Volunteer in a turtle project

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Program Description

This wildlife center is located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. This center is much more about extinction, reaching out to the five communities to help them develop sustainably, all as part of the broader effort of the management of the Hawaii Protected Area.
The center is dedicated to these projects:
* Sea Turtle Conservation (the center operates the most productive of the 18-21 hatcheries in Guatemala, collecting up to 40,000 olive ridley and leatherback eggs per year)
* Captive Breeding (In an attempt to counteract the effects of unsustainable hunting and habitat loss, the center breeds spectacled caimans and green iguanas for release in the mangrove forests)
* Environmental Education (the center carries out educational activities such as lectures on litter, ecology and endangered species and interactive events such as beach clean-ups and baby turtle release “races” at area schools)
* Mangrove Preservation and Reforestation (ARCAS is working with the Guatemalan government to set up a 3,500 hectare protected area in the mangroves of the area)

Activities for the volunteers include for example:
- Turtle Conservation (Egg Collection and Hatchery Management)
- Cayman and iguana breeding
- Mangrove reforestation
- Environmental education
- Community projects
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In this project, you can work all day long, so it's perfect to combine your volunteering with Spanish lessons in your free time, which is a nice way to improve your Spanish but also learn about the Guatemalan culture.


A beginner Spanish level is helpful (enough to understand the instructions).
To improve your Spanish, we suggest online language lessons with a private Guatemalan teacher.

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What`s Included

Do Guatemala offers a complete and well-organized volunteer experience. You pay a one-time fee which includes:

- Free airport pickup and transportation
- A detailed document on how to prepare for the trip
- All volunteer arrangements and supervision
- 24/7 assistance on the ground
- Free registration for Spanish school if you want lessons (normally $30

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Program Locations

Pacific Ocean, Monterrico, Guatemala

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Program Details

Do Guatemala
  • Guatemala: Pacific Ocean, Monterrico
Fall, Spring, Summer, Throughout the year, Winter
Program Duration:
1 year+, 1-2 weeks, 1-3 months, 2-4 weeks, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, Customizable
One-time payment of $175 + additional volunteer fee for lodging & all meals
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