Conservation of sea turtles and the environment in Mexico

You will be able to collaborate in the Pacific of Mexico helping to preserve the species of sea turtles. It can be or in modality group with certain dates indicated or in a manner individual choosing the start dates.

  • Get to know the culture and customs working hand in hand with the local population.
  • Contributes to the improvement of the environment.
  • Get up close and personal with everything about turtles and their biodiversity.
  • Protect the extinction of turtles.
  • Live a unique experience knowing the culture and volunteers from all over the world.

What is this program about?

The greatest arrival of sea turtles is observed from mid-June to February. Being greater the olive ridley turtle populations, the hawksbill turtle, green turtle or the leatherback also nests.

In the case of the program group, has specific dates, and consists of an 11-day volunteer service with a group of volunteers with the same concerns as you. In this group volunteering you will visit several locations, collaborating in each of them in their characteristic needs.

The volunteer will be in charge of carrying out night patrols to protect the females and their nests, as well as rescuing the young. On the other hand, in this project it is very important to raise awareness and support local and ecotourism groups.

Another fundamental area is the “environmental brigade”, which consists of holding workshops on environmental education and sustainable entrepreneurship with the community.

On the other hand, volunteering individual, has a fixed location in Puerto escondido, and it is the volunteer himself who decides the arrival dates, without stipulated dates. Both projects seek the conservation of the environment and the preservation of fauna and flora.

How is the day to day and what will I do as a volunteer?

The day to day of the volunteer consists of a collaboration of approximately 3 or 4 hours, distributed during the morning, afternoon or night according to needs.

A typical volunteer day begins with breakfast at the accommodation with all the volunteers (in the case of the group all meals are included, in the individual modality it is the volunteer who prepares their meals and has the common areas to prepare them). At the end, the volunteers go to the project, where they meet with the local coordinator to organize the activities planned for the day.

Throughout the morning each volunteer contributes to the assigned tasks. A stop is made for lunch and, depending on the needs, they continue with the tasks or have free time.

The volunteer can visit nearby areas in his spare time. In the evening, assigned tasks are completed, if necessary, and the group has dinner and prepares for the next day.

Your coordinator in both programs will indicate the activities that you must carry out according to the season you go, according to the existing and priority needs of volunteering with turtles in Mexico:

  • Preparation of the sand for the creation of nurseries.
  • Beach cleaning.
  • Night jobs such as: Patrols on the beach where the turtles nest.
  • Protection of female turtles. When the tours are carried out and you see a turtle that is arriving on the beach, the group that patrols must wait without making as little noise as possible, and wait for the sea turtle to start the process of laying its eggs before proceeding to take the measurements. identify the type of turtle species and relocate the eggs in the hatchery.
  • Both volunteers and local staff must monitor and care for the nests in the nursery.
  • In the event of birth, the newborns are released on the beach.
  • During the day all the volunteers and local personnel carry out activities and maintenance tasks in the areas of the beach, the town and various jobs within the area where the project is developed.
  • Organic garden activities or mangrove reforestation.
  • Environmental education.
  • Scientific ringing.

Requirements to participate

  • Be over 18 years old (except if you are traveling with your parents).
  • Cover the cost of the program according to weeks.
  • Have a mandatory travel insurance.
  • Respect cultures and religions.
  • Not have a criminal record.
  • Be proactive.
  • Follow the rules of local accommodation and projects.
  • Have an entry and exit ticket to the country in allowed tourist time.
  • Have a valid passport with more than 6 months.
  • Basic Spanish and basic English.

Where will I be and when do I have to arrive?

Where will the accommodation be?

The airport you should arrive at is the Bahías de Huatulco International Airport, in group mode. or toPuerto Escondido International Airport, in individual mode . 

In the case of the group, you must arrive on the day the group starts, and you will be picked up at the airport. If you do individual volunteering, you can arrive any day, and the collection has a cost that the local coordinator will indicate.

Once you arrive you will stay in the volunteer’s house, and you will meet the rest of the volunteers, they will indicate the project rules and will carry out an induction to the program.

The volunteer’s house has rooms that you will share with other volunteers, you will also share the bathrooms and common areas. The house has Wi-Fi and has bedding for each volunteer.

Dates and method of arrival

The project is open all year round, it is advisable to arrive on the dates indicated (group) or during the weekend for the individual modality, as the project starts every Monday where your presentation will take place. 

Upcoming group dates:

  • From 26 September to 10 October (special women’s healing)
  • 25 October to 8 November (special day of the dead)
  • 24 November to 8 December (whale season)
  • 23 January to 6 February (whale season)

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from 1 week until 12 weeks.

How do I sign up?

To sign up is very simple, you only have to follow 5 very important steps, the first thing is once you have read everything that is included and not included and the costs that you have in the country tab.

  1. Fill out this form with the dates you want.
  2. You receive an official confirmation of place.
  3. Make a 1st contribution of enrollment to the program.
  4. You make a video call with the coordinator to better prepare your arrival.
  5. Sign the international volunteer agreement and complete the rest of the financial contribution as indicated by your coordinator.

YOU COME?

What can I watch over the weekend?what?

In Mexico City you will have the opportunity to visit the following museums:

  • Anthropology.
  • Modern Art.
  • Soumaya.

Also the archaeological zones such as:

  • Teotihuacan
  • the zocalo
  • The Mexican folklore building in Xochimilco or Garibaldi and its crowded neighborhoods like Coyoacán.

You can also explore the film offered by the Cineteca Nacional or walk through the largest parks in the city.

Another charming location isHidden port,a Mexican city and port belonging to the state of Oaxaca. It is located about 800 km southeast of Mexico City and 290 km from the capital, Oaxaca de Juárez, between Acapulco and Huatulco, in the Coastal Region.

This place is a key site to discover and be in contact with marine fauna and nature.

Finally, you cannot miss the Caribbean beaches.The Riviera Maya is one of the areas that you cannot miss during your volunteer time in Mexico. Once you arrive in Puerto Morelos, a strategic point in the area to move around the different places, you will find an apartment a few km from the Caribbean beach.