Conservation for Volunteers over 19 in Mexico
- Placement locations: Cuyutlan, Colima
- Types of placements: Turtle centre, crocodile centre, lagoon
- Requirements: Volunteers must be 19 years or older
- Accommodation: Shared volunteer house
Volunteer on the Conservation 19+ Special in Mexico with Projects Abroad and help protect endangered sea turtles. Sea turtles are seriously threatened by poachers who take unhatched eggs. Our mission is to save as many sea turtle eggs as possible so that baby hatchlings can enter the ocean safely. You can help us achieve that. Every egg that we save, and with each new hatchling released into the ocean, we move one step closer to helping this precious endangered species thrive.
My role on the 19+ Special Conservation Project in Mexico
You will have an important role to play in protecting and saving sea turtles. Our project is based at a turtle conservation center near to a black sand beack.
The project is based at a turtle conservation centre near a black sand beach. You will take part in various activities that are important steps in the process of protecting sea turtles. These may include:
- Searching for newly laid eggs during night patrols
- Transporting eggs back to protected hatcheries
- Monitoring nests & caring for eggs
- Releasing new-born turtles into the ocean once they have hatched.
- You will also assist with the daily care of turtles and iguanas living at the centre and cleaning their tanks and enclosures.
As a variation from turtle conservation work, you will also get the opportunity to work at a local crocodile center once a week, in the nearby town of Cofradia de Morelos. Here, you will clean and maintain enclosures by removing excess vegetation and painting, as well as record biometric data.
There will also be an important research component of the work you will do as a volunteer on the Conservation 19+ Special Project in Mexico. You will collect data on turtles on the beach, and monitor the behaviour and diversity of the wildlife living around the local lagoon such as the abundant birdlife. The research you conduct will contribute to long-term conservation plans.
Another way that you will be able to contribute to conservation efforts is by protecting the surrounding mangrove ecosystems. Mangroves are a vital for the rich biodiversity of ocean life in the area, as they are home to many animal species. By protecting the surrounding mangroves, you will help protect the coast from storm surges.
One of the most exciting parts of joining this group trip for 19+ year olds, is that you will spend time and work with like-minded people from around the world, every day! The activities you will do with your new friends can include the following:
At the Conservation Project in Mexico, you will stay near the beach in a shared Projects Abroad house equipped with basic facilities. In your free time after a busy day’s work you can socialize and relax with the other volunteers. You will also spend the weekend in Melaque, Jalisco, where you can sightsee and take some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful Mexican scenery.