Turtle and Marine Environmental Conservation and Education in Ecuador
Who: Kaya Responsible Travel
Where: Manabi Province – Ecuador – South America
Focus: Gather data on local turtle populations, act as a protective presence in nesting areas, and educate local children on the importance of environmental conservation.
When: All year round | Turtle nesting: February – April | Education work: May – October
Duration: 4 – 12 weeks
Suitability: 18+ | Volunteers must be fit enough to work in the water and patrol beaches day and night.
Cost: From GBP 1725 for 4 weeks, up to GBP 3525 for 12 weeks.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support turtle conservation through research, monitoring and education.
- Collect data on critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles, as well as Green and Olive Ridley breeds.
- Learn how to record turtle size and other stats, as well as carry out turtle tagging in the field.
- Develop skills in statistical analysis and data entry.
- Conduct beach patrols in the day and night during nesting season to provide a protective presence to local populations, while moving exposed nests to better locations.
- Work with local primary school children and the Ecoclub to teach about the importance of marine conservation.
- Take part in the local beach and marine-floor cleaning programme.
- Help out with other local projects such as clearing invasive plant species from the local area or digging and planting local gardens
- Have the opportunity to bathe in the sulphur lagoons within Machlilla National Park.
Accommodation: Based on the small island of Mompiche in the Esmeraldas, the base has a limited supply of water and electricity. Tents are used during excursions. Volunteers are based in a local hostel for the first weekend before moving to the project base.
Sleeping: Mixed sex shared rooms of up to 4 people
Food: A meal stipend is provided during project placement
Working Week: 8 hours per day. Night and weekend work may be required depending on tides and season.
Support: UK and US based support available pre-departure; 24hr on-site coordinator
Transport: Airport pickup and drop-off in Quito; Transfer to the project house
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