Turtle and Wildlife Conservation in Guatemala

Location: Guatemala: Monterrico

Program Duration: 1-2 Years, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

PO Box. 199 Pukekohe, Auckland 2679 New Zealand

Description

This program plays an essential role in conserving the sea turtle population on Guatemala’s Pacific Coast which, through decades of indiscriminate human plundering, has been drastically reduced in number to a point where it is now on the endangered species list. Sadly, without the help of widespread conservation efforts, including environmental, research and re-education programs, the great sea turtle could be lost forever. Working with several of the main species of sea turtles to inhabit the Pacific, the main focus of this project is to protect and nurture the clutches of eggs laid across vital beach nesting grounds. Volunteers will provide support to local biologists and staff on this dedicated sea turtle program, helping on any number of tasks required to help these amazing creatures. Along with hands on work assisting turtles who may be injured or in need of help, volunteers will also play a huge role in the hatchery. There are many tasks associated with this work and volunteer help is greatly needed and appreciated. The turtle season runs from June – December but volunteers can still assist at other times with iguana and alligators.

Qualifications
Volunteers in Guatemala must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placements (unless accompanied by an adult). Depending on the nature of the placement, a basic grasp of Spanish is preferred. In certain cases, it is possible to commence with only rudimentary Spanish but lessons will be a requirement. A more advanced knowledge is required for medical placements. Spanish lessons are strongly recommend for all participants.

Some experience in the field in which you are volunteering is also helpful, as is a responsible, enthusiastic, positive and compassionate attitude. Being willing to help in many areas, and being able to use one's initiative will make for a great experience for all involved.

NOTE: Travel Insurance is compulsory for all programs in Guatemala.

Highlights

1. Play a part in preserving Guatemala's amazing sea turtles.

2. Improve the local environment and hatching areas.

3. Stay with wonderful host families and immerse yourself in the local culture.

4. Experience the beautiful Pacific Coast of Guatemala.

Qualifications

Volunteers in Guatemala must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placements (unless accompanied by an adult). Depending on the nature of the placement, a basic grasp of Spanish is preferred. In certain cases, it is possible to commence with only rudimentary Spanish but lessons will be a requirement. A more advanced knowledge is required for medical placements. Spanish lessons are strongly recommend for all participants.

Some experience in the field in which you are volunteering is also helpful, as is a responsible, enthusiastic, positive and compassionate attitude. Being willing to help in many areas, and being able to use one's initiative will make for a great experience for all involved.

NOTE: Travel Insurance is compulsory for all programs in Guatemala.

Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

$600-900

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

- Dedicated pre-departure support
- Access to the LV Dashboard
- Airport pick-up on arrival
- Orientation and safety briefing on arrival
- Accommodation
- Food/Meals as noted
- 24/7 local support network
- Program supervision
- Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
- The opportunity to make a REAL difference!

Credit Available

no

Volunteer Types
  • Wildlife
  • Veterinary Science
  • Marine Conservation
  • Environment
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Conservation
  • Biological Research
  • Animal Welfare
Typical Volunteer
-collecting and reburying eggs in safer locations -relocating nests to the hatchery -counting eggs and turtles -beach clean-up -preparing the turtles for release and releasing them -general maintenance of the hatchery and museum -feeding and cleaning the iguana and alligator areas
Age Range
18+, unless accompanied by an adult
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Guatemala

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Resume
Typically The Application Process Time is
48 hours
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded

2009

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