Research and conservation of sharks in Mexico

Enjoy the ocean while you volunteer. It is very important for the conservation of the environment and of the species to contribute to conserving the shark species. The volunteer will be with marine biology professionals.

  • 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 sharks and their biodiversity.
  • Protect the extinction of sharks.
  • Live a unique experience knowing the culture and volunteers from all over the world.

What is this program about?

This project is based in Baja California Sur, Mexico and is the leading organization dedicated to the research and conservation of sharks and rays in the Gulf of California.

The program is a global provider of marine education and is at the forefront of shark research. The core belief is that ongoing scientific research coupled with education is the key driver to inspire long-term change and a commitment to maintaining an abundant and vibrant marine environment. Through these tools, we strive to inspire, engage and empower future marine and environmental biologists, as well as the community, to take positive action towards healthier oceans now and in the future.

In this volunteering you will be in contact with nature and the environment that surrounds you. In addition, you will have the opportunity to train and learn more about the ocean of the best professionals.

For a better experience, no more than 4 volunteers are allowed at a time.

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 5 or 6 hours, distributed during the morning, afternoon or night according to needs.

A typical volunteer day begins with the volunteer’s arrival at the project. It is about 10 minutes by bike from the accommodation (as soon as you arrive they will leave you a bike to transport you around the town). Once in the project, the volunteers 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.

You will carry out activities such as:

  • Underwater and terrestrial studies of sharks.
  • Shark health assessments for toxicological and nutritional purposes.
  • Shark tracking using passive and active acoustic telemetry.
  • Studies in artisanal fishing camps to determine the abundance of sharks and the composition of the species.
  • Support our scientific team with biopsy techniques and blood sampling.
  • Morphological and visual estimation techniques of sharks to estimate their growth.
  • Dietary and nutritional analysis of sharks to know their state of health and physical condition.
  • Habitat sampling (plankton sampling, eDNA sampling, habitat mapping).
  • Underwater and aerial studies of sharks with drones.
  • Photo identification techniques and use of identification software.
  • Deployment of underwater video camera stations (BRUVS).
  • Data entry and analysis techniques using statistical software.
  • Outreach projects with schools and the local community Assistance in shark tagging trips with our team and local artisanal fishermen.
  • Beach conservation work.
  • Environmental training talks and shark conservation.

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 for more than 6 months.
  • Intermediate English or Spanish.

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

Where will the accommodation be?

It is a private studio for each volunteer with a kitchen and private bathroom. It also has Wi-Fi, and is about 15 minutes by bike from the project.It is located in safe areas and has several supermarkets nearby.

The accommodation provides:

  • Bed, in a private room.
  • Kitchen and private bathroom.
  • Bicycle.
  • I use a washing machine.
  • WIFI (Internet).

Dates and method of arrival

The project is open throughout the year, it is advisable to arrive during the weekend, since the project begins every Monday where your presentation will take place.

Once you arrive you will be picked up from the airport.

How long can I go?

You can be in the project from 2 weeks up to 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 see during the weekend?

During your volunteering you can get to know Baja California or explore the 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 is Puerto Escondido, 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 volunteering 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.