Program Details

Join us on the Ecuadorian coastline and help protect critically endangered sea turtles!
Location:
Manta, Ecuador
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Work Types:
Animals, Education, Environment
Duration:
1-3 months, 4-6 months

Program Overview

Program Description:

This amazing project allows volunteers to get up close to and work hands-on with critically endangered sea turtles.

Volunteers have the opportunity to assist with the sanctioned capture, tagging and release of sea turtles off the coast from Ecuador. During the nesting season in November to April, volunteers also play a major role in monitoring beaches and nests to obtain vital nesting information and to protect the eggs until hatching time. In addition, volunteers assist with community education regarding conservation of the turtles and the environment in general.

Volunteers make a valuable contribution to turtle conservation by collecting critical information to better understand the ecology and behaviour of sea turtles and by helping to raise community awareness.

A knowledge of basic Spanish would be an advantage for this project, but is not essential.

Setting Description:
The project is located in a small fishing village in the coastal Ecuadorian province of Manabi. The climate is tropical and the area is renowned for its coral reef which provides ideal habitat for sea turtles and other marine life. Nearby Machalilla National Park provides spectacular scenery and is home to a range of wildlife including monkeys, big cats, deer, reptiles and a huge variety of bird species. The Park contains the last remaining dry tropical forest in Ecuador.
Cost:
From $964 USD. Minimum project duration is 1 month.

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
You must be at least 20 years of age to join this project.
Scholarships:
No

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