Conservation in Mexico Alternative Spring Break Trip
- Placement location: Tecoman, Colima
- Role: Work in sea turtle hatcheries, with captive breeding crocodiles and wildlife research
- Main research focus: Conservation of sea turtles, crocodiles, and native birds
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Volunteer dormitories near to the beach
- Arrival Airport: Guadalajara (GDL)
- Local Languages: Spanish
Our Conservation Project in Mexico is located at Campemento Tecoman on the Pacific coast of Colima. The camp is situated along a beautiful 24-kilometer black sand beach, a “natal beach” for the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles. Olive Ridley mothers always lay their eggs at the beach where they were born, so it is vital to protect this habitat from destruction by development and the eggs laid on the beach from predators and poachers, who consider the eggs a delicacy.
As a volunteer, you will get involved in a variety of activities at the turtle camp. These include patrolling the beaches at night to collect turtle eggs, re-burying the eggs in an enclosed area where they can safely incubate, and guiding newborn hatchlings to the sea.
Volunteers also work to protect crocodiles by volunteering at the La Colorada Crocodile Center. Here, you will help prepare food for the crocodiles, take biometric date and mark the crocodiles in nearby lagoons, and participate in painting and maintenance work at the center.
Other activities include biodiversity studies at a nearby mangrove lagoon, beach clean-ups, and promoting environmental awareness in the local community. This project is perfect for anyone with an interest in nature and adventure and 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 regular 2-week trip price.