live in basic facilities.
  • Find joy and fulfillment from innovative work that is saving the species!

Plan your dates

  • Different activities are occurring during different times of the year.
  • In-water turtle monitoring, mangrove restoration, community based tourism and education activities are available year round.
  • The hawksbill nesting and hatchling emergence seasons are limited to a few months out of the year.
  • The olive ridley turtle nesting season follows the hawksbill season and we help local partners protect nests in their project hatcheries.
  • Use the calendar to the right to help determine your preferred dates.
Annual activities calander