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Conservation in Mexico Alternative Spring Break Trip


  • Sunday February 18th 2018 - Saturday February 24th 2018
  • Sunday February 25th 2018 - Saturday March 3rd 2018
  • Sunday March 4th 2018 - Saturday March 10th 2018
  • Sunday March 11th 2018 - Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Sunday March 18th 2018 - Saturday March 24th 2018

  • Placement location: Cuyutlan and Tecoman, Colima
  • Role: Work directly with sea turtles at a conservation center, help care for captive breeding crocodiles, and conduct wildlife research
  • Main research focus: Conservation of sea turtles, crocodiles, and native birds
  • Requirements: None
  • Accommodation: Shared volunteer house
  • Arrival Airport: Guadalajara (GDL)
  • Local Languages: Spanish


Our Conservation Project in Mexico is located in Cuyutlan and Tecoman on the Pacific coast of Colima. Here, you will work at a turtle conservation center (based close to a beautiful stretch of black sand beach), crocodile center, and a large lagoon next to the turtle center.

During your week abroad, you will participate in various activities aimed at protecting endangered turtle species, as well as crocodiles and birds. Working with turtles will be your main focus, and you will help count and collect eggs laid on the beach. Most of the eggs are collected during night-time patrols and are then buried in a corral at the center to keep them safe from predators and poachers. If any eggs hatch while you are at the project, you can help release the hatchlings into the sea.

Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers conduct a bird census at a lagoon in Mexico, Latin America.

In addition to working with turtles, you will also get involved in our crocodile conservation work and contribute to a study of the wildlife in the local lagoon. This project is suitable for anyone interested in doing something adventurous and spending time outdoors for spring break. It is a great opportunity for Sciences and Environmental Studies majors to get out of the lab and into the field.

If you have time, you can do this project for a second week at the standard two-week trip price.

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