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Sal island, Cabo Verde
SOS Tartarugas began operations in 2008 on Sal island, Cabo Verde. The objective of the organisation is to protect and conserve loggerhead turtles. Following a very successful season that achieved a 72% reduction in mortality due to illegal hunting, SOS Tartarugas wishes to recruit ambitious, committed people to help us improve and strengthen our project. Activities include patrolling beaches, data collection, working with tourists, operation of a hatchery and outreach. Our season is from June until December. The project is based in Santa Maria.
Padre Island National Seashore Turtle Patrol, Texas
North Padre Island, Texas
April through July, volunteers patrol the beaches looking for Kemp's Ridley nests for retrieval for incubation. Some administrative help also welcome.
Hawaii Parque, El Rosario & Pacific Naval Command, Pacific Coast of Guatemala
The Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association (ARCAS) is a Guatemalan NGO dedicated to the conservation of Guatemala wildlife and its habitat. Volunteers participate in sea turtle patrols in search of nesting olive ridley and leatherback turtles, record nesting and crawl count data, and take part in community education and sustainable development activities.
Watamu Turtle Watch, Kenya
Watamu Beach, Kenya
There are a variety of volunteer tasks available from hands on conservation and research, to outreach to community development to administrative opportunities.
Green Turtle Program, Costa Rica
CCC Field Station, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Each year between June - November CCC conducts the Green Turtle Program, continuing the work started by Dr Carr in the 1950s. CCC works closely with Costa Rican authorities, the Tortuguero community and other sea turtle conservation organizations in the region. Information collected during the annual Green Turtle Program plays a key role in developing effective management strategies for sea turtles in the area.
Archelon in Glyfada, Greece
For more than twenty-five years, ARCHELON - the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece has been conducting conservation projects on all major nesting grounds of the loggerhead in Greece. By volunteering you will acquire experience in the field, enjoy interacting with volunteers from several countries, and work at the last remaining nesting areas of the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean. Volunteers are involved in fieldwork, public awareness and maintenance. Volunteers stay in basic designated campsites. If you are over 18, have at least 4 weeks available, can cope with demanding work and rough living conditions, can communicate in English and feel committed to protect nature, then join ARCHELON's efforts.
Learn about Casa Tortuga's sponsoring a volunteer with Archelon.
Proyecto Karumbé, Uruguay
San Luis, Valizas or Cerro Verde, Uruguay
Camps take place the first three months of the year where volunteers are trained to assist with turtle research and conservation. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not necessary. Volunteers should be in good physical condition.