Solidarity travel with sea turtles
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
Project LocationOaxaca, Mexico
Volunteer hoursYou usually work 3-4 hours a day and have two days off in total.
Volunteer activitiesPatrols 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 collaboration1 week
IncluidoTumaini accompanimentLunchAccommodationDinnerLocal CoordinatorTraining courseBreakfastAirport pick-upVolunteer liability insurance
No incluidoTourist activitiesHot waterKitchenTravel insuranceFlightWIFI
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 1 week: 590€.
- Extra day: 63€.
- 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.
- 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
- International ticket
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Transport and lunch during the 2 days off
- Hygiene products
- Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.
- A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
- A contribution to the project for board and lodging.