CONSERVATION OF SEA TURTLES IN THE PANAMA PACIFIC

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With the purpose of executing and implementing activities aimed at protecting, maintaining and promoting the growth of aquatic biodiversity, the sea turtle conservation volunteer program was created. This program seeks to sensitize the inhabitants of the communities near the nesting beaches on issues of conservation and protection of endangered species such as sea turtles.

The work carried out in the sea turtle conservation volunteer program since its inception has been done jointly with researchers, students, residents and volunteers promoting through this project, the proper management and conservation of natural resources. All our actions are executed and strengthened thanks to projects with specific causes, donations, support from volunteers and visitors.

We invite you to learn the necessary details to become part of one of the most interesting sea turtle conservation volunteer programs in the Panamanian Pacific. Where you will have the opportunity to contribute to sea turtle conservation. Additionally, you will be able to enrich your knowledge about nesting beach monitoring, scientific data collection and turtle nesting habits.

The sea turtle conservation volunteer program in Panama seeks to improve and diminish the negative impact created by the lack of awareness of the care of this marine species and the environment that surrounds them, as well as to encourage social responsibility of the people with whom we have contact and work.

 

ACTIVITES

In the Panamanian Pacific, the largest nesting of sea turtles is observed from early June to February. With larger populations of olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), green or black turtle (Chelonia mydas) and Canal o tres filos (Dermochelys olivacea) also nest.

The coordinator or foreman biologist will indicate you the activities according to the existing needs and priorities as:

  • Preparation of the sand for the creation of the nurseries.
  • Night work such as: Patrolling the beach where the turtles nest.
  • Protection of female turtles. When the tours are carried out and you see a turtle that is coming to the beach, the group that patrols that beach should wait without making the least noise possible, wait for the sea turtle to start the process of laying the eggs and then proceed to take measurements, identify the type of turtle species and relocate the eggs in the nursery.
    Both volunteers and local staff must follow up and take care of the nests in the nursery.
  • In case of hatching, make the release on the beach.
  • During the day, all volunteers as local staff carry out maintenance activities on the beach areas.
  • Talks in schools about environmental care and the importance of sea turtles.

During the day, environmental education and outreach activities are programmed in the school of the community where the project is located. Additional activities are carried out with daily visitors to the beach.

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WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE VOLUNTEER?

It is required that you are of age and have good physical condition, as the tours are long distances and in places with loose sand. In addition to having the following qualities:

  • Respect nature.
  • Maintain adequate behavior during the volunteering period.
  • To have good communication with the staff of the program and people of the community.
  • Have good physical condition.
  • Interest in getting involved in sea turtle protection and conservation activities.
  • It is not required to have previous experience in the handling of sea turtles, the necessary explanations will be given during the first day of activity and if necessary during the following days.
  • Do not ingest alcoholic beverages or substances in the project areas (including nesting beaches and trails).
  • Smoking is prohibited on sea turtle nesting beaches.
  • Do not dispose of trash or any contaminants in the project areas and beaches.
  • Respect wild animals in the area.

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BASIC EQUIPMENT THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO CARRY

  • Comfortable, light and dark colored clothing.
  • Suitable footwear (beach shoes, sandals or neoprene boots)
  • Light flashlight (preferably used on the head) with red and white light (not indispensable).
  • Wear a raincoat (not indispensable).
  • Bottle to load water
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen (do not use during monitoring)
  • If you need any special medication, you should bring it with you.

 

TIME AND PLACE OF WORK

The sea turtle conservation volunteer program takes place on the Pacific beaches of Panama, six hours from Panama City, located in the province of Veraguas. It is within the Special Zone for Coastal Marine Management Southern Zone of Veraguas. In this beach nest 4 species of sea turtles of the sevens that exist in the world.

The temperature in general is very warm (between 25 and 34 degrees during the day), although at night it is usually cool. Rains are frequent between May and December, between December and March rains are very scarce and it is the ideal time to camp.

It is usually worked from Monday to Sunday, approximately 20 hours a week. Night tours generally tend to start between 10 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., depending on how many turtles arrive at the beach. It also usually depends on the tides.

Volunteers will stay in basic rooms with bunk beds. They share a room with other volunteers of the same gender. There are also common areas, laundry area and kitchen. The bathroom is located behind the house.

Accommodation includes three (3) meals a day, which does not include beverages. In the house you have internet and other services for the location of the project.

Lunch and dinner can be in the house, fondas (local bars) or in the project. Meal times are reported on the day of the induction.

 

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PROGRAM COSTS

The cost of the Pacific Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program is divided into two parts. A deposit of 150€ must be paid to register for the program. One (1) month before the beginning of the program, the final payment of the program must be made.

 

2 WEEKS

630€

720$

3 WEEKS

800€

915$

4 WEEKS

970€

1110$

5 WEEKS

1140€

1305$

6 WEEKS

1310€

1500$

8 WEEKS

1650€

1890$

10 WEEKS

1990€

2280$

12WEEKS

2330€

2670$

 

Each additional week costs 160€. The prices of the program are euros, so the currency exchange will have real effect. You can consult the currency exchange in the period of your trip in the following link

 

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?

  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation in the volunteer’s home
  • Three (3) meals during the realization of your program
  • Orientation day in the project area
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Program monitoring and evaluation meeting
  • Program induction
  • Certificate of volunteering at the end if required

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Place: Veraguas (Panama)
Since: 2 Weeks
Price: 630€ (720$)*
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