Sea Turtle Conservation and Nest Monitoring in Nicaragua

Durations: 1 - 12 weeks
Fieldwork hours35 hrs of fieldwork per week
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The project
Get hands-on experience in conservation as you work to protect endangered sea turtles along one of the most secluded and untouched beaches on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. Four of the world’s seven sea turtles seasonally nest here, including the critically endangered hawksbill turtle. On this coastal conservation program, you’ll participate in beach patrols, nest monitoring, hatchery maintenance, and more.    Projects are run from our eco-conscious field station, which operates on clean energy. A mangrove estuary surrounds our base, in ...
What's included

Project work

Get hands-on experience protecting endangered sea turtles through our conservation initiative.

Accommodation

Comfortable shared dorm-style accommodation at our oceanfront field station.

Meals

Help prepare three tasty meals a day alongside our staff. Cuisine is a blend of local, Spanish and Creole food, incorporating local ingredients such as beans, corn, plantains, peppers and yucca.

Airport transfer

You’ll get collected from the airport.

Basic pre-departure support

Includes an Essential Info Pack and answering any questions you might have.

Basic in-country support

Receive info packs with local resources, clinic details. In emergencies, consult packs; contact Program Manager if needed.

24/7 mental health support

Receive support services provided by licensed professionals.

Boat transfer

We offer boat transportation to and from the hub to your project work location.

Turtle training

Our experienced staff will provide training on sea turtle biology and conservation.
What's not included

Flights and airport taxes, medical and travel insurance, visa costs, police or background check, additional drinks and gratuities, extra local excursions, personal items and toiletries, laundry, local transport during free time, food (snacks), accommodation and transport outside of the research station.

Your accommodation

Accommodation at our ocean-front field station is communal in nature featuring shared rooms, typically accommodating 2–4 individuals, with shared bathrooms. This offers a cosy retreat after a day (or night!) of turtle tracking and conservation work. Bedding essentials like sheets and pillows are provided. For those seeking added privacy, individual or couple accommodations are available for an extra fee, contingent upon availability. 

 

Embracing eco-conscious practices, our field station operates on clean energy. Water for hygiene needs flows from a gravity-fed tank, ingeniously replenished via a pedal-powered mechanism connected to a well. Solar panels power essential areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and communal spaces. Our kitchen is equipped with modern amenities including a refrigerator and coolers for storing provisions. Volunteers have access to water, coffee and tea throughout your stay. Our water supply is sourced from Leon and meticulously filtered, ensuring purity and sustainability.

 

While Wi-Fi is not available on site, there is excellent phone signal. We recommend getting a local SIM card from Tigo or Claro. Additionally, guests can conveniently access Wi-Fi at a nearby eco-lodge, just 500 metres away.

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