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Are you looking to learn from hands on, active, overseas experience? Volunteer Abroad programs – Volunteering Marine Conservation Ecuador is your best option to conserve the sea turtles on the Ecuadorian Coast. The Marine Conservation program is set in Puerto Lopez, in and around Machalilla National Park beach and Isla Portete (close to Mompiche) which are one of the most important protected areas of Ecuador. In this Volunteering Marine Conservation Ecuador opportunity volunteers will receive direct guidance from the coordinator and an orientation session about sea turtle volunteer opportunity, seabird and shark program, and environmental education with children.
Volunteers work with Ecuadorian and international students together to learn from one another. In this volunteer position you will be working in different activities related to marine conservation developed by the project, but not all the time will be spent in the field; you also spend half of the time and sometimes most of the time in the environmental education program depending on the season.
Volunteers measure and tag turtles, patrol diurnal and nocturnal inside or outside Machalilla National Park, egg and nest counting, install transmitters, capture and recapture. The sea turtle season is from October to May.
Seabird and Sharks:
Volunteers work all year to watch nesting; take a census of different species, obtain nest GPS and data collection. Shark activities are census taking, identification and measurement of the captured sharks.
Volunteers pick up trash at the beach of Puerto Lopez and Isla Portete and surroundings, prep and plan environmental activities for the children at the school, which is open during all year. From October to May you will combine all the activities mentioned.
However, from the end of May to September the sea turtle program is not available. All the activities are subject to change according to the project and school needs. This volunteer position has a particular start date; volunteers may join each Monday of every month.
Contribute to the volunteer abroad programs focused in Marine Conservation project; discover the beautiful beaches of Ecuador and taste the delicious tropical fruits.
Time volunteering: 4 weeks minimum and maximum 12 weeks
Cost: USD $ 550 per month
The cost includes: