Tortugueros Las Playitas A.C.

Sea Turtle Volunteer Vacations in Baja

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Ava w/ Leatherback egg

 

Voluntourism with Sea Turtles

in Todos Santos 

(October 15 - May 15)

Volunteering for Sea Turtles in Todos Santos is the Eco Adventure of a lifetime!! Help population recovery, participate in marinelife research, and experience Mexican culture! Our Volunteers are trained in collecting data on nesting sea turtles, nest relocation, incubation greenhouse operation, nest excavation, and hatchling releases. Early morning patrols are run on ATV's, evenings are spent releasing hatchlings, and days can be spent supervising the incubation area, helping with beach clean-ups, designing publicity, or simply relaxing. There are lots of beautiful beaches to explore in the area, as well as a culture-rich downtown full of shopping, dining, and art galleries.

About our Nest Relocation Project:

Three species of endangered Sea Turtles nest on the beaches of Todos Santos: Olive Ridley, the critically endangered Leatherback, and occasionally the Black sea turtle.  Beginning in October when Leatherbacks arrive to nest, the sand temperature drops below the necessary 26 degrees celcius required for successful incubation. For this reason, Biologists and Technicians relocate sea turtle nests to a special Incubation Greenhouse designed to Increase the sand temperature and hatchling yeild. Approximately 100 nests are relocated to the greenhouse each season. Volunteers supervise the incubation areas, care for hatchlings before their release, are trained in nest escavation, and help manage the hatchling releases.    

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Volunteer Job Description:

We work with each of our Volunteers on an individual basis to design a program that fits your interests and needs.  Volunteers can work various shifts depending on the

month of participation. Nest Relocation Patrols are run late at night and in the early morning October - March. You will be trained in recording physical data on nesting turtles, nest collection and relocation.  

Daytime duties include: Incubation supervision, Recording Greenhouse temperatures, Caring for hatchlings, Nest escavation and Hatchling releases (Releases take place November 15- April).  There are many on-going Volunteer activities that take place throughout the year like public awareness design and development. We are also open to you receive your ideas. You may work as little as four hours each day, or up to 10 hours if you desire. You can also take days off to relax and explore Todos Santos on your own.

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The Volunteer Casitas are conveniently located between the beach and centro, with several markets within walking distance. The property is gated and each Casita has a locking door and private bathroom with hot water. There is a large palapa covered kitchen and common eating area.  Volunteers will be coming and going at different times, and so can choose to prepare meals individually or as a group.  There is wi-fi so bring your portable internet device. Volunteers can elect to be woken up and taken to the nesting site if a turtle is on the beach during your night off.  After submitting your registration below you will be taken to a page to reserve your Casita. 

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Who Can Volunteer? 

Anyone can volunteer, we accept individuals, couples, families and groups. Spanish language skills are not a requirement, but if you would like to brush up on your conversation skills, private lessons are available. We are currently accepting Volunteer registrations for the upcoming season. 

 

When is the Best Time to Volunteer? 

 November 30- January 30 is our busiest season, with Hatchling Releases every day, and nesting turtles several nights each week. February - April there are Hatchling Releases 3-6 days per week, and we still need many volunteers as the greenhouse must be supervised throughout the day every day.  Nightly patrols continue, but nesting begins to taper off to just a couple times per week.

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Costs:

There are no Registration fees. Volunteers are responsible for their travel expenses, meals and a Contribution toward Field Equipment and Volunteer Accommodations

- Airfare

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Airport Shuttle  

- Meals

Accommodations 

- Field Equipment 

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 Click Here to Register Now

 

Month

Nest Relocation

Hatchling Releases

Oct

Olive Ridley, Black, Leatherback

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Nov

Olive Ridley, Black, Leatherback

Olive Ridley, Black

Dec

Olive Ridley, Black, Leatherback

Olive Ridley, Black, Leatherback

Jan

Olive Ridley, Black, Leatherback

Olive Ridley, Black, Leatherback

Feb

Olive Ridley, Leatherback

Olive Ridley, Black, Leatherback

Mar

Leatherback

Olive Ridley, Leatherback

Apr

-

Olive Ridley, Leatherback

July

Junior Lifeguards  /  Sea Turtle Camp Volunteer Instructors

Work with local Mexican kids as they

develop their swimming skills, learn

about conservation, and camp out to rescue sea turtle nests

If you will be in Todos Santos for the nesting season at another location, conservation opportunities are also available.  Contact us to plan your family Camp-out (October-December), organize a school field trip or create a group conservation activity.  You can also help supervise the incubation greenhouse (January-March), and participate hatchling releases in Las Playitas.  The Volunteer form is not required to participate in Hatchling Releases or single night Camp-outs.

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Julie with Olive Ridley hatchling

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Josh with Leatherback track

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Junior Lifeguards 2011 Participants/ Participantes de Salvavidas Junior 2011

Our philosophy is that Environmental Advocates love the ocean and environment because of our positive experiences that have bonded us to them. Help us give positive environmental experiences to young people by sponsoring one of our Education Programs!