Volunteer to conserve turtles and help educate local communities in Ecuador.

Kaya Responsible Travel

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.


The Base:

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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