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Are you passionate about saving turtles and want to get involved in marine conservation work during your travel to Guatemala? RCDP International's Turtle Conservation Volunteer Opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala is an excellent way to accomplish both your goals.
Guatemalan beaches were once brimming with sea-turtles. Unfortunately in recent years, the sea-turtle population has depleted at a rapid rate and the turtles now face a threat of extinction altogether. Human activities like destruction of natural habitat for new settlements, illegal fishing, increase in the level of pollution and demand for turtle meat, eggs and shells have contributed to the decline of the turtle population. The turtles are in urgent need of protection!
RCDP International has partnered up with local NGOs to help restore the turtle population and aid in conservation efforts for the protection of this wonderful species, and we need your help. You will protect their nests and eggs, rescue and rehabilitate turtles in need and release the newborns into the ocean. You will also be involved in beach cleaning activities. You will have an amazing time saving the turtles in Guatemala with like-minded people and conservationists.
As part of the Turtle Conservation Volunteer project in Antigua, Guatemala, you will help safeguard many turtles and promote awareness in the local communities about the dangers turtles face. This will be an enriching, educational, and eye opening volunteer abroad experience in Guatemala.
Contact RCDP today to learn more about our Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Antigua, Guatemala.
You do not need specific skills or qualifications to join the Turtle Conservation Volunteer Program in Guatemala, but you should be passionate about helping animals and be able to work up-close with turtles. You will need to be physically fit, and able to work outdoors
while living in a remote area with limited resources. You should also be flexible and be ready to work either day or night shifts.
You need to be 18 years old or older to volunteer in the Turtle Conservation project. Volunteers who are at least 16 can also volunteer on their own but need to provide parental consent. Volunteers below the age of 16 can volunteer only if accompanied by a parent, guardian or faculty leader.
Speaking Spanish will make your volunteer experience highly rewarding, though it is not a mandatory requirement. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program, which can run simultaneous to your volunteer project.
Your duties in this project will depend on the needs of the project and the season. During the nesting season, you will patrol the beaches at night to safeguard nesting females and their eggs from poachers. You will collect the eggs and relocate them to a hatchery for safe-keeping, and later release the hatchling back into the ocean.
You will nurse sick and injured turtles back to health, feed them, clean their tanks and assist with maintenance works. You will count the turtles, eggs and hatchlings, tag turtles and gather other data for research work. You will also help educate the local communities about the plight of sea-turtles and why their protection is necessary for other forms of marine life and to maintain balance in the ocean ecosystem.
However you decide to donate your time to this volunteering opportunity with the Turtle Conservation Program in Antigua, Guatemala, it will be beneficial to the sea-turtles and will help with their conservation. Specific details of your assignment will be given to you prior to your arrival.
During your volunteer program in Antigua, Guatemala, you will be provided comfortable accommodations with a welcoming local host family. Staying with a host family is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and practice your Spanish. You will have a clean bed, bathroom, and living space.
You will also receive two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) that consist of local ingredients and feature traditional Guatemalan cuisine. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are your responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets near the homes in which our volunteers stay.
RCDP’s Antigua, Guatemala Volunteer Programs start every Monday throughout the year.
Every year hundreds of volunteers sign up for UK and UK based organizations and pay up to $2500 to volunteer for two weeks in Guatemala. Unfortunately, only a small portion of that money actually goes to the local projects and host families. The local projects (childcare centers, school, and local NGOs) in Guatemala are poor and need external support to run their programs. In our program, you will pay your fee directly to host families and projects upon your arrival in Guatemala. When you join our program, we make sure that all of your money goes to the projects and host families. Part of your fees also helps us cover our expenses. The program fee is divided into a registration fee $279 and weekly fee for room, food, coordination, and project donation.
Weekly fees are divided between accommodation, 2 local meals (breakfast & dinner) a day (50%), and project donation/support of local project staffers (50%). This allocation may differ depending upon the location, project type, etc. Our coordinator will explain the specifics for your program before you pay the fee. Below is the breakdown of costs on a weekly basis.
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The Antigua, Guatemala volunteer program fees cover expenses from the first day of your program to the last day of your program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for any additional expenses.