Turtle Rescue Project
Where: Shell Beach, North West coast of Guyana, South America.
Focus: The protection of a vital turtle nesting ground through monitoring, research and education.
When: January – September
Duration: 2, 6 or 8 weeks (longer durations available on request).
Suitability: Over 18s. Great for marine biologists looking for field work experience.
Cost: 4 weeks from USD 1995.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Work to protect a rare nesting ground on Guyana’s wild coastline, where four of the world’s seven species of marine turtle breed side-by-side – the Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback and Olive Ridley.
- Become a volunteer ranger and join the dedicated team to patrol the nesting sites at night and monitor the breeding turtles.
- Collect and record data on the turtles to monitor their behaviour and ecology,
- Moving eggs to the hatchery for protection from predators.
- Get involved in significant conservation research.
- Contribute to the development of ecotourism and local education to protect marine turtles
- Educate the local community about the importance of this breeding ground and turtle conservation.
- Live a truly remote lifestyle and learn about the culture of an indigenous Amerindian community.
- Take part in the maintenance of the research centre and daily camp chores.
After a small propeller plane ride over dense rainforest, volunteers are taken by boat down river to the remote community of Shell Beach, Guyana. Once there, volunteers stay in purpose built, stilted huts on the beach surrounded by mangroves and tropical rainforest.
- Sleeping: Basic, shared rooms with sea views and separate washroom facilities fed by rainwater.
- Food: 3 meals a day. Volunteers work together to prepare meals on a rotational basis using the onsite vegetable patch, fresh fish from the sea and other local food.
- Base size: 2-4 volunteers
- Timetable: 6 days on, 1 day off.
- Support: Airport pick up and drop off, 24-hour in-country support.
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