Program Details

Use your research skills to help save critically endangered sea turtles in Ecuador!
Location:
Manta, Ecuador
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Work Types:
Animals
Duration:
1-3 months, 4-6 months

Program Overview

Program Description:

This project provides volunteers with the opportunity to conduct vital research into the ecology of nesting sea turtles in Ecuador. Data collected by volunteers contributes to the breeding success of four species of endangered sea turtle: green, leatherback, olive-ridley and the hawksbill turtle which was discovered nesting in Ecuador’s coastline for the first time in 2008.

This is a hands-on project. You will get up close and personal with sea turtles as you collect data directly from the field. You will also be required to analyse and record field data and will need to have a working knowledge of statistics. Prior studies in Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences or equivalent would be an advantage.

Through this project volunteers have the rare opportunity to make a real contribution to internationally relevant scientific research and marine conservation.

Setting Description:
The project is located in South America, on the Ecuadorian coastline in the province of Manabi. The coastline is dotted with quaint little fishing villages and is renowned for its beautiful beaches and coastal cuisine. The coral reef off this section of coastline provides critical habitat for sea turtles and other marine life.
Cost:
From $934 USD.

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
You must be at least 20 years old to join this project and be able to conduct basic statistical analysis of field data.
Scholarships:
No

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