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Volunteer in Sea Turtle Conservation

Help us protect the sea turtles! These majestic creatures play a key role in ocean ecosystems and their extinction would be a tragedy.

Maximo Nivel’s Sea Turtle Conservation programs are available at our institutes in Costa Rica and Guatemala. Turtle Conservation projects are located on both the both Caribbean and Pacific coasts. Note that our Guatemala program sends volunteers to El Salvador for the turtle conservation project.

What will you do as a volunteer?

Your turtle conservation program begins with 2 days in San Jose, Costa Rica or Antigua, Guatemala where you go through orientation and prepare for your project. Once you arrive at the turtle project, you provide support to local biologists and researchers who are involved in managing the turtle nesting grounds. You take part in nightly beach patrols, tagging turtles, relocating nests into hatcheries, counting eggs and turtles, beach cleanup efforts, and other support activities such as community outreach programs.

Countries Costa Rica, Guatemala (El Salvador)
Program Duration Minimum 2 weeks
Work Schedule 5-6 hours/day Monday-Saturday; Working hours are split into shifts and you should be prepared for both late night and day time shifts
Volunteer Requirements – At least 17 years of age
– Flexible; Willing to do various tasks based on season and project needs
– Healthy and physically prepared to work and live in a remote area with very few amenities.
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Responsible and safety minded
– Spanish language skills are not required
– Alcohol is strictly prohibited at conservation sites

What our Volunteers are saying…

“I can’t even begin to describe how amazing my experience was! I volunteered in Costa Rica with Maximo Nivel for four weeks, and my only regret is that I didn’t stay longer. The turtle project was indescribable, spending time on the beach, meeting people from all over the world, and learning all about sea turtles and the effort to help the populations grow. Without hesitation, I would HIGHLY recommend Maximo Nivel to anyone. I would return to Costa Rica to work with them again in a heartbeat.”
Jenna, Sea Turtle Conservation (Costa Rica)

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