Hi, my name is William & I am an 18 years old French Canadian Volunteer. I was in the volunteer project in Central America with sea turtles for 6 weeks. It is not always easy to get up in the middle of the night for patrolling but you get rewarded by the beauty of the nature. Also, it is very important to relocate the turtles nest, because have many predators such as dogs, birds and crabs and mainly humans.
This shows how much fragile the of marine turtle is. In some cases, we arrive at the moment the turtle is laying it is eggs. We proceed to take the data of the turtle (type of turtle, how much it measures and we wait for it to finish its process). Then we relocate the eggs to the hatchery.
Every morning, we have to look in the nursery to see if any baby turtles are born. If there are any, we should take them to the beach. It is very important that they walk on the beach so that they can remember and come back as adults to lay eggs. This step is too dangerous for them. The birds and crabs are waiting. We should try to keep the release area well taken care of.
Organization and arrival to my volunteer in Central America with sea turtles
Everyone was pleasant to me. People would smile and say hello. My experience with those responsible of the project has been the best. I was planning this trip in constant contact with Evelin, my coordinator. She was always there to answer my questions and it never took much time to answer my questions. You really get that human contact and you feed safe. Then, when I got on the project, I felt like I was part of it. Jacinto and Diego were more friends than supervisors. It was very pleasant cohabiting with them.
I have always heard about the biodiversity in Central America and wanted to project it. I know that the ocean is in very bad shape and I think it’s worrying. Everyone should take action to project the environment. Coming here was a way for me to have a nice time while giving something back.
The whole time I was in the sea turtle conservation project in Panama, I felt great. There are many things to see nearby, like waterfalls, mangroves, mountains. Where you have a great view of the region, and a beach for surfing.
I definitely recommend this project! It is an enriching and life changing experience.