Volunteer to protect and rehabilitate turtles in Watamu, Kenya.

Local Ocean Conservation

Go on an Eco Visit to Watamu and play an important part in preserving turtles in Kenya


Who: Local Ocean Conservation

Where: Watamu, Kenya

Focus:  Preserving the future of sea turtles, protecting a fragile marine environment and promoting sustainable livelihoods in the Watamu area.

When: All year round; Peak nesting from May to August. Rainy season April-July.

Suitability: 18+

Independent Research: Students are able to conduct their own projects.

Duration: 2 to 10 weeks

Cost: 2 week starts from GBP 580

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Join a team committed to the protection of the Kenyan marine environment.
  • Help with nesting and hatching activities (all year round, busiest time from April to October).
  • Monitor hatchlings and ensure their safe progress to the sea.
  • Patrol the beaches at night to protect nesting female turtles.
  • Help out at the only Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre on the East African seaboard by feeding and cleaning turtles and helping with x-rays and turtle rehabilitation back into the ocean.
  • Help rescue turtles caught accidentally by local fishermen.
  • Perform essential data entry and administrative tasks, as well as writing promotional articles.
  • Take part in marine environment and sea turtle conservation education and awareness programmes for village communities, fishermen, schools and tourists.
  • Take part in beach cleans and surveys, mangrove planting days, and assist with school visits to the rehabilitation centre.
  • The project was featured in the last episode of a six part BBC documentary series, ‘Africa’, featuring Sir David Attenborough.

The Base

Accommodation: Eco Visitors stay at Lallie’s House, situated within the Local Ocean Trust compound in Watamu. There are four rooms, each with its own en-suite shower room with a toilet, sink and large shower area.

Sleeping: Shared rooms with two volunteers per room. Rooms are separated by gender. All beds have mosquito nets and there are mosquito screens in the windows. Bed linen and towels are provided and changed regularly.

Food: There is a shared kitchen where volunteers can prepare their own breakfast and dinner. Lunch is provided on working days by a local cook who prepares traditional African dishes using locally produced ingredients.

Base Size: Up to 6 volunteers per week


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