Sea Turtle Workcamp 2
Description: Four of the eight sea turtle species in Mexico (all endangered) come to nest on the coasts of Chiapas. The beaches where the work camps take place are some of the 144 beaches in Mexico where the sea turtles come to nest, and they are also within the 22 beaches in Mexico where there is a high level of turtle nest looting. In an effort to rescue them, the sea turtle eggs as well as the recently born, the sea turtle sanctuaries collect the eggs and rebury them in protected areas in order to keep them safe. Once they hatch, the sea turtles are recorded and set free under the projection of the sanctuary staff. The sanctuaries are open to the public and provide information about the sea turtles and the conservation work.
Type of Work: The volunteers will work directly with the sanctuary staff, local volunteers and biologists. Between June and December, the majority of the work is done at night, and the volunteers must adapt. The activities consist of rescuing the sea turtles that come to nest on the beach by: patrolling the beaches looking for nests or nesting sea turtles, digging up and collecting the eggs to re-bury them in the protected areas of the sanctuary, and helping to care for and set free the recently born sea turtles. The volunteers will take care of cleaning the spaces where sea turtles receive medical attention. Moreover, they will help collect statistical data about nest and egg counts, and feed sea turtles. Other work: maintenance and improvement of the sanctuary site:maintenance of the sanctuary.
Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a special space destined for the sea turtle sanctuary. It is necessary that each volunteer have a sleeping bag or sleeping mat like a yoga mat, as well as a mosquito net. The center has basic services like bathrooms, showers (without hot water) and a kitchen. The work camps include three, standard quantity meals per day (approximately 300 grams per portion); additional quantities of food should be paid for by the volunteer. Any special dietary needs should be informed before the beginning of the work camp.
Language: In this work camp the official language is English, however, having a basic level of Spanish is ideal. We encourage volunteers who require intensive language classes to improve their Spanish, or any other international or indigenous Maya language, to matriculate in the language and culture institute La Casa en el Árbol. For more information, please visit: www.lacasaenelarbol.org.mx
Requirements: Volunteers interested in participating in this work camp must be very motivated to participate in the activities that the center develops to preserve the sea turtle species; be willing to work day and night under weather conditions that occasionally can be extreme for some volunteers; tolerate mosquitos, ants and other insects; be creative to propose leisure activities during the non-working hours
Approximate Location: Depending on the project’s needs, the volunteers can be required at one of the following three locations: Puerto Arista or Boca del CieloFor more information on these places, visit http://www.turismochiapas.gob.mx/sectur/sol-y-playa
Notes: - If you find yourself in the mangrove area, mosquito bites are inevitable, which is why we ask that you be conscious of this and are sure that you are not allergic to any insect bites. - Upon applying it is necessary to have medical insurance and provide the following information: any allergies you may have and your blood type. From March to May, the temperature is above 35°C, from May to September there is a hot season, and there is a rainy season from September to December. Although the temperatures are high and there are some rain showers, it is important to bring insect repellent and appropriate clothes that will cover the majority of your body. The sleeping accommodations are not comfortable : shared and no bed, tentes or hammock outside