Uruguay Sea Turtle Conservation

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1. In Brief

Uruguay – a country of untouched wilderness, distinctive colonial towns, passionate and hospitable people and deserted white beaches stretching into the horizon. Enjoy visiting a country where few Westerners are found in the smaller, rural towns, and where you can enjoy a truly magical and ancient Mayan heritage. Uruguay is home to a vast array of forest and marine creatures including the shy and delicate Pampas Deer, the elusive jaguar, Capybaras, anteaters and the flightless Great Rhea – its natural ecosystems are varied and spectacular. Help in the conservation of one of its most endearing inhabitants – the sea turtle.

Three species of turtle live in the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where the juveniles of the species come to forage and grow. The area in which they are found is very precious in terms of biodiversity; some of the species that thrive here include Fransiscana and Bottlenose dolphins, and consequently the area has been designated as a protected area. This project involves important research that aims to conserve the sea turtles globally, by studying and protecting their feeding grounds, and observing their behaviours. Join our Uruguay sea turtle project for an exciting conservation experience in a unique and fascinating destination!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit this country of untouched wilderness
  • Help to protect the magnificent sea turtle
  • Make lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Uruguay
Activities Data collection
Sighting & capturing juvenile turtles
Rescue & rehabilitation
Beach patrols
Education programmes
Transport Independant bus journey to project site
Accommodation Shared accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 1 meal per day
Accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
Project equipment & materials
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Sea turtles have existed on earth for millions of years, and are a fascinating relic of prehistoric times. Unfortunately, they have suffered greatly at the hands of man, as a consequence of human infringement on their habitats. The coastal areas and ecosystems which turtles rely on to survive exist in a delicate balance, and must be managed carefully if population numbers are ever to recover. Problems can stem from the disturbance of nesting and foraging grounds, and effective strategies for their protection can only be instigated once a large amount of data is collected, which is why projects such as this are so vital. Turtles are often killed when they become entangled in commercial and recreational fishing nets, and this creates the need for rescue and rehabilitation centres for those that are injured in the process. Educating local communities is imperative if any real progress is to be made in preserving this gentle and unusual creature, in order to change attitudes and raise awareness of the importance of changing fishing practices to prevent turtle deaths.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

The work on this project is highly varied, challenging and enjoyable. You will be rotated so that you get the chance to participate in every aspect of the programme. A key element, depending on the time of year, will be sighting and capturing juvenile turtles so that data can be collected and analysed in order to inform future conservation strategies. You will also be carrying out beach patrols in order to find stranded turtles, and to help with the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and weak individuals. Other duties will include getting involved with the vital education programme in the local community, by running talks and workshops, and carrying out studies of the local fishing practices.

If this is your first time doing conservation work, don't worry! It will only take a short while for you to feel totally at home on camp and confident with the science work. Although the work is intense you'll find that living in such a beautiful and inaccessible environment alongside friends who share your passion for conservation will be the experience of a lifetime!

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be directed to the project site from Montevideo airport. The journey will be by bus and all subsequent project related travel is covered.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Whilst staying on the project, you will be fortunate enough to be staying in comfortable accommodation that is adjacent to the turtle infirmary, which means that you will be right at the heart of the project site. You will have access to a simple, clean kitchen and a shared bathroom with shower.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with one simple and delicious meal a day and you will have the facility to cook your other meals using the communal kitchen, a great opportunity to bond with your fellow volunteers. You will be able to buy wonderful local produce at the nearby markets and can even try your hand at cooking some local specialities, such as milanesa, a fried meat covered with milled bread and eggs, or parilleros.

4. The reviews

Beautiful Uruguay  | 20 May 2017
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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your spare time you will be able to explore the rugged beauty of the local area, and it is possible to take a guided tour or trek. You may like to try out something more adventurous, and there are lots of sporting activities on offer, for example mountain biking, horse riding and water sports such as scuba diving. If you want to explore the colourful culture of this small, unspoilt corner or South America, then visit one of the fun local festivals, or bustling markets. Also on offer in the capital Montevideo are galleries, museums, and a wealth of arts and crafts shops.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

4 Weeks $2,695

8 Weeks $3,645

10 Weeks $4,395

DEPARTURE DATES

January, February, March.

PLEASE CHECK FOR AVAILABILITY BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

DURATION

4, 8, or 10 weeks

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • Project equipment & materials
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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