Spanish & Turtle Conservation in Mexico for Teens
- Placement location: Campamento Tecoman Biological Station
- Types of placements: Campamento Tecoman Biological Station
- Accommodation: Shared Beach Accommodation
- Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
- Arrival Airport: Guadalajara (GDL)
- Local Languages: Spanish
Located at the Campamento Tecoman biological station on the Pacific Coast, you will spend your two weeks learning Spanish and helping out on a variety of conservation projects. This project offers you opportunities like no other, including assisting in the protection of the rare Olive Ridley turtle.
You will receive two hours of Spanish lessons five days a week, taught in small groups. Classes are extremely interactive and you will be encouraged every step of the way. Whether you want to master the basics or improve your current level of Spanish, the teaching will be adjusted to your level.
During many of the evenings you will be working on our turtle project - helping count, collect, and bury the precious eggs in a safe enclosure to protect them from predators and poachers. Once the eggs have hatched you will help release the newborns into the sea.
In addition to the turtle work, volunteers are also involved in our crocodile conservation work, a study of the wildlife in the local lagoon, and a variety of building and maintenance work. All volunteers also take turns with the responsibilities of keeping the camp clean and a pleasant place to live.
Volunteers live in shared accommodation by the beach. The weekend trip is to a local beach resort, where you can relax and swim in the sea.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Mexico Conservation Management Plan.
My most memorable experience was on one patrol after a huge rainstorm, and all the clouds dissolved away to reveal a dense sky of stars above me - and I could still see the storm on the horizon occasionally lashing lightning at the sea. Being away from the city like that really made me appreciate nature, and what we were doing to conserve it felt all the more worthwhile. Read more...