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Mexico Sea Turtle Conservation

Mexico Sea Turtle Conservation

Join our sea turtle conservation project along the sparkling blue coast and help protect this beautiful environment and its enigmatic marine life for future generations!

Prices from $1,195

Mexico is the Central American heartland that epitomises the best of Latin fiesta spirit and an endless fascination of the legacy of the Mayan civilization. In Mexico you will discover stunningly elegant colonial towns surrounded by rainforest cloaked mountains, heavenly beaches where Mayan ruins tumble down to the pristine shores, and markets humming with a hundred street vendors selling everything from pungent leather handbags to magic spells from shamans!

Mexicans are said to be the happiest people in the world and it’s not hard to see why! Mexican culture is an exotic and heady mix of dark magic and a strong sense of celebrating life and death. Look out for the "diá de los muertos", or the 'Day of the Dead' to see colourful skeletons and huge processions filling the streets of every town!

Join our sea turtle conservation project along the sparkling blue coast and help protect this beautiful environment and its enigmatic marine life for future generations whilst enjoying all this exotic country has to offer the adventurous traveller.

The work you carry out will be rewarding, challenging, and hugely beneficial to conservation efforts, as well as being amazing fun! At the end of the day you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have helped to save this precious marine wilderness.

 

  

 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in true Mexican culture
  • Help to protect the magnificent sea turtle
  • Gain lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Veracruz, Mexico
Activities Save sea turtle nests and release hatchlings into the ocean
Study and help conserve one of the world's most endangered species
Participate in other environmental activities
Monitor and record progress of rehabilitation
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Camping or room sharing depending on the season

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support 
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food
Airport pick-up
Local orientation
Comprehensive project training
Project equipment and 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.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

As a popular tourist destination, Mexico’s environment is under great threat from human influences including the development of the coastline and recreational activities which result in disturbances and habitat loss for marine life. The main conservation project has been running since 1967 having been set up by a local fisherman and continued by his family as well as the local community working together with the ministry of environment to help preserve this endangered species.

Turtles are slow to adapt to changing environmental conditions and sea turtles face many dangers from the minute the eggs are laid into the sand, the most dangerous journey which is the one from their nest to the ocean and of course many predators and dangers in the ocean such as pollution and fishing nets.

The sea turtle project offers a hands on, sustainable solution for the ever declining sea turtle population. Out of the seven species of sea turtle alive today, five species make their home along the beaches and wetlands of Mexico, all of which are listed on the IUCN redlist as threatened or endangered species. This project helps to save hundreds of thousands of sea turtles a year from ever increasing threats, increasing survival rates for all four species.

By increasing the numbers of turtles in the sea we can attempt to help them adapt to changing conditions and sustain populations by reducing their vulnerability by rescuing nests in risk zones and by protecting the nesting females during the night. One of our most important strategies is environmental education to help both local communities and visiting tourists learn about sea turtles and how to protect them.
 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

As a volunteer you will be patrolling the beach either during the day or night to rescue nests in dangerous areas and transport them to safe zones, take care of the hatchlings nesting in our safe areas, release hatchlings into the ocean, protect nesting females during the night and collect vital information about them as part of the ongoing studies.  We aim to get volunteers involved in a range of hands-on training experiences. Your day to day duties will be dependent upon the season and the current focus of the project at the time of your visit and detailed work programmes will be agreed with your project leader upon arrival. Tasks could typically involve nest management, nest transplants, hatchling release and attending visiting groups. You will join the team to provide around the clock assistance and learn about the greater aims of the conservation project, your days will be long but certainly rewarding.

Other activities could include attending sick or injured sea turtles, and the opportunity to learn about the other marine education, research, and restoration programmes organised by the project.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Veracruz International Airport you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative and taken to the project site. The project is located along a stretch of beautiful beach on the coast approximately 2 hours from the airport.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Whilst participating in this project you will either share a room with other volunteers or you will be camping on site, right by the beach. Camp life is basic so come prepared for the unencumbered lifestyle! There are Western toilets and cold showers, which are amazing in the heat which average 85 degrees Farenheit during the high turtle season. There are facilities for washing your clothes and there is wi-fi on site but it is only available from time to time, not available 24h due to the low bandwidth. Trips will be made into town where you can pick up things you need and one day a week is your day off, usually Sundays or Mondays when you can join the other volunteers to explore the town, the nearby mangroves or head off to the famous ruins of El Tajin.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day where you will get the opportunity to experience typical Mexican favourites including enchiladas, empanadas as well as loads of fresh produce such as pungent cheeses, spicy salsa sauces and watch out for the dips that are served with tortilla chips - spicy! Breakfast is usually a light and western version and a lunchtime treat may include "pollen chileajo" (chicken cooked in chili and garlic) or "huevos a la Mexicana" (Mexican-style scrambled eggs).  Dinner will be typical dishes such as enchiladas, tostadas and quesadillas.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

While the sea turtle beach is a fairly quiet conservation area, there is so much more to discover in your spare time here.  The bird life within the mangrove is magnificent!  Before or after the program, or on a free day during the program, you can also contract a boat to take you exploring the mangroves where you will be able to spot shoals fish, crabs and even crocodiles. Other adventure and sports activities, which can be found in Veracruz include white water rafting, diving, banana boats, snorkelling and swimming.  Nearby cultural sites include the historic "old town" section of Veracruz, historic churches and vibrant markets and north of the site you find the ruins of “El Tajin” and the famous “Voladores de Papantla” – the flyers of Papantla with their interesting history and traditions..

COSTS

2 weeks $1,195

Extra week $595

DEPARTURE DATES

Project starts on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Turtle season dates run from June until mid-November but volunteers are welcome to join us any time of year.

DURATION

2 - 5 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

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

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Veracruz (VER)

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.

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