Solidarity trip with turtles

Solidarity travel with sea turtles

Help promote biodiversity in this beautiful corner of the Oaxacan coast

Solidarity travel with sea turtles

from 590€ por persona
The dates are flexible between July and March and the minimum collaboration is 1 week.

This program has been working since 1997 on three closely related projects that protect and promote biodiversity in this beautiful spot of the Oaxacan coast.

It is a very special place where almost every day of the year there are hatchlings 🐢🐢🐢🐢

One of the main objectives is to protect turtle nests from predators and raise awareness among the population near the beaches about the conservation and protection of endangered species; turtles, crocodiles, deer, pumas, ocelots, birds,... 

The work carried out in the program has been led by local people since its inception and involves promoting the proper management and conservation of natural resources. 

The volunteer jobs are framed within the conservation activities of local groups dedicated to ecotourism: surveillance patrols, species protection, population data collection, photo-trapping, observation of species with visitors, etc. with the sole purpose of strengthening the impact of local groups and the socioeconomic development of the area within the framework of ecotourism and the conservation of protected species.

This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 4 Quality education
SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 13 Climate action
SDG 14 Underwater Life
SDG 15 Life of terrestrial ecosystems
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  • Project Location
    Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Volunteer hours
    You usually work 3-4 hours a day and have two days off in total.
  • Volunteer activities
    Patrols on the turtle nesting beach (night activity), monitoring and care of the nests in the nursery, environmental education workshops, community empowerment workshops, tree planting, traditional bread workshop.
  • Minimal collaboration
    1 week
  • Incluido
    Tumaini accompaniment
    Local Coordinator
    Training course
    Airport pick-up
    Volunteer liability insurance
  • No incluido
    Tourist activities
    Hot water
    Travel insurance

Volunteer Program

Voluntary activities
  • Patrols on the beach where the turtles nest (night activity).
  • Preparation of the sand for the creation of the nurseries, monitoring and care of the nursery nests.
  • Release of hatchlings on the beach.
  • Environmental education workshops.
  • Community empowerment workshops.
  • Traditional bread workshop.
  • Tree planting
  • If possible, teach English to the guides and support the dissemination of their work.
Profiles required
To participate in this solidarity trip it is not necessary to have a specific profile. The only requirements are:
  • Good physical condition, the work can be intense and is patrolled at night.
  • Tolerance to the sun and mosquito bites.
  • People committed to the environment.
  • Be of legal age or, in the case of minors, be accompanied by adults. The recommended minimum age to participate is 8 years.
  • Be a positive and conscientious person. Work can be emotionally difficult, as it can be frustrating at times and stressful due to the intensity of the work.
  • Be open-minded, tolerant, supportive and willing to learn. Flexibility is essential, as tasks may change depending on the needs of the NGO, similarly the ability to work in a team since volunteering is done in coordination with other people.
  • It is highly recommended for students of veterinary medicine, biology and the like.
The project is designed to cater to various profiles, with each profile having a specific objective that they can support.
  • Improve the visibility of the center: People with knowledge in social networks, photography, video editing.
  • Get people who know about the environment to help out with scientific conservation work by creating materials to share with others.
  • Environmental awareness: People with educational skills who have developed a high sensitivity for the environment.
  • Generate alternatives of employment: People with artistic skills capable to make and teach handicrafts as a source of income for the community, as well as to help beautify the facilities.
  • Participation in project development: Different profiles are needed according to the nature of the project (business development, agronomy, forestry, etc.)
A day in the project
The activities will vary depending on the project you are collaborating on:The sun enters through the curtains, the day before you patrolled until late, but it was beautiful for having protected more than 100 eggs together with your group and the guide. You go out and take a deep breath while you reflect on the beauty of the lagoon and the mangrove swamp that can be seen from the surroundings of your cabin. Around 3:00 p.m., it's time to work. The easiest thing to do is to cross the lagoon in a cayuco to reach the corral, where, during the inspection of the nests, you will remove the little turtle with less force than the others. Visitors will begin to arrive and you will be the guard against seagulls. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the sunset, watching how the babies make their way to the sea. At night: On patrol! 


Project Location


 The project is in the coast of the State of Oaxaca. The crime level in Mexico is high, especially in the north of the country. However, the coast of Oaxaca is a small paradise, safe, with very calm people, delicious food and dream beaches.


In the winter the days are temperate, being the average temperature of 16° centigrade; in the spring the average is 25° centigrade. As for the rains, these occur with greater intensity between June and October. They are generally occasional storms that do not affect work at all.The best months are during the nesting season, from july to february, but field work and solitary nesting are also happening during the rest of the year.

The minimum collaboration is 1 week and you will be accompanied by a coordinator. The cost is approximate as it depends on the exchange rate at the time of payment.
Accommodation: Shared room. Maximum group size: 3 people. Duration:
  • 1 week: 590€.
  • Extra day: 63€. 

What is included?

From Tumaini::
  • Search for the solidarity trip that best fits your profile and interests to provide an enriching beneficial experience for both travellers and NGOs.
  • A guide of the project with useful up-to-date information on the status and needs of the project.
  • Support during the preparation of your trip: visas, vaccinations, tips for buying your flight, advice on what to visit, essentials to carry in your backpack, practical information (money exchange, transport, timetables, culture, etc.).
  • Tumaini coordinator available by email or phone whenever you need to solve all your doubts. Sometimes, if possible, face-to-face meetings are also held.
  • Online course on solidarity travel and responsible tourism, mandatory for volunteers to get the most out of their experience.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with volunteers who have already been in the project.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with people who are going to travel on similar dates to chat before the solidarity trip, resolve doubts or organize it together.
  • Accident and liability insurance specialized in volunteering.
  • Follow-up during the solidarity trip.
  • Letter of reference or certificate of solidarity travel/volunteering on request.
  • CO2 compensation by planting a tree and monitoring it for three years on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.
On the part of the project:
  • Accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). During the 2 free days only accommodation, breakfast and dinner (not lunch) are included.
  • Pick up by public transport from Puerto Escondido airport (we can also arrange the return trip).
  • Local Coordinator.
  • Community guides to help understand nature
  • Basic material to work with
What is not included?

  • International ticket
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Transport and lunch during the 2 days off
  • Hygiene products
  • Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.
Your trip will contribute to the growth of the project.The total cost of your solidarity trip is divided into two parts:
  • A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
  • A contribution to the project for board and lodging.
With your contribution, you directly support the conservation activities led by local communities that have been working for nature every day for years.
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